Local Lacey: Where to find seasonal fall activities

Celine Winston, Staff Writer

Despite COVID-19, local fall activities are still in full swing. Photo by MaKenzie Barnson

With the beginning of fall season comes fun activities like pumpkin patches and spooky haunts. Halloween is just around the corner, falling on a Saturday this year. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, gatherings are limited, and many places remain closed. However, there are still numerous fall activities open this year. 

Hunter Family Farm, LLC is about 15 minutes away from Saint Martin’s University. They offer many different activities depending on which days you go. A European super slide, a giant corn maze, and a pumpkin slingshot are just a few of the options they provide. Visitors must continue to be safe when they go out, so entry is limited at the farm. It is also recommended that tickets are purchased online because it is a timed entry, meaning that you will have a set time before you will have to leave. Visitors can also order at the gate, but it will cost a bit extra. Hunter Family Farm, LLC will be open four days a week from Oct. 2nd through the 30th. The choice of days and times are Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on the weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you want to look at something a bit more themed for the spooky season of Halloween, Rutledge Corn Maze might be something to visit. The location is about a 20 minute drive from campus and their vast corn maze, made up of two corn fields, offers the mystery of what happened to farmer Joe or locating 12 checkpoints hidden inside the maze. While they have other daytime activities such as ladder ball, horseshoes and cornhole, nighttime is when the heart-racing excitement begins. Opening on Oct. 2nd, the Haunted Corn Maze will be sure to bring fright to you and all your friends. The maze is open from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and sometimes on Sundays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Haunted houses are one of the most exciting things to do as we lead up to Halloween, but they are also a bit harder to find due to social distancing guidelines, as well as the fact that many houses are found in well populated areas. The Georgetown Morgue located in Seattle is a haunted house offering self-guided tours so that they may follow COVID-19 guidelines. They offer a “non-touch, walk through Halloween experience” for groups of five or less, according to their website. Animatronics and props will be used to give the haunts and to prevent crowding, and they will not be offering any of the skilled scare actors as they previously had. Additionally, daily cleansings will be given as well as multiple cleanings each night. To view the dates and time, a calendar can be located on their website.

If you do decide to go out and see what the fall season has to offer, make sure to keep yourself and others safe by social distancing, properly wearing your masks, as well as following proper hand washing. If going out is not for you, maybe you could consider making your own activities. Rally your friends and see if you can turn your hall into the ultimate fall hallway. Take fun pictures with the falling leaves or get creative with a scavenger hunt. Whatever you decide to do, stay safe and have fun.

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