It is officially October! While it may not feel like it just yet, with temperatures reaching into the 80s during the day, nobody can deny that fall has arrived. With the autumnal season upon us, it’s time to talk about fall activities.

One of my personal favorite things to do in the late summer and early fall is to go apple and pumpkin picking. There’s something especially calming about meticulously going through rows and rows of crops to find the perfect specimen to decorate your porch and fill your pies. I love that pumpkin and apple picking are activities that you can do with your significant other, friends and family. Or, if you’re feeling particularly confident or want to do some soul searching among the plants, you could go by yourself. Many farms that offer apple and pumpkin picking have created entire experiences for guests, including gift shops, tractor rides, and corn mazes. A great picking farm that I have heard of is Ditzler Orchard, located at 8902 S 625 W Rosedale, IN 47874.

Although the parks in and around Terre Haute are available year-round, fall is a wonderful time to enjoy them. There’s plenty to do at a park, like having a picnic, playing games with friends, or just walking around. The season of Fall creates weather that is perfect for these activities. It’s warm, but not too hot. If you’re feeling especially childish, you could have a leaf fight or jump into a pile of leaves. Deming park in particular is surprisingly large, with plenty of pavilions and open grassy areas. In fact, Terre Haute Parks & Recreation is hosting some fall activity days in Deming Park October 15, 16, 22, and 23. There will be a corn maze, movie showings, face painting and more.

One of the best parts of fall is undoubtedly Halloween: all things fun, scary and spooky. This gives way to plenty of awesome activities like haunted houses, scary mazes and haunted hayrides. There are a few haunted houses around Terre Haute, such as Shattered Nightmares on Lafayette. There are even more haunted attractions in surrounding areas, like in Lafayette and Brazil. If you don’t feel like going out, there is always the option to have your own Halloween fun. You can DIY Halloween costumes and decorations or tell scary stories late at night! I know my friends and I are planning on having our own personal little Halloween party, with costumes, candy and a bonfire.

No matter how you decide to celebrate fall and Halloween, I hope you have fun and stay safe. Although fall is traditionally red leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, you can make it your own and do whatever you want!