Opinion

Fall Fun

default article imageFall is approaching faster than we know it! The relentless summer weather and the up and down temperature change does not falter our seasonal excitement. Once October first comes a heightened aroma of changing leaves, Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cider, and most importantly, Halloween hits!

Fall activities have been a repetitive and traditional idea surrounding the fall season. Whether its pumpkin or apple picking or bonfires it’s good to keep up with tradition.

But one should always take a step out of their comfort zone and try something new. It could also be something you could do right at home if you don’t feel like leaving your space.

If you plan on staying home and feel like being creative, head outside, grab some leaves, and paint them. You could also make your own scarecrows with things you find around the house or outside, which is something different for the season. If you’re more of a foodie, there are hundreds of fall recipes waiting to be made. Simply speaking, you could try caramel apples, trail mix, or pumpkin spice cookies!

On the other hand, if you’re planning to head out try checking out your town’s website. They could be holding different fall activities which is good to look for when you want something convenient. Or, if getting on a plane or a long car ride with your friends sounds appealing, places like Salem, Massachusetts might be a good fit.

Salem, the home of the 1692 witch trials, has dozens of fall activities to participate in. Whether its food, markets, festivals, haunted houses, or history, there’s plenty to satisfy your fall cravings. Being a small town, everything is within walking distance which makes exploring everything easier. Salem is thriving all year round but of course has its peak during the Halloween season which drives festivities through the roof.

I visited Salem during spring break of 2019, everything was a bit slowed down but tours were still going on, stores were still open, and the markets and restaurants still had people coming in and out. If you are in Salem late at night make sure to stop by some cemeteries where it’s said the first witches were buried. It truly gives you the chills.

Monmouth University is also a great hub for fall activities. For students on campus, the activities calendar for October through November is filled with various things to do on campus.

Two big ones on campus this fall is Homecoming and the haunted house in Wilson Hall. Every year Student Activities puts on a fearful walk through Wilson Hall, playing on the building’s already reputable haunted vibe. Be sure to keep up to date on the activities around campus, there are many great things planned.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with any fall activities you decide to dive into. Fall has endless possibilities as well as places making themselves attractive with Halloween/Fall décor.

So whether you like walking around to enjoy the scenery of pumpkins and falling leaves or spooking yourself with haunted activities there is plenty of fun to divulge in. Hope you have a great Fall Season!

PHOTO COURTESY of Monmouth University