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    Hello,
    What does a "pumpkin patch" (as in: "A pumpkin patch was offering hayrides.") mean?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Pumpkin patches

    It is usually a patch of ground on which pumpkins are being grown.
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    Default Re: Pumpkin patches

    What is the context?

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    Default Re: Pumpkin patches

    Here's a pumpkin patch. The growers are offering rides in a haycart as an added attraction for buyers.



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    Default Re: Pumpkin patches

    Thank you all. So it's a cultural thing. People in the US that grow pumpkins can also offer hayrides sometimes.

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    Default Re: Pumpkin patches

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia Garett View Post
    Thank you all. So it's a cultural thing. People in the US that who grow pumpkins can also offer hayrides sometimes.
    It is not just farmers who raise pumpkins. Many people who have enough space, wagons and horses offer hayrides. A neighbor of mine has a building located on a few acres. He rents the building for various and sundry events during the year (auctions, meetings, sales of different types, etc.). During the last weeks of October he offers hayrides on the weekends.

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    Best Pumpkin Patches Around Pittsburgh CBS Pittsburgh

    It's a common thing here as a sort of fall festival. Hay rides and apple cider, pick a pumpkin or two to take home. Even mazes made of corn to get lost in for a while. The farm or orchard usually sells food and drinks as well, may have entertainers and activities for the kids (face painting, etc.)

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    The whole Hallowe'en thing seems to have made it from the USA to the UK in a big way. We now also have "maize mazes" (corn mazes), pumpkin nights, trick or treat, haunted hayrides etc etc. When I was a child, we saw just a few carved pumpkins and very few kids went "trick-or-treating". Now it's huge - parties for days either side of October 31st, hundreds of dressed-up kids out banging on doors and shops full of Hallowe'en sweets and chocolate. I very much doubt if most people under 30 in the UK have any idea of the original meaning of "All Hallow's Eve".
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The whole Hallowe'en thing seems to have made it from the USA to the UK in a big way. We now also have "maize mazes" (corn mazes), pumpkin nights, trick or treat, haunted hayrides etc etc. When I was a child, we saw just a few carved pumpkins and very few kids went "trick-or-treating". Now it's huge - parties for days either side of October 31st, hundreds of dressed-up kids out banging on doors and shops full of Hallowe'en sweets and chocolate. I very much doubt if most people under 30 in the UK have any idea of the original meaning of "All Hallow's Eve".
    When I was a child, nothing happened for Hallowe'en- there was a clear run to Bonfire Night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    When I was a child, nothing happened for Hallowe'en- there was a clear run to Bonfire Night.
    Is that Guy Fawkes Day/Night?

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