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Tuesday, September 11

Autumn Traditions

Doodle Bug and I picked up a dazzlingly red potted mum yesterday as well as two pumpkins.  There is already apple cider in my fridge and the signs for local corn mazes are lining the streets in town. 

A rather tiny Doodle Bug picking apples
at a dwarf apple orchard in Pennsylvania.
Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pick-your-own apples and so on are traditions for September and October in the House of Mama Stacey.  If you have yet to take your child to something like this... you don't know what you're missing!

To find local corn mazes, pumpkin patches and other Halloween/Samhain related events, give this website a try:   They allow you to search by state here in America, but also have listings for the United Kingdom, Canada and several other countries.

To find local farms and orchards for pick-your-own apples, black berries, pumpkins and so forth, try beginning your search here:

Just about any corn maze we've been too has non-scary daylight mazes as an alternative to the late night fright-fests that are haunted mazes.  There are often side attractions for children as well, such as hay bale climbing, tire swings, clowns or even farm animals to pet or feed.

There is fun for adults as well.  At most autumn-happy farms there are weekend events like bake sales, pumpkin carving demonstrations, canning workshops, and even live entertainment... everything from storytellers to bluegrass bands.  Living in a semi-urban area, I personally delight in the little country stores full of apple butter, garden fresh vegetables, maple syrups and fresh honey.  Also, some locations even host my all time favorite... antique and craft bazaars.

Weather in September and October are classically unpredictable so dress your children in old shoes and bring a jacket or umbrella just in case.  You can often, even after several dry days, expect mud at a corn maze or pumpkin patch.  For our little family this is just part of the experience.  A last hurrah for the soft and fertile soil before it hibernates over winter.   But know that even though your child's feet may get muddy and their noses may drip from a chilly wind and their hands may become sticky with goat slobber, they will enjoy the dickens out of a day at a farm.

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