Fall family fun at Brown’s Harvest in Windsor

NEW HAVEN Conn. (WTNH) – Every October Connecticut families enjoy autumn traditions like visiting a pumpkin patch, finding their way through a corn maze and going on a hayride. Brown’s Harvest in Windsor has all sorts of activities like these.

Tonight, they’ve got a full mon meditation with Shamanic Practitioner, Jennifer Brindisi and Energy Medicine Practitioner, Julie Montinieri from 6:30 to 8. Registration fee of $16 includes butternut squash bisque, baked potato soup, hot apple cider and cider donuts.

Also, they’ve got ‘A Salute to the American Hero’ corn maze dedicated to courageous veterans. A percentage of the proceeds from all corn maze admissions will be donated to ‘Our Heroes Fund’. Plus, all active and retired military receive half-price admission with a valid I.D.

October 21/22nd and 28/29th – A slightly spookier flashlight tours of the corn maze with haunted characters popping out in the maze.

October 29th – trick or treating in the maze for children in costumes and a costume contest on October 30th.

Tips from Brown’s Harvest on how to carve the perfect pumpkin:

* First step is to pick pumpkin- watch for soft spots or nicks, especially on bottom and make sure there is a stem on top and it hasn’t popped off. Carry it by the bottom.

* Decide whether you are going to decorate or carve. When carving, keep in mind that pumpkins will only last up to week, so don’t carve too early!

* If carving, pick your design and cut the top

* Hollow it out by removing all the seeds- save seeds for roasting

* Scrape pumpkin out with the pumpkin scoop so that shell is a little thinner for easy carving

* Transfer the design to your pumpkin with a Pumpkin Masters kit and poker or pen

* Start carving…don’t force the blade or else it will snap – consider electric carver

* Illuminate the interior by placing candle, Christmas lights or flameless Candles

* If decorating, glue dried flowers and leaves to create a beautiful centerpiece. Or cut out the pumpkin and use fresh flowers. Munchkin pumpkins make great serving containers, you can hollow them out and use them for food such as, Gourmet baby peas or butternut squash.

* Use acrylic paints as they will last through the elements

Brown’s Harvest is a sixth generation family farm in Windsor. For more information on them head here: http://www.brownsharvest.com/

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