In these parts, October means ‘Fall colour,’ Pumpkin patches and Halloween. And pumpkin patches mean ‘many, many pumpkins,’ corn mazes and hayrides. That was why I insisted on not picking up pumpkins-for-carving when we went Halloween costume-shopping in Walmart a few weeks back.
For a couple of years now, we’ve been carving pumpkins and having fun doing it. If you haven’t tried doing it, maybe you should. It is not as difficult as it looks. And then, there’s the satisfaction you get from looking at the jack-o-lantern(s) you created.
Ok, coming back to the Pumpkin patches, it is a place you might want to check out if you find yourself in the United States in the month of October. If you have you kids you must take them there. Just seeing the bright colour of pumpkins is such a happy sight. I’m sure they’d like go pick up some pumpkins and try carving them. Just look up farms that grow pumpkins and are open to the public. Chances are that these patches come with some fun activities for kids and sometimes even adults.
And if you find yourself in Northern California, there’s this place I would recommend — Dell’Osso (Family) Farm in Lathrop. Lathrop is some 70 miles east of San Francisco. This year, ‘this’ is where we went to get our pumpkins. This farm turns into a full-fledged ‘patch’ with not just the pumpkins and hayrides but has a long list of attractions, activities and even stalls selling food that it made me feel like I was at a county fair.
Dell’Osso Farm is where you can —
|get on a speedway,|
|or paint pumpkins,|
|or climb a tire pyramid,|
|or get your hands dirty doing gem-mining with a bag of soil,|
|or pose inside a pumpkin carriage,|
|or walk on aerial ropes|
|or shoot pumpkins like you would, canon balls,|
|or take a joyride in a toy train,|
|or halloween – souvenir shop,|
|or just pick pumpkins for carving.|
But that is not all that this farm has spread out for this harvest season; there’s a corn maize, zip line, petting zoo, haunted castle and a few rides to name a few things on the list.