Category Archives: Fall
We were in charge of bringing classroom snacks for the Kindergarten Halloween party. Homemade treats were not allowed (which is just as well since I don’t cook or bake). I really get tired of all of the junk my kids accumulate from October to January during the holidays, so I really didn’t want to give the kids loads of sugar. Instead I prepared healthy snacks (fruit and cheese) with a fun “Halloween” twist…and they got organic lollipops as well. Yep, I’m one of those super fun parents :P.
(Don’t worry, they also got store bought cookies filled with sugar and artificial junk and bags of artificially colored Cheetos 😦 That was my husband’s doing. He’s everyone’s favorite.)
These healthy Halloween snacks were ridiculously easy to make. Seriously, I can’t express to you enough how quick and simple this was! I made 16 of each and it only took about half an hour to complete. I know, right?! All you need is a black Sharpie Marker!
These String Cheese Ghosts were the easiest to do. I just drew little ghostly faces on the back of a cheesestick and was finished in only minutes! Effortless!
Using a Sharpie marker I drew Jack-O-Lantern faces onto oranges. Okay, okay…so they were Halos or Cuties which are technically Mandarin Clementines. But I’m still going to call them “oranges” anyway because this is my blog and I’m a rebel that laughs in the face of accurately classifying fruits by their proper species and binomial name. Suck it, science!
I’ve seen these Banana Pirates around cyber space for years now. They’re not particularly “Halloween-y” but I still thought they were cute and fun. Halloween is a time you can dress up and be whatever you want…so can your banana! Maybe if I wasn’t so lazy I could’ve come up with a different more appropriately themed “character”, but this will have to do.
What are your kids’ favorite healthy Halloween themed treats?
What other creative character can you turn a banana into?
Do you call Clementines “oranges” too?
Let me know in the comments!
Need last minute Halloween Costumes for siblings?
Check out these adorable and easy Artist and Masterpiece costumes!
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I am lazy. I don’t sew and I refuse to spend $30 on a child’s costume that is ugly and will fall apart. My 4 year old daughter kept changing her mind about her costume from ghost to kitty to my personal favorite, “I just want to be a regular little girl”. My daughter loves, loves, LOVES to draw and paint and so I suggested that she be an artist. She loved the idea. She loved the idea even more when I said that her little brother could be her work of art and that she could (pretend to) paint him. So simple and easy!
The costume was a huge hit! We got a lot of compliments on how cute and creative the concept was. It was mostly laziness rather than creativity, but hey, I’ll take it!
-Art Smock / Art Apron / Old button down shirt
-Paint smudges on face and smock
-Pencil mustache (optional)
My daughter already had this art smock from Ikea. I wanted to have paint splatters all over her, but that smock wipes up so nicely that nothing will really dry on it 😦 I found the beret on Amazon and I had a Swagbucks giftcard, so it was free! I got the artist’s palette and paint brushes at Michael’s. We have paintbrushes at home but I wanted something a little bigger. There was a less expensive plain white palette but I let Adaline choose which one to get. She chose the watercolor palette which was fine because she would definitely use the watercolors and now I didn’t have to add paint to the white palette for her costume.
If you don’t have an art smock you can use an old white button down shirt as a smock. Be sure to smear it with lots of paint…artists are never clean! If you don’t have a palette and don’t want to buy one you can always make one by cutting the shape into cardboard or cardstock and coloring in the paint. That was more work than I wanted to do (remember the keyword today is “lazy“), so the $4 I spent on the palette was worth it to me.
I also think it would be cute to draw a curly mustache on your artist, but my daughter was having none of that!
MASTERPIECE/WORK OF ART COSTUME
-Long-sleeved white shirt (a few sizes bigger)
-Picture Frame (optional)
-Hot Glue Gun (to glue the canvas to the shirt)
My original idea for the masterpiece was to use larger canvases and have my son wear them hanging over his shoulders sandwich board style. He’s 20 months old and falls over for no reason at all sometimes, so when I saw the smaller 9×12 canvas panels I got the idea to hot glue it directly to his shirt instead. I also thought it would be really cute to glue a frame from the dollar store around the canvas, but I didn’t think that sounded too comfortable or safe for my little boy. Instead I just added the little sign that said “Masterpiece” so that I didn’t have to keep explaining the costume to people. It worked brilliantly and we got a lot of compliments 🙂
It’s important to note that I got my son’s shirt a little larger (he wears 18-24m and this shirt is a 3T) because you need the extra room once the canvas is glued to the shirt. If the shirt were any smaller I wouldn’t have been able to fit it over his head.
