Letting My Inner Child Out to Play: A Visit To the Pumpkin Patch

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Fall is probably my favorite season, and I love Halloween.  I guess I’m still a kid at heart!  The company I work for allows employees to dress up, and in the past five years I’ve dressed up as Frida Kahlo, a butterfly, a beatnik, a cat, and a beauty queen.  This year?  I’m still undecided, but will likely indulge my inner child with some sort of costume.  I’m a big believer in having fun and breaking up the monotony of the daily grind, and dressing up for Halloween is a great way to do that.

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While Halloween can be great fun for adults, it’s a particularly great holiday for kids.  Candy AND costumes?  What’s not to like?!  My favorite Halloween smell is still the smell of all the different types of Halloween candy combined, which you can enjoy when you stick your nose in a full trick-or-treat bag.  Yum!  When I was a child a favorite post trick-or-treating activity was dumping out all my candy, separating it according to type, and taking stock of my loot.  It was then that I’d trade candy with my older brother – swapping any licorice I’d gotten for something more palatable.

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Another fun part of fall is going to the pumpkin patch.  We don’t have much of a change of season where I live, so I’m happy to embrace one of fall’s brightly colored symbols – pumpkins.  Hubby and I recently visited a local pumpkin patch, and had a great time tromping around.  We selected three small pumpkins, picked some veggies (including carrots for our bunnies!), and had fun being big kids.  I snapped some photos to share with you (hubby took the photo of me and my scarecrow friend), and hope you enjoy this peek at our Southern California autumn.

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Do you still dress up for Halloween?  Do you decorate your home?  What is your favorite kind of Halloween candy?  Please leave a comment and fill me in.

Warm regards,
Melody

p.s. Here’s a link to a Pumpkin Bars recipe from last October, in case you missed it the first time!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 11, 2011 at 8:35 am by Ellie | Permalink

    Hi! We are going to decorate this year! so excited to actually have a front lawn to put out decorations and pumpkins. We bought Bailey her costume and are happy to be taking her around the neighborhood for her first trick or treating adventure.

  2. Posted October 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm by Ellen | Permalink

    Great photos! I love that I’m not the only grown up kid ;D I bet you made a great Frida!
    I am thinking Bride of Frankenstein this year~
    We started decorating our yard, but rain detoured us. So, we made Halloween treats instead. I love the combo of popcorn with candy corn,when I smell it, I turn 11 yrs old. ;D
    enJOY the magic of the season~

  3. Posted October 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Ellen,
    My Frida costume *was* pretty great. 😮 The Bride of Frankenstein sounds like lots of fun.
    As for popcorn and candy corn – yum! Do you have a recipe for your Halloween treats? Sounds like a yummy combo!
    Thank you for stopping by, and for commenting…
    Melody

  4. Posted October 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Ellie,
    Thank you for sharing – so nice to hear from you! I hope you enjoy decorating for Halloween, and trick-or-treating with Bailey! What will she be dressing up as for her first time out?
    Melody

  5. Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:47 am by Amanda | Permalink

    Hello friend 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that I made the delicious pumpkin bars last night and they were yummy! I am going to add that recipe to my book. Thanks so much for sharing. Amanda

  6. Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:01 am by Melody | Permalink

    Amanda,
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting! You’re very welcome. I’m glad you made – and enjoyed – the Pumpkin Bars. I haven’t had them for a while, and they are so yummy. Hmm, maybe it’s time to make another batch!
    Melody