The Great Pumpkin
I’m not particularly a fan of fall (I’m more of a spring person), but one thing I do look forward to every year is taking a trip to the pumpkin farm. Willie and I used to take my niece to Schuster’s Playtime Farm when she was younger, and this year we got to take Owen to pick out his first Halloween pumpkin. Aside from helping out a local farming family, I really enjoy going because it’s fairly cheap and a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Owen enjoyed seeing all of the farm animals, including pigs, goats, chickens, donkeys, llamas, and kittens. He also did pretty well on the hayride around the farm on the way to the pumpkin patch (although I think he enjoyed staring at the lady at the end of the hay wagon more than he did the scenery. If you’re reading this, sorry! I know it’s rude to stare.) We ended up picking a medium size pumpkin—the perfect size, because it’s small enough that you don’t have to clean out too much pumpkin guts, but big enough that mommy can get some nice pumpkin seeds to roast and snack on. Next year should be even more fun because he’ll be able to enjoy more of the other activities they have there for kids.
As far as other things concerning Halloween go, we decided not to spend a lot on a costume for Owen since he’s too little to go trick or treating. Instead we bought a little jack-o-lantern onesie and pants and a matching hat with a pumpkin stem on it (for way less than $10), figuring that he could wear pieces of it again.
I’m curious to know if any of you have other tips for being thrifty around Halloween time. What inexpensive activities do you do with your family this time of year?