Here in Harrisonburg, temperatures are slowly beginning to cool off, leaves are starting to change colors, and now that it’s finally October, talks of pumpkin carving and Halloween costumes are in full force. The Shenandoah Valley is home to many different fall activities, perfect for college students on the hunt for a fun-filled weekend with friends.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite things to do in the Harrisonburg area this fall:
Pumpkin Picking and Corn Maze
Back Home on the Farm is a quick drive outside Harrisonburg city limits and offers entertainment for everyone. A few activities you can enjoy at the farm include hayrides, corn mazes, pig races, a carousel and — of course — pumpkin picking. Admission is only $8 for the day, so if you’re looking to recreate some of your favorite fall childhood memories and find the perfect pumpkin to carve just in time for Halloween, look no further than the farm.
Pick your own apples at Marker-Miller Orchards Farm in Winchester, Va. Go on an adventure by purchasing containers and going out to pick your own apples — Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Ida Red, you name it. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the farmers market bakery and apple cider donuts. Yum!
What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than going to a haunted house? If you so dare, gather a group of friends and head over to Fear Forest, just a quick drive from JMU.
And if you make out of the fearful forest alive, enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa at the end!
For those of legal age, Cross Key Winery is the perfect fall backdrop for a gathering with friends and family. An informative tour and tasting are offered daily. With panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is the perfect excuse to dress up, and enjoy a nice glass of wine.