Ever thought about having a pumpkin patch in your own backyard? Well now you can and you can share it with your friends and family. Read on to find out how you can host a pumpkin patch party.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love fall!
It speaks to my soul.
I love the brisk weather, cool but not cold, perfect for digging out your favorite light sweaters and scarves.
Nature is amazing at any time of year, but in the fall, the colors take my breath away.
I also love the flavors of fall, from pumpkin to apple.
Plus, with fall comes my second favorite holiday, Halloween.
I try to take advantage of the season and celebrate fall as much as I can. Every weekend in October, I try to cram in an activity or two, there’s just so many ways to enjoy this season.
This year we are planning to visit the local Scare-grounds offered every year.
We haven’t been yet and for the past three years have put it on the list, but chicken out at the last minute.
We’re planning to go this weekend, wish us luck!
We usually visit the pumpkin patch every year which is always a great time. This year though, I decided to bring the pumpkin patch home to our friends and family by hosting a Pumpkin Patch Party.
That’s right, we transformed our backyard into a pumpkin patch.
Now you can too.
So the plan is to create a pumpkin patch in your yard by spreading some hay down on the ground, setting up some corn stalks and a scarecrow or two and filling it up with a bunch of pumpkins.
To make things even more fun, you can also offer carnival games, pumpkin carving, and of course spooky snacks.
Let’s get down to it.
Here’s what you’ll need to host a pumpkin patch party of your own.
First things first, you’ll need to make a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick up supplies.
You will also need to take a trip to the grocery store to grab some food and other decorations. Plus, grab a few items from other stores such as Walmart or Amazon.
If you’d like a Host a Pumpkin Patch Party Planner, you can grab yours at the bottom of this post.
For outdoor decor:
- 40 Pumpkins of varying sizes
- 10 corn stalks
- 1 bushel of hay to spread around the yard
- 2 bushels of hay to set up an archery station
- 3 bushels of hay to set up for a photo booth
- 2 scarecrows to set up in the patch
- 2 pumpkin-themed table cloths for tables
- 1 Corn-hole game – we already had this, we just covered it with Halloween paper and used orange and purple bags
- 90 Balloons to use on the plywood board – to make a balloon popping station
- 3 darts – used to pop the balloons
- 20 target sheets for the archery station – we already have a bow and arrows
- 5 potato sacks for racing
- Caution tape or another tape to mark the finish line
- 30 plastic ducks – mark the bottom of the ducks – find the mark get a prize
- Plastic kiddie pool – float the ducks in the water
- Face painting kit like this one for the face painting station
- 3 large sacks of apples for the apple bobbing station
- 1 large bowl or tub for the apple bobbing station
Cookie Decorating Station
Unfrosted pre-baked sugar cookies in Halloween designs
Frosting – dyed different colors
Other candies like candy corn and sprinkles
Sticks-n-Stones Snack Mix:
Mix together and serve
Bread dough – shape it like bones, coat with garlic butter and serve with marinara sauce
Hot dogs cut in half
Crescent dough cut into strips
Wrap around the dogs
Bake for 12 mins
Add eyes if you want
Clear plastic cups
Sharpie – make jack o’ lantern faces on them
Fill with mac-n-cheese
Ground Beef – cooked
Flour Tortillas – cut into gravestones and skeleton parts – then bake until crisp
Layer all ingredients into a rectangular dish – sprinkling the ground beef “dirt” on the top – stick the gravestone into the dip to make it look like a graveyard. Use the bone-shaped chips to dip.
Shirley Temples with a twist:
Lemon-Lime Soda of your choice
Grenadine or cherry syrup such as Torani
Syringes to infuse the syrup into the soda
Spicy Caramel Apple Cider:
I also made some cute little printable labels you can download for free to indicate what your dishes are called.
Here’s a sample of what they look like, you can get them in B&W or color. There are also some blank ones so you can come up with your own names for your spooky dishes.
Looking for more food ideas? Check out Pinterest for tons of ideas.
Pumpkin Carving Station:
Another activity we are planning is pumpkin carving. Let your guests pick a pumpkin or two from the “pumpkin patch” then have a carving station set-up.
Here’s what you should have at the carving station:
- Paint – black, white, purple, red, green, yellow
- Paint Brushes
- Carving Tools
- Drills to make circles, if desired
- Trash can
- Bowls to put the guts into so you can roast the seeds later – yum!
Of course, we have to invite our guests as well.
I made a cute invitation that’s digital so you can just text it to save on printing or go ahead a print it out and hand-deliver it.
You can grab yours in my Host a Pumpkin Patch Party Pack – see below for details.
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I hope you too will host a Pumpkin Patch Party, believe me, your guests will have a great time.
If you do, please drop a comment below to let me know how it went.
Keep an eye out for more party ideas coming soon!