Last week my son came home and I thought I heard him say, Mom, I want to go to the pumpkin patch. My heart skipped a beat and my eyes lit up. I love going to the pumpkin patch! But I haven’t been for years because my teens don’t think it’s cool to hang out with mom and dad on the weekend at the pumpkin patch. But maybe my son had a change of heart.
When do you want to go? I asked.
I’m going tonight, with a girl from school, he said.
Aaaahhh. So it’s a date?
No, not a date. Just a friend.
Guess I can’t come along and take some pictures for the blog?
Mom, that would be weird.
Then my other son came downstairs. Mom I need a pumpkin.
Yessss! I get to go to the pumpkin patch after all!
Mom, let’s just pick it up at the store. My son had a busy Saturday planned and a party that night. He said he wouldn’t be able to make it to the pumpkin patch.
So that’s the story of the time I almost got to go to the pumpkin patch. However, if I was really going, then today’s outfit is what I would wear. After years of visiting the pumpkin patch with four boys, I learned that practicality is much better than cuteness – at least for me – when it comes to hiking around a farm looking for the best pumpkins.
Here are a few other lessons I learned over the years.
For starters, water resistant boots are a must. I don’t care if there hasn’t been rain for weeks. Somehow, I always ended up caked in dirt and mud during my pumpkin patch days. Having shoes that you can easily hose off will keep you and your car happy.
Light Vs. Dark
Jeans are my next must-have. If you’re anything like me and my boys, you’re sitting on hay bales, running through a corn maze, walking through every field trying to find the biggest pumpkin, and then chasing the kids around to make sure they don’t get lost, stolen or hurt. Jeans that stretch are a bonus to help you move faster.
I normally would have chosen a darker pair than this light one Old Navy, but I thought these were a nice contrast against the dark red and black flannel jacket. Plus, dirt and grass won’t show up as much against this light wash as they would with darker jeans.
A dark tee is also a requirement. The darker the better to hide sticky hand prints, dirt, apple butter, pumpkin guts, and sweat. The weather in Virginia is unpredictable in October. Mornings can start off chilly with afternoons turning into a heat wave. It’s best to be prepared for anything.
Which brings me to my next tip: wear layers. Make them cute if you want. I chose this flannel jacket from Old Navy because it’s not heavy but will still provide some warmth. It can be rolled up and thrown into a bag if needed.
In The Bag
Speaking of bags, this nylon bag from Ameribag is perfect for a pumpkin patch. It has tons of pockets of different sizes so you can throw in all of your essentials and still be organized. Its ergonomic teardrop shape with a one-shoulder strap makes it easy to carry over your shoulder or against your back so you don’t have to worry about straps constantly sliding off. Its design also helps to ease the strain from a bag on your back, shoulders and neck.
I have this large bag and a smaller leather one. The nylon one is perfect for the pumpkin patch because it stands up to dirt and can also be wiped clean.
So that’s the outfit that I would have worn to the pumpkin patch. I know there’s still time left in the season for a visit, so I won’t give up hope. But I probably need to start working on that family visit to Santa real soon.
What I Wore
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Photos by Hunter I. Riddle