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Riley’s Farm Sleepy Hollow Event

You know, being such a natureweenie as well as a Halloweenie, it’s weird that I’ve never visited Riley’s Farm (Oak Glen, CA) until now.

I think the distance (about 1.5 hours) and the cost to get in were holding me back.

What was I waiting for? What an amazing place! The farm itself is gorgeous, and of course, we were going to…

Now, be advised: you don’t eat until about 7PM, though you do get limitless bowls of either corn chowder or pumpkin soup (yum!) beforehand, as well as coffee, decaf, water, lemonade or tea. There is an ongoing hayride beforehand…not huge scares, we only had three “jump-outs” and it’s in daylight, but you get a pretty little view of a few orchards and of the mountains with the sun just beginning to make its descent.

The play is in three parts, interrupted first by dinner, then by a little intermission to clear the way for a pumpkin pie eating contest, a pumpkin carving contest, a pumpkin seed-spitting contest and a little barnyard dance.

The play was a bit wordy and lower on the action, but I thought the actor who portrayed Ichabod Crane absolutely nailed his part.

Before and in between activities there is a band playing, with a fiddle and a banjo – you really get a “barnyard dance” feel.

The barn/restaurant (with a store in front) was very adorable and cozy.

Tickets sell out fast and there are only a couple of weekends left, I think, so check out the site. You can purchase tickets there if they’re still available.

My kids hung in there through the whole thing and never once asked “When do we go home?” LOVED it! Here are a few pics – I didn’t take pics during the play as there were a lot of heads in my way.


Yup, that’s us. Actually, that’s us pretty much our family at any given time. The Goofball Factor is pretty much permanently set on “high.”

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Marigold fields; behind them are a pumpkin patch and beyond, rolling hills.

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Hanging corn outside of the store.

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Hayrides are a scream…obviously.

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Baltus Von Tassel was sort of a dick once the play began, snapping at the children outside to be quiet. You know what, Baltus? You’re paid to deal with us.

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The store. The restaurant area is the back 2/3 of the building.

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Musicians playing before the event.

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You Like Me. You Really Like Me. And…Creepy Dolls

I can’t believe it. I signed in for the first time in months and I see that people are actually LOOKING AT my blog.

Who knew?

I like you back!

And now for something creepy.


Yes, dolls. They’re creepy all by themselves, aren’t they? Even the most innocent ones. There’s just something about dolls that weirds people out.

But not all people.

And that brings me to…


Baby “Treasure.”

My reborn dolls.

“Reborn” (I don’t love the term, but it is what it is) refers to either a factory-made complete doll or a factory-made complete kit that has been reworked by an artist, usually to look more realistic.

“Why?” you may ask. “I don’t know,” I answer. Somehow, I am intrigued by these dolls. I absolutely love trying to make them look as realistic as possible.

But now for the good part: in honor of Halloween, I am creating vampire dolls.

So far, I have completed two: Alexandria and Wisteria. Alexandria is scarier (forbidding-looking sculpt and red eyes); Wisteria is more of a baby-baby…with fangs. I’m working on a third baby, Nicolette, an 18th century dark little darling in the court of King Louis XVI. This third little baby has nearly white-blonde hair, a made-up powder-and-rouge French look and even a tiny mole on one cheek. Mais oui!

These bad little girls are part of the Eternally Yours collection at Melanie Kathryn Reborns.

The first two have been “adopted” by mommies (and daddies!) who love them. They just don’t hold them too close to the neck.

Enjoy, my weenies! It’s September…we’re getting there!




Wistful Wisteria.


Nicolette – work in progress pic.


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