What’s Up, October?

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By Marija Kraljevic, Arts and Entertainment and Photo Editor

As we finally enter the fall season, it’s the best time to get outside and experience the shift from the hot summer weather to the chilling and comforting autumn weather. With COVID-19 still acting as a huge risk to this day, here are some fall activities to do with your family to get you out of the house, while also staying safe enough to enjoy the season.

1. Pumpkin Patches

While it’s slightly warm outside still, it’s the best time to go pick out your pumpkins and carve them out with a Halloween design. A few great pumpkin patches include the one at Kuiper’s Family Farm, Jack’s Pumpkin Patch, Goebberts Pumpkin patch, and the Pumpkin Wagon.

2. Apple Picking

Go out to an apple farm and try out all things apple, from apple cinnamon pancakes to apple cider, to apple-flavored maple syrup; the taste and smell of it all bring fall vibes and pure happiness. Picking apples from the trees also offer great photo opportunities and an easy way to bond and spend time with people you care about. Some places to go apple picking include Apple Holler, Kuiper’s Family Farm, Royal Oak Farm Orchard, and Apples on Oak.

3. Haunted Drive-Ins

Since most haunted houses are closed due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, another way to get spooked and have fun with your friends is through haunted drive-ins. Running every Friday and Saturday, the 100 acres of forbidden land will be available to customers from 6 pm to midnight at Camp Big Timber in Elgin. Tickets for this drive-in will be $45 per car if you’re interested.