How to Visit the Pumpkin Patch

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
October 18, 2009

Every year, we have a family tradition of visiting the Pumpkin Patch!  It is tons of fun and gives you some really great picture opportunities, as well as bonding opportunities!  I have come up with a few tips that will help you to have a great time at the Pumpkin Patch with your little ones.

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1 – Bring jackets.  It is definitely no fun to be out in the Pumpkin Patch, searching for pumpkins, when you or your little one is cold. So be sure to grab custom sorority jackets that will keep you warm in the cool weather.

2 – Visit when it’s light out.  We have visited the Pumpkin Patch both at dusk (pre-kids) and during the day (with kids).  It is SO MUCH easier to pick a pumpkin when you can see – lol!  So be sure to give yourself plenty of time to hike around the patch in search of your perfect pumpkin.

3 – Bring your camera.  Many pumpkin patches are located out in the countryside, away from the city.  Chances are pretty good that the Pumpkin Patch won’t have disposable cameras or even batteries for that matter.  You will definitely regret it if you don’t have your camera for this fun family experience.

4 – Bring water for everyone.  Make sure everyone has a water bottle in the car.  After hiking around in the Pumpkin Patch, you will probably work up a little sweat and be pretty thirsty for water.  Make life easy and have the water accessible in your car.

5 – Bring snacks for everyone.  After walking through the Pumpkin Patch, your kids will probably get tired and hungry.  Be sure to bring some crackers and/or fruit to snack on after the visit.  This will also help save you money because if you have a snack, you won’t feel hungry and stop off at a restaurant or drive-thru!

6 – Bring cash!  More and more Pumpkin Patches are taking debit and credit cards, but some still only take checks or cash.  So be sure to bring your checkbook, picture id (hopefully you have your license anyways), and some cash – probably around $20 to play it safe.

7 – Wear proper clothes!  When I say this, I mean to leave your stylish platform shoes or expensive jeans at home.  If you don’t want them to get muddy or torn, then don’t wear them!  Bring an extra pair of clothes in case someone falls in the mud or a child has a really nasty diaper (you know what I mean – lol).

8 – Most important, HAVE FUN!!!  Make this an exciting opportunity for you and your family.  Tell stories on the way to the pumpkin patch, sing songs, talk about your favorite part of the Pumpkin Patch on the way home.  This can become a memorable family tradition you all can enjoy!


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Pumpkin Patch 2004 – Brian was a little guy!  Almost 1!



Pumpkin Patch 2005 – Brian was almost 2 years old!


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This was in 2006 – George holding Dallen,  Brian, me


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Pumpkin Patch 2007 – Brian, me (pregnant with Sam), Dallen, and George


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Pumpkin Patch 2008 – George, Dallen, Brian, and I’m holding Baby Sam

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Pumpkin Patch 2009 – Dallen, Sam, Brian, me, and George

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

20 Responses to “How to Visit the Pumpkin Patch”

  1. Jennifer G. says:

    I will definitely be taking my kids soon. But it seems that you have real pumpking patches which looks like so much fun. Here in Miami, Fl our pumpking patches consist of piled up pumpkins that you get to pick through under tents. I’d love to go to a real one in the country one day!

  2. Jammie says:

    I am sad to say we have never been to a pumpkin patch. I am one of those buy a pumpkin at walmart and call it good. You have some great pictures.

  3. Rosey says:

    I love the photo history! Nice job!!

  4. melinda says:

    WOW! look how big your boys are now!!!!!! Cute!!!! 🙂

  5. I loved seeing these pictures, they are great.
    Several years of memories. Priceless.

  6. Courtney Rae Clark says:

    This was one of my favorite things to do when I was little. I waited all year to go to the pumpkin patch!
    I am a mommy-to-be now and I still can’t wait til the one around here opens this weekend!
    better yet, I can’t wait til my little one Is big enough to pick out her own pumpkin!
    Seems like it would be even more fun as a family!

  7. Lori Z. says:

    I would like to add bring eyewear! Perhaps you lucky ducks up there with all your rain have the convenience of wet hay that carpets the pumpkin patch, but us dry folks have the disadvantage of dust and hay getting kicked up by wind or hayrides. It’s so much easier when the kids have sunglasses on, rather than trying to get them to keep their eyes closed when there’s so much excitement

  8. Marie says:

    What lovely photos! We go to the pumpkin patch every year also and the kids have a lot of fun! One thing I always make sure I have when we go to the pumpkin patch (and apple picking, etc.) is some band-aids and first aid ointment in my purse. At least one of my children always manages to fall and scrape up their knee or elbow and I can do an “in-the-field” patch job which clears up tears and we can continue on to the fun part 🙂

  9. Karen R says:

    Great pictures! It’s great to see your family grow and the kids grow up.

  10. Dotti says:

    Great tips! Your boys are adorable.

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  12. Aline says:

    By the way that is a super cute picture of you guys at the top. I have also been to night time pumpkin patches where they show thousands of carved pumpkins all lite up. There is an annual one here up in Providence, RI that’s not to be missed at the Roger Williams Zoo.

  13. Such great advice and lovely pictures of a beautiful family! I too miss the “real” pumpkin patches of New England (but NOT the cold and the raking and the snow, yada, yada, yada).
    I have the same kinds of memories with my kids. Your boys will remember those trips forever – mine do, and are now telling them to their girlfriends. 🙂

  14. Cynthia M. says:

    you’re boys looks adorable, great pictures and thanks for the tips. we’ll be going to a pumpkin patch next week!!! cant wait.

  15. Charlene Kuser says:

    These are some really nice pictures and looked like you had a great time.I enjoy going to
    the one here but have to stay out of the barn where the hay is,because of my allergies.The kids
    always choose a pumpkin way bigger than them to carry and it is so funny

  16. Terri P. says:

    That looks like it was so much fun!! Your tips seem to cover everything and include some things I normally wouldn’t think of, so thanks. And you take awesome photos, too!!

  17. makayla B says:

    These are some great tips! And it looks like you had a fun time with you family!

  18. Betty N says:

    We have a wonderful pumpkin patch near our city. I love the family pics through the years!

  19. mommalovesmee says:

    Lovely pics! I would definitely keep your tips in mind for the coming year!

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