Hello Autumn

All Things Fall!

The change in seasons always sparks excitement for all the nuances of the new season you are entering. To us here at Oliver's Nannies, when we think about fall, we think of Back to School, pumpkin and apple pickings, hayrides, Trick-or-Treating on Halloween, cooler days and nights, falling leaves and family gatherings.

As we enthusiastically embrace the beginning of another change of seasons, we put together a guide to all things fall. Including some easy to make crafts, Trick-or-Treating safety tips, a list of local pumpkin patches to make planning your fall outing a breeze and finally, a few fun facts about autumn!


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What you need :

  • Card stock or paper plate
  • Orange tissue paper
  • Brown tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Black marker

What to do:

  1. If using card stock, draw a pumpkin on the card stock and cut it out
  2. Using black marker, draw the eyes and mouth
  3. Rib small pieces of tissue paper and crumble them up
  4. With glue stick, add small sections of glue and stick tissue to areas with glue
  5. Using the brown tissue paper, add to the stem

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What you need :

  • Apples
  • Tempera Paint
  • Fork, Corn cob holders or a stick
  • Paper, Paper Plate, etc
  • Apple Pie or Cinnamon spices

What to do:

  1. Cut apples in half and add fork, corn cob holder or stick into the apple
  2. Dab apple into paint
  3. Stamp around on the paper
  4. If desired, add stems, leaves or seeds with a paint brush

Take this project up a notch by sprinkling cinnamon or apple pie spice over paint to add a sensory experience!

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

The build up to Halloween is always an exciting time for families. From your little one deciding what they want to dress up as, to decorating your house for the spooky season, everyone is involved in the festivities.

When the day comes and it is time to head out for some Trick-or-Treating, it is important to always remember to be safe. We have put together a list of safety tips to always keep in mind while collecting all of your treats!

Have fun and stay safe!

  1. Always use the crosswalk or designated areas to cross the street and be sure to look both ways.
  2. Make sure to use sidewalks whenever available and walk facing traffic.
  3. Have children carry glow sticks or flash lights to help them be seen by traffic.
  4. Choose light colors costumes for your children, if not, decorate costumes or candy bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  5. If your child is old enough to go out on their own, always be sure they stay in a group, have a phone with them and know who to contact in an emergency.
  6. Check all treats when arriving home, immediately throw out any that have ripped or damaged packaging.
  7. Plan your route in advance, sticking to well lit, well known areas and avoid any dark houses.
  8. Avoid costumes with full face covering masks for your children as the mask may make it hard to breathe or hard to see while trick-or-treating. Instead, use safe, non-toxic face paint.
  9. Never stop to talk to any strangers you pass while going door to door.
  10. Last but not least, as we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, always be sure to wear your face mask and maintain social distance when visiting a home.

Did you Know???

Fun facts about Fall

  • Catching a leaf is said to be good luck

  • The Halloween scares and frights can be good for your heart

  • Johnny Appleseed was a real person!

  • Apples really can help keep the doctor away

  • There are more babies born in September than in any other month

  • There is a distinct fall scent you can only smell in certain months

  • There are more than 7500 varieties of apples in the world

Local Pumpkin Patches

Fairfield Farms

177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield, NJ 07004

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Big Bale (haybale) Mountain
  • Rope climbing Maze

Visit their Website !

Wightman Farms

1111 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Apple and Pumpkin picking
  • Corn maze
  • Ticket purchase includes mazes & pick your own!

Visit their Website !

Farms View

945 Black Oak Ridge Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

  • Hayrides out to a pick your own pumpkin patch
  • Tickets are required for hayride
  • Many other local fresh farm stand products

Visit their Website !

Conklin Farms

Vreeland Avenue, Montville, NJ 07045

  • Hayrides and Haunted Hayrides
  • Pick your own Pumpkins - tickets not needed
  • Freshly made apple cider donuts

Visit their Website !

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930 

  • Pick your own apples, pumpkins and more!
  • Hayrides, pony ride and cider mill available
  • Tickets MUST be purchased before your trip

Visit their Website !

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