Having kids has made me realize how important it is to make core memories with your family. We try to go on as many adventures and experiences as we can so we can create fun times for the kids. We opt out of buying lots of extra toys or presents and really focus on getting out of the house and exploring. One tradition we have is to always visit a Dallas Pumpkin Patch. The boys are obsessed with running through the pumpkins, visiting animals and going on hayrides.
If you haven’t added visiting a local pumpkin patch to your list of experiences for the year, I highly suggest it. They are reasonably priced and there is no time limit so you can make a day out of it. Creating memorable experiences at a pumpkin patch can be a delightful and fun-filled activity.
Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your time and create lasting memories:
Pumpkin Patch Photos
Bring a camera or use your smartphone to take photos of the beautiful pumpkin displays, scenic landscapes, and candid shots of your friends and family.
Consider bringing a tripod or finding a stable surface to take group photos and selfies. This is a great way to get lots of group shots and to make sure mom and dad are included in the photos together. I absolutely love THIS TRIPOD – it’s portable, easy to use and a great price.
Depending on the age of your kids, give them your phone or a camera to capture the Pumpkin patch through their own eyes. It’s always so fun to see their perspective when going through the photos.
Capture candid moments of yourself and your family engaging in pumpkin-related activities, such as picking pumpkins, carving, or decorating. Some of the best photos aren’t the posed pictures but of the candid moments.
Find the perfect pumpkin in the patch
The kids love running through the rows and rows of pumpkin looking for the very best one. It always amazes me which pumpkin my kids end of choosing. They are all so unique in their own way.
Pumpkin Patch bingo is always a favorite. I love that it makes the kids be attentive and a fun way to get the boys to check their surroundings. If you have multiple kids, make a game out of the activity. Here are a few easy questions and cues:
- Who can find the biggest pumpkin?
- How much do you think this pumpkin weighs?
- Where is the lightest / darkest pumpkin in the patch?
- How many pumpkins do you think are in this area?
- Who can find the most unique pumpkin shape?
Carve and Decorating the Pumpkins
Check with your local pumpkin patch to see if they have events where you can carve or decorate the pumpkin at their location. If not, head back home and get creative.
Set up a decorating station with paints, markers, and other craft supplies to personalize your pumpkins. If you have young kids, allow them to paint and decorate the pumpkin without any carving. Stickers on pumpkins are always so much fun.
Get excited with Fall Themed activities
Many pumpkin patches offer fun games and activities like corn mazes, hayrides, apple picking, and petting zoos. Check your local pumpkin patches to see exactly what they offer.
Engage in these activities to add more enjoyment to your visit. My kid’s favorite activities at the pumpkin patches are the petting zoos and hayrides. They especially love the hayrides because it’s not something we do throughout the year.
Be Prepared with Snacks and Drinks
While some pumpkin patches might limit what food you can bring it, I highly suggest bringing all the snacks and drinks if it’s permitted. If your local pumpkin patch allows it, bring a blanket so you can have a picnic while enjoying the great weather and atmosphere. Bonus points if you bring pumpkin inspired food!
Dress for the Occasion
Get into the spirit of the season by wearing costumes or themed attire. Dress up as scarecrows, witches, or other fall-themed characters for added fun. My boys aren’t huge into playing dress up so I always make sure they are in Fall clothes that semi match. They don’t have to be in full fledged matching outfits but I know I’m going to be taking a lot of pictures so we try to stick with the theme. Remember, you don’t have to go buy anything special for this trip – just piece together what you already have!
Storytime at the Pumpkin Patch
What’s more fun than listening to a story being read to you at the pumpkin patch? I love when pumpkin patches offer this activity. If yours does not, no worries – make your own storytime! Bring your favorite Fall or pumpkin themed book from the library and read it while visiting.
Support Your Local Pumpkin Patch
Many of these pumpkin patches that you will find in your hometown are family farms or churches who are raising money. Chat with the workers and learn about them, many are volunteers doing what they can do to support the pumpkin patch.
The best thing you can do for them is to support them! If you’re able to purchase goods that they are offering or even just spread the word about their pumpkin patch and all they offer.
Remember, the key to making memories is to be present, engage with the activities, and have fun with your loved ones. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of the pumpkin patch while creating cherished moments together.