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How to make the most out of autumn during a pandemic

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Graphic by Madison Stuerman

Like everything this year, holidays have had to adapt to the new normal. However, there are still fun ways to celebrate Halloween and the fall season. Here are just a few:

Apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches; there is nothing that describes the fall season better than these. Depending on how far you want to drive, there are a few popular local places including Rendleman Orchard, Beggs Family Farm and Perryville Pumpkin Farm that you can still visit.

>>>>>Rendleman Orchard, located in Alto Pass, Illinois, has really cool photo opportunities and good fruit.

>>>>>Beggs Family Farm, in Sikeston, Missouri, has a 10-acre corn maze, animals to see, a giant swing and a giant slide! Another great place to take photos.

>>>>>Perryville Pumpkin Farm in Perryville, Missouri, is definitely the place to go if you want the classic pumpkin patch experience!

One of the prettiest parts about fall is the changing of the leaves. Between the handful of parks we have here in Cape and the nearby state/national parks, there are definitely enough parks to choose from. If you haven’t been, go check out Inspiration Point with a friend or two. Definitely a fall staple for Southeast students.

One of the major things that will be missing (hopefully) this year will be those crowded house parties. A safe way to still have fun and celebrate the holiday is grabbing some of your close friends or roommates and hanging out at someone’s house! You can watch those classic Disney Channel movies, get dressed up and take cute pictures, carve pumpkins or have a ghost photoshoot.

The spookiness continues on campus, as well. The Athletics Department is holding weekly free movie showings on the new video board in Houck Stadium. Crisp Museum is hosting their Museum Scavenger Hunt all month long as well as their Halloween at the Museum event.

Even though Homecoming was cancelled, the Homecoming Planning Committee has planned a week of fall events to take its place. They are really making lemonade out of the lousy batch of lemons they received.

Remember to wear your mask, socially distance yourself and remain safe during these next few weeks. It’s important to keep in mind we are still in a pandemic.

Did I miss anything that you think should be included? Share your favorite fall traditions — send me a tweet @MadisonS_Arrow and let me know!