The Great Pumpkin

As the temperature plummets and the few remaining leaves drop from the tree branches, parents brace for the sugar-induced holiday called Halloween, where infants, youngsters and adults alike partake in the ghoulish festivities. A prerequisite for any Halloween celebration is the perfect jack-o-lantern, and an afternoon amongst the scarecrows and the fields of pumpkins at Sutherland Farms Market near Aztec has become a Four Corners tradition. Families soak up the sites and sounds of the season and bound amongst activities that include an inflatable trampoline, face painting, a train ride and pumpkin launching.

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A trio of Halloween happy kids pose for a photo under the wathcful eye of the Sutherland scarecrow.

Jeremy Rivera gives his 6-year-old son Miles a little extra leverage on the pumpkin launcher.

As Sunday afternoon waned, only a handful of pumpkins remained unclaimed in the fields of Sutherland Farms.

A scarecrow peers toward the entrance to the Sutherland Farms Market.

A young driver on the SFM Express Train gives it her all as she leans out the cockpit and cranks the steering wheel.

3 year-old Razzie Silva celebrates her birthday in the pumpkin patch with her brand new, soon-to-be jack-o-lantern.

Because its there.  Ryan Genvaldi, of Aztec, scrambles over a mountain of pumpkins during his family's outing to the pumpkin patch.





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