Finding Pumpkins & Festivals

Finding Pumpkins & Festivals


The trees have changed colors, the air is crisp and suddenly I find myself craving warm apple cider while strolling through local fall festivals.  It’s Autumn and our family’s favorite time of the year!  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to come across this great (and FREE) online interactive guide to the best fall festivals in the US by MapMuse: Pumpkin Festival Locator:  an interactive online guide to visiting pumpkin festivals and giant pumpkin weigh-offs this fall season.

Featuring over 220 festivals across the USA, the free map-based application is the largest and most comprehensive pumpkin event locator of its type on the Web.  According to MapMuse owner Mike Pilon, “We strive to ensure that no matter where you live, you can find a pumpkin festival to visit.” For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, pumpkin festivals are family-friendly fairs that exhibit the cream of the local pumpkin crop. Attendees can buy pumpkins to convert into jack-o’-lanterns, stuff themselves on pumpkin pie, observe giant pumpkin weigh-offs, partake in live demonstrations, and enjoy good old fashioned fun and live music. “Not a bad way to spend a day with your kids,” suggests Pilon.

Here’s an example of what one of the maps looks like:

Each Pumpkin Festival is given a dedicated profile page that can be accessed by clicking its icon on the interactive map. The profile page contains pertinent information such as contact details, hours, physical location, visiting tips, photos, and user reviews.

The site couldn’t be easier to use!  Not a bad way to spend a Fall Day, don’t you think?

The Keats Take Universal Studios

The Keats Take Universal Studios

The minions got me thinking about our last trip to Universal Studios Orlando Resort in 2011.  I know that there are a few of you who have asked me what was my favorite part of the park?  Judging from the photos, I have to say being in Hogsmeade and at Hogwarts (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) were really tops on my list.  It was magical for both Kayla and for me who are big fans of “The Boy Who Lived,” Harry Potter.  I think that my husband enjoyed the Marvel Comics based rides like “The Hulk.”  Sorry, I couldn’t take any pictures of him getting on or off the ride because the mere site of the ride made me a bit queasy.  Here are some of our pictures from our trip in 2011.  Enjoy!

Universal 2011-Medium

After looking at these pics over 100 times, I have to say that our next trip to Universal is going to be WAY over the top.  The Minion Mayhem alone, which I understand is in the front of the entrance to the park, will put us in the right frame of mind to party all day!

We are super psyched to get down to Orlando ASAP!  Will we see you there?