Fall is officially here! We wait all year to enjoy the cooler weather, leaves changing colors, and of course everything pumpkin spice.
With the world on lockdown you might feel like you can't enjoy the perks of fall this year. Don’t fret! While fall may not look exactly like it has in the past, there are still a lot of options for enjoying the season and staying safe. Who knows, you may even find a new fall tradition! Check out our list of fun fall activities.
PUMPKIN & APPLE PICKING
What is fall without the quintessential pumpkin patches and apple picking? Or both! Many orchards are still open this year but to comply with social distancing rules, they may be taking a limited amount of guests. According to the CDC, there is a moderate risk of transmission apple picking as you are touching shared surfaces. So it’s important not to forget to bring your mask and hand sanitizer. While it may be tempting to eat apples right off the tree, hold off until you can properly wash the apples before consuming.
Picking the perfect pumpkin at your local patch is an October tradition! The same rules that apply to apple picking apply to pumpkin patches as well. Keep a proper social distance, wear your mask, bring hand sanitizer, and wash your pumpkin and hands immediately once you get home. It may look a little different this year but you can still enjoy pumpkin carving with those that you live with or at a distance with neighbors and friends. When proper safety procedures are implemented, pumpkin carving is considered a low risk activity!
OUTDOOR PICNIC OR BARBECUE
Before the temperatures start to drop too much, embrace the outdoors! Take advantage of the crisp fall weather and enjoy an outdoor picnic or family barbecue...at a distance.
Here are a few tips to have a great picnic or bbq but still stay safe and healthy.
- If inviting family or friends outside “your bubble”, set up designated seating areas that are at least 6 feet away from each other
- Have no more than 10 people at your event including you and your family
- Make sure your family and friends all wear masks and bring a few hand sanitizers and alcohol wipes to ensure everyone is staying safe
- Avoid community style food that requires people to reach into a bowl. Serve food that must be served with utensils or try food on a stick! Want some food on a stick recipes? Check out our article with some tasty ideas. If you’re still feeling a little unsure about how to serve food, have each guest bring their own
One of the best ways to take advantage of the fall weather is to go hiking! Not only do you get to enjoy the cooler temperatures, you’ll also be able to bask in the beauty of the great outdoors.Before you head out on your hike, make sure you’re prepared.
- Choose where you want to go hiking and research the hiking trails in that area
- If you’re new to hiking, make sure you gear up with hiking essentials such as a sturdy backpack, good hiking shoes, a compass, snacks, and water to re-fuel
- Be mindful of others on your hiking trip as well. Maintain a distance when possible, wear a mask, and don’t forget your hand sanitizer
You’re in luck! Many places run farmer’s markets well into the fall season. This is a great way to stock up on seasonal produce and directly support local farmers. Make sure you do your research and see what farmers markets are offered near you. Don’t forget to bring a reusable bag, a mask, cash and credit card. Many vendors are using contact free payment systems while others are still relying on cash payments. Be mindful of touching shared surfaces such as produce or exchanging cash with vendors. Read up on the CDC protocols for being safe at outdoor farmers markets before heading out.
DRIVE THROUGH AMENITIES
More and more places are offering drive through amenities. If you want to bring back some nostalgia, drive-in movie theaters were popular from the 1950’s to the 1980’s and are making a comeback. For old and new comers alike, this is a great attraction to enjoy your favorite films while socially distancing in your car. If you can, bring some snacks to enjoy from your seat so you limit exposure from buying food at a concession stand.
And while Halloween may look a little different this year, many places are still managing ways to celebrate and still adhering to social distance guidelines. Check your local area for drive through haunted houses! Drive through haunted houses are popping up everywhere throughout the country. You can still gain the spooky experience but from the safety of your car! This might be a better option too for those who are more faint of heart.
One of the best things about the fall season is all the fall baking. The fall season is full of tasty comfort foods such as warm pies, decadent treats, and so much more! You can easily search for fall recipes online or for a fun KABAKI themed fall recipe, check out this White Chocolate Pumpkin Tiramisu by @foodmymuse.
As always, stay up to date on CDC guidelines and make sure you are following the rules and regulations in your area as some state regulations may differ from others.
And of course, have a safe, fun fall season!
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