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Fall Into Fall

posted Oct 10, 2019, 11:14 PM by Erica Bentley   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 11:15 PM ]
By Erica Bentley

I tend to be a person who is always jazzed to move on to the next thing and with summer ending and fall swooping in there are so many exciting things that come with the season!

First of all, we must address the classics of fall which is anything and everything that has to do with Halloween… and various plant picking. If you are one for aesthetic photo shoots and a not at all terrifying experience, I’d head on down to Hellerick’s Family Farm. The farm is perfect for pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, and the perfect setting for some golden hour photos amongst the sunflowers. And to top it off if you go between 7 and 9 pm you get to make s’mores around a bonfire before you leave! Now if a non-scary farm isn’t your speed I’d probably go to Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze because it looks super spooky and its a farm with pumpkins to pick as well.

If you’re not into farms at all and want a haunted or scary activity to do there are plenty of things to do around Philadelphia and Glenside. Such as the Eastern State Penitentiary, Fright Factory, and the Philadelphia Zoo. The Eastern State Penitentiary kind of frightens me on its own but with the added attraction of a haunted house aspect, it gets even creepier. What’s more terrifying than things lurking in the dark where there’s a dark history?

If you would prefer a budget scary experience I would honestly recommend going on Netflix, or any streaming service and streaming a scary movie. Titles like In the Tall Grass, Veronica, and American Psycho are all available to stream. However, if you don’t have access to these streaming services you can go to the Great Room on October 11th for The Lion King and we all know that movie is horrifying because of the tragedy that occurs with Mufasa… still too soon?

There is also the exciting prospect of sitting around and telling ghost stories, real or fake. I fell for one of the most generic ghost stories last year when I was talking to some people I had just met in the Heinz Lounge. It's a fun way to get spooked and see how creative everyone can get.

I almost forgot! Arcadia gives ghost tours! The Society of Castle Restoration gives fun and amazing ghost tours! That’s just one thing I’m itching to do this October because I love knowing the history of where I am but I am told it is not a tour for the faint of heart. Some things are better left unknown, especially if the ghost stories take place where you currently live.

Okay, okay, enough with the spooky, though that is my favorite part of fall, by far. Other fun things that go on in and around our wonderful and spooky university is Midnight Bingo! I’m tempted to be selfish and just not tell you what fun it is but… it is a very exciting activity. The prizes are usually killer and no one cares what you wear, how you look, or anything really except winning and prizes. It can get a little competitive but, if you like your chances of winning and the thrill of competition, I would head over!

What do college students like more than free food? Money, probably, but besides that, I can’t think of much. So I’d advise if you appreciate free food to head to the Great Room between 4 and 6 on October 18th for Global Food Fest to learn about the different cultural backgrounds of Arcadia along with tasting food from around the world.

This is more ideas than I usually come up with for things to do, honestly, I think I’ve given you enough to do for all of fall, if you do one thing every weekend, at least for October. Not to mention all the fun things to do for November and December like eating, making food, decorating… I love the last three months of the year because of all the wonderful Holidays.