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5 Activities You Have To Do This Fall

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Mass Amherst chapter.

Fall is finally here. After a long year, it is once again the season of pumpkins, changing leaves, and Halloween. With the season in full swing, there are a bunch of activities that you are basically required to do in order to really celebrate the season to its fullest. So, to help you with that, here is a list of fall activities to do this year.

Go to a pumpkin Patch or an Apple orchard

Let’s start with a classic. Is it really fall if you don’t get way too many apples that you might not be able to finish or if you don’t pick a pumpkin to carve? No, it’s not. Going to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard might be kind of basic, but it’s popular for a reason. It can be extremely fun and immediately puts you in the fall mood, even if it’s still somehow 75 degrees in October.

Leaf peeping

This is the New England fall staple. You don’t even really have to go anywhere specific to do it either, you just get in the car and drive. The second the leaves start changing, I immediately notice and it always gets me in the fall mood. At the first leaf fall, I throw on a flannel and start making a new playlist with all of the fall vibes (featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift, and Kacey Musgraves). Driving around with no destination but just the goal to see beautiful leaves is always a great time, whether you’re with your friends or alone.

Curling up and watching the perfect fall film

This is one of my favorite fall activities. I love watching movies, and my favorites are good fall rom-coms and drama films. This is the perfect activity to just put on comfortable PJs and snuggle up in a warm blanket. Movies are another great way to get you in the fall mood. Sitting on the couch with a hot drink in your hand and a bowl of popcorn is the best way to spend a chilly and rainy afternoon. 

Movies I’d recommend: Dead Poet Society, Remember the Titans, You’ve Got Mail, Knives Out, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 

Going to a Farmer’s Market

In the fall, farmer’s markets are at their peak. So much amazing produce is in season and finally ready to be picked. Farmer’s markets don’t just have good vegetables, however, they also have homemade products with both farmers and artisans attending the events. There is something for everyone at farmer’s markets. Luckily for Amherst residents, there is a market on the Amherst Commons every Saturday from April to November. The Amherst Farmer’s Market not only has farm-to-table produce but also offers food, music, and community events. 

Listening to Red (Taylor’s version) by Taylor Swift

This is — by far — the activity I’m most anticipating this fall. Taylor’s album releases on November 12, and hopefully, she’ll release a couple of singles before then. Red is the fall album. With songs like “Begin Again,” “The Lucky One,” and “Sad Beautiful Tragic,” the album exudes fall vibes. I honestly cannot wait for Taylor to release the rerecordings and the entire vault tracks for this album (nine total)! In the meantime, though, I’ll be listening to another album by Taylor that has all of the fall vibes: evermore. 

Taylor Swift Album
Original photo by Rafaela Pontes

This year, it felt like it took forever for fall to return. So, I will be celebrating the season as much as I can for as long as I can.

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Samantha Butts

U Mass Amherst '23

Samantha is a junior at UMass Amherst studying English and Journalism. She enjoys reading, fashion, watching movies, thrifting, and going out with friends. She is passionate about women's rights, the environment, and politics.