How can we tell that the season is changing and autumn has arrived in south Florida? It just might be from the pumpkin patches popping up all over town. They bring back cozy childhood memories of colorful falling leaves, cooler days and nights and the excitement of a haunted Halloween on the horizon. Here in Palm Beach County there are many places to take children for Halloween events, but nothing beats an old fashioned stroll through a pumpkin patch to get into the spirit of the season. Of course, it’s best to check first before heading out with the little ones to make sure that the pumpkins aren’t sold out! One of the most popular patches is at The Methodist Church on Military Trail between Northlake and PGA Blvd. they have a huge variety and a full stock, also Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market 10066 Lee Road in Boynton Beach – Phone: 561-733-5490 where little ghouls and boys can enjoy selecting a spooky Jack-O-Lantern, as well as take a lively hay ride in the fields.
Other popular pumpkin patches or places that offer pumpkin painting include Cason United Methodist Church at 342 N Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach – Phone: 561-276-5302, The Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, 1301 Summit Blvd in West Palm Beach – Phone: 561-533-0887(we welcome them to our PBLWP family) and Yesteryear Village in the South Florida Fairgrounds 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach – Phone: 561- 793-0333.
Once you get your special pumpkin home, some tips to remember from the American Academy of Pediatrics include: That young children should never carve pumpkins, it’s advisable to allow them to draw a face with markers, and then an adult can cut the pumpkin for them. And adults…there are tools to cut pumpkins, so you can be safe too…look for them at the market or housewares stores. To prevent an accidental fire, consider using a flashlight or glow stick or a battery-operated candle to instead of a live-flame candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended or lit overnight. And for those of you who can’t get enough pumpkins
…remember that there are loads of varieties of pumpkins, and those we choose for greeting trick or treaters as Jack O’ Lanterns on Halloween night are not the right pumpkins for your pies and other treats. Best choices are the smaller pie or baking pumpkins or canned pumpkin, which is surprisingly better for cooking and baking than fresh; simply use the larger “monster-size” ones for frightfully fun decorations!
And most of all, if you’ve never gone to a pumpkin patch with your children or your grandchildren…don a costume, gather your family together and make some memories, because there isn’t a ghost of chance that you won’t have a … Happy Halloween!
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