10 Festivities That Are Sure To Get You In The Fall Spirit

10 Festivities That Are Sure To Get You In The Fall Spirit

It's halfway through October, yet the fall festivities have just begun.
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As we breeze through the beginning of autumn without much breezy weather at all—it can be difficult to jump right into the fall spirit.

It’s the beginning of October, but it doesn’t quite feel like pumpkins, haunted hayrides, and sweater weather just yet. The sunny days and humid rain are letting beach-mode linger a bit longer. For me personally—I’m not really feelin’ pumpkin-spiced in 80-degree weather.

But no need to fear because that can be easily fixed with some local fall harvests and festivals that will make you want to throw on a nice pair of boots and hit a pumpkin patch as we finally approach fall weather. Even though we’re already halfway through October, the fall festivities are just getting started!

Here are a few fall-themed events all throughout Philly:

1. Fall Fest at Morgan’s Pier—Historic District

Now through October 28 (weekends only)

Enjoy a seasonal beer alongside a waterfront view at Morgan Pier’s third annual Fall Fest located in Philly’s historic district. You can enjoy pumpkin carving, activities, live music, performances, fall menus, seasonal beers, specialty cocktails and apple cider donuts—which sound delicious. More info here.

2. Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival—Filbert Street
Saturday, October 21

See Filbert Street (aka Harry Ochs Way) transform into an urban farm right in the middle of the city during their Harvest Festival. There will be a pumpkin patch, live music, tractor and hayrides, a beer garden featuring fall brews, snacks and if it’s anything like Reading Terminal Market—absolutely delicious food! It runs 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. More info here.

3. Spooky Mini Golf—Franklin Square
Weekend evenings through October 30

What could get Philly more in the Halloween spirit than a spooky putt-putt golf course all throughout its historic landmarks? The haunted decorations and Halloween-inspired lights, music, and surprises are sure to get you in the seasonal spirit. More info here.

4. South Street Headhouse District Fall Pumpkin Fest
Saturday, October 28

South Street’s Headhouse Plaza will be filled with music, shopping, plenty of entertainment and hands-on activities for people of all ages at the Fall Pumpkin Fest. Experience Halloween-themed activities, frights, trick-or-treating and scary movies under the shambles to get you feeling spooky. The festival runs from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. More info here.

5. Historic Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival—Historic Germantown
Saturday, October 28

Get a taste of history during Halloween weekend at one of the oldest settlements in Philadelphia. This all-ages, free, neighborhood event will take place all along Germantown Avenue in Historic Stenton. From 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. there will be light refreshments, cider, games, crafts, face-painting, pumpkin painting and a "spooky cellar tour." More info here.

6. Hometown Harvest Fest At The Philadelphia History Museum—South 7th Street
Thursday, November 2

Eat pie, sip wine and enjoy some agricultural history at the Hometown Harvest Party. The Philadelphia History Museum will display harvest material from the museum’s collection and you can view everything from farm equipment like plows and tools to Farmers Almanacs dating back to the late eighteenth century. There will be refreshments and seasonal cocktails provide by Eight Oaks Craft Distillery, as well as a wine and pie paring. This is a ticketed event from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. More info here.

7. Fall At Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk—Chestnut Hill
Now through October 31

Walk along beautiful shades of leafy greens, reds, auburns and blood-orange orchards through fields of brown leaves falling from the trees. A longstanding festivity in its 18th year—The Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk is a fun contest and enjoyment of the beautiful scenery. More than 30 scarecrows are on display along Oak Allée for people to vote for their favorite in the theme “Halloween Spooky Favorites.” The contest runs until Halloween and will have top five prize winners. It runs weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and weekends 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. More info here.

8. Harry Potter Festival—Chestnut Hill
Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21

Go see Germantown Avenue transform into a magical, mini land of Hogwarts right in the middle of Chestnut Hill. There will be two spellbinding nights of food, drinks, shopping, live performances, wizardry and wonder—not to mention a costume contest! With a bigger festival than last year, the fictional world will fill 12 blocks from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue along Germantown Avenue. The festival kicks off with Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue, running from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Then again on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

9. Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo—Norristown, PA
Now through November 5 (Sunday's only)

What’s better than animals, nature and autumn all mixed in one? If you don’t mind driving 45 minutes outside of Philly, Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo is a scenic celebration of fall for everyone. There will live entertainment at the Zoo Brew Beer Garden, carnival games, activities, bonfire, s'mores and even a bison feeding. Check it out on Sunday afternoons from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. More info here.

10. Terror Behind the Walls—Eastern State Penitentiary
Now through November 11

Amongst all the history Philly holds within its neighborhoods, Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most interesting historic sites. It draws people from all over the U.S. for its tours and haunted attractions. Terror Behind the Walls is a frightening yet educational event inside a castle-like structure that is will definitely leave you with a spooky feeling. All proceeds benefit the research and preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. More info here.

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Dear Seniors,

For many of you, today was a day that you had always wished would come sooner, only to find that when the day arrived wishing for it to come was the last thing you truly ever wanted.

When stepping out onto the court or field or rink for the very last time today, take a moment to stand quietly and look out into the crowd, look to your teammates, to your coaches, and to your fellow seniors, and remember the way this made you feel, as this is a feeling you will remember for the rest of your life.

Today and every day moving forward will be filled with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Today is a day bound to be filled with endless amounts of tears, both happy and sad, so let it be. Let these feelings consume you, and serve as a reminder that no matter where you may go in life from this very moment, that you have made a family of your own. That you have changed the lives of others by just simply being in theirs.