Instead of using a canvas you could use card stock, card board, poster board, a pillowcase, just about anything that you can paint/draw on and then attach to or hang from a shirt. You can even just draw/paint directly onto the shirt itself. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Here’s the list of actual items that I used:
(None of these are affiliate links)
SMOCK: Ikea MÅLA Long sleeve apron, green $3.99
PALETTE: Michael’s Creatology Watercolor Palette $3.99
PAINT BRUSH: Michael’s Creatology Brushes (Set of 3) $1.99
BERET: Classic Black Wool Beret Cap $5.91 Sold by Accessory World on Amazon.com
TEE: Garanimals Long Sleeve Basic Tee $3.88
CANVAS: Michael’s Artist’s Loft 9×12 Canvas Panel Value Pack (5 pack) $7.99
Did your kids dress up for Halloween this year?
What is your favorite “lazy” Halloween costume?
Let me know in the comments!
This post is linked to: Skip To My Lou: Made by You Monday / Clumsy Crafter: Costume Link Up / Kids Activities Blog: It’s Playtime / SITS Saturday Sharefest / The Mom Creative: Halloween Costumes Link Up
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This list of farm festivals has NOT been updated for 2013. However, below you will find links to each farm’s website where they should have details about their festivals. For more local updates please check my LOCAL PAGE and FACEBOOK PAGE.
Please visit the individual websites for details on each farm’s activities.
Cheeseman Farm – Portersville, PA
Harvest Valley Farms – Valencia, PA
Hozak Farms – Clinton, PA
Janoski’s – Clinton, PA
Jodikinos – Clinton, PA
Port Farm – Waterford, PA
Pumpkin Patch Trolley – Washington, PA
Reilly’s Summerseat Farm – Pittsburgh, PA
Renshaw Family Farm – Freeport, PA
Schramm Farms – Jeannette, PA
Shenot Farm – Wexford, PA
Simmons Farm – McMurray, PA
Soergels Orchards – Wexford, PA
Spring House Market – Washington, PA
Trax Farms – Finleyville, PA
Triple B Farms – Monongahela, PA
Wooden Nickel Buffalo Corn Maze – Edinboro, PA
Woodward’s Orchard – Beaver Falls, PA (Chippewa Twp)
Columbiana Maze Craze – Columbiana, OH
Listed here are local farms hosting fall/harvest festivals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, and fruit picking in Western PA’s greater Pittsburgh area during October 2012. A list of fall festival and events in Beaver County, PA and beyond can be found here for 2012. PUMPKIN PATCHES
Listed alphabetically CHEESEMAN FARM PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Portersville, PA
SEPTEMBER 22 and 29, 2012 12PM-5PM
SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS OCTOBER 2012 12PM-5PM
Festival Hayrides: $4.00 per person ages 2 and up (does not include price of pumpkin
It’s time for harvest and here you can pickup your local favorites, Honey, Apple Butter and of course Pumpkins. The pumpkin festival is a great way to spend a day with the family and enjoy the fall weather. Start a new family tradition take a hay ride to our pumpkin patch and pick out this year’s holiday decorations. Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Hay Jump, Pumpkin Video (upon request), Concession Stand, Holiday Items, Pumpkins and Gourds, Indiana Corn, Corn Stalks, Hay Bales
Cheeseman Fright Farm
HARVEST VALLEY FARMS FALL FESTIVAL – Valencia, PA
EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY OCTOBER 2012 10AM-5PM
2012 Calender Of Events
October 6 and 7 Live Music / Saturday 10/06: Rick Bruening
October 13 and 14 Live Music / Sunday 10/14: Eve Goodman
“Treasure in the Haystack” / Proceeds benefit Local Food Bank
October 20 and 21 Live Music: Rick Bruening
October 27 and 28: Pumpkin Bowling and Pumpkin Basketball / Proceeds benefit SBC Meals on Wheels
You can take the hayride up on the hill to get a full view of the “harvest” valley, take a walk through the great pumpkin patch, and much more! Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin, Hayrides, Cornstalk Maze, Farm Animals, Concession Stand, Straw Tunnel, Fall Decorations, Fresh Baked Pies, Face Painting, Pumpkin Patch Special Weekend Features, Live Folk Music, Straw Treasure, Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Basketball. Try the hot apple cider! Facebook / Twitter
HOZAK FARMS FALL FESTIVAL – Clinton, PA
Free…Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch
WEEKDAYS OCTOBER 2012 2PM-6PM
September 29 and 30, 2012 10AM-6PM
SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS OCTOBER 2012 10AM-6PM
COLUMBUS DAY October 08, 2012 10AM-6PM (No pony rides)
Weekday afternoons enjoy a short tractor drawn hayride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins. Plus, pumpkin painting, straw pile, maze, and farm animals are open every weekday afternoon.
