Justine Zaki

Staff Writer

 I don’t know about you, but the only thing that prevents me from passing out in English class in the middle of the September heat, is that in a month’s time it will be the greatest season of all- Autumn.

Living in New England actually does have its perks, even though Summer is so humid my hair turns into something that resembles a mop, Winter is white sheets of snow, white tissues, and the white sheets of paper on finals, Fall is by far the winner. If there was a beauty pageant for the seasons, Fall would be Miss America.

 The minute it’s September 21st, my heart skips a beat knowing that I can now wear sweaters. Not only is Fall the beginning of sweater weather, there are so many things to do while you sport that one crewneck that makes you feel a little less lonely.

 Before complaining about how much you hate your town, take a minute to read about what’s actually happening this time of year, and consider having some fun. And no, Fall doesn’t just mean heading to Starbucks and buying a Pumpkin Spice Latte, watching reruns of Halloweentown High, and being forced to go apple picking with your parents! There are so many other things to do, and I’m sure you’ll fall (haha) in love with these ideas.

The first thing you can do when the Fall begins to strut on that Miss America stage, is to just enjoy the scenery while it lasts. I know sitting in your bed on Netflix seems tempting, but if you’re going to do that, at least do it with the windows open! take in the crisp autumn air and the crunchy colored leaves and the beautiful clear skies and the blah blah orange blah blah pumpkin blah blah leaves blah blah blah.

I’m not asking you to shovel gourds into your mouth, paint your room red, sit in a field of pumpkins for a couple days, listen to “This is Halloween” on repeat until your ears bleed,or drown in leaves. I’m simply asking you to breathe deeply (hopefully not catching that cold everyone seems to be getting) and absorb the colors, smells, and images that we’re lucky enough to be in the presence of. Autumn is a gift, and it’s our duty to open that gift and enjoy every single aspect of it. So while you’re running to your car, or walking home from the bus, stop for a second and just look and breathe. You’ll feel so much better.

Now that you’re appreciating the season itself, let’s start to appreciate the many things it has to offer. I know I said something earlier about being forced to go apple picking with your parents, but honestly, apple picking is one of the more awesome things to do this time of year. So text your friends saying that you want to go apple picking this weekend with them. I know that sounds weird and slightly creepy, but I did it and my friends and I had a blast.

Some great places to go apple picking are your local farms in Holliston and neighboring towns. Highland Farm Orchard at 635 Highland St.has daily apple picking from 10am – 5pm! If you’re looking for places farther away, Nashoba Valley Winery, Tougas Family Farm, Shelburne Farm, Belkin Family Lookout Farm, as well as so many more are great places to check out. Not only do these farms offer a memorable experience for you and your family or friends, they have some yummy fall treats and other fun activities to offer. Remember that you can always go pumpkin picking at these farms too!

If you’re into fall because you just love Halloween, then I’ve got some things that you’ll be interested in. Haunted Houses are loads of fun, especially in Massachusetts where everything seems a little bit scarier.From John Stones Inn to the Salem witch trials; we are surrounded by strange and spooky history. The Factory of Terror in Fall River and Worcester MA sound like you’re going to have to bring an extra pair of pants. If you’re looking for a “very scary” on the scare factor, the Factory of Terror is open the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st of October. If you’re interested, type their name into Google and find further information. Other haunted houses include Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington, which I’ve been to and I recommend it. When I couldn’t sleep for a few nights I knew I paid my money’s worth.

If none of these haunted house float your boat, http://mahauntedhouses.com show many different houses that all have amazing actors and actresses that are guarenteed to make you cry at some point. Not only do they have haunted houses, they’ve got some haunted hayrides, and other haunted activities that are so much better than just sitting at home watching horror movies. If you want a full experience just head out to Salem for the day and you’ll find many things to do around this time of year. Why watch it when you can live it, am I right?

For those of you who believe in the Supernatural, Massachusetts is full of the eeriest and creepiest places in the country. If you’re willing to risk it, you can visit these places with friends (hopefully not alone). These websites: http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/2012/10/23/10-real-life-haunted-houses-in-massachusetts/

http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/ma/ contain lists of real life haunted houses in Massachusetts. Visit these and you’ll feel like you’re in an episode of Supernatural.

Whether it be sitting around watching movies all day, finally getting to wear your favorite sweater, going to yard sales, eating and drinking apple and pumpkin flavored things, pumpkin and apple picking and carving, trick-or- treating, having a party, shopping for sales, eating more pumpkin flavored food, being too artsy, getting immersed in school, or getting scared pantless, Fall is something everyone can enjoy. I don’t care what you do this season, but for now I want you to open the window, relax and just breathe before heading out for your wild Autumn adventure.


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