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A Scranton Themed Fall Bucket List

The seasons are changing, the leaves on trees are turning into beautiful orangish-yellow hues, the air is nice and crisp, and you know what that means… FALL IS HERE!!!! Autumn is by far my favorite season. After being in Australia last year, I did not realize how much I missed a typical northeastern fall. There is something truly magnificent about the months of September to November that I can’t exactly put a finger on. It may be the fact that I can wear oversized sweaters and cute booties all day every day or the pumpkin flavored items that come out. 

After attending the University of Scranton for 4 years, I feel like I can officially share my favorite things to do around the Scranton area, as well as my favorite fall themed activities. 


  1. Visit a pumpkin patch or go apple picking. 

My favorite is Lakeland Orchard & Cidery or Roba Family Farms. 

  1. Pumpkin carving or painting.  

While you’re at a local orchard or farm grab a pumpkin! This way you and your friends can decorate it. Also, you can take the seeds out of the pumpkin and roast them (if that’s your cup of tea).  

  1. Try making some apple cider from the apples that you picked. 

I tried this one out and let’s just say that the apartment smelt heavenly but the cider itself was a little rough. 

  1. Make some pumpkin flavored sweet treats or any sweet treats in general.  

My one aunt makes these amazing pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies for Thanksgiving and I ask her every time for the recipe and maybe one day I will get it. More recently, my roommate has been making this amazing White Chocolate Oreo S’mores dip and I highly recommend looking up a recipe on Pinterest for it.  

  1. Have a Halloween photo shoot! 

My roommates and I are still in the process of figuring this one out, but I highly recommend going to the Estate, Rose Garden/Greenhouse or by the arch on Royal Way for some cute photo ops. 

  1. Decorate your apartment to be either Halloween or Fall themed. 

I forced all my roommates to decorate our apartment with cute pumpkins the minute fall began. Just go on Pinterest, grab some art supplies and decorate away! 

  1. Go on a hike and experience the true beauty of Autumn. 

My friends and I had gone to Campbell’s Ledge and are planning on going to Seven Tubs next. If you want something a little closer, I recommend Nay Aug, the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail or Lake Scranton. 

There’s probably so much more that can be done in this area, and I’ll spend the next 3 years finding out. I highly recommend following @discovernepa on Instagram for some inspiration on activities to do in the NEPA region not just during the fall time, but all year round.