Kids running and smiling through the patch, finding the perfect pumpkin, delicious cider–all the things you imagine when you visit a Pumpkin Patch with your family, Well as anyone with young kids can tell you, things don’t always go as planned. Thankfully, this isn’t my first time at the rodeo so here are my tips for a successful visit to your local pumpkin patch this fall!
Step 1: Start with a good breakfast
This might seem like a no s’er but I tend to default to a bowl of cereal for breakfast for us and the kiddos but on pumpkin patch day, you might have a ways to drive (as was our case) and you don’t want to arrive hangry or tired from having just had second breakfast in the car. That being said, oatmeal for the win!
Step 2: Pack Lunch
This kind of goes hand in hand with step one, but pumpkin picking is hard work and the troops are gonna need to be fed! Chances are the patch will have a little restaurant you can get food from, but at ours at least, the food is all fried and rather pricey. Plus, I don’t want to spend 30 minutes to an hour, going through the whole dining out process so I packed healthy stand by’s that everyone could eat quickly so that we could get back to the fun! For us, that’s PB&J on Dave’s Killer Bread along with fruit/veggie sauce pouches and some goldfish (always goldfish!). Now, we still treated ourselves to some pumpkin slushies but this healthy lunch kept everyone happy and full!
Step 3: Dress comfortably
Thank goodness, it was actually cool this year–in the past, I have had to wear shorts to the patch and just imagine what a cool breeze would feel like. Whether or not you’re lucky enough to actually experience fall temperatures, I would recommend wearing boots–older is better as you’ll be trapesing around in the field and don’t want to ruin your new kicks. Mine are super old from J.C. Penney I think, but there plenty of cute moto boots at a price point that won’t make you cry if you ruin them.
I would also add that if you have more than one kid, have them match! I don’t always go matchy-matchy with Louis and Judy but when we are somewhere where there is going to be a lot of kiddos, I want them in basically the same outfit so I can spot them quickly–for this trip, we went with overalls–adorable and functional!
Step 4: Get your picture taker to say something ridiculous
This is probably the most important step if you want to get that Norman Rockwell picture of the kids with big happy grins at the pumpkin patch. Thankfully my husband is a great photographer and a funny man so this comes easy to him but no matter who is taking the picture, someone can shout something silly to get the giggles coming out of the little ones! Even if it’s you saying it right before the photo is snapped! You don’t even want to know the nonsense Joe was saying to get the kids to laugh–ok maybe you do…he asked Louis if he had a pumpkin coming out of his butt. BOYS. What can I say though, it worked!
Step 5: Temper your expectations
Sometimes it just doesn’t matter what you do, things just aren’t going the way you planned. But I promise, if you let go of the fact that the weather isn’t ideal, your kid is cranky or whatever it is that’s bothering you–you’ll have a good time and you will get at least one decent picture to post on social media and pretend like you had a FANTASTIC time!
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