Saturdays and Sundays Pony Rides, Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting, Refreshments, Musical Entertainment, Fall Decorations, Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, Scenic Hayrides through the woods. Facebook
JANOSKI’S PUMPKINLAND – Clinton, PA
September 29 and 30th, 2012
EVERY WEEKEND OCTOBER 2012 10AM-5PM
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28
$5.00 per person
Enjoy with your family our Haunted Barn, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Straw Jump, Pedal Bike Path, Pony Rides (for Children Only) Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Painting, face painting and much more. There are picnic tables and pavilions. Feel free to pack a lunch or visit our food booth. During this time our Farm Market, Gift Shop, Bakery, and Garden Center are open. Be sure to stop in and see our friendly staff and enjoy the bountiful fall harvest! Facebook
PORT FARM HARVEST FESTIVAL – Waterford, PA
September 15, 2012 through October 31, 2012
OPENING WEEKEND 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, September 15th: Many special surprises are in store to honor the most fabulous, favorite, fun part of the last nine years – YOU! It will be a giant party, Port-style, with giveaways, contests and adventures galore for our guests
Sunday, September 16th – Scavenger Hunt and Scarecrows by Scouts: Searching for clues is a tradition if you visit the farm during kick-off weekend!
Prizes awarded to all who succeed in finding those clues and solving the riddle. Also,
today we host our scouts in appreciation for their scarecrow-building talents.
THIRD ANNUAL GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
Saturday, September 22nd: Third time is a charm! We are hoping to weigh-in a world record this year and have a TON of fun doing it. Witnessing these orange wonders is the ideal way to spend the first day of autumn.
FAMILY FUN AND GAMES along with MASCOT DAY
Saturday, September 29th: Jump right in and spit some seeds, be a wheelbarrow or balance a pumpkin on your head! Guaranteed fun for all who join in. Local mascots will be sharing this day with plenty of handshakes and hugs to go around.
LEGACY EXPERIENCE Columbus Day Weekend
Saturday, October 6th and Sunday October 7th: A homage to the heritage and history of our sacred ground here along French Creek. Encampments featuring storytelling, and traditional demonstrations are passionately expressed by French Creek Living History Association.
MUSIC MAKERS Saturday, October 13th: Traditional musicians share their talents and add a joyful element to the energy of the farm. Lend your ears, clap your hands and feel free to dance and sing if you’d like.
FARMER FOR A DAY Saturday, October 20th: Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get a li’l dirty! Farm chores are hard work, but can be quite satisfying. Be a part of our Children’s Garden by pitching in and contributing to it’s splendor.
PUMPKIN-MANIA PARTY Saturday, October 27th: Near the end of the season, things get a little kooky and we see nothing but orange! This day is ALL about pumpkins and ways to use them for entertainment. Pumpkin treats and antics await you.
PUMPKIN PATCH TROLLEY – Washington, PA
1 Museum Rd Washington, PA 15301-6133 724-228-9256
OCTOBER 2012 Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 10AM-5PM
Also open Columbus Day Monday, October 08, 2012
Children (ages 1-15) $7 / Adults $9
Enjoy fall at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum with Pumpkin Patch Trolley, where
children can pick a pumpkin and then decorate it plus much more!
