Fun and Festive Fall Activities

It’s already mid-October, and although summer temps stuck around, it seems like fall weather is finally here to stay! With winter looming in the not-too-far distance, it’s time to take advantage of the breezy weather while you still can. Here are some fun and festive outdoor activities you can do while you can still enjoy the fall weather:

  1. Make Your Own Apple Butter

Apples are a big fall fruit favorite, and they come by the bushels! What can you do with all those apples piling up at Orr’s? Make some homemade apple butter! Apple butter is a great addition to toast and the perfect, healthy topping for a decadent dessert. Afterwards you can make a delectable apple cider to keep up with your fall spirit. Try one of our favorite, simple, low-calorie recipes here.

  1. Pumpkin Picking

What could be more festive than picking pumpkins for your own jack-o-lanterns? Carving them yourself! Hitch a hayride to one of Orr’s Farm Market’s pumpkin patches to find your perfect pumpkin, and stick around for some other fun activities like a corn maze and festive goodies. Check out our website for additional details and pumpkin patch hours, and take a look at our last blog to learn how to carve your perfect pumpkin!

Don’t feel like carving? Maybe you feel like eating! After all that fun fall weather outside, maybe you want to relax with a nice, scrumptious treat. You can cook those pumpkin seeds on a stove top for a light, nutritious snack, or you could bake those pumpkin guts into a pumpkin pie just in time for Thanksgiving!

  1. Hiking

So you really love the outdoors, huh? Fall is the perfect time to explore nature, hiking, and biking trails near you! Grab a friend, pack a lunch, and lace up your boots! Here are some local day hikes in the area that will get your heart pumping, with stunning views that will leave you breathless:

  • Maryland Heights Trail – Harper’s Ferry, WV
  • Annapolis Rock Trail – Boonsboro, MD
  • Black Rock Trail (just past the Annapolis Rock vista) – Boonsboro, MD
  • Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock Loop Trail – Catoctin Mountain State Park, MD
  • Washington Monument Trail – Washington Monument State Park, MD
  • Any of the trails at Gambrill State Park – Gambrill State Park, MD
  1. Ghosting

Ghosting is a best-kept secret played in small neighborhoods with young children. First, you’ll need a few things:

  • A plastic jack-o-lantern bag (like what the kids use to go trick-or-treating)
  • A paper with a picture of a spooky ghost
  • Fun and festive holiday goodies (candy, toys, small decorations, etc.)
  • A paper with ghosting instructions for your neighbors
  • Tape

After you’ve got all that, it’s time to start ghosting. Here’s how to pull off ghosting in your neighborhood:

  • Pack your pumpkin full of goodies
  • Make a copy of the spooky ghost paper and tape it to the window by your front door so that everyone knows you’ve already been ghosted.
  • When it gets dark outside, pick a neighbor and sneakily leave the pumpkin basket of goodies on their front porch. Make sure you don’t ghost someone who has already been ghosted!
  • As your neighbors pass it on, see how many spooky ghosts pop up in your neighborhood over the next few days!

These are just some of the many fun activities for you and your friends and family to try out this fall. Make sure to take advantage of the nice cool weather while it’s still here, and come see us at Orr’s Farm Market, open seven days a week, located at 682 Orr Drive, Martinsburg, WV. Happy Fall!