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5 Fall Activities You Have to do Before October Ends!

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

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season of the year. It has such a cozy atmosphere and the changing leaves make nature look so beautiful. Pumpkin spice-flavored everything is on all the shelves, the air is crisp, and the outfits are on point. There are so many fun activities that you must do before this time of year is gone!

Go to a winery

Just recently, I went to a vineyard in Hatfield, Massachusetts with my friends and the experience was amazing! We had customized wood-fired pizza, got to taste wine, and enjoyed apple cider donuts. The weather was beautiful so we were able to really appreciate walking through the vineyard and seeing how they make their wine. They had tractor rides, a live band, and multiple food vendors. We all dressed up in fun fall attire from Timberland boots to puffer vests and cute sweaters. The vibes throughout the day were so chill and fun. 

bake desserts and watch Halloween movies

I have never been a fan of horror films, although this time of year is perfect for that! My kind of Halloween movies still includes Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus. They get you into the spirit of fall and Halloween and they are always going to be classics. A night in with your friends while watching a movie and baking fall treats creates such good memories. From pumpkin pie to apple cider donuts, there are always so many fun recipes online that are Halloween-themed that I have been dying to try. Although, you can never go wrong with the Pillsbury Halloween-themed sugar cookies. They are easy and delicious!

go to fright fest

For the past few years, I have been making it a point to go to Six Flags’ Fright Fest with friends every fall. As an avid rollercoaster fan, I already love the idea of going to an amusement park, but then on top of that, to see all the fall decorations and experience the spooky attractions is even more exciting. During the day, you can enjoy the fall and Halloween aesthetic and go on rides, but then at night, if you want a thrill, this is the place to go. They have haunted houses, mazes, and even people dressed up in freaky costumes to come around and scare parkgoers. I 100% think it is definitely something that you should experience at least once. 

go apple picking

Every year, my family makes it a point to go apple picking in an orchard by my house. It always ends up being such a fun and memorable day with one another and we leave with multiple bags full of apples, and usually some pumpkins as well. We use the apples for apple pie, caramel-dipped apples, and more! The particular farm we went to this year also had cute food trucks and little shops selling fun foods to the large crowd. The farm also had a hard cider tasting, which was definitely exciting to participate in. I never thought that I would enjoy pumpkin beer until that day. The combination sounds really odd, but trust me, it’s worth a try.

decorate pumpkins

Lastly, decorating pumpkins is a classic. Getting your friends together to do something like this is bound to be so eventful. You get to be creative and then put your work on display for others to see. Although you can obviously go to a pumpkin patch, during the fall season, pumpkins are so easy to get at other places. This activity does not have to be expensive at all! You can even combine it with baking desserts and watching Halloween movies! The vibes are guaranteed to be quite enjoyable!

I know there are so many other activities I missed out on for the fall season, but these are just a few of my favorites. It really is, in my opinion, the best time of year and it is important to do as much as we can before it’s winter!

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Avani Dang

U Mass Amherst '23

Avani is a senior at the University of Massachusetts studying Business. Her hobbies include working out, art, and traveling. You can find Avani writing about life as a college student, news in the media, and more!