We are finally at the age where I can take Cayden to pick out pumpkins and he actually knows what it’s for. This was my first time taking him since prior to this year, he wasn’t aware of what Halloween was, let alone understand the reason why I would take him to a pumpkin patch.
This was my first time too. I have been to pumpkin patches in California growing up, but not in Utah. The best part about having a little toddler is that you get to experience first times together.
He had been watching a lot of Halloween themed cartoons on Disney Jr. showing scenes at pumpkin patches so he was excited and eager to go. Either that, or he was just excited that we were actually going somewhere because since the pandemic, I feel like we have been the only ones who are quarantined like it’s still March.
I’m so grateful that there was one activity that we could actually do to be festive since it’s outdoors. I’ve got to be honest, I’m not big on Halloween and neither is Steven. We were raised the exact same way. If you were raised by a Christian mama like both of ours, you know what I mean.
I figure, even if we aren’t big on Halloween, I still want to do the little light activities that come with it, such as picking out pumpkins to place on our doorstep and paint together.
We went to Kuwahara’s Pumpkin Patch on a Tuesday in Draper and it was a good choice as far as it being less crowded. As it got darker, more and more people started coming so that’s when we decided to leave. But we had spent a good amount of time there so it didn’t cut our trip short.
Watching his eyes light up at the miles of pumpkins that surrounded us was the best part. He loved pointing at all the shapes and sizes. My favorite part was watching him figure out what the white pumpkins were. He was so confused he kept saying they were supposed to be orange.
He loved riding in the little wagon I pulled him in, but he wanted to walk and explore. At his age, I totally understand. Giving him the full experience was important for me even though we didn’t partake in any of the other activities like the big bouncy house and slide they had for kids or the corn maze.
During these Covid times, I try to avoid public things that people touch or may have people getting a little too close which is why I just let him run around the patch, touring different sections.
We left with quite a few pumpkins in every shape, color, and size. Cayden insisted that we bring daddy a few of his own and while he picked up the little ones he could carry, he would order me, not ask me, to pick up the bigger, heavier ones.
When we got back home, daddy was waiting for us and he was so excited telling him about his trip you could barely understand what he was saying since he was talking so fast. I know when Cayden has a good time if he asks to go back.
He’s been asking to go back ever since. I’m planning to take him to one or two more pumpkin patches before they close for the season and before it gets way too cold to be outside. If you know me, you know I’m a Southern California girl at heart and I don’t do cold. Like at all.
I guess we’ll be adding the pumpkin patch to our yearly traditions for October since our first time was such a success. Next time, we’ll wait for daddy to join us.