Autumn at the Arboretum: The Great Pumpkin Festival

Posted by    |    October 11th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and The Great Pumpkin.”        -Linus from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Linus was reticent to discuss his fascination of The Great Pumpkin with his friends. And really, who can blame him? It wasn’t a popular subject. Even his sister, Lucy, thought he was crazy.

“That stupid blockhead of a brother of mine is out in the pumpkin patch making his yearly fool of himself.”

Linus, may I give you some advice? Don’t let ’em get to you. That pumpkin patch is full of fall goodness and ready to be enjoyed. Get on in there and knock yourself out.

There’s nothing quite like a sea of orange pumpkins to get you in an Autumn state-of-mind. And the Dallas Arboretum has, what could very well be, the greatest pumpkin festival in the country. Over 50,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds transform the gardens into a magical, fall wonderland. Literally. “It’s a Fairy Tale World” is this year’s theme, and the folks at the Arboretum have outdone themselves with Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village, complete with a life-size enchanted carriage and four houses based on the classic fairytale.

He can't get to the pumpkins fast enough...

If you happen to have a little “Linus” at home, might I suggest making a trip (or many) to this east Dallas, nature escape?  Autumn at the Arboretum is simply a “must see” – regardless of age. Our entire family loves it. And fortunately for us, Mimi & Papa (my parents) have a family membership, which means we’ve basically become regulars. In fact, my toddler, Max, got to see the pumpkins twice last week. And judging by the crazy-eyed, arm-flailing sprint he made towards the pumpkin village, it won’t be our last.

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