There’s something invigorating about fall. The air is crisp, the skies are still blue, trees turn from green to gold and orange. After the heat and mugginess that can come with summer, October is a great time of year to have some refreshing fun with the family.
Visit a Ghost Town
Take a trip into history and visit a ghost town in your state. Own a house in Tampa? You have several ghost towns to choose from. Old gold mining towns can be found in the Sierra foothills of California.
Take the Kids to a Pumpkin Patch
Every town has a pumpkin patch. Take the kids through the corn maze, enjoy the refreshments and pick your Halloween pumpkins. Here are some pumpkin patches to visit near Taylor Morrison communities:
Austin – Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Farms has everything from Stuff Your Own Scarecrow to hayrides and a Candy Corn Hay Maze for kids.
Houston – A family favorite, Dewberry Farm features more than thirty-five attractions and ten eateries.
Southern California – Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival in Irvine includes pick-your-own pumpkins and veggies, and a wagon ride, corn maze and petting zoo.
Bay Area – A working organic vegetable farm, Perry Family Pumpkin Patch in Fremont features kid-friendly fun like a Maze & Tire Patch, photo opp with character cutouts, and Climb the Hay Pyramid.
Sacramento – Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch touts itself as a laid-back, low-key patch offering carving as well as exotic pumpkins, hayrides, mazes and gifts.
Denver – Besides pumpkins, fun activities and treats, Rock Creek Farm has lots of farm animals like pigs, goats, ponies, donkeys and more.
North Florida – Located in Astatula, Stanley Pond Fall Family Festival has lots of activities including a Catch and Release catfish pond.
West Florida – The Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, October 24th, 25th and 26th, features a pie eating contest, a family midway with rides and games, and a beer garden for the grownups.
See the Fall Colors
Even California has fall colors. Folks who own our houses in Campbell and other California Bay Area community locations can take in the changing colors of the Napa Valley vineyards. SoCal residents can drive up to Julian, a quaint old mining town near San Diego.
Make Fun Things for Halloween
Kids love making stuff for the spookiest night of the year. They’ll have a blast making Halloween sounds with a Screaming Cup. All it takes is a large plastic cup, some string and water. Add violin rosin for an extra scary touch.