Fall is here. I’ve been so excited since October because this is the perfect season to visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze! And guess what, I lost my pumpkin patch and corn maze virginity this fall! Here are my tips and experience for you!
A little about pumpkins:
- Pumpkins as associated with Halloween and go hand in hand with the fall season
- Carving pumpkins into jack-o-lantern is a popular Halloween tradition that the Irish started when they immigrated to America
- Pumpkin seeds are usually planted around late May to mid June
- It takes about 3 to 4 months for pumpkins to grow (hence, we visit the patch in October)
Now let’s move on to me.
Tips and Experience
1. The weather
We’re now living in a world where you can check the weather forecast even a month prior to plan your outdoor activities. Especially when visiting a patch, it’s important to do so because who wants to get wet in the rain and having your shoes soaked in muddy ground and end up sulking all day? It doesn’t mean you can’t visit a patch on a gloomy day. In fact, it depends on what you want to do when you’re there. If you plan on taking photos, going on a bright sunny day with no clouds in sight may not be the right day.
Experience: I knew it was going to be sunny but I didn’t expect to not have a single cloud in the sky. It was completely cloud free and blue. I shouldn’t be complaining but I wanted to take some Insta photos so that’s not the best lighting.
There may be a pumpkin patch five miles from where you live but there’s nothing much you can do there. Or would you prefer to drive 20 miles to a bigger patch with more choices of pumpkins and offers more activities? It’s all up to you.
Experience: The patch that I went to is Hank’s Pumpkintown at Montauk. Honestly, my boyfriend chose it, not me.. I didn’t have too high of expectations so it wasn’t too bad! Unfortunately, it’s now closed for the season and will reopen in 2019.
3. What activities do the patch offer
I honestly never knew there were so much to do at a pumpkin patch, I naively thought it’s just pumpkin picking.. If you’re bringing your family with kids, maybe they’d like face painting? Or getting lost in the maze and having to find their way out? Maybe they just prefer to run around the playground, it all depends. So again, do your homework!
Experience: Hank’s have got the corn maze ($15 admission fee per person), a wooden playground, apple blaster ($5 for 6 shots) gem mining ($7 per bag of rough) and face painting. I chose the corn maze and.. wasn’t that satisfied. The corns were all dead, I just wasn’t feeling as excited as I thought I’d be. Bummer.
4. Dress for comfort
Or for whatever you intend to be doing. If you’re looking to be running around with your kids, maybe sneakers with jeans would be good. Or if you want to take some nice Insta photos, your outfit choice will be different then. You can look good in sneakers in your insta photo too, no biggie. It’s all up to you.
Experience: Well, I didn’t exactly dress for comfort or I kind of did, it’s just that the ground was a little soft as it rained the day before. I was balancing on the balls of my feet the whole day as I didn’t want the heel of my boots sinking into the ground. My boots were only a week old when I wore them, what was I thinking wearing them to a pumpkin patch?
5. Make sure your tummy is full
Packing food is always an option, paying for food is another. I decided to go with the latter. Didn’t regret it!
Experience: Aside from the corn, I had the seasonal food – pumpkin pie, apple cider doughnuts and hot chocolate. Added corndog to the meal too and I’ve been craving for it ever since. There was a variety of farm food at Hanks – soft serve ice cream, doughnuts, pies, kettle corn etc.
6. Know what you want to purchase
Gift shops are where you can find unique, handmade items. So when I think of a gift shop in a pumpkin patch, I would think that it’ll be full of pumpkins, wreaths, Halloween ornaments and of course, there’ll be food. It’s one of the best place to find home decorations for fall. Imagine a pretty fall wreath hanging on your door.
Experience: There wasn’t really a gift shop at Hank’s, which is pretty disappointing, only a small section that had a couple of decor for sale.
7. Just have fun, enjoy yourself with them pumpkins!
With your family, your kids, your friends, your partner – just enjoy yourself. Nothing beats a good day with all the fun and laughter (:
Have you visited a pumpkin patch/corn maze this fall? How was your experience?Tags: fall, new york state, pumpkin patch