Halloween

Pumpkin Patch

The fall season and the festivity of this month made me want to check out a corn maze. So I did some research but found nothing too exciting in Orange County going on with corn mazes. I ended up finding that Cal Poly Pomona has a crazy annual corn maze and pumpkin patch. The school has agricultural studies so they have a huge plot of land for farming and all that fun stuff. Perfect for this time of the season!

The view before entering the pumpkin patch at Cal Poly Pomona.

The view before entering the pumpkin patch at Cal Poly Pomona.

We went for the food first when we got to the patch. The pork sandwich was $9 and the pulled pork fries were $9 also.
Pork sandwich.

They were both SO GOOD. Pulled pork fries were something new to me and would love to try it again! I’d say it was worth the $9.
Pulled pork fries.

After sharing all that good pork sandwich and fries, we had to walk it off to the pumpkin patch. Right when you enter the field of pumpkins, there’s a side of tall sunflowers just standing there so brightly! They were probably at least 5.5 feet tall!I’ve never seen them so tall before!
Sunflowers at the pumpkin patch.

Whether you found a baby sized pumpkin or a 20 pound pumpkin in the field, it was $5! It was such a good deal especially if you found a huge one.
Jo advertising her pumpkin.

There were so many families out there who brought wagons and carts to put their 10 pumpkins in! If a family had a stroller, they would put the pumpkin in the stroller and carry their baby. Just like in the picture below…(I was trying to act like I was taking a picture of the field but I was really trying to take a picture of the guy and his two pumpkins in the stroller.) As you can see, the guy replaced the baby with 2 pumpkins! #Pumpkinpatchgonewrong
Pumpkin > Baby

Phil, Josephine, and I walked around the whole field trying to find the one. It was definitely hard because there were so many!
Josephine and I with our pumpkins!

So we ended up not buying any pumpkins because we didn’t have a wagon to hold our pumpkins nor did we want to carry a 5-10 pound pumpkin in the heat back to our car. Though we didn’t buy any, it was still fun to just walk around and look at all the different shaped pumpkins out there.
Jo, Phil, & Pumpkins.

Because the field was so big, we spent at least a good hour in the heat just hanging out in the field.
Where is Jo?

The main purpose of the pumpkin patch was actually to check out the corn maze but we were pretty exhausted from walking around in the heat. So we just went in front of the corn maze just to see how it looked like.
Corn Maze.

I was so surprised at the height of the corn stalks! It looked like a legitimate corn maze! It was just a few bucks to go through the maze. Apparently it’s supposed to take either 15 minutes or 30 minutes to complete it.
Jo secretly getting out of a corn maze.

Definitely next year, I’ll be checking out the corn maze. As for the pumpkin patch, I’ll know better next year to bring a stroller. I mean, not a stroller. I don’t have a kid and I won’t have a kid next year. But to bring those little kid’s red wagon so I can actually buy a pumpkin or two or five…

Thanks Josephine and Phil for joining me in my first pumpkin patch! Glad we got to eat, walk, and have fun in the sun!

Happy Halloween!

Every year at work, there’s a Halloween competition on who has the best door decoration. Each department is responsible to decorate their manager’s door however they want. This year, my department decided to do a Star Wars theme.

On the day of Halloween, employees are allowed to bring their kids to trick-or-treat. Rather than doing the usual of giving out just candies, we wanted to give them also light sabers just like the ones from Star Wars. We weren’t going to go to Disneyland to purchase them, but make them!

Thanks to Pinterest, Google and creative bloggers, we were able to make light sabers right at home. All we needed to make light sabers were: pool noodles, gray and black duct tape, serrated knife, and scissors. It’s easy and fun to make these light sabers. Surprisingly, it takes a bit of time to make them because it was challenging at times to work with the duct tape. Those duct tapes were strong.

Here’s a close up of the handles I created:

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My favorite light saber is the third to last one. I think the buttons look cool even if that’s not how the real Star Wars light saber is like.

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With black butcher paper, painted styrofoam planets, and some glow in the dark stars, we created a galaxy like that of Star Wars. On the ledge were little Star Wars figurines from a board game.

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Kat, my co-worker (I did the mud-run with her), dressed up as Princess Leia! She won 2nd place for her costume! Congratulations Kat!

We had some Star Wars toys that we laid out on top of some filing cabinets for decoration. My favorite part about the decor in the image below is the Death Star pumpkin! Kat aka Princess Leia made this all on her own. She used glow in the dark paint and puffy paint to make the Death Star pumpkin. Too bad we weren’t able to see if it really glowed in the dark because we were at work. But hey, as long as it looked good it what mattered the most. Good job, Kat!

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As a whole department, we wore a t-shirt that said in Star Wars font: The Doc Side. I’m not sure who came up with the name, but it was pretty clever since our department works with a lot of records and documents. Kat, my co-worker (I did the mud-run with her), dressed up as Princess Leia! She won 2nd place for her costume! Congratulations Kat!

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Hope everyone became sweeter with all the candies they munched on!