Fall Festivities for the Upcoming Weeks

By Rebecca Geller

With the fall season arriving, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? I know the first thing I think of is my all time favorite holiday: Halloween! Although Halloween looked different this year, there are still multiple ways to celebrate the holiday season in a fun way while maintaining COVID-19 safety. 

One of the activities you can do to get into the (post) Halloween spirit is grabbing a few friends and going to a corn maze. I recommend going to Barton Orchards in Poughquag, NY. A freshman said, “Barton Orchards is a great place to go with your family and gets you in the fall state of mind!” The corn maze is massive, and to spice it up you can complete missions as you walk through the maze. Missions can include drawing in a certain picture or trying to finish the word. The maze is a family-friendly attraction, and if needed, there are people to help should you find yourself lost. The maze is completely outside, and great for socially distancing while enjoying yourself with family and friends.

Of course there’s always carving pumpkins as well. Even though the holiday has passed, this activity is perfect if you’re looking for something to do in the comfort of your own home. Grab a pumpkin big or small, and carve anything you want. There are sheets to print online that can give you some guidance and will aid you in completing more complicated designs. Everything is  better surrounded by the people who care about you. Having a carving competition can make things more interesting, but simply relaxing and taking it slow is a good route as well.

Those ideas are just a few things you can try to improve your fall experience. Coronavirus has taken so much from all of us, and has completely changed the world as we once knew it, but we can use our creativity to maintain these important traditions. Autumn festivities are one of the few things that can still be relatively normal. I challenge you to get outside this weekend and enjoy the nice fall weather before the cold winter comes.