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Here is a round-up of area Pumpkin Patches and Halloween festivals- so get out, get pickin' and get carvin'!
(AND our tips on making your carved pumpkin last longer!)
First Presbyterian Church
Where: 5401 S. Clairborne Ave. ( corner of S. Clairborne and Octavia).When: Starting Sunday, Oct. 9th – when sold out (usually before Halloween), Mon– Fri, 3 -7pm. Sat, 10 – 7 pm. Sun, noon – 7pm. Family Fun Fest is Oct. 15, all day
Pumpkins grown on Navajo land. Huge selection of sizes, shapes, textures and colors, including ornamental gourds and decorative corn. Benefiting The Program of Hope Homeless Ministry
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Where: 6249 Canal St., corner of Canal and Harrison, Lakeview
When: starting Oct. 13 – 31. 10 am - 6:30 pm
Group packages are available. Contact ldavis@stpauls‐lakeview.org or 488-1319, ext. 119
Families encouraged to pose for a beautiful fall photo.
Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: Baptist, LA , SouthEastern exit # 32.
When: Sept 26 – Nov. 3rd. Mon- Fri , 9– 5. Sat & Sun., 10 - 5.
Yes, this is not right around the corner, but this is worth including, as its an authentic pumpkin patch- where kids can actually pick a pumpkin. Face painting, petting farm and more. http://thfarms.com/pumpkins.htm
Where: 172 BlueJack Ridge, Poplarville Mississippi, yes- a destination- but so worth it! http://www.mscornmaze.com/directions
When: Open only Oct 1st – 30th. Pumpkins until sold out. They have everything from a 7 acre maze to a pumpkin patch. Pony ride. Wagon train. It's a whole experience. Buy tickets online to guarantee entry.
Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival
When: Sat. Oct 21st, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: French Market. For complete details, click here.
Live music, children’s activities, trick or treating, costume contests.
When: Oct. 15, 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Canal Place. For more info, click here.
Surgeons carve pumpkins to benefit Children’s Hospital. Trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, mask making.
When: Weekends, 9am - 4pm
Where: 17834 River Road, Montz, LA, 70068 (near LaPlace)
The cost to pick a pumpkin from this patch is $6 which includes the wagon ride, pumpkin, and washing facilities. 985-652-3672.
Make appt. during week.
Blackwater United Methodist Church
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How to make your carved pumpkin last longer...
My husband always wanted to wait until midnight Halloween (maybe a slight exaggeration) to carve the great chosen pumpkin, and I think a lot of it has to with the icky moldy factor that happens so quickly, especially with our humidity. Here are the steps to help keep it preserved...
1) First, of course- Carve it. Carve like you've never carved before.
2) Spritz it (inside and out) with a spray bottle filled with 1 tablespoon bleach, the rest water. Let it 'rest' for about 20 minutes. This will kill all the bacteria (or a lot of it).
3) Wipe it down with a paper towel or clean cloth, then rub petroleum jelly all over it. wipe away excess. (This will help prevent new mold and bacteria).
4) Try to keep it out of the sun, and cool. Okay, well try, at least.