2015 Fall Activities

Grounds For Sculpture:

Grounds For Sculpture, established in 1992, is a 42-acre park located in nearby Hamilton, New Jersey. Its exhibitions, including works by both local and international sculptors, change from month to month, so the park is always different each time you visit. Check out one of its current exhibits, JAE KO: Force of Nature, which displays artist Jae Ko’s massive expanse of a sculpture made only out of paper. The park is open Tuesdays through Sundays and costs $10 for children and $15 for adults.

Graphic: Annie Kim

Pumpkin Carving:

… and eating, too! Fall’s the perfect time to make jack-o’-lanterns and drink pumpkin-flavored coffee. Whether you check out BuzzFeed’s pumpkin recipes or try a carving pattern you saw on Pinterest, pumpkin-related activities are sure to be fun. Try toasting up the pumpkin seeds left over from your jack-o-lantern for a warm, salty treat that brings family and friends together during the chilly autumn season.

Fun with Leaves:

Since the leaves are all going to fall down anyway, you might as well take advantage and have fun with them! Fall leaves can serve as stress relief from SAT studying and college applications, as they can be jumped into, raked up, and even put into garbage bags! They also serve as perfect backgrounds for instantly Instagram-worthy photos. It’s easy to bring out one’s artistic side when the colorful leaves start to fall down.

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Terhune Orchards:

With easy access to cider donuts, apple picking, and a corn maze, Terhune Orchards fully embodies the fall-feel of the season. Maybe you have the urge to pet a goat or go on a pony ride, and if that’s the case, you won’t have to travel far! From noon to 4:00 p.m. on weekends, Terhune Orchards features local bands as part of the Fall Family Fun Weekends throughout autumn. As an added bonus, the orchard has a handy painting on their barn to help you measure your height, providing a great photo opportunity. Even if you don’t want to pay the admission fee on weekends for Terhune’s various activities, you can always just swing by their store and look around, free of charge.

Graphic: Annie Kim

Comedy Dopeness:

Sometimes school can be a downer. But if you’re in search of a good laugh, or if you want to forget about your next lab report, Comedy Dopeness is waiting at Jersey City on November 14 at 8:00 p.m. The event brings New York City headliners to New Jersey and offers a chance to see New York comedy a bit closer to home. The drive is about an hour, so don’t forget to stock up on snacks and music for the car ride. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Haunted Activities:

With the arrival of October comes the scariest season of the year, which means it’s the perfect time to experience those terrifying adrenaline rushes once again. Haunted houses, scary corn mazes, spooky hayrides, and, for those who prefer to keep their screaming to a minimum, regular hayrides and corn mazes are just as easily accessible. Field of Terror is a nearby attraction dedicated to fear, and is open Thursdays through Sundays until Halloween. Screams are not only accepted, they are encouraged, and terror is craved. Check it out, if you dare.

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