Fall is here, and this season families are getting ready for the spooky holiday with some local pumpkin picking.

Despite the lack of crisp autumn air and falling leaves, the spirit of fall kicked off in the community.

Over the weekend, on Oct. 5th and 6, families had the chance to enjoy the outdoors at Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Festival.

At this annual festival, families took part in fun filled activities such as wagon hayrides, pumpkin patch painting, live entertainment and scarecrow building activity all while enjoying the nature park. Parents helped children pick out a pumpkin and paint, stuff and take home a scarecrow and take a gentle ride through the park. Organizer and volunteer Renee Troy call the festival a “fun family gathering” that they enjoy doing for their patrons. She said that the festival is for “All ages but the little ones I think like it best.”

The “little ones” did enjoy themselves as some, after assembling their scarecrow, left it in the park or take it home for holiday decor. The scarecrow building was due in part that, according to Brookgreen’s website, “Many families start planning their scarecrow for next year the minute the current year is over” so this is why the option to purchase the scarecrow was given. With live kid-friendly entertainment, there were opportunities for children to enjoy local musicians while playing fall games and enjoy some local food.

The celebration of the festival also gave guests the chance to explore the entire gardens and pieces of sculpture.

While the festival was only two days, more events will occur at the park as the Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted House will happen before Halloween on Oct 26-28 at Huntington Beach State Park at Atalaya Castle.