By Emma MacDonald
Fall has officially begun. Pumpkin spice everything is showing up on all the menus, sweatshirts and Uggs are emerging from closets, and Friday night football is becoming a ritual. Summer’s goodbyes are bittersweet, but the colored leaves of fall hold much promise for a great season. Here in Rhode Island, there are many fun ways to enjoy your fall season, and listed below are just a few:
- Pumpkin Patches: We will never be too old to go pumpkin picking. The orange squash plant perfectly displays the spirit of fall, and walking through dozens of rows of pumpkins is a joy for all ages. Nothing beats searching for an ideal shaped pumpkin to leave on your doorstep. Whether you are looking for one to carve into a jack o’lantern, make a pumpkin pie, or toast pumpkin seeds, it is always a fun time. Visit Schartner’s Farm on Rt. 2 in Exeter, Stamp Farms in Cranston, or Jaswell’s Farm in Smithfield. There are a variety of places in Rhode Island to enjoy this fun fall pastime.
- Corn Mazes: Corn mazes officially make “getting lost” fun. Fall is a time of constant thrill seeking, and these mazes can be made even more fun with haunted or nighttime experiences. There’s a mix of corn maze experiences, from family-friendly to pretty scary. Salisbury Farms in Exeter, Rhode Island, offers a five acre maze with a different themed design each year. The maze at Confreda Farms offers a 10 foot high labyrinth for plenty of thrills.
- Providence Ghost Tours: Explore the darkened streets of the historic East Side by lantern light one night this fall. This walking ghost and haunted history tour is sure to give you goosebumps. The stories told are based on true encounters and experiences in the New England state of Rhode Island. From May to November, this tour offers spooky legends and ghost-hunting expeditions that will leave you frightened.
- Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: This event is a state favorite held at Roger Williams Zoo. It exhibits 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns along the Wetlands Trail. The 2016 presentations, themed “American Treasures,” will feature our nation’s history and culture through commemorative postage stamps. There will also be scenes featuring humanitarian heroes, endangered species, science theatre, and backyard garden. The dazzling Laughing Tree, showcasing hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and iconic laughing music, will be back again this year. Visit www.rwpzoo.org for price and time information.
- Apple Picking: Everyone loves fall apple picking. It is always fun to search for the best apples, even though they may be at the top of the tree. Whether you cover them in caramel or chop them up to bake in a pie, fresh apples always taste better. This New England tradition can be enjoyed by everyone. Visit Pippin’s Orchard in Cranston for their maple frosted cider donuts, or Barden Family Orchard for their renown apple cider.
These New England fall traditions have carried on throughout the years, and the many pastimes continue to be a fun way to spend the day. Try one of the traditions above or create your own. Happy fall!