Deck the halls with pumpkin spice lattes. Fall lal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal – that’s how the song goes, right? ‘Tis the season of pumpkin everything. Embrace being totally basic with every way possible to go gaga for gourds in the Queen City.
Where: 3900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte
What: 10 acres of pumpkins open every day, Sept. 25 – Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to dusk.
How much: Families of all sizes are free.
Where: 10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte
What: Convenient for Ballantyne families, Hall Family Farm has pumpkins, hayrides and chickens.
How much: Free mini activities for kids.
Where: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville
What: Take a hayride to the patch where tens of thousands of pumpkins await.
How much: Free to wander, hayrides are $10 per person.
Where: 125 Remount Rd., Charlotte
What: Good Bottle has an entire section devoted to seasonal/pumpkin beers. I’m sipping on a Pompoen from Wicked Weed as a write.
How much: Seasonal bottles (like Pompoen) can range from $9 to $20.
Where: 719 Louise Avenue, Charlotte
What: Their pumpkin pie latte was made with real pumpkin puree long before Starbucks finally jumped on the bandwagon.
How much: Under $4.
Where: 1212 Pecan Avenue, Charlotte
What: Try their pumpkin old fashioned with whiskey, pumpkin, brown sugar and orange bitters.
How much: Around $10 (depending on your whiskey choice).
Where: 1100 Metropolitan Avenue, Charlotte
What: Vivace is serving a spiced pumpkin crostata with cinnamon gelato. Yum.
How much: Between $8 and $10.
Where: 110 Perrin Place, Charlotte
What: Two words: Pumpkin gnocchi.
How much: Around $25.
Where: 2809 South Boulevard, Charlotte
What: Pretend you’re wandering the streets of Paris for a few minutes as you enjoy a pumpkin croissant by Renaissance Patisserie’s French-born chef.
How much: Around $3.50.
What: Saturdays and Sundays this fall, take your little ones trick-or-treating with the Peanuts gang in Planet Snoopy.
How much: Included with daytime admission ($49.99 for adults, $41.99 for kids).
Where: 300 South Church St., Charlotte
What: On Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring your kids uptown for a pumpkin patch with carving stations, contests and games.
How much: Free.
Where: 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Boulevard, Charlotte
What: Bring out your competitive side and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during Charlotte’s annual carving competition. It beings at 4 p.m. sharp, so don’t be late!
How much: $50/carver, supporters/viewers are free.
(Photo credit: Hill Family Farm photo via their Facebook page)