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.”
Marigold fields; behind them are a pumpkin patch and beyond, rolling hills.
Hanging corn outside of the store.
Hayrides are a scream…obviously.
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.
The store. The restaurant area is the back 2/3 of the building.
Musicians playing before the event.