Halloween is not complete without a yearly visit to the pumpkin patch. Usually I try visiting a new pumpkin patch each year just to see how they all stack up against each other. But this year, time was short so I decided to head back to a patch I visited a few years ago… the Pierce College Halloween Festival in Woodland Hills. At the time I first visited, I was really impressed by how much they had to offer. But this year…whoah! I can’t believe how much they added. It is almost like a mini county fair now. You can wander in, walk through several rows of pumpkins and visit their farm stand for free. But past that you must pay a $5 entrance fee. However if you plan on buying tickets to any of their attractions, the entrance fee is included. We paid the entrance fee, and explored the festival grounds. Check out what I found and the animatronic creature in the corn maze that blew me away! Continue reading
With October, comes visions of fall leaves, apple cider and pumpkins…lots and lots of pumpkins. If your in the New Hampshire area in the month of October, you will find those visions a reality at the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival. This quintessential New England community hosts this awesome event each year. People in the town and surrounding area come to enjoy and take part in the yearly attempt at breaking the world record of amassing the largest number of lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place. They have held that record for many years. This year the festival will be held on Saturday October 19, 2013. Activities will include entertainment, food, treats, costume parade and of course the wonderfully magical displays of carved pumpkins for all to enjoy. Visit website
October is the month where pumpkin festivals pop up all over the country. If you get the chance I’d suggest you go to one. This weekend Oct 20 & 21 is the annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, in (you guessed it)…Calabasas, California. I went last year and had a blast. Festivals of this sort are usually very safe and a lot of fun for the whole darned family. To start you can’t miss the large pumpkin patch with pumpkins and other gourds for sale. There is also a professional pumpkin carver who will transform ordinary pumpkins into extraordinary masterpieces by using spray cans and carving tools. At the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival kids will not go home empty handed. All day kids will receive one free pumpkin at the painting station and use art brushes and paints to try to create their very own painted pumpkin. The Pumpkin Pavilion also has other things for sale, such as pumpkin pies, treats and other goodies. Okay I’ll try to round up the remainder of the things I saw in one breath. They had a musical stage, free rides and carnival games (comes w/the price of admission), reptile and nature shows for the kids, food booths, and pumpkin beer stations! Whew. Oh and I almost forgot! The highlight for me was watching a table of kids gorge their way through a pumpkin pie as they competed against each other in the pumpkin pie eating contest…gross!
Below are some pics of last years festival.
Hope you enjoy the work of master pumpkin carver Doug Goodreau. He created these last weekend at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. First time I’ve seen spray paints being used in pumpkin carving, but the result is spectacular!
A whimsical witch pumpkin with vegetable nose and chin.
Some random faces awaiting their final transformations.
This purple pumpkin imp grins as he watches the passers-by.
Went to Disneyland a few weeks ago and Disney’s HalloweenTime is Back in full swing! Main Street is a kaleidoscope of fall colors. There are pumpkins everywhere throughout the park including a 12 foot high Mickey ‘jack-o-lantern’. Candy and caramel apples are available to satisfy any sweet tooth. Toy Story’s own Woody and Jessie put on a themed show at the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup. Of course the main attraction is the Haunted Mansion, which is transformed into a Tim Burton ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ theme. It’s a great time and right now the weather is a little hot, but still very comfortable. Only trouble is the crowds are pretty large. If you are planning a trip, might want to go during the week when the crowds are slightly less than a weekend. Continue reading