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We love an old-fashioned Halloween, and what better way to conjure up that spirit from generations gone by than to screen It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with the new witches and warlocks in your family. In our our pre-TIVO childhood, we eagerly awaited Charlie Brown as an annual tradition and weren't sure whether our kids would fall in love with the Peanuts gang just as we did 40 years ago. From the first sequence, they were smitten. Linus and Lucy are in the pumpkin patch and as Linus tirelessly rolls his new "friend" home, he chases behind his bossy big sister, Lucy. Once home, Lucy lays out newspapers to carve the pumpkin and Linus wails: "You didn't tell me you were going to kill it!" That's the genius of the late Charles Schultz -- an intuitive understanding of the world of children that is translated into the memorable words and indelible images we all grew up on: Linus and Sally waiting in the moonlit pumpkin patch for The Great Pumpkin, Lucy tempting Charlie Brown with the football and Snoopy defending his doghouse from the Red Baron. Our family's Halloween was off to a sweet, old-fashioned start.
Following Lucy's lead, our kids clamored for a visit to the local pumpkin patch. This year, we decided to go beyond pumpkins, and surprise them with an afternoon in a Corn Maze. We began with a visit to the shady produce stand filled with gleaming fruits and vegetables where the kids had a friendly bicker as they guessed the weight of this year's star pumpkin. Enthusiastic eyes spotted an awesome pumpkin bouncy house, a hay bale pyramid for scrambling and other harvest delights; we promised to return after the corn maze, and pushed ahead to a gate leading to four acres of towering corn. We pulled out our special map, and discovered that this year's maze has an election theme. Signs bearing riddles are posted at different points, and visitors are encouraged to try to find and solve each riddle. Our kids were quick to scamper into the maze, where plants towered over us, hiding all traces of the San Fernando Valley. Our kids tried valiantly to follow the map, but we all lost our bearings before long. We followed our oldest child, official Family Navigator, back out of the green labyrinth, and purchased sweet fruits and bright pumpkins before heading home.
Age Recommendation: all agesTime Allotment: half day