Pumpkins and Kids – Color Your Weekends Orange.

I think October should be officially set aside to celebrate all things orange.

Perfect Pumpkins in the Sun

Perfect pumpkins come in all sizes but the most popular color is always orange.

I do not mean orange and black or orange and green, simply orange. Why? Orange is a happy color but except for harvest time which is also pumpkin time, it is relegated to coloring sessions when crayons make magic in little hands and grass, bunnies and occasionally people turn up orange.

Pumpkin patches and corn mazes go hand in hand but I have pumpkins on my mind because the shades of orange in any pumpkin patch signify a harmonious connection with our planet. I am inspired by the countless creative ways gardens and farms embrace the season and focus on scree free fun for all ages.

Pumpkin village at Dallas Arboretum

Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum includes a world class pumpkin village, a magical pumpkin carriage, and oodles of screen free families activities.

Near to my home and at the top of my list is the Pumpkin Village at Dallas Arboretum. The colorful pumpkins, gourds and squash population number well past 50,000 and create a setting that must be seen to be believed. Each season I watch tykes and their older companions awed by the remarkably artful Pumpkin Village and Cinderella’s magical pumpkin carriage.

The annual Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire pays homage to the color orange populating the festival with thousands of lit jack-o’lanterns and those in attendance have a chance to go pumpkin bowling.

Dewberry Farm South Texas Twins and Pumpkins

The awesome pumpkin patch at Dewberry Farm has pumpkins for tykes and enough family activities to last all weekend.

One of the best agri-adventures in the country is at Dewberry Farm in South Texas where acres of pumpkins ready for picking, and pumpkin carving and corn cannons add to the fun. On Saturday nights Pumpkin Hollow is aglow with hundreds of artfully carved pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Farm not far from Buffalo, New York has everything pumpkin-related from pumpkin decorating, and scarecrow stuffing to pumpkin pie eating. As an added bonus they have “FSI: Farm Scene Investigation” corn maze experience with its own interactive app.

Red Arty Hubbard Pumpkins

The best pumpkin patches prove pumpkins have personalities just like people and the come in all shapes and sizes from smooth and sunny to warty and quirky.

Not far from Wichita, Kansas, Walters’ Pumpkinfest is all about seeing more orange. From the pumpkin cannon blaster and pumpkin sling shots to pumpkin salsa, pumpkin chili, pumpkin bread and pumpkin soup, the festival is really orange.

Not far from Los Angeles Underwood Family Farms showcases more than a dozen varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds during their Fall Harvest Festival plus in Hollywood style Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show features an animatronic chicken clucking to popular tunes.

Our aMAZEing Fun folder features dozens of awesome places to encounter pumpkins, cornstalks, scarecrows and screen free fun. The season is turning more orange by the minute.

Nancy Nelson-Duac

Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files