/ Twitter / Facebook / Facebook Page: Frank J. Sprague Official Cat of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Arts and Crafts Christmas Festival
REILLY’S SUMMER SEAT FARM HARVEST FESTIVAL OF FUN – Pittsburgh, PA
EVERY WEEKEND OCTOBER 2012 10AM-4PM
Cost $6.50 per person
Reilly’s is open every weekend for a Harvest Festival of Fun! Hayrides to the great pumpkin patch where you’ll find all sizes of pumpkins for your picking pleasure, Pumpkin Patch Hayrides, the New Boo Barn with added excitement, the Cornstalk maze, Marshmallow roast, Balloon Typhoon, Pedal Go Carts, Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Cow Milking, Scarecrow-Making, Country Store, Wanda’s Games, Ducky Plucky, Carmel Apples, Refreshments. A one-price a super Harvest Festival ticket includes activities. No reservations needed, just come and have fun!
RENSHAW FAMILY FARM – Freeport, PA
314 Ford City Rd, Freeport, PA 16229
Currently no information available for 2012 festival.
SCHRAMM FARMS FALL FEST – Jeannette, PA
WEEKDAYS M-F 9AM-7PM
WEEKENDS SAT 9AM-7\6PM / SUN 10AM-6PM
We have play hay, and a corn stalk maze free of charge. For a few dollars we offer pony rides and hay rides around the pumpkin patch. Facebook
SHENOT FARM HAYRIDES – Wexford, PA
September 29, 2012
WEEKENDS OCTOBER 2012 11AM-5PM
COLUMBUS DAY October 08, 2012 1PM-5PM
We offer hayrides to our pumpkin patch and corn maze. It is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family, and it’s the perfect time to get your jack-o-lanterns, cornstalks, straw bales, decorative Indian corn–as well as our delicious sweet corn, apples, cider, and vegetables. Of course don’t forget to stop at the fudge counter! Facebook
SIMMONS FARM FALL ACTIVITIES – McMurray, PA
170 Simmons Road, McMurray PA 15317
7 Days a week OCTOBER 2012 M-F 9AM-6:45PM Weekends 9AM-5:45PM
Scenic Hayride and Field Pass: $8.50
Pumpkin Scenic Hayride & Field Pass: $11.00
Over five acres of pumpkins, Free Apple sample and cup of cider, Hay maze and 3 acre corn maze and 1 acre corn maze, 100ft slide and smaller Fire Truck slide!, farm animals. Weekend Extra Activities Include: Food Concessions, Pumpkin Carving Display, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Typhoon, Apple Sling Shot, Music by Fiddlin’ Mike and the Fiddlin’ Around Band, Apple Picking (weekend activity availability due to weather may vary call ahead). Facebook
SOERGEL ORCHARDS FALL FESTIVAL – Wexford, PA
SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS OCTOBER 11AM-5PM
September 22-23, 2012 to October 27-28, 2012
EAT: There will be a ton a great food every fall festival weekend including Amish donuts every Saturday for $1 each (cash only Amish donuts).
PLAY: Come play all your favorite festival games and try some new ones too! We have games suited for children of all ages and some free activities as well! Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting, Cornstalk Maze, Straw Tunnel, Duck Pond, Duck Race, Sluice, Ring Toss, Bounce House, Train, Spin Art, Tiny Town play area*, Straw Stack*, Pirate Ship play area*, Farm Animals*
*denotes free activity
ENJOY: Pick your own pumpkins 11AM-5PM, Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 11AM-5PM, Pony rides 1PM-3PM, Horse drawn wagon rides 2PM-4PM, Free samples and demonstrations
Facebook / Facebook: Garden Center / Facebook: Naturally Soergels / Twitter / Pinterest
SPRING HOUSE MARKET PUMPKIN PATCH HAYRIDES – Washington, PA
EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY OCTOBER 2012 11AM-4PM
$6 per person + $3 to pick a pumpkin
Hayride to Pumpkin Patch, Pick your perfect pumpkin, Pumpkin Land Characters, Corn Maze, Petting Zoo,…and MORE! Facebook
TRAX FARMS 43rd FALL FESTIVAL – Finleyville, PA
EVERY WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 22 to OCTOBER 28, 2012 10AM-5PM
Hayrides: Adult $8, Children (3-12) $6, Children 2 and under are FREE
Enjoy a hayride to our pumpkin patch to pick-your-own pumpkin or see if you can find your way through our giant, 4-acre corn maze! There are fun things to do and great things to eat and drink including fresh apple cider and over 15 varieties of apples grown at Trax Farm, candy apples, heavenly pumpkin gobs and other seasonal treats from our bakery. Apple Cider and Caramel Apple Dip during fall festival only!
