It’s here! Fall has finally arrived in central Ohio! It is officially sweater weather and everything pumpkin! I am not sure when my obsession with fall began, but it is more than likely due to my love of Halloween! Halloween is by far my favorite holiday! I love Halloween so much that we almost got married on Halloween last year (we decided against it for fear our nieces and nephews would be upset). I mean come on guys, I named one of my cats Binx. No idea what I am talking about? Turn on FreeForm on October 19th for a little movie called Hocus Pocus. So its evident I love Halloween, so let’s talk about a very important element to this holiday…pumpkins! It is our second year celebrating Halloween in central Ohio, and I have to be honest…we have still not found our go to pumpkin patch. If you live in the Cleveland area I have two amazing options! First, our favorite go to spot in Cleveland is Szalay’s Farm Market located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Szalay’s is a seasonal market that truly becomes magical during the fall! Not to mention it is located in one of the most beautiful national parks! If you are looking for a fun corn maize in the greater Cleveland area THIS is the place for you! While you do not go out into a field to pick your pumpkins, Szalay’s does have an amazing selection of pumpkins and other fall favorites for you enjoy! Our second favorite place to visit in Cleveland is Mapleside Farm located in Brunswick, Ohio. One of my best friends is actually getting married here in February! This location is definitely geared more towards children and young families; however, they do have a fun fall activity for adults! ZOMBIE PAINTBALL! I don’t think I need to say more about this particular activity, only that you need to get tickets ASAP because they sell out!
So what about central Ohio you ask? Well let me first start by saying that the major reason we are not pleased with the pumpkin patches we have found near Columbus is the fact that dogs are not permitted. As you all well know, we take Reagan everywhere! So we were rather disappointed today, when we went out in search of the Great Pumpkin and discovered that our little prancy paws was not welcome. Needless to say, it resulted in a very grumpy mama bear who ended up having a Lorelei Gilmore moment regarding Fall and Halloween. What does that mean? Well I got in a little fight with Fall and Halloween. I was frustrated and highly disappointed with our experiences at the pumpkin patches today and I took it out on my favorite time of year. Thankfully Dave had a Luke moment and brought me out of my funk and forced me to go on a family walk…
Needless to say, I got over my funk with Fall! And I will keep up the search for a dog friendly pumpkin patch for next year! Until I find the perfect pumpkin patch that allows dogs, here are two rather impressive patches in central Ohio. The first is Leeds Farm. The second is The Maize at Little Darby Creek. Both farms remind me of my two favorite spots in Cleveland and are filled of all things fall!