I love love love October in Southern California. It's the kick off for all the fun of the holiday celebrations to come until the end of the year. Since we've had Abby, we've made it a tradition to take her to two very different pumpkin patches every year (if you do it two years in a row it's considered a tradition, right?) .
The first one is Tanaka Farms in Irvine, where Abby and cousin Kailey get all the small town fun of a working farm and pumpkin patch. The girls get to feed the goats and pet the lambs, ride an open air tram through the farm's luscious crop fields (which culminates in the very satisfying firing of a pumpkin cannon), get lost running through the "amazing maize maze" and finally end the trip by picking their own pumpkins right off the vine.
Kailey and Abby - 2008
Kailey and Abby - 2009
The Goat Whisperer
Abby's pick fresh from the patch.
The second one we visit is Pa's Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach, which is more of a county fair atmosphere; pony rides, bumper cars, merry-go-rounds, games, etc. Oh, and pumpkins, too! Definitely more "commercial" but the kids love it just as much - probably more, if I'm being honest. Both are great and really get us into the holiday spirit, reminding us that Halloween is just around the corner.
Our sweet little hobgoblin.