If You Give a Kid a Pumpkin…

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pumpkin patchIf you give a kid a pumpkin, she’ll want a hayride to go with it. After that bumpy hayride with a dozen other sweaty kids, she’ll definitely need to have her face painted by a 15-year-old who draws a spider on her face. And of course after that, she will need to do the corn maze – where she’s gets lost after the first turn and neither of you can find the way out. After the corn maze, she’ll be exhausted, so of course she’ll need a snack – apple cider and caramel apples all around! After her sticky snack,  she’ll get a second wind and will need to do all the activities: the jump house, the petting zoo, and the pony ride. Whew! Picking out a pumpkin is exhausting!

301221_10150390949123383_120984026_nAfter picking out the pumpkin, she’ll want a family photo on the hay-bale. As you’re grabbing the four, eight pound pumpkins on the way out, she’ll request the little baby pumpkins because she can’t have big pumpkins without the baby pumpkins. As you drag them back to the car covered in mud in the 90 degree weather, she’ll see the gift shop – and because she has always wanted a scarecrow doll or never had a pumpkin scoopers shaped like Elmo, she has to get them…your $4 pumpkin now costs over $100 for all the rides, snacks, experiences and ***fun***.

I love fall festivities as much as the next mom, I truly do – it’s the expectation of cramming all these events into one day (usually an early weekend morning), along with half the city, and spending an arm and leg for something that is going to sit on your porch and rot that gets me. {Rant over.}

If you are excited about pumpkin patch activities and ready to brave the season, here are just a few of our favorites around town. If not, you can follow me to my local grocery store for my $2 pumpkin.

Russell Farms

Stonycreek Farms

Stuckey Farms

Tuttle Orchards

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Mom | wife | pug-lover extraordinaire. This type-A personality wife and mother of two girly princesses Ellie (5) and Emerson (3) and pug-mom to Coal-B-Jak, is living the dream (or sometimes just staying afloat), in Carmel, Indiana. A communication professional with over 15 years working for the world’s largest education company, Jamie manages over 25 social media channels for their technology learning brands. An avid interior design enthusiast and reader, Ms. Shoup spends most of her time corralling the troops on the home-front and finding new ways to create, organize and inspire her girls to experience all life has to offer. She reminds everyone to dance like no one is watching – because they’re not, they are looking at their phones. So get on the dance floor! Keep up with her on Twitter @JamieShoup76.