Pumpkin Patches are Iconic Halloween & Fall Fun
Picking pumpkins is one of those fall activities that my kids look forward to every year and no matter how busy we are, we make time for this.
My third grader spotted a pumpkin patch yesterday and his eyes got wide with excitement. “MOM!! Can we pick pumpkins today??” he begged.
Lots of area family farms have pumpkin patches, and they often have many other activities for your visit.
Click on a farm’s name on the graphic – or scroll down to get more detailed information about area pumpkin patches.
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Pumpkin Patch Map
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Pumpkin Picking – Greater Grand Rapids Pumpkin Patches
Use this pumpkin farms guide to get out and get picking!
Pumpkin Carving Tools & Decorating Ideas
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When my kids were little, they loved picking the family pumpkin to carve for Halloween.
Now that they’re older, they all want to get their own pumpkins. To keep them from bringing home the biggest pumpkin in the field, we allowed them to pick any pumpkin they could carry back to the hayride.
This year, their goal is to find just the right broad, round face with plenty of room to design features even more (complicated) awesome than the year before.
As for the designs chosen – that varies from year to year.
Etsy is full of cool pumpkin carving templates that you have purchase for a small fee. Most of them are printable PDFs.
Here are a few that caught my eye:
We’ve acquired several carving tools like those pictured below, and the proper tools help with getting a detailed design carved into the pumpkin, as well as upping the safety factor.
Here are several tool kits that might work for your family.
If cutting into the pumpkin isn’t your thing, there are ways to dress up the orange orb with using a knife.
Consider decals, markers, or adorning your pumpkin with metal art. Here are some ideas: