Pumpkin Patch Dreams

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Bet you didn’t know that the pumpkin patch is where all the cool kids hang out. Or maybe you did know that. Either way have you made your annual trek to a Halloween themed happy place? I hope you have. In this pumpkin dreamland post I share gigantic amounts of photos with you. My intention is to make you *smile* like we did.

This is a day that we will all remember forever. Life is all about the great memories

We could spend the entire month of October living at this place….

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

The Irvine Regional Park in Orange County, CA has a little bit of everything. Perhaps I should say a lot of everything. This place is HUGE. You can cruise around on paddle boats, ride the train, feed ducks, ride mini ponies, visit the petting zoo and much, much more.

Everywhere you look there are people having picnics, enjoying the sunshine and each others company. Creating memories.

Scarecrow at Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Boo! I know that scarecrow and the haunted house look awfully scary. Not. That pole inside the scarecrow looks a bit painful though.

Not scary is very good when you are two small kids and your mom is a wuss. Besides, mom is waaaayyyy too busy taking pictures of everything to be scared. She might drop her camera or something.

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

We ponder how big they are now and how big they will be next year. Let’s not rush the time OK?!

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

A billowy headband is a nod to our favorite holiday…

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

A little tulle, a little pink, some fringe boots and all is right with the world.

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Let’s not miss out in the Miner’s Camp……

That looks spooky too. Boo!

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Rides round and round in circles in mini John Deere tractors are a hoot!

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

I love the rustic feel of this place…

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Isn’t it amazing when mom gets caught up somewhere with her camera and daddy treats you to cotton candy

Kids with cotton candy. Orange County lifestyle: the OC.

Really a treat because this only happens like once a year…maybe a few more times if you are well behaved.

Little Boy with Cotton Candy

All that sugar is not only a huge & unexpected treat….but it makes us act even more silly!

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Time to pick out the perfect pumpkin…

Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch, Orange County, California

Not too big or too small. Just right for carving at home.

Irvine Regional Park, Orange County Lifestyle

I begged my hubs to grab a few clicks of me & the kids before we left.

Marla Meridith: woman with 7 year old daughter in Pink clothes

My daughter was into it. My son however was crashing from that cotton candy business.

What do you have planned for Halloween? Have you carved pumpkins yet?

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~ Marla Meridith

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50 thoughts on “Pumpkin Patch Dreams

    1. Carly…seriously! Why didn’t I think of that. Think I need to head back out to the patch to ride those tractors while they are busy at school 😉

  1. Three things I LOVE in this post:

    1) All your photography.
    2) Your daughter’s super cute outfit…gosh, I would have been over the moon for that at her age.
    3) That last pic of the two of you…super sweet…you both look beautiful!

  2. Lovely clicks Marla! Love all the photos – especially the last one with you and your daughter. Perfect family.

    We went to a local pumpkin “mock” patch – Florida doesn’t have a real patch – and enjoyed picking out a pumpkin or two, under an oak tree. Loads of kids playing around in the barn, horse riding and overall, a wonderful experience.

    We’ve never carved a pumpkin before – gotta get on to that soon 🙂

    1. Thanks Kiran! We have lots of pumpkin patches and local parks all set up with this holiday bliss. It is tough not to stop at each and every one! Enjoy carving those pumpkins…it is so fun. Also don’t forget to enjoy the seeds 🙂

  3. Look at your kiiiiids! And you look fabulous too!

    We’re staying IN for Halloween. I’m going as “that one girl that I can hear singing out of every window of her house and I think she has wine teeth. Yep, she sure does.”

    1. Bev….silly girl. “Wine Teeth” now that is a HOT look that should rock Halloween 😉 Have fun girl. I will watch your festivities via twitter!

  4. we go to Underwood Farms every year and it is a tradition my 13 year old still loves. your pumpkin patch in Irvine looks like it is the “happiest place” on earth!

  5. Awww, I love the pics and the post, Marla.

    They are adorable and your photos are so inspiring, as usual. And your kiddos are getting…so big!! Your daughter is going to be taller than you are soon 🙂 I passed my mom up in 5th grade but she was always still the boss 🙂

  6. How cool is this place! It’s like a lovely Fall dream. I grew up in Costa Mesa and never got to go there as a kid…I really wish I would’ve know about it now though. Gorgeous pic of you and your daughter by the way 🙂

  7. What stunning photos! We love going to the pumpkin patch. We went a few weeks ago with our twins and being only a year and a half they were all over the place. We are looking forward to Halloween this year because they are dressing up (Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf). They aren’t going out for candy, but it will still be fun to dress them up!

    1. Jennifer…your twins will be so cute in their costumes!! One and a half is such a cute age, but a bit tricky when you get them out to places like the pumpkin patch. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a great Halloween 🙂 xo

  8. Marla,
    I enjoyed this post so much – it brought back so many happy memories of taking my boys to Irvine Regional Park. Those times with your children are truly priceless. Your children are gorgeous – must take after Mom!

    1. Hi Nancy, I will take your sweet comment with me the rest of the day. Thanks for your kind words. Happy I could help you re-live those special memories with your boys 🙂 xxoo

  9. Oh, what a fun day!!! I love the beautiful photo of you and your daughter….my boys are not as thrilled with being photographed as my daughter 🙂

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  11. I hope you have that photo of you and your daughter framed…you two are beautiful and she does look so much like you. Love all these photos of a super fun day. You have beautiful kids. xx

  12. We live in Oceanside and my hubby works in Seal Beach/Long Beach area and every now and again we go to Irvine. Usually it’s so I can shop all the asian groceries. Today we are going to get pumpkins, but we are going to Bates Nut Farm off the 15. You might want to see that next year. It’s huge!

  13. Wow, Marla, this post is so jam-packed with happy–I love it. Your photos are gorgeous, and it looks like you all had an amazing time. I love all of the images, but that one of you and your daughter is stunning. Happy Halloween to you and your beautiful family. xo

    1. Hi Rosie Thanks for all of your sweetness my friend 🙂 That was a super fun day. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween with your cute family too. xxoo