Go to Saunders!
We actually went to Saunders Farm a few weeks ago, but what with my brain being a sieve I totally forgot about it and didn’t take the pictures off our lil point and shoot which in my opinion is way harder to use than my DSLR until now!
This year, they had a few added features during the daytime including a completely non scary harvest hayride which took you on a round trip to the pumpkin patch, also a very small petting zoo, and some new actors roaming the grounds. We’ve been to Saunders Farm every year, despite it’s hefty price tag because they really do go all out to make it an enjoyable experience. S. Geek and I haven’t been to the night time attractions in several years as they don’t recommend anyone under age 11 attend as it can be quite scary.
We started off on the harvest ride and after depositing our pumpkins in the van went back for more exploring. We played in the park, and walked around and then took a ride on the other hayride. This hayride goes through some scary scenes but we just reassured Cake that it was all pretend and she was fine. At one point there was an actor chasing the tractor we were on with a chainsaw and I don’t even think Nay noticed.
After the tractor ride, the kids were getting a bit hungry and since it was almost 12:30 we thought we’d find something quick to eat so that we could go and hit up the rest of the attractions and leave in time to get Nay home for his nap. This is where our plans went so, so , SO wrong.
We lined up to get some hotdogs, and a thing of fries at one of the booths. There aren’t many options at Saunders for lunch so the line was long and I estimated it would be a twenty minute wait. Knowing this S. Geek lined up and I took the kids to find a picnic table and munch on our kettle corn. Ten minutes goes by, twenty minutes goes by, thirty minutes goes by, forty minutes goes by…yep, I’m wondering if S. Geek has abandoned us, or gotten lost finding us in the picnic tables so we walk over to the lineup and he is still there, and isn’t even CLOSE to ordering! I could tell he was getting annoyed, so we switched spots and he took the kids for a walk to the play area and I continued to wait. OH. MY. GOD. Total wait time was one hour and fifteen minutes for a sausage on a bun, three cold hotdogs, and a box of cold french fries that were so nasty we ended up just chucking them in the trash. The food was HORRIBLE and COLD and SO not worth what we paid. After all that waiting we just left after we ate and went home skipping the rest of the attractions, including the mazes which are normally a favourite of mine. I remarked at one point to a fellow line waiter that it would have been faster to drive tot he nearest town about 8 kilometre’s away and get takeout from McDonald’s and drive back to Saunders to eat.
So, if you’re hankering for some spooky fun before Hallowe’en on Sunday head out to Saunder’s Farm but be sure to pack yourselves some lunch because the pitiful excuse for food they serve just isn’t worth it.