Something that my family never really went wild celebrating was Halloween, yes as kids we dressed up and maybe attended a school ball, but we never went out trick or treating and our house wasn’t dressed for the occasion either. I never felt like I missed out on anything, because as a whole I don’t feel crazy for Halloween, but since moving out I’ve realised how nice it is to make a small effort and of course, since having a niece, I’ve enjoyed making a big fuss out of absolutely everything.
So this weekend we decided to take Harriet out to go and pick a pumpkin at our local farm, we had already made plans to go out because the photos that we had taken of her a couple of months ago were ready to be collected, and so it was decided: we collect the photos and take her to collect a pumpkin.
Since we’re in the middle of October, it’s absolutely freezing which we were all expecting, but the cold weather is never enough to spoil a day (especially one spent with Harriet), so I geared up with my camera equipment and decided to make a fun thing of picking a pumpkin.
The farm which we chose to go to this year was Essington Farm, it’s a really great farm and market, you may slightly recognise it from when I went strawberry picking a few months ago and as you can see, as the seasons change Essington Farm likes to change with it, there’s always events on and they like to raise money and host fundraisers, I really recommend coming here for your pumpkin picking as well because there’s a lot of variety and it’s super fun.
Harriet had a blast, when we first arrived she was fast asleep so we did have to disturb her since we did come out for her, but when she awoke she was in such a good mood and was instantly really excited to be by the pumpkins!
When you first arrive at the farm there is a greenhouse which you can buy pre-picked pumpkins, homemade cakes and toys from, inside is a little haystack with pumpkins surrounding it which I think they set up for the use of photos (everyone was having a photo there!) and she was really excited by it.
But since we came to pick our own pumpkins, we headed out into the fields to see what we could get. It was really muddy and we needed a wheelbarrow to help us carry all of the pumpkins and we were all instantly muddy.
Harriet got stuck in the mud a few times but we started to suspect it was deliberate as she found it really funny and was also jumping up and down (too much Peppa Pig?) and she fell over a few times, me and Lauren were laughing along with her though, this is what kids do and as long as she was having fun, so were we.
There’s pumpkins of all sizes too and Harriet was really keen on carrying one, we didn’t find any that weren’t heavy though for a short while so the first few, she instantly exclaimed “I can’t!” and threw it back on the ground, but when we did find one she could carry, she was so excited about it and kept telling her mum how pleased she was about it after she went home!
I’m really happy that she enjoyed herself, we’d been wanting to come for a few weeks and she was really excited whilst she was there, it’s always worth doing these things to make memories together which is the most important part of family and growing up!