It’s October and in Texas (probably in the US) that means pumpkins are everywhere. This is not a tradition we have in Germany – in fact, I’m not even sure I ever ate pumpkin before I moved to the US. We don’t carve pumpkins for Halloween because it doesn’t really exist – well, nowadays it’s kind of swapped over the pond, but when I was growing up I was making Kastanienmännchen in the fall – little men, women, and animals made of chestnuts and matches.
Since I’ve been living in Texas for a while now, I have started associating colder weather with pumpkins instead of fall foliage and chestnuts. Last year, we had some friends over and carved Jack-O’-Lanterns while roasting pumpkin seeds in the oven. So much fun! The year before that I was in Dallas for a conference and met up with a friend at the Dallas Arboretum (www.dallasarboretum.org). It’s a beautiful park overlooking a lake where you can stroll through different kinds of gardens. We had a great time catching up and enjoyed the flowers, trees, and the view over the lake. I don’t know if it’s a permanent exhibit, but they also had a pirate ship and the house of the witch that kidnapped Hänsel and Gretel (super famous story by the brothers Grimm). One of my favorite areas was the little garden that had a tiny little river and mist coming up from it. Super pretty! And since it was October, the Dallas Arboretum had a huge Pumpkin Village as their seasonal exhibit. There were pumpkins in every form and color you can imagine everywhere lining the paths of the village. They even had a house made of pumpkins! How cool is that?! Ok, ok, I’m a dork, but still, it’s pretty cool, right? So, if you find yourself looking for things to do in Dallas during October, head over to the Dallas Arboretum. I’m sure it’s one of the bigger October events in Dallas!
I’ve actually never been to the small arboretum here in town. For some reason, I tend to do these kind of things only when I travel. However, yesterday I heard on the local news that the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is hosting a pumpkin trail this weekend. It reminded me of how fun our visit to the Dallas Arboretum was and now I am thinking about heading over there sometime this weekend. Maybe it’ll be really small and not fun at all, but I’ll never know if I don’t try, right? In the meantime, enjoy some pics of the Dallas Arboretum below 🙂
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