That all the little things were really the big things, like the nicknames you had for your teammates, or your favorite song to sing in the locker room before a game. These things that never seemed to mean anything at the time are all the things that you will carry with you when you leave this place you call your home away from home.

On this day, years from now you will not remember the wins and losses of each season, but the people that took this journey with you and never let you look back.

The teammates that picked you up and carried you through the good and the bad of each day. The ones that taught you to see the good in all things. The ones who never let you live down the stupid things you did, mainly because they did them with you. And even the ones that you couldn't stand 99.9% percent of the time.

You will remember the coaches that pushed you and never let you give up.

You will remember all the times they yelled and made you run until you couldn't walk. The times that they depended on you to be the leaders we all knew you could be. But more than any of that, you will remember the opportunity they gave you to play the game you learned to love, the game that changed your life, the game that taught you more lessons about life, love and dedication than anything ever could.

On this day I ask you to remember a few things. I ask that you remember that the impact you have had on your teammates' lives is unmeasurable, never doubt that. The time you have spent dedicated to this sport that you love was never, EVER a waste of your time, because you are a better person because of it.

I ask you to remember that although the sadness you may hold in your heart overwhelms you, that you have found a part of you along this journey that will help you follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

Play your heart out today, and leave knowing you've given it all you've got just one last time. Leave knowing that you are one of the lucky ones. Remember the love, remember the defeat, remember the laughs and the tears, remember the battle wounds. Remember this feeling, always and forever.

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15 Fall Festivities To Get Floridians Feeling Spooky

Because hurricane season just isn't spooky enough.

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Fall weather in Florida may be non-existent, but that doesn't mean Floridians can't get in the fall spirit!

Nothing compares to the crisp air and colorful leaves that fill the forests up North in October, but there are still ways to get in the spooky spirit no matter where you are.

Here are 15 fun ways to embrace fall in Florida.

1. Go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios 

Take a trip to Orlando for a night of endless scares. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is a must for most Floridians! Halloween Horror Nights is a nighttime event where Universal Studies transforms the park into Florida's scariest Halloween experience, filled with walk-through mazes, intense scare zones, terrifying live shows and rides.

2. Visit Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you're not a fright night person, still consider taking a trip to Orlando to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Disney World does an amazing job of transforming the parks to celebrate every season, but Disney World in fall is my all-time favorite. It's spooky without being scary, and extra Halloween fun awaits every night with special events in Magic Kingdom!

3. Enjoy EPCOT's International Food and Wine Festival 

Fall isn't just for scares, it's also for food! This food and wine festival goes on for weeks, with more than 25 global marketplaces. You can sip and taste your way around the world just by walking through EPCOT's World Showcase. EPCOT's International Food and Wine Festival is heaven for all you foodies out there!

4. Spend the weekend at Oktoberfest

There are Oktoberfest-styled celebrations all over Florida around this time of year. These festivals are put on by German American societies and are huge hits for everyone 'of age'. They're packed with food vendors, beer vendors, entertainment and people ready to have a good time!

5. Go on a haunted ghost tour

Florida is filled with old historical buildings, many with haunted legends attached to them! These Haunted History Tours give you a tour around your city, usually, as the sun is going down. They're interesting to more than just history buffs because they give you the chills every now and again.

6. Visit your local pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Patches like Farmer Mike's U Pick, doesn't only offer fields of perfect pumpkins for you to chose from, but also mazes! The normal corn maze is difficult enough, but Farmer Mike's also has a huge haunted maze that will make you feel like you're in a scary movie! If being chased by clowns isn't your thing, you can stay on the safe side and have a photoshoot where you pretend it's #sweaterweather.

7. It's DIY season

There's no better crafting season that fall! Put your DIY skills to the test and make all those fun crafts you've been saving on your Pinterest board! You'll be 'fall'ing in love with your fall-themed living space in no time!

8. Pumpkin spice everything

Spice up your life by adding pumpkin spice to absolutely everything you consume. Whether you're a baker or a buyer pumpkin-food is everywhere and it gives you a great excuse to indulge! With pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake and of course, pumpkin spice lattes, you can't go wrong!

9. Fall = football

Whether you're at the game supporting your team, or having a football party at your house, you know fall just isn't fall without football!

10. Candles, candles, candles 

Even though it's anything but sweater weather outside, doesn't mean you can't pretend like it is inside! Sweet cinnamon pumpkin, pumpkin pecan waffles, marshmallow fireside, pumpkin cupcake, pumpkin apple, you name it your local candle retail store has it! My favorite candle seller, Bath and Body Work's, has great sale's on candles this time of year!

11. Scary movie marathon

Movie Networks like Freeform, SyFy and Disney all have great scary movie marathons throughout the month of October and you can find the movie schedules online. Netflix and Hulu tend to update their selection this time of year for spookier options so they can compete with regular TV channels!

12. Take a trip to the farmer's market

Florida has great weather year round, so fresh produce usually isn't hard to find any time of the year, but it always seems best in the fall so don't miss out!

13. Endless costume choices 

What's nice about Halloween in Florida is that costumes aren't constrained by cold temperatures. You can wear whatever you want and you sure won't be cold!

14. Spruce up your wardrobe 

Fall is the cutest clothing season, and Florida clothing stores are great about having light-weight fall fashion options! Since Floridians won't be splurging on a new pair of Uggs, they can spend their money on cute fall pieces to spice up their closets. Wearing darker nail colors and dying your hair darker are other great ways to follow fall trends without wearing thick flannels in 90 degree weather!

15. Eat some candy 

If Reece's pumpkins don't get you in the spirit, I don't know what will!

Embrace fall no matter what temperature it is, and stay safe Floridians, nothing's spookier than hurricane season!

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