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So many cows at the pumpkin patch

Warning: you may suffer a cow overdose from this post. Read at your own risk.

This past weekend my friend and I took our respective kids to a local pumpkin patch called Oma’s Pumpkin Patch. Can you guess what we were going to see based on the signs at the entrance of the farm?

The cows at Oma's pumpkin patch in Lakeside, California

The cows at Oma’s pumpkin patch in Lakeside, California

For $8 per child (free for accompanying adult), you get a small pumpkin, a water bottle and open access to lots of games and activities fun for the whole family. They used to be a dairy farm but I’m not sure it’s still the case, considering the reality of the business for most California dairy farmers. Last time we went was a couple of years ago and the cows didn’t look in very good condition, so hopefully the problem was rectified and the place is healthier now.

But hey, dairy farm or not, I could still spot some cows in the background, so maybe there’s still milk being produced there.

The dairy cows at Oma's pumpkin patch, Laside, California

The dairy cows at Oma’s pumpkin patch, Laside, California

There are a lot of fun activities for the kids to do while at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch, including going through a hay maze, sliding down a cottonseed hill, riding the pedal-powered go carts, or petting farm animals in the pet corral. You can even pretend to milk a cow and this one doesn’t moo if you screw up.

Learn how to milk a cow

Learn how to milk a cow

Oh, and let’s not forget you can practice your lasso skills on the cow with the bale-shaped body!

How to lasso a cow

How to lasso a cow

The most realistic cow display, besides the real cows you can spot in the background, are this lifesize mother cow and her calf. This has to be my favorite cow sighting over there.

Lifesize mother cow sculpture and her calf

Lifesize mother cow sculpture and her calf

Holy cow! Today’s Halloween cow is a Holstein… cat?

The few cows I saw today appeared in children’s book,s as well as on my living room floor (there was a poor stray I just had to rescue). Surprisingly, or not, I saw NO cows during our trick-or-treating outdoor adventure tonight. How disappointing. I may have to move to Minnesota to witness that…

But don’t worry, I found something very appropriate for today. Actually this has to be one of my very best cows of the year. Yes, I mean it and you’ll understand when you see it. Yesterday, Pedro the cat, who writes his own blog at Maru can kiss my own furry…, stopped by this blog to say hi. Pedro is quite a special cat because of the way he looks and because he’s a fan of cows. You see, Pedro’s got cow-spotted fur. Check him out – what a cutie!

Pedro the cat

Pedro the cat

So earlier today I asked Pedro the cat if I could feature him on this blog and he humbly accepted. What Pedro clearly forgot to mention was, what his Halloween costume was going to be. So when I stopped by his blog to grab his picture, I had quite a surprise when I read Pedro’s Halloween post.

Here’s Pedro with half of his costume in place:

Pedro the cat with his cow udders

Pedro the cat with his cow udders

And here’s Pedro with his full costume on. Holy cow! Holy kitty! Is it a cow? Is it a cat? Geeze, I’m so confused. What does it meeeeeeean? Sorry, I feel like Hungrybear with his double rainbow experience.

Pedro the cat dressed up as a cow for Halloween

Pedro the cat dressed up as a cow for Halloween

Pedro, thanks for the laugh! Thinking of it, I’m not sure who got the last laugh. You, your owner, or me? Or maybe whoever will read this post? I think Pedro wins Best Halloween Costume. What do you think?

Today’s cow is a… frog?

 I found today’s cow in a book that is a favorite of my kids at this time. It’s called Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathan London. Froggy has quite a lively personality and is contemplating the best costume ideas for Halloween. His final choice is that of a prince frog, but the trick-or-treat evening event turns a little eerie when Froggy gets ambushed by the enamored Froggilina… He tries to escape her by leapfrogging over his parents, whose costumes are shown on this picture:

Froggy's Halloween by Jonathan London - cow costume

Froggy's Halloween by Jonathan London - cow costume

Froggy’s dad is the one wearing the cow costume. Yes, a dad dressed as a cow… Who knew there was such a thing! And check out Froggy’s mom, dressed as a cowgirl! Lovely couple, I’d say.

There you have it, a frog in a cow costume, quite mooooving…

Froggy's Halloween - Dad in a cow costume

Froggy's Halloween - Dad in a cow costume