The Great Pumpkin Mystery Exposed

“I think I know why the Great Pumpkin never showed up,” Zoë offered over her breakfast bagel clearly haven given the mystery a great deal of thought.

Our Halloween festivities are a bit lagging this year as it wasn’t until Sunday night that we broke out the Charlie Brown dvds. Watching Good Ol’  Chuck officially marks the onset of the holidays around these parts.   We have the trilogy — The Great Pumpkin, The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and The Charlie Brown Christmas and watch them in succession October, November and December.

Somehow I don’t really feel that the holidays have arrived until I get my dose of Charlie Brown or Linus Van Pelt waxing poetic about some aspect of the holiday season and how it  should pertain to my life in a meaningful way.  The Great Pumpkin reminds me to be sincere.  Oh, and that a bag of rocks does not make for the most enjoyable of Tricks or Treats booty.

We began our afternoon at the pumpkin patch.  We’re starting late this year so we missed the fall festival.  They usually have bands, games, crafts and all manner of activities on one of the earlier weekends in October.  We missed it.

No worries, for what they do have is hay.

And a hay ride.

To the pumpkin fields.

It’s all kinds of awesome.  And by all kinds of awesome what I really mean is — it’s all kinds of awesome!!  I love the hay ride almost as much as the kids do.  And there is something deeply satisfying about trekking out into the fields (as opposed to browsing the aisles in the vegetable department of the local grocery) in search of the perfect pumpkin.

The kids have free reign and total control over the pumpkin they choose.  They are empowered by the experience.  There’s only one rule:  You’ve got to carry your own pumpkin.

Zella's Conquest
Zia's Most Excellent Pick
Zia's Most Excellent Pick

OK.  So I made an exception for Zella and Zia:   If you can pick it up you can keep it.  They found some pretty nice ones but I knew there was no way they’d make it back to the cart without help.  And I really didn’t want to see those fine pumpkins squished out there in the fields.

Victory is Ours!

We made our way back to the car, paid for our pumpkins (a bargain at .29 cents a pound) and decided that the day was far too young to be over.

We set out for another farm just up the road and spent the afternoon in a carnival-like setting celebrating all things fall.  To be sure — a good time was had by all.

There were zip lines…

Zoë Ripping the Zip

And tube rolls…

The Tube Roll

And a pumpkin bounce…

Zella Soars
Zane Flying High
Zander Catches Big Air

There were goats and pigs and donkeys…

Donkey Watching

And a Banana Bus.

Banana Bus --- Dah - dah.. - dah - dah - dah

All in all it was a pretty good day, capped with our annual viewing of Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin.

“So why didn’t the Great Pumpkin Show up?” I asked Zoë eagerly anticipating what theories she may have come up with.

“Lucy killed it!” she exclaimed in all seriousness.

And then she added after noticing the shocked look on my face, “I mean, did you see the size of that pumpkin they carved in the beginning of the show?  That was him.  That was The Great Pumpkin.  And Lucy killed him!”

And now I’m scared.

  15 comments for “The Great Pumpkin Mystery Exposed

  1. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:39 am

      It was a lot of fun for all of us.

  2. Vicki Frost
    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Awesome pictures! And I agree – it is ALL so clear to me now. Lucy killed the pumpkin and substituted a RINGER!

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:39 am

      I never did trust her.

  3. Oct 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I could never quite bring myself to trust that Lucy, she always seemed a bit shady to me.

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:40 am

      And mean!

  4. Oct 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I carved me a pumpkin today, it was Jodies pumpkin but I stole it from her and carved into it Oogie-Boogie from “A Nightmare Before Christmas”, its not half bad if I say so myself.

    Now Jodie wants another pumpkin so we can paint it white and have a Jack Skellington as well.

    I can see us over-run with pumpkins by the weekend.

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:40 am

      It tends to have a snowball effect as each time you finish one you think, “I can do better.”

  5. Oct 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    My kids have been out of town all week. I don’t know who is missing Halloween fun the most, me or them. Looks like you guys had a good time.

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:44 am

      I say dress em up when they get home and go trick or treating anyway. I’m sure you’re neighbors would get a kick out of that.

  6. Oct 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Nasty Lucy.

    Ed, I loved these photos. My little G was looking at them and saying “I wish we could go there some time”. Bad Mommy. I did pick up a couple of pumpkins today, though. Direct from the pumpkin guy unloading the truck at the supermarket. Sob.

    Glad to see you’re all doing well. I’ve been missing the blogosphere, popping in to say “hi”.

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

      Stop by anytime — the blogosphere misses you.

  7. Oct 30, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun. Love the pumpkin rule too.

    BTW, I made a mention of you in my latest post. Well, a link at least.

    • Ed
      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:48 am

      Wow, to be mentioned in the same sentence with Whit is truly an honor. Thanks.

  8. Nov 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I have always been fascinated by the the Story of the Great Pumpkin. So I was excited to see the link to this on another site. I will have to admit. I never suspected Lucy. But it makes all the sense in the world. Great post.

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