(Free Petting Zoo; Ticketed Activities include: Rainbow Express Train, Trax Challenge/ Corn Bin Mini Maze, Balloon Chase, Slide, Bounce House, Spin Art, Land Ball, Bungee Jumper, Wall Climb; Cash Activities include: Pony Rides and Glitter Tattoos) Facebook
TRIPLE B FARMS FAMILY FALL APPLE and PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Monongahela, PA
September 29, 2012 to October 31, 2012
WEEKENDS 10AM-6PM (begininng September 29th)
M-F 10AM-4PM Only Pumpkinland and Cornmaze ($2.50 each)
W-TH-F 4PM-7PM (beginning October 5th)
Open Columbus Day, October 08, 2012 12PM-6PM
Activity Wristband: $11.00 per child; $7.00 per adult
Children 2 and under FREE
Wristband includes: Boo Barn, Rope Maze, Pumpkinland, Funny Farm, Hayride, 2 Giant Slides, Barnyard Carnival, Cornmaze, Farm Flinger, Duck Derby, Duck Slide Facebook WOODWARD’S ORCHARD – Chippewa Twp, PA
727 Achortown Rd Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Welcome to Woodward’s Orchard. We are a family owned orchard located in Chippewa Township. (Above Brady’s Run Park) Our store will open for the season August 1st 2012 Hope to see you. God bless you. 724-891-0102 CORN MAZES
Many of the above pumpkin patches include corn mazes, please check the descriptions. The following are corn mazes only.
COLUMBIANA MAZE CRAZE – Columbiana, OH
45107 State Route 14 Columbiana, Ohio 44408
(Corner of State Routes 7 and 14)
Wednesdays: 5PM-10PM (last ticket sold at 8pm)
Fridays: 5PM-12AM midnight (last ticket sold at 10pm)
Saturdays: 11AM-12AM midnight (last ticket sold at 10pm)
Sundays: 11AM-9PM (last ticket sold at 7pm)
(Check website for weekend weather closures.)
Ages 12 and Over $9.00 Children 5 to 11 $7.00
Hayrides: $3.00 Ages 4 and up / Barrel train rides: $1.00 per ride (S/S 12PM-5PM)
(Check website for group rates and other rates/discounts.)
NEW THIS YEAR…GEM STONE MINING ATTRACTION!!!
The maze this season is 20 amazing acres, 4 separate mazes in 2012, 18 checkpoints to locate! Play FSI and Farm Tracks. Gemstone Mining Attraction, Straw Pyramids, Corn Box, Corn Hole, Wood Cut-outs for Photos, Swingset, Hayrides and Barrel Train rides (Saturdays and Sundays check prices), Concessions by GandG (sausage sandwiches, steak hoagies, corn dogs, great french fries, apple dumplings, lemon shakes, ice cream, popcorn, and more! This is not a haunted maze, but you are welcome to come after dark and bring your own flashlight, or you can purchase one for $3.00 when you arrive.
*Pumpkins supplied by local farmers are available to purchase / Facebook
Have you attended one of the events listed here? Please tell us about your experience in the comments section.
Feel free to email pictures if you would like them featured on the blog. I hope your family has a fantastically fun-filled fall! 🙂
Here is Adaline the day before Halloween.
(Click photos to enlarge.)
*Trick-or-Treat 2011 (Includes video)
*Pumpkin Carving 2011 (Includes video)
*Pumpkin Carving 2010
*The Festival of Festivals 2010
*The Spring House 2010
*The Apple Castle 2010
*Fall Family Fun 2009
*Ghosts of Halloween Past: My Childhood Halloweens
*How to make a Kleenex Box Halloween Costume
*Halloween Parade: Fall Fashion
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