Whether you’re embracing it or trying to deny it, fall has arrived in Langley. The air has become crisp, the leaves are changing colour, and school is back in session. The most telling sign of all? The pumpkins.
Houseware stores are debuting their warm shades of seasonal décor, coffee shops and bakeries have brought their pumpkin spiced goodies back on the menu, and clothing boutiques are adding pops of orange.
But what better way to celebrate the dawn of fall than with a trip to a Langley pumpkin patch?
Aldor Acres Family Farm (24990 84th St) is now open daily until October 31, rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As the locals probably know, there’s far more at Aldor Acres than the pumpkin patch itself. Cuddle up with bunnies, pet a few goats, and root for your favourite pig as they race. Remember to snap some photos throughout your day, and don’t miss the new pumpkin cut-out photobooth.
Once you hop off the hayride into the pumpkin patch, take your time to find your perfect match. After all, there’s 20 acres of beautiful, ripe pumpkins to explore.
Or head over to Krause Berry Farms (6179 248 St), open Wednesdays through Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’re kicking off the month with a Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off event on Saturday, October 1st (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), adding some gargantuan excitement to your pumpkin-picking excursion.
Krause Berry Farms has pumpkin-flavoured everything – whether it’s pie, waffles, fudge, milkshakes and more. Check out their website for more information and mouth-watering photos of their menu. Before you head home for the day, browse through their Market for some seasonal kitchen and home décor treasures.
When it comes to decorating your porch with your hand-picked pumpkins – the possibilities are endless.
Download a few online stencils of ghosts, bats, witches or jack-o-lanterns of all sorts. Maybe try carving something a little more complicated, such as your favourite animated character or lettering like “Boo!” or “Trick or treat!”
Time for a twist? This could be the year that you explore no-carve pumpkin decorating options. Try etching techniques to create detailed designs that glow. Alternatively, check out the selection of paints at Opus Art Supplies (5501 204 St) for some inspiration. A layer of metallic paint can give your pumpkin a unique, glitzy look. Some basic colour mixing can help you achieve a fun candy corn style.
If you’re completely stumped for ideas, Well Seasoned is hosting a Creative Pumpkin Carving class on the eve of Halloween.
And don’t throw out those pumpkin seeds! There are tons of great pumpkin seed recipes out there, adding oils and spices to make a savoury, seasonal snack. Pop into All of Oils (20450 Douglas Crescent) for some fresh ideas and flavourful roasting ingredients. Mix the seeds up with granola, dried berries, pecans and almonds for a delicious trail mix for a brisk autumn hike or a stroll through a Langley park with the family.
Written by Guest Blogger: Samantha Bates