Having a Halloween or fall party is a family tradition for me. You see, my birthday falls on October 8 and ever since I was 10 years old my dad and stepmom would throw me a fall themed birthday party. One year I had a sleepover where we told ghost stories and made scarecrows. Another year we slept in a straw pile and carved pumpkins. If I didn’t have a party we almost always celebrated my birthday by heading east of the mountains and picking peppers, tomatoes and other veggies harvested in the fall. Since it was my birthday I always got to choose a friend to join us.
Even now as an adult I try to host a fall party each year. Usually it ends up being a birthday celebration as well. Friends and family gather and we carve pumpkins, drink pumpkin beer and hard cider and sit around a bon fire enjoying some of the last dry days until summer. This year it was our first year on the farm and thing got really busy. I decided that rather than have a birthday party I was going to spend the money on my trip to Nashville. But like any tradition, I soon found that people were counting on having a pumpkin carving party and were bummed that we weren’t going to stick with tradition. And so, we said to hell with saving our money, let’s have a party anyways.
The great thing about having the farm is that the party was surprisingly cheap. We partnered with a local pumpkin grower and were able to buy pumpkins at a great price. We had plenty of hay so we decided to build a hay pit for the kids to play in. We also harvested an abundance of apples from our apple tree so we had plenty of apples for our bobbing for apples station. The hardest part was probably catching Mama and Charolette and bringing them in the barn for visits (thank your Josh Lodge for helping me catch and rodeo Charolette).
It was great to see all our friends and neighbors. The kids had a great time bobbing for apples, jumping in the hay and burying me alive (I am still a little itchy) and meeting the cows and goats. And the adults carved some pretty cool pumpkins. We had a Dolly Parton pumpkin, a Gangster pumpkin with big ears, a canibal pumpkin, a mosiac pumpkin, a WSU pumpkin, a pumpkin mask and a skeleton pumpkin. And of course Ross took the kids for a late night Gator ride! Thank you to all who came out and we hope to see you all next year!