Wonderful Pumpkin Patch and Blah on Halloween!


My friend Adrienne and I took our kids to Airlie Hills Farm today to enjoy the beautiful fall day and all of the fun festivities they have going on there.

Sofia playing in the wheat. Definitely not  gluten-free zone :).

The kids had fun petting a little calf.

Gabe trying to find the biggest pumpkin.

The kids at the end of all of the play.

But never too tired to be silly.

The sponsors of this fun and Miriam’s head just to show that she was there as well.

I had never taken the kids to Airlie Hill Farms before, and it was a great place. I love a day at the pumpkin patch, and fall is just my favorite season. The weather, the colors,  the decor,going for a walk on a cool fall day,  making applesauce, having chili feeds with friends…. I just love it all. Okay, I lied. I don’t love it all. I am just going to be a scrooge and admit that I do not  love Halloween. I don’t love the candy. I don’t love dressing up or dressing my kids up, and I hate to admit this as a Corvallis OSU resident, but I struggle even down to the color combination of orange and black. Now that I have kids, I am going to try to be fun and let my kids enjoy the holiday, because kids love this holiday. I love when Halloween is over so I can start getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those are my faves. Am I the only Halloween scrooge?

Sarabeth - October 26, 2011 - 9:18 pm

I’m with you. Love fall, but really don’t love Halloween. Costumes are stressful for me to figure out, and it seems like the candy lasts until Christmas (that is, way too long). And it seems like we get a whole lot of really rude kids that come to the door, and that really bugs me. So no, you’re not the only Halloween scrooge :)

Camille - October 26, 2011 - 10:56 pm

What’s the most happening Halloween event for kids? We have costumes (hassle-free thanks to craigslist and the thrift store), but are looking for a minimal-candy activity. Any suggestions?

Kim - October 27, 2011 - 7:26 am

I do not like Halloween at all either. I don’t like giving out candy – don’t get me started on the kids that are way too old or the babies in strollers who are clearly not going to be the ones eating the candy. I don’t like trick-or-treating. I don’t like scary stuff or being scared. I’d be perfectly happy to skip it all together and go straight to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those are happy, loving, family holidays.

I even quit giving out candy and gave prepackaged pretzels, popcorn balls, mini puzzle books, crayons, temporary tattoos, etc. My husband was not happy at first but the kids loved it, “MOM! LOOK! I got a popcorn ball!” Two years ago I refused to even turn on the light. I had all the stuff bought but just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Total Halloween scrooge.

Michelle - October 27, 2011 - 7:59 am

Aww, I LOVE Halloween!! But I almost never put up a Christmas tree… so, I guess we balance each other out! :)

adrienne w - October 27, 2011 - 8:28 am

Oh, how sad that there are so many Halloween Scrooges. I don’t love Halloween but I love that my kids love it. There is no deeper meaning behind it (that we celebrate anyways) so they just get to have fun! Did you hate Halloween as a kid? I remember planning for months what I was going to be. I swore as a parent that I would never sew costumes, but I’ve done it a few times now, because it means a lot to my kids. We rarely pass out candy tough because we’re usually out with the kids anyways. And I’m not big on dressing up myself, but I do it when the situation warrants. Like last year, I was 8 months pregnant so I went as an eyeball. It was pretty fun. Halloween is not my favorite holiday, but it can be lots of fun.

Wendy M. - October 27, 2011 - 8:44 am

I agree that Halloween is a bit of a hassle for parents, but I do love how excited my kids are about it. I figure I’ll be pretty sad when they decide they are too mature to dress up! I also love that Corvallis has the downtown trick-or-treating…that way we can get by with going to a few neighbor’s houses in the evening and not hit every house in the neighborhood (I’m still feel uncomfortable taking the kids trick-or-treating at houses if I don’t know the people.)
I also do not care for the horror-type costumes…if you are old enough to not be scared of those, I think you are too old to be dressing up and trick-or-treating! :-)

kara - October 27, 2011 - 9:04 am

It’s not that I really despise it or anything, I just don’t get excited about it. It does make me happy to see my kiddos happy, but we just won’t put as much energy into halloween as a family as we will into other holidays (is it too early to listen to Christmas music?). I did not grow up with Halloween being a big deal. My mom didn’t put a lot of effort into costumes, it was more like we just found random stuff to wear around the house (we were homeless and hippies a lot). In the 5th grade, my sister dressed me up as Sinead O’Connor :). So… I guess that my upbringing has a lot to do with the way that I am :).
Camille, the downtown day time trick or treat can be fun. They also have games for little kids to play in the garage of the library during the same time that don’t involve candy. There is also stuff at the fairgrounds, but I’ve never gone to that!

Tonya - October 27, 2011 - 3:11 pm

I LOVE Halloween. I think it is so much fun, but you already knew that about me. It’s fun to feel like a kid again getting all dressed up. I think that has something to do with my upbringing because both my mom and my grandma LOVED Halloween. I even remember my grandma dressing up. It was such a hoot! C’mon scrooges, let’s celebrate! :)

Kellie - October 27, 2011 - 9:09 pm

Hey Tonya…I think Kara needs to be boo’ed!

kara - October 27, 2011 - 10:30 pm

OH Tonya,
Celebrating anything with you is a pleasure… especially when you are dressed like an adorable peacock. Kellie and Tonya, you will have to show me some proper Halloween fun : )