Along with crisp mornings, falling leaves, and the smell of pumpkin spice everywhere, October brings with it not just the start of the holiday season, but plenty of opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the harvest festivities together.
With the weather in the Tulare County starting to drop out of those summertime highs, finding fun and exciting ways to spend time with your kids is a must. While there's plenty of options to choose from, we've gone ahead and picked some even the Sanderson Sisters wouldn't miss out on.
So grab your pumpkin spiced lattes, throw on your favorite flannel shirt, and put your Stranger Things reruns on hold! The Great Pumpkin is coming with all the family friendly fun to go with it!
Vossler Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
26773 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA 93277
Opening for the 2018 season on September 29th, Vossler Farms will be celebrating it's 19th season of family fun and entertainment. Let the kids frolic through the pumpkin patch, jump on an old fashioned hay ride, or make some memories getting lost together in the 10 acre corn maze. Whatever you choose, there's family fun to be had here. Vossler Farms is open seven days a week, and children 4 and under get in free. Check out their website and Facebook for more details.
International Agri-Center's 2018 Harvest Festival
4500 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274
On October 13th, the International Agri-Center will host it's 2018 Harvest Festival, featuring great food, live music, and fun games for the whole family. Families and friends can get together to enjoy hay rides, the pumpkin patch, and even a haunted house put on by the local high school. Admission is only five dollars, but bringing 3 cans of food to benefit the Tulare Emergency Aid can get you in for free. Did we mention that children 6 and under, kids in costumes, or kids rocking their youth sports league jersey get in free also? Roll on over their website and Facebook for more details.
Changala's Pumpkin Patch
22045 Ave 152, Porterville, CA 93257
Growing pumpkins for more than 20 years, the Changala Pumpkin Patch provides the families of Porterville and surrounding areas with beautiful pumpkins in an environment sure to bring out the Halloween spirit in us all. Featuring a child-friendly corn and sunflower maze, carnival train rides, and even a petting zoo for the little ones, Changala's has something for everyone. If you're in the Porterville area, feel free to drop by and have some fun. Open seven days a week starting October 5th, and prices vary on pumpkins and activities, so check out their website and Facebook for more information.
Village Halloween at ImagineU Children's Museum
210 N Tipton St, Visalia, CA 93292
Maybe you're looking for a fun and safe environment for your kiddos to show off their costumes and collect some candy on Halloween. If so, ImagineU Children's Museum will be hosting their Village Halloween event from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on October 31st, complete with plenty of doors to knock on! Trick-or-Treat with piece of mind (and a piece of candy). Take a stroll to their website and Facebook pages for more information on this event and the rest of their year-round fun.
Parenting Network's Special Lives Without Limits
Hosted at Visalia Rawhide, 300 N Giddings St, Visalia, CA 93291
While not a standalone Halloween event, Parenting Network's annual Special Lives Without Limits event is an October must for everyone, especially those with children. This event honors all Tulare County families who are parenting a child with a special need. Live music, community booths, food vendors and more will be present at the event. So bring the little ones down in their Halloween costumes and let them enjoy the Trunk-or-Treat area and petting zoo. The event will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on October 27th. Click one of the links to check out more information on website and Facebook page.
Don't forget to go out and jump in the leaves, or introduce your kids to some classics like Hocus Pocus and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, especially if you didn't catch on to the references above.