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December 4, 2023


Villarba provides a list of fun activities to enjoy this season.

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year. From the colder weather to the exciting holidays, there’s so much to look forward to. With the abundance of activities to do, my fall bucket list certainly grows year after year. Here are eight things that I’m hoping to get done this fall, and maybe you’ll find some things to add to your bucket list as well! 

Go apple picking.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do is visit an apple orchard. Climbing ladders, picking fruit off trees and bringing it home to enjoy later sounds like a wonderful way to spend a fall afternoon. As a bonus, you’ll get an effective workout as well. Some great places to go are Weber’s Cider Mill Farm, Lohr’s Orchard, and Shaw Orchards.

Carve a pumpkin.

From local farms like Chapel Hills Farm & Nursery and Clark's Elioak Farm to everyday grocery stores like Giant and Safeway, you’re sure to find an abundance of pumpkins around this time of year. I’m no expert, but the process seems fairly simple: Cut into the pumpkin, pull out the seeds and other insides and get to carving! Go for a simple face, or if you’re feeling fancy, an elaborate design. Whatever you do, you’re bound to have some fun. Plus, when you’re done, you could even roast the pumpkin seeds for a nice snack. 

Enjoy some fall drinks.

It’s officially time to break out the pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. Go to your nearest Starbucks or even just to the Brody Cafe and pick up your favorite fall beverage. You could even buy some ingredients and learn to make your own (hopefully saving some money in the process)! 

Visit a haunted house.

Grab some friends, and be prepared to scream. Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with being scared without the risk of actually getting hurt. Another great alternative is doing a Halloween-themed escape room — one of my personal favorite activities. An abundance of both haunted houses and scary escape rooms can be found in Maryland. 

Go to a corn maze.

When going to restaurants as a little kid, one of the first things I was always drawn to on the provided activities page was the maze. I’m certain a real-life one will be just as exciting. Not only will you get a little bit of mental exercise as you try to make your way through the maze, but you get to do some bonding with your friends or family. Popular mazes in Maryland include the Maryland Corn Maze and Beachmont Corn Maze.

Watch (or play) a football game.

The beginning of fall also marks the beginning of the football season. Whether you’re heading to Homewood Field to watch a college game or you’re watching professional football on the TV in your common room, watching football with friends is a great way to pass the time. If you’re feeling up for the exercise, you could even gather some friends to play a game or two just for fun.

Have a horror movie night.

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to get into the spooky spirit than by watching some scary movies? Another activity that prompts an adrenaline rush, enjoying scary movies, can be a lively way to spend the night with friends. Some of my personal favorites are The Silence of the Lambs and A Quiet Place.

Make some fall-themed desserts.

Put that common kitchen to some good use, and try making some of your favorite fall treats. A quick Google search can show you hundreds of different recipes for a classic pumpkin pie. If you want something a little quicker, try making caramel apples. If you’re in the mood for something more savory, try creating your own cornbread. Whatever you cook, you’re sure to have a fun treat to enjoy afterward, or at the very least, a funny story to tell about a kitchen failure.

Do you think you can get through this fall bucket list? I’m certainly excited to revisit some of my favorite fall activities while venturing outside my comfort zone to try and find some new ones. Happy fall, and I hope you have some fun!

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