Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pumpkin Patches in Vegas


I am personally enjoying pulling out the pumpkins and witches from the attic for some more decorating. My fall wreath has been up since September, much to Chris' and every other Schulte male's dismay. Chris always discourages Halloween decorating until October is here, but I like enjoying the pumpkins as long as possible. Besides, harvest time doesn't just start in October...

Last week, I took it upon myself to scatter some festive things here and there during the kids' naptime. Dianna came out and looked around a second, noticing a change. The recognition just reaching her eyes, she exclaimed (screeched, more like), "It's Halloween time!" And that just makes it all worth it.

Since Dianna's birthday is in October, last year we had a harvest-themed party and went to Gilcrease Orchard (Westside) on the actual day to pick out pumpkins. And yes, the patch is now open. This great establishment leaves the fun work to you: you get to pick a pumpkin from the many rows and oftentimes it's one that is still attached to the vine. It may not seem like a big deal to people from other towns, but in Vegas, it's pretty unique. What's also in season? Apples, stone fruit and a lot of vegetables. They also make their own apple cider (very good), apple cider donuts (yum), and now their own line of nut butters.

McKee Ranch (Southside) is a family day trip in itself. For the price of $20 per family during pumpkin patch season, you get a pumpkin to take home, hayrides, access to their hay pyramid, farm animals to feed, pony rides, face painting, and food trucks. Not everything is inclusive of the entry fee.

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patches (everywhere in between) are the big pumpkin patches that pop up all over town this month. On top of the pumpkins available, they offer everything from petting zoos to bounce houses.

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