How is it that Halloween has become a month long holiday? Boo Fests, Ghoul Fests, Fun Fests…it seems there is literally something every weekend leading up to the actual night of Trick or Treating! At least it allows parents to get their money’s worth out of costumes! This weekend my family spent a lovely Saturday afternoon at Gerten’s in Inver Grove Heights. Gerten’s is a metropolis for all things lawn and garden. They have the most amazing selection of high-quality hardy annuals and perennials in the Twin Cities Metro Area.
Each Saturday in October, from 10a-4p, Gerten’s hosts Pumpkin Fest. This is the perfect event for families with preschool age or younger children. They have bounce houses, pumpkin painting, story time, a small petting zoo, and plenty of pumpkins to choose from. In addition, I noticed they partner with Pine Tree Apple Orchard to bring in concessions at extremely reasonable prices. It’s hard enough to resist an apple cinnamon donut, but at 50 cents each…well, I can go to the gym tomorrow!
“Mary Poppins” read us a Halloween story inside the nursery. She then let the eager listeners pick out a piece of candy. My girls each went for the Nestle Crunch. Ms. Poppins verified that they liked chocolate and they were like, “Ummm, YES!” (Silly question!) We then meandered over to the petting zoo and saw goats, alpacas, and a miniature horse. The girls were excited to head over to the bounce houses. My husband joined them in the “haunted maze.” I thought it was nice they didn’t charge him the ticket price. They probably should have, but their criteria is “if you wouldn’t normally go in this unless you had kids with you we won’t charge you.” Little did they know… he probably would have gone in there regardless. #kidatheart
We ended our time at Gerten’s by picking out some gorgeous autumn colored mums and of course, a pumpkin. Their pumpkins are HUGE and a great value for the price compared to other locations I’ve seen. Plenty to pick from for $5 and under. All and all it was a joyful fall event for the family. There is still one more Saturday left (10/24/15) to join in the fun. If you haven’t been, I strongly recommend you check it out! Don’t forget to bring your camera. The Gerten’s crew created a variety of spooktacular backdrops to get some gorgeous fall photos.