Fall Activities

What are some of the fun Fall activities you enjoy?

Fun Fall Activities
Fun Fall Activities

What are some of the fun Fall activities you enjoy ?  What does Fall/Autumn mean to you ? Pumpkins, Gourds, Corn Maze, Hayrides, Apple picking, Colored Leaves, Crafts, Homemade gift making, Fall Fairs,Sweaters, Boots, Scarfs, Baking, Halloween, Thanksgiving ….is what Fall is all about! It is definitely one of my favorite seasons !

Everyone around is in the mood for carving Jack-O- Lanterns this weekend. Halloween is almost here!

A visit to the pumpkin patch each year has almost become a tradition at our home, ever since I moved to this country. Something about those huge orange balls lying on the hay on farm grounds  warms my soul. It is the one thing that tops my bucket list of things to do each Fall. Needless to say , I headed to the pumpkin patch this year too.

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There is something so real and uplifting when you drive through mud roads across barns heading to the pumpkin farms. Nature doesn’t get more real than that , a bit of earth, farm animals or a petting zoo, children’s laughter…..life becomes a celebration !

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Farms , barns and pumpkin patches make my weekends in Fall.

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We headed to the pumpkin patch closer to home this weekend. We were greeted at the entry way by a huge board that let us know about the fun things inside.

OMG ! look at those pumpkins !

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The wagons were all lined up in the front, so that the families could  get their best pumpkins to take home, large, small and the in- between.

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The different varieties of Pumpkins and their uses :

Did you know, these pumpkins had different names and were used for different purposes ? I did not either, until recently ! Here is a list you might find helpful ,the next time you are in a pumpkin patch.It will help you decide which one you want to bring home !

Baby Bear Pumpkins : They are smaller versions of the Jack -O Lantern Pumpkin varieties. They are wonderful for kids to decorate and they make  excellent bowls for a festive Fall soup.

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The Sugar Pies : The little one just as the name suggests makes for good pies!

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The Fairytale Pumpkins: The silvery orange kinds look great when grouped together in decor. Due to their plump shape they don’t make great Jack- O – lanterns but are well suited for Pies

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Aladdin Pumpkins : The standard pumpkin to be carved into a Jack -O-Lantern, since it has thin meat and a more cavernous interior than the other kinds, hence much more easier to carve.

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The Lumina : Stark white on the outside, bright orange on the inside. They are best for carving as Jack -O- Lanterns. Their fleshy pulp makes for wonderful pies.

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The Jarrandale Pumpkins : The pale green exterior of the pumpkin make it more appealing for decorating your Fall table. It has medium sweet flesh, good for baking, but it’s tough skin is hard to cut.

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Kokai : The dual tone of these pumpkins makes them interesting in decor, but the real treat lies inside. Their seeds are hull-less (no rough shell), so they are fabulous roasted.

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The Rouge Vif deTampes Pumpkin : Most commonly known as the Cinderella Pumpkin. This bright orange  variety is rumored to be the pumpkin served by the pilgrims at Thanksgiving. It’s perfectly used in decor although it can be eaten too !

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It is quite possible that the cutest thing I have seen are the gourds, they come in all shapes and colors and used both as decor for  food.

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When dried and carved they make the most amazing art pieces. Here are a few I have seen in the past in fairs around town, which made me crave to learn the art of gourd carving as a hobby.

Gourd Art : Dried gourds are carved and painted as beautiful pieces of art.

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Next came the , corn stalk stacked against the barn doors….

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The Indian corn, in varied colors, some took them home to make colorful Fall wreaths, some just to add to the Fall decor.

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The Hay from the farms around…..

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…stacked in bales!

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The different kinds of wood for the fire place during the winter months.

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The Farm stand that contained  Fresh Apple Cider, Carved pumpkins, Taffy apples and locally grown farm vegetables.

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Wood art for sale….

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Are you ready for the Halloween ?

Origin of Halloween:

The origin of Halloween dates back to 3000 years to the Celtic celebration of Samhain, means Summer End. Glowing jack-o-lanterns were set on porches and windows to welcome deceased loved ones, and also protect against malevolent spirits. End of Summer was believed that the souls of the dead were closest to this world and was the best time to contact them to say good bye. It was also a celebration of harvest. When Irish arrived in America, they found the native pumpkin to be larger and easier to carve, as to be the perfect choice of jack-o-lanterns.

My  first attempt at Pumpkin Carving

For my part, I tried my hand at pumpkin carving a few years ago, I carved our elephant God, Ganesha to welcome the harvest season.Had no pumpkin carving tools or previous experience, used the kitchen knife to give it a try and the end result….

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Happy Halloween !

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Cindy Moore
Cindy Moore
1 year ago

I enjoy everything about fall! It’s my favorite time of year.

Sabrina DeWalt
1 year ago

I loved taking my boys pumpkin picking when they were little.

Chelsea
Chelsea
1 year ago

I love the fairy tale pumpkins. Those look so whimsical.

Terra Booth
1 year ago

I love this! We are actually taking the dogs out to a local farm for apple and pumpkin picking this weekend and I always bring home so much stuff!! Such a great time of the year!

Kadi
1 year ago

I always take my kids to a pumpkin patch every year. My daughter goes on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin. I like the ugly ones myself 😛

Cecile Leger
1 year ago

Great blog post. I love everything about Fall. The weather, colours, and activities make it the best season for our family.

Tiffany Smith
Tiffany Smith
1 year ago

We are carving pumpkins this weekend! 🎃

Dee Dee
1 year ago

Beautiful! I had no idea about all the varieties of pumpkins!

Sabrina
1 year ago

I have seen all these types of pumpkins but had no knowledge about any of them. Thanks for all of this wonderful information. Also, the origin of Halloween.

Marianne
Marianne
1 year ago

I absolutely love fall and all the wonderful things you can find at the farms! We like having a variety of pumpkins around the house for decor!

Debbie
1 year ago

The gourd art is beautiful. I also like the idea of Fall soups in those Little Bear Pumpkins!

Karen Berdou
Karen Berdou
5 years ago

Wonderful Maya, and thank you!

Karen Berdou
Karen Berdou
5 years ago

Wonderful Maya, and thank you!

Dorothy Seely
Dorothy Seely
5 years ago

Fantastic post! Your photographs and descriptions were so lush and really bring the fall season to life, especially for those of us in warmer climates – thank you!!!