first_imgHere come the Pumpkin People, with their huge orange heads, their jagged orange smiles, their weird orange souls.Here you go into the corn maze, with its dark and muddy mysteries, its confusing zigs and zags, its reversals and dead ends. Pay no attention to those cobwebby skulls and bones lying all over the ground.Bwa ha ha ha! (Thunder and lightning here.)OK, it’s not really so terrifying. It’s Halloween season in Clark County. Numerous agricultural operations are eager to welcome you to their fields full of pumpkins and corridors of corn.“Nothing scary or gory, just good, clean, fall fun,” said marketing coordinator Maura Todd of Pomeroy Living History Farm in Yacolt. That’s the planet of the Pumpkin People, who live on Pumpkin Lane. There are more than 100 of them, and you’ll see just how diverse and busy they are if you go take the hayride down their mile-long street.“They change every year,” Todd said. “We have a lot of the same characters … but we try to mix it up with the scenes.” In years past, those characters have included larger-than-life figures like superheroes, cartoon characters, movie stars and the couple from “American Gothic” — not to mention just-plain-pumpkin-people like farmers, ranchers, bakers, loggers, cowboys and cows. There’s even been a “country bumpkin” pumpkin who bangs on bongos by way of welcoming visitors down Pomeroy’s driveway.The Pumpkin Lane hayride isn’t just a tour of that street. It also stops at the pumpkin patch, where you can pick out your perfect pumpkin — for an extra fee, with prices starting at $1. But there’s no additional fee for all the other activities for children: hay bale maze, pumpkin flume game, other yard games, barn animals and fun photo opportunities.last_img

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