Every year Gareth and I make a special effort to celebrate Halloween. Previous years we have taken a ghost bus tour (dressed as a bat and a vampire) through London at night, gone on a Frightmove house tour (dressed as a pumpkin and a zombie) and have always decorated the house with carved pumpkins, fairy lights, bunting and other spooky goodies.
Some people will inevitably think that Halloween is just another excuse for the big companies and corporations to market yet more junk at us. And I guess it’s true to an extent – but I am a firm believer in celebrating whatever you can, making the most out of life and having fun. So in this house, we celebrate Halloween and we love it.
Ever since we spotted the sign at the side of a dirty road some weeks ago and discovered pumpkin patches exist in Essex, we were determined to go.
For some reason fate intervened week after week and for one reason or another, to my extreme dismay, we were unable to make the short trip. However, the sun shone this morning and nothing was stopping us so we finally drove down to Foxes Farm Produce, Basildon and the wonderfully exciting Pumpkin Patch.
We arrived at around 11 o’clock and the carpark was already full with families heaving giant pumpkins in to boots of cars and excited children clad in wellies. Shrieks of laughter hung on the air as families raced ahead with wheelbarrows to find the best pumpkins.
Entry to Foxes Farm Pumpkin Patch is free – you just pay for the pumpkins you take home- and you can take as many as your arms will allow.
Upon entering the Pumpkin Patch we were greeted with stacked hay bales – which the children clumsily clambered on, and wooden containers holding hundreds of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and shades. There was also a stall set up serving hot food and drinks. We gave this a miss as we’d already eaten.
Further on was a sprawling field absolutely heaving with pumpkins. These had all been pre-picked for ease of collection (and health and safety) and some sat precariously in huge piles. I was surprised to find white pumpkins (or corpse pumpkins as I called them) as I hadn’t seen these before and didn’t know pumpkins came in different colours! That seems funny to think of now but at the time I hadn’t considered the possibility.
There was also a field with corn in although we didn’t really explore this- we were much too excited racing around the field, finding the best pumpkins (the best pumpkin has a nice twisty stalk) and getting caught up in the excitement around us.
The atmosphere was fantastic. Lots of families, children and couples having fun selecting pumpkins and laughing with delight. If you have children, the Pumpkin Patch is an absolute must. We easily spent around an hour there just looking around. We wanted to get one of everything we could find so in the end selected a munchkin pumpkin, a regular pumpkin, a corpse pumpkin, a small white pumpkin that looked like a garlic bulb, and a rounded red one that looks just like a giant onion! We also picked up a pumpkin for Gareth’s nephew and a tiny one for his baby niece! In total we spent £14 pound which was a complete bargain for the whole experience.
With Autumn just around the corner (c’mon the 22nd September!) I thought it’d be fun to make a little bucket list for the season. Autumn is my most favourite time of year not least because of Halloween, pumpkin spiced lattes, snuggly duvet days reading books whilst it rains outside, piles of golden leaves, shiny conkers and bringing out my favourite knitted jumpers. So here’s what I’m hoping to get up to this season (I may even blog a few of these!)
Halloween event (to be planned/confirmed)
Long walks in the woods / countryside
Open the new seasonal Halloween Sonny Angels
Lush haul – shop all the new seasonal bath bombs (sparkly pumpkin I’m coming for you!)
Movie/book day whilst it rains
and last but not least
Eat a toffee apple!
I can’t wait to have a fun and cosy season. I may add some more activities to the list if I think of anything. Let me know what you’re most looking forward to?