We don’t get fancy visiting elaborate pumpkin fairs. Instead I am taking Anna every year to a local pumpkin patch that is thrown as a fund raiser by one of schools in the area. It’s just a piece of a big parking lot, but she doesn’t mind as long as she gets to jump off haystacks, pet rabbits and, of course, select pumpkins for home.
One pumpkin was promptly decorated with a kit that I had from the previous Halloween. Not a chance that this could be done without my help – the pipecleaners were supposed to be stuck in the pumpkin. Anna helped enthusiastically and loved the final result. To round up the evening, we read The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting, one of my favorite pumpkin books.
Now we have a pumpkin family outside – I think I went a bit overboard with the size of “pumpkin daddy”, but Anna has personally selected all the pumpkins and refused to exchange “pumpkin daddy” for a smaller pumpkin. We also brough home too small sugar pumpkin, and I am very tempted to do some of those fantastic science/cooking projects from Almost Unschoolers.