Pumpkin Patches Are Overrated (There, I said it.)

In today’s social media age, you can watch the seasons progress in photos featured on Facebook and Instagram. Summer features adorable children on the beach, then back to school on the front steps with back ups and now, we’re in the pumpkin patch season of the year. (This will soon be followed by Halloween costume photos and crying children on Santa’s lap photo season.) As is our constitutional duty, we took our kids to the pumpkin patch last weekend.

Pumpkin Patches Just May Be Overrated

Pumpkin Patches Just May Be Overrated

It was an unseasonably warm day, about 70 degrees out. It was muddy. It was crowded. And honestly? It was way overrated. We drove about an hour, stuck in pumpkin patch traffic, to get there. There was advertised as being games, pumpkin patches, animals, food. There was a rabbit. Who looked horrified. And one large muddy field with some pumpkins, which Lucy was pretty horrified to walk through.

Lucy Says Pumpkin Patches are Overrated

Lucy Says Pumpkin Patches are Overrated

Lila enjoyed exploring, but I feel like we could have had the same type of experience by letting them run around the dog park, going to a playground and then picking up pumpkins at the grocery. Pumpkins are cool, pumpkin patches? Not so much.

Pumpkins are Cooler than Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins are Cool



  1. We grew pumpkins in our garden this year and it’s the first year we didn’t go to the pumpkin patch. We have a smaller/less commercial pumpkin patch that we go to, we avoid the one that is super crowded. I admit I miss the pictures, but I don’t miss the $$!

  2. “There was a rabbit. Who looked horrified.” Maybe it also tried to take its little rabbits to the pumpkin patch and was having just as much fun as you were!

  3. Hahaha! I’m sorry you didn’t have a great pumpkin patch experience! We went this year and we had a decent time. It wasn’t anything super special, but we also didn’t take a long drive to get there! They definitely aren’t the coolest things, but my son loves pumpkins so he had an above normal excitement about it haha. It isn’t something that I’d plan if my son didn’t like pumpkins so much, so I’m not sure that we’ll do it in the future (unless he continues his weird love for pumpkins).

  4. This can definitely be true. If you can find a small farm or a not so “commercialized” pumpkin patch it can be fun. For sure though, you need to go when it’s not so busy.

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