TEMPLE — Halloween is 36 days away, and everyone knows you can’t celebrate Halloween without pumpkins.

I took a trip to the Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch during their grand opening to scope out the sugar pumpkins – which are specially used for baking. I’ve been wanting to learn how to bake pumpkin cinnamon bites.

The pumpkin patch had over 15 different types of pumpkins. During the grand opening there was live music performed by Wayworn Traveler, a local band, food for purchase, pumpkins for purchase and over 20 different family-fun activities.

The farm activities include: corn hole, horse shoe, washers, ladder golf, tether ball, giant chess, giant Jenga, calf roping, hamster wheels, a custom playground, critter corral, ball zone, a hay ride, a barrel train, duck races, a corn maze, archery, corn cannons, a corn pit, tug-of-war, a giant pumpkin bounce pad, sand art and more. With the purchase of a wrist band, families can enjoy the festivities all-day long, with unlimited activity time.

The farm is family-owned and operated by Brian and Helen Robinson, with the help of their five boys. This is the farm’s sixth annual pumpkin patch, which will be open from now until Nov. 4. The Farm is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, and during the week for private events.

The farm does not grow their own pumpkins – their slogan is “Growing memories,” not “Growing pumpkins”.

Helen said that sharing memories is her favorite pumpkin patch experience.

“Those customers that have been with us year, after year, and they take that same picture, in the same place, every year, and you get to see their children grow and you just don’t get to beat that feeling right there,” Helen said. “To know that we are a part of people’s conversations without being there, is pretty special.”

Helen said that there have been marriage proposals, babies taking photos with their first pumpkin, birthdays and more memory-making at the farm.  

The Robinson Family Farm was voted the No. 1 pumpkin patch in Texas by Farm Fest, shared the Robinsons, who thanks the local community for their continuous support.

“To see where we started – it really makes us question how we got here, so thanking those customers that hung in with us – that saw the dream – that saw the potential and supported us,” Helen said.

What I enjoyed the most about the Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch was that it’s local, inexpensive and family-owned and operated. I have never been to a friendlier pumpkin patch.

The Robinson Family Farm is located 3780 White Owl Ln. in Temple. For more information about the farm you can visit, https://www.therobinsonfamilyfarm.com/.