I know everyone feels this way, but I absolutely LOVE fall. Even though Seattle is the Emerald City – green all year round! – we still get all the amazing orange, red, and yellow leaves changing and dropping from the rest of the trees. It’s such a beautiful time of year, and you can’t help but get excited about the cooler weather, puffy vests, and even the rain boots.
October is also birthday season in our house, so it is a BUSY month! With double birthday celebrations, plus my trip to San Francisco sandwiched in between, it took us until the very last weekend in October to get to the pumpkin patch. But by god – we made it.
I had actually been to a (different) pumpkin patch already with the boys as part of a class field trip with Cullen’s school. It was fun but incredible overwhelming and exhausting to have them there by myself, and between hauling kids and toting pumpkins, I didn’t exactly capture any memories. I really wanted to get back there as a family, so we finally made it happen the week before Halloween!
We went to Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm because I knew there would be some other fun things to do there in addition to picking out the perfect pumpkins. First up – horse rides! This was Graham’s first time on a horse, and I was surprised that he wasn’t scared one bit. He absolutely loved it.
Cullen rocked it out like an old pro.
We decided to hit up all the fun little kids activities before getting our pumpkins, so that we weren’t hauling 40lbs with of squash around with us everywhere. Both kids were totally obsessed with this cow train, and begged to ride again and again.
And then it was time to load onto the hay bales and ride the tractor out to the pumpkin patch! Both times we did the hay ride this year, Cullen turned to me and said “Mom, I don’t need your arm around me.” DAMMIT, you guys. They are growing up.
We got to the pumpkin field and headed for the back. And then I did what I always do – ran around and took 400 pictures and in no way helped with pumpkin picking at all. Casey dreads this day of the year, but he’s such a good sport. At least I didn’t buy him a matching Halloween shirt?
The kids were in heaven. So many pumpkins, and so hard to choose just a few.
I’m not into overly posed photos, but I desperately tried to get them to turn and smile just ONE time. Apparently there was a worm on the ground directly where I asked them to stand, so it was so not happening.
Better than nothing? I cant believe how big they look. How big they ARE, really. Will they even GO to the pumpkin patch with me when the are like six and eight? Or will they just roll their eyes with dad and point to the bin at Trader Joe’s and say “why can’t we just get these pumpkins again?” Hold me.
Could Graham be any less impressed? I’ll never stop trying.
It was actually really, REALLY fun and we were all very dirty and muddy by the end – excited for all sorts of fun carving to come later that evening.
Also, really appreciated this pumpkin washing station, although somehow all the dirt that we washed off the pumpkins seemed to land on Graham’s face.
After heading home for naps and Sunday relaxing, we did our carving that night. This was the first time Graham was old enough to really know what was going on, and he was SO INTO IT.
He loves anything that has to do with tools and building/fixing things, so this was totally his element. And yes, we decided to let our two year old use a sharp carving poker. He was super careful!
He literally stalked Casey through the process. Cullen didn’t want to get messy or have his picture taken, so he just ran around the room like a maniac.
Once the pumpkins were scooped, it was time to carve! Casey’s mom had sent us this awesome idea to use cookie cutters on the pumpkins, and we totally did it.
I ordered a few cheap sets of cookie cutters that I knew the boys would love on Amazon, and we gently hammered them in one at a time. When we pulled them out, the pumpkin was perfectly shaped – genius!
And of course, Graham was all about the hammering.
Graham ended up with an awesome toolbox pumpkin…
And Cullen’s was, of course, baseball!
It was serious fun, and I’d definitely do it again next year. And now I have a feeling we might have hammer and baseball bat-shaped Christmas cookies this year too!
And no fall fun is complete without Halloween itself! We did trick or treating twice this year – once at our local business trick or treat on the 30th, and then the next night around the neighborhood. We had many lengthy discussions about costumes, and ultimately decided on – FARM ANIMALS!
Cullen really wanted to be a horse, and let me tell you – it is really hard to find a horse costume for a four year old! In fact, it is actually really hard to find ANY costume for a boy over aged two that is not a superhero. And while there is nothing wrong with superheroes, my kids just don’t know or care about the characters. My mom ended up offering to make him a costume, and I quickly took her up on that offer. She turned a simple sweat suit into a horse/donkey, and Cullen absolutely LOVED it. He told everyone very proudly that his Grandma made it for him.
Graham wanted to be one of the barnyard gang like this brother, but he didn’t seem to really care which animal. So I posted in our local Buy Nothing group on Facebook to see if anyone had a farm animal costume they weren’t using, and another generous mom gifted us this incredible cow suit. It came with legwarmers but he looked absolutely ridiculous in them, so we improvised with black pants. He was crazy adorable, and also loved his costume.
I think going forward I’m going to pull out costumes on our worst days – when the kids are being crazy and fighting all afternoon and I want to kill them. Because how could you possibly yell at two little monsters who look like this? They made us – and each other – laugh all night long.
We did our trick or treating with some friends, and as always, it was just so much fun. It’s one of my favorite nights of the year as a parent – it’s just so magical and special for the kids, and it brings back so many of my own memories of walking up to houses with my friends and my big sister.
Both kids were really into it, and we somehow successfully limited the candy consumption to only two pieces for each. Mom, on the other hand, ate more than her fair share and then quickly donated it to a Buy Back program before she literally turned into a walking Crunch bar.
It was an awesome night full of great memories, and it has me so excited for all the magic of the holiday season that is still ahead.
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope November is treating you well so far!