I’ve officially decided that fall is my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, in San Jose it is still pretty warm in the “fall”. Fall around here is more defined by the activities you do than the temperature and weather. 
Uesugi Pumpkin Patch

This was by far the biggest and most elaborate pumpkin patch we visited this year. They have lots of fun activities for the kids (and a couple for the parents). The whole place is decorated with pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, and hay bales. It’s adorable.

We went on the enchanted hay ride. They take you through their corn fields and you get to see their beautiful fields of sunflowers and marigolds. The marigolds are hand-planted, it’s incredible.

It is nearly impossible to get Charlotte to look at the camera. I try and try….

They have a huge pyramid of pumpkins, it’s so festive! I had heard they also had pumpkin ice cream, and I was extremely disappointed to discover that it was sold out.

Spina Farms
For our weekly park day with friends, we changed locations and went to Spina Farms instead. They had lots of things for toddlers to do. Charlotte played in the hay maze for quite awhile. She got lost and was just wandering around until another older kid walked past her and Charlotte decided to follow them around, which eventually lead her back out of the maze. 
Ward Trunk-or-Treat
We donned our family costumes for the ward trunk-or-treat! I’m so glad that it all came together at the last minute. I was doing some last minute shopping for accessories the morning of the trunk-or-treat, and I wasn’t exactly sure how it would all look. I think we look pretty good! Charlotte’s lion costume is my favorite.

Santana Row Trick or Treating
Every year, on the Tuesday before Halloween, the stores on Santana Row give out candy to trick or treaters. It’s always crazy crowded, but we decided to go anyways. After her experience at the ward trunk-or-treat, Charlotte got really excited when I pulled out her lion costume. She knew what that meant, “turkey, turkey!” At least, that’s what ‘trick or treat’ sounds like when Charlotte says it. We worked with her and she can say it better, but then she gets excited and it comes out like “turkey, turkey” again. We’ve also taught her how to roar like a lion, but she gets really shy around strangers.

Can’t wait to go trick or treating tomorrow on Halloween! After all this practice, Charlotte will be a pro trick or treater tomorrow.

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