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The fall season offers so many things that other seasons do not, like pumpkin and apple picking, unique foliage, and Halloween all being classic autumn staples.
Students at UMD love to go to a farm called Butler’s Orchard (pictured above), located in Germantown, MD. Butler’s Orchard offers hay rides, specialty fall foods, and activities for younger kids too. Their Pumpkin Festival runs from September 24th through October 30th. Sophomore journalism major, Harper Lawson, has a tradition with her friends to go to Butler’s Orchard every year. “I love doing all the stereotypical fall things like apple picking and going to pumpkin patches,” she said.
Similar to Lawson, senior math major, Jenna Kohler also plans to go to Butler's Orchard this year with her friends, specifically for apple picking. While Butler’s Orchard does have a lot to offer, there are some more local activities that Kohler enjoys, too.
Kohler said she loves to go to McKeldin Mall and hammock when the leaves change color. La Plata beach is also a great hammocking spot on campus. A simple activity like this can boost fall spirit and anyone on campus can do it.
Other fall activities that Kohler does on campus include going to football games, tailgates, and watching Sunday football. She said she also loves watching the movie Hocus Pocus to immerse herself into the fall season.
Journalism professor Timothy Jacobsen also enjoys what the outdoors has to offer in the fall. “Hiking in the fall is always the best time to experience nature,” he said. He has plans this fall to do this and go camping with some friends as well.
Along with this, Jacobsen also enjoys spending time with his family during this season. He hopes to go to a pumpkin patch with his family, and spend time with them on Halloween night. They sit on his porch the night of Halloween and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters like many other families.
Lawson said she also likes to celebrate the holiday. “I love coordinating costumes with my friends,” she said. In the past, she has dressed up as fairies with her friend group, and plans to be a pumpkin this year. Doing fall activities like this with friends makes Halloween that much more fun.
Fall festivities like apple and pumpkin picking, hiking, celebrating Halloween, among many others, allow students to fully embrace this unique time of year.