3 tips for your trip to the pumpkin patch

3 tips for your trip to the pumpkin patch

October is pumpkin picking time. If you’re heading to the patch this weekend, here are three things you can do to create a great experience for you and your family.

Pick the right patch

It’s not all about the pumpkin these days. Most families heading to the pumpkin patch are looking for a whole day of family fun, filled with hay-rides, corn mazes, petting zoos and more.

If you’re in Vancouver and looking for a pumpkin patch trip with all the bells and whistles, check out these top patches.

Pack the essentials 

Besides your typical haul of diapers, bottles, and many, many, many snacks, don’t forget these essential items:

Cash – not all patches have a debit/credit machine.

Rain boots – Pumpkins are downright dirty, and here in Vancouver, we get a lot of rain, so waterproof boots are a must-have for stomping around the pumpkin patch.

A change of clothes for the kids – There’s nothing worse than having your little one fall down in the mud right out of the gate, packing a change of clothes or Muddy Buddy could save the day.

Reusable grocery bags – These are a perfect fit to carry your pumpkins in. They are more durable than plastic grocery bags, easy to pack, and they help keep dirt at bay.

Wheelbarrow/wagon – If you’re heading home with a ton of pumpkins, consider bringing a wagon with you; it also doubles as a stroller when your little ones get tired.

Head out early

Hundreds of families flock to popular pumpkin patches each October. Consider going as early as possible to grab a parking spot, or even towards the end of the day when most families head home. And if you can swing it, weekdays are always a favourable time to head to the patch.

Happy pickin’!

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