Halloween at the Gourd Farm

This year, I wanted to do something different. It seems as though there are only two options in the Triangle - go to a pumpkin patch that has pumpkins only (NOTHING else) or go to a pumpkin patch that has MANY other things to do (but charges an arm and a leg).

If found a link to a gourd farm in Apex - the Green Level Gourd Farm. It sounded like a good alternative - small pumpkins and other low key, low cost activities. I have to say, this is the best pumpkin patch experience I've had in my LIFE.

It's a little hard to find, and it looks like you are pulling into someone's driveway. Which you are. But, they have lots of parking in a field behind the house.

The first thing that you encounter is a small corn maze. It is the perfect size for the kids to find their way, and easy for mom to see everyone at the same time.

The girls enjoyed that for just a few minutes before they were racing off to the next activity.

The girls took some time to look at the animals. Both Ginger and CoCo opted out of the donkey rides (which were only $2 a piece - not a bad price, if you ask me). They liked watching the pigs and goats and chickens. We even saw a bunny that was as big as CoCo!!! No kidding!! I couldn't get a picture because my camera focused on the cage (rather than the bunny).

Our next order of business was the Haunted Hay Ride. WOOOOOO!!!!!!! So much fun!! The hay was exactly like Ginger likes it - covered in plastic!! :) The ride was haunted just enough to be funny, but not enough to scare even the most easily spooked.

Ginger's favorite part was the ghoulish wedding (Ginger is ALL about weddings!!).

CoCo tried to look scared, but she was having too much fun.

After the hay ride, we played for a while in the large, farm-themed play area. There were so many fun things to do.

Maddie "roped a steer."

They all rode horses.

How does Ginger do that with her legs.

They crawled in and out of spiders and black cats.

Finally, it was time to choose our pumpkins. They were small pumpkins. Gourds, I guess. But, they only cost a few dollars AND you could decorate them right there. That was one of the best parts!!! No messy carving! Nothing for mom to clean up!!! Loved it!!

Happy Fall!!!!


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