Summer has come and gone and fall is definitely in the air. Along with the changing leaves comes the whole autumn/ Halloween vibe,  and that means pumpkins!

From orchards to to traditional patches, the local area is filled with places for families to scout out that perfect jack-o'-lantern for Halloween. The tradition is years older than most may even realize, and the history a little eerie.

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The the Māori started carving gourds for lanterns over 700 years ago, but you can thank the Irish for the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween. The popular tradition, although without the candy and costumes, was at staple in 19th century Ireland, and it all began with a myth.

"Their origin comes from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil for his own monetary gain. When Jack died, God didn’t allow him into heaven, and the Devil didn’t let him into hell, so Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity. In Ireland, people started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul. When Irish immigrants moved to the U.S., they began carving jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins, as these were native to the region".

So now that you know why, let's get to tell you where to go to get your "carve" on.

Flushing Farms: 7096 Gillette Rd, Flushing, MI

Flushing Farms offers corn mazes, pick your own pumpkin, and more. The complete family outing destination for fall.  There's even a petting zoo to enjoy. Visit their website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Little Pumpkin Patch: 8200 Fenton Rd., Grand Blanc, MI

It's a little bit of country heaven. The family business is 3.5 Acres of pumpkins, gourds, and corn that are sold roadside. The patch is run on the honor system and is a local favorite. Visit their website to get all the details.

Davison Corner Stand: 11029 E Lippincott Blvd, Davison, MI

One of the cutest places ever for all decorations. It's a seasonal farm stand specializing in locally grown pumpkins, decorative & edible squash, straw bales. Everything you need to make you house Autumn-licious. To get a full list of all the fun visit their website.

Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill: 1479 Ranch Rd., Holly, MI

Just a few minutes outside the Genesee County line in Holly, Diehl's screams fall fun! Corn Mazes, pumpkins, apples, and donuts 'to die for'. Families have been making fall memories at Diehl's for 60 years. Visit their website for special events and times.