Autumn is my absolute favorite season! Things here in Massachusetts are just getting good with temperatures dropping and leaves turning colorful. In the spirit of boots and pumpkin spice, I wanted to share a quick list of 5 simple pastimes we enjoy during this time of year.
I know this one is pretty obvious but seriously who doesn’t love a good hayride to pick the perfect pumpkin!
Keith’s Farm located in Acushnet, MA has their hayrides down to a science. Its scenic and just long enough to enjoy the wind in your hair. Silverbrook. Farm also in Acushnet is a classic choice and they have a great farm stand and even a bakery full of freshly baked treats (try the sweet bread!). Sauchuk Farm in Plympton, MA offers a corn maze and other seasonal games and activities.
Hold the gook! Once we’ve carved our pumpkins I put aside the innards in a bowl and employ the kids to pick out the seeds and rinse them.
Melt a little butter or use some olive oil toss the seeds in the bowl. Season them with your choice of spices and toss again. I usually do a sweet batch with cinnamon and sugar and a savory batch with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and arrange the seeds on a lightly greased or parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes stirring occasionally until nice and toasty!
It’s healthy compared to candy corn, convenient, and everyone loves them!
Do you like jousting and handmade goods from local artisans? Do you like turkey legs and yards o’ beer? If you want to experience a wooded wonderland full of costumes, games and live entertainment King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA is the place for you! There is so much going on there that there is bound to be something for everyone in the family.
I brought my oldest kiddo last year and she loved getting lost in the pretend world of whimsy. I bought her some (pricey!) elf ears to complete the experience. Look at her face! Those ears were worth every penny! 🙂
Crock Pot Apple Cider-
This one is so easy I’d barely call it a recipe. I pour a gallon of apple cider in a crock pot and put it on low. Every so often I shake some cinnamon onto the surface and stir. It is so comforting and makes the house smell delicious! If I’m feeling fancy I will stick some cloves into an orange and throw in a cinnamon stick to make more of a mulled cider taste. I make it often for Thanksgiving or my daughter’s birthday which is at the end of October. Super simple and festive!
If you want to be simultaneously awed and shamed about your lack of pumpkin carving skills take a walk through the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger-Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. Every year they have 5,000 expertly carved pumpkins on display. The carvings include a wide variety of themes from historical figures to Elmo.
Parking is a little packed since this event is so popular but, it’s an easy walk with little kids in tow since strollers are allowed.
What are some of your favorite Fall activities or traditions? Let me know in the comments!