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Fall Fun in Central Texas, Pumpkin Patch Opens

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(KCEN) – The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping and families are gearing up for a festive fall.

Local stores are busy with Fall and Halloween shoppers buying decorations and costumes.

According to the National Retailers Federation, Americans will spend close to $7 billion on Halloween this year. On average, families spend about $75 on decorations, costumes and candy. That's down a few dollars from last year, but prices aren't scaring many customers.

"It gets us all together as a family and we get to decorate the house. It's kind of a tradition," Lynn Darden said. "I'm 20 and I still decorate pumpkins each year, so it's fun and it gets everyone together."

On Sunday Lynn and her mom hit the isles on a Halloween hunt, picking up skeletons, spider webs and treats to fill their home this Fall.  And as soon as the Central Christian Church Pumpkin Patch opens on Monday, Lynn's family plans to browse the patch of thousands to find the perfect pumpkin match.

The NRF estimates that Lynn is part of the 44% of Americans that carve pumpkins for Halloween.

Central Christian Church is got their first truck load of pumpkins Sunday for their 8th Annual Pumpkin Patch. Starting on Monday the patch will be open from 10a.m. until dark every day through October 31st.

"We are definitely the longest running pumpkin patch in Waco, and we're the definitely the biggest," CCC pumpkin patch coordinator Kristin Jack said.

Jack says the patch will have about 10,000 pumpkins ranging from all sizes and colors.

"People can buy their pumpkins anywhere, but only in a place like this can you come and have a memory, take photos, and go through thousands of pumpkins to pick out the one you want," Jack said. "We love being able to provide those memories for the Waco community."

Jack says it's free to browse and take pictures at the patch, and pumpkin prices range from 50-cents to $40. All the money goes to the churches children and youth programs including mission trips and outreach programs. Part of the money is also donated to the Caritas food bank and Waco's mission toy store.

For more information on the pumpkin patch and their activities (click here).

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