And Visions of Pumpkin Patches Danced in Their Heads….

It’s my favorite time of year…cooler weather, clothes that hide my body parts, fall colors and visiting the pumpkin patch.  For our family it has become a rite of passage into fall (and a test of mommy’s patience chasing four kids up and down piles of pumpkins).

In fact, you can read about my last pumpkin patch misadventure here.

The photo says it all.

Yet, I am still polly-anna enough to keep visiting pumpkin patches year after  year.

Baby J loves the pumpkins.

Here are some of my faves pumpkin haunts in the great state of Oklahoma.

kids fall pumpkin patches

One year later. Much better photo. We are getting the hang of this thing.

Pleasant Valley Farms – Sand Springs Oklahoma. 

This is a great family owned place west of Tulsa – (we also get our Christmas trees here too!).  They have over 95 varieties of pumpkins and squash.  Got hay?  No worries, they sell that too.  And they have a darling gift shop with awesome candles.  Kids will love to pet the goats and ride the tractor pulled hayride.  Located at 2235 W. 71st St. South, Sand Springs.  Open daily.

Carmichaels Pumpkin Patch – Bixby Oklahoma.

This pumpkin patch rocks!  We’ve been coming here since Nicholas was a baby.  Not only do they have pumpkins out the wazoo – they have a huge petting zoo, pony and camel rides (nothing says Fall like riding a camel), corn maze and a spooky cave.  Baby J does not like the spooky cave.  But she liked throwing her food at the animals.  They also have an indoor concession area that serves everything from homemade fudge (YUM) to jams, jellies and hot peanuts.  Located at 171st and Mingo in Bixby.  Open daily 9-6 p.m.

First United Methodist Church of Owasso Pumpkin Patch.

Whew!  That is a mouthful.  But hey, Tulsa Kids Magazine thinks this is the best place for kids in the fall.  This award- winning pumpkin patch not only has lots of activities for the kiddos – the proceeds go back to the church for mission work.  YOu can even host birthday parties there.  Located at 169 and 106th E. Avenue in Owasso.  Open daily through Oct. 31st.

Mikles Family Farm (aka the Shawnee Corn Maze) in Shawnee.

Hey, I had to include my hometown on this list…plus it also makes the rank of one of our family favorites!  This family run farm’s corn maze will give you a run for your money.  Even my little Indiana Jones adventure loving boy had a tough time finding our way out of this one.  For the older kids – they stay open after dark – for a spookier time.  You can also reserve a campfire – complete with Smores and the whole bit!  That’s right – how cool is that?  And you can even get pumpkins still on the vine!  Located at HWY 18 at 42610 Wolverine Road in Shawnee, OK.  Open daily through November.

This list should keep your family busy for the rest of the season! You can also check out Baby J and Michelle Linn’s darling kiddos playing at the pumpkin patch  on this tv segment from Fox23!

pumpkin patches fall fun

Happy Fall Ya'll!

And remember – stay tuned for my guest blogger – Jillian Ilhoff of Ilhoff Salon and Day Spas…we are going to be giving away a makeover to some lucky duck reader next week!  And the winner will get to be in their annual fashion show…  Whee!  I can’t wait.  Too bad I can’t win.  I could use a makeover.

"Before" shots of Jillian and Marnie. Too bad there won't be "after" shots. But one of you readers will get one!