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Pumpkin Patches, S'mores and Spider Princesses

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

October 2013

Now that I have kids, October is probably my favorite month of the year. There's so much to do with little ones this month. Unlike June, July and August you don't have to lather them up with sunscreen and bug spray before you head out the door either. It's also nice that it's still too soon for kids to need mittens, winter hats and snow boots like they will in just a couple of short months. So what do I have planned with my kids this month? Well, my to-do list looks something like this:

Attending a pumpkin festival

Going on a hayride, helping my kids navigate their way through a corn maze and picking out a pumpkin make for a great day of family activities. Also, we have a house rule about the size of pumpkin our kids are allowed to pick out. My wife and I tell them they can have any pumpkin in the entire pumpkin patch, as long as they can carry it to the car by themselves.


There are always lots of kid-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations going on. I personally love getting a large stein of beer and showing off my polka dancing skills to my kids (By the way, I have no polka dancing skills.) There's also usually a booth set up for kids to do face painting and, of course, loads of great food to be eaten.


If we don't feel like leaving the house, I love making s'mores with my family on cool, fall nights.

And I haven't even mentioned my kids' favorite day of the month, Halloween! My kids haven't thought of their preferred costumes yet this year, but hopefully they will come up with something creative. One year my daughter was a "spider princess." She had a full spider outfit topped off with a wand and crown.

So there you have it, my to-do list for the month. I hope you and your family are enjoying some of these great October activities as well!

Happy Parenting!


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