We have a tradition of taking the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick out their pumpkins to carve for Halloween. It is always a great time and I look forward to it every year! We have been to all kinds of Pumpkin patch farms over the last several years. Some could literally be all day affairs with petting zoos, mazes, playgrounds, rides, pumpkin patches, etc.! While others have been a simple pumpkin patch. Either way, it is always a lot of fun! I love watching the kids excitement as they wander around the patch looking for the “perfect” pumpkin! David always wants the biggest pumpkin he can find. Emma looks for the prettiest pumpkin she can find. I don’t know yet what Samuel’s philosophy is, but he wanted to pick out two or three! I had to help him choose one, and then I told him we would pick out a tiny pumpkin for the baby. I plan on painting that pumpkin half pink half blue and carving a question mark in it. 🙂
There was also a beautiful field of sunflowers!! I LOVE sunflowers! I want to grow some in our back yard! The kids love them too, and like watching the bees buzzing all around them. Samuel wanted to pick some sunflowers too, but I had to tell him they were just for taking pictures. 🙂
After the pumpkin patch we went to find costumes for Halloween! The kids are really excited about dressing up, and of course their favorite thing of all, candy!
Sunday after church there was a fall festival with food, games, and more candy! The kids had a blast! They love playing the games and seeing how much candy they can collect. This is Samuel’s first real fall/Halloween experience as we didn’t do any of these activities last year. We did go to the pumpkin patch last year and had a great time with cousins, but we didn’t trick or treat or go to any fall festivals. So playing all the little games and getting candy was pretty marvelous to Samuel! I can’t wait to see their reactions Sunday evening when they dress up and go trick or treating!
Another holiday tradition for us is watching the Charlie brown specials. One used to be able to look them up and watch or rent them at the least, but now they are in some kind of apple vault! Which is really disappointing to me, but I digress. We did catch it on PBS Sunday evening and made it a family dinner/movie event! It felt like the old days when you actually had to plan and purposefully sit down to watch something! The kids loved it! I might have loved it just as much!