As the cold weather approaches, so does apple picking, Friday night football games, hayrides and haunted houses. Shorts and t-shirts are replaced by oversized sweaters and your favorite ripped jeans while those worn out flip-flops retire for the season. Although it may be the perfect weather to stay in with a blanket, cup of hot chocolate and a movie—we should all try to enjoy our last days outside before it gets too cold. With endless seasonal activities to complete, your weekends should never be boring.
Farms are a staple of the autumn lifestyle. From an adventurous afternoon in the corn maze to fall photo-shoots in the pumpkin patch, farms are the quintessential location for the perfect fall outing. Stop by nearby Wards Berry Farm for one of their delicious smoothies or to visit the barnyard animals after a hayride. Volante Farms is worth the drive to grab a fresh lunch at the sandwich counter or to select the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Photos from Tangerini’s famous sunflower patch seemed to go viral on Instagram this summer, but lucky for you sunflowers remain in season throughout the fall.
You could never create a fall bucket list and not include one of the season’s most beloved activities: apple picking. Locations such as Jane and Paul Farm, Lookout Farm and The Big Apple all provide a variety of apples and farm fresh produce. Although exploited by many teenage girls as the source of a trendy fall Instagram pictures, apple picking is still the most traditional way to embrace the season—plus it gives you an excuse to make delicious fall treats from caramel apples to apple pie.
In terms of nightlife, WHS students can most likely be found supporting the Rebels at Turco Field. Walpole’s own “Friday Night Lights” attract students of all ages to come cheer on the Rebels while socializing with friends. If the football games are not your thing, invite some friends over for a bonfire. After a long week, huddling around a fire pit under the stars can be a fun and relaxing way to kick-start your weekend. If you want to go the extra mile to make things as Tumblr as possible then grab some blankets, pillows and fairy lights for decoration with some music in the background. Also, don’t forget the s’mores!
With Halloween upon us, haunted houses have reopened for the season. For the thrill seekers, make your way out to Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington, Massachusetts to “[take] fear to another level.” From 7-11:00 P.M. on Oct. 17 and 24, Barrett’s will be turning off all of the lights for the two night special: Darkness Unleashed. Meanwhile, weekends (including Friday) through Oct. 29, Canobie Lake Park will be hosting Screeemfest: an exciting, frightful event for people of all ages to enjoy haunted houses, live shows and games. If you are looking to stay more local, head over to the Norfolk Aggie to support their Haunted Hayride fundraiser.