F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” This is a common feeling when the summer comes to an end, the weather starts to cool down, and the leaves begin to change color. For many people, fall is the best season due to the not-too-hot-not-too-cold weather, the cozy feel in the air, and the awesome activities that are exclusive to autumn. If you want to make the most of the picturesque and near-perfect weather, look to OFFSITE’s list of outdoor fall activities.
Go Pumpkin or Apple Picking
One of the best ways to spend a beautiful fall day outside is at a farm. Many farms allow visitors to ride a trailer to the fields (typically covered with hay – could it get more fall than that?) and go out and pick their own pumpkins and/or apples. Both of these foods are in peak season in the fall months, so you should have an abundance of choice. Lots of farms will even have outdoor fall markets set up with things like gourds, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, hot chocolate, and Halloween decorations. This allows you to make a whole day of your trip to the local farm. If you want to extend your outdoor fall activity, take home the pumpkins you pick and carve some jack-o-lanterns!
Go on a Haunted Hayride
When October hits, it’s official spooky season. While many view Halloween as a time to dress up as their favorite characters, get their creative juices flowing with a homemade costume, and eat way too much candy, it’s essential to get a little scared to get into the true spirit of the holiday. Of course, cuddling under a blanket to watch a scary movie will give you all the spooky feels, but to incorporate the outdoors with your holiday celebrations you can go on a haunted hayride. Many local farms host haunted hayrides at night throughout the Halloween season. This involves sitting in a big trailer covered in hay, getting pulled through the dark woods via a tractor, and having people dressed in scary costumes jump out and scare you. Some even make you get out of the tractor and walk through the woods for an added scare-factor. If you don’t have a farm or haunted hayride near you, places like Six Flags have an annual Fright Fest to get you jumping and screaming.
Decorate Some Pumpkins
Nothing screams “festive” like some adorned pumpkins on a porch or in your living space. Instead of simply buying pre-decorated (most likely fake) pumpkins, put your creativity to use by decorating your own. (Bonus points if you use pumpkins you went and picked yourself!) Set up a craft station on a deck, porch, balcony, or any outdoor space you have. Make sure to have paint, glitter, markers, and even wild accents like feathers, stickers, and googly eyes. Not only will this create a fun outdoor fall activity for you to enjoy, you will also be creating unique and original fall decorations for your home.