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.

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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Every year, we hope to change ourselves for the better starting January 1st. Most people are unable to pursue their goals because they often forget their goals, get sidetracked, or just give up. And that’s okay. Goals take time to be accomplished- it definitely does not happen overnight. Trying to change a lot at once is challenging and the goals we set for ourselves should be simple and realistic. I do believe everyone has something they can improve about themselves. Instead of making a list of goals on January 1st, we should periodically set goals throughout the year in order to work on ourselves everyday.

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6 New Year's Resolutions You Can Tell To Get People Off Your Back

When someone asks, you can just throw one of these out there.

Let's face it; New Year's Resolutions have become an over-hyped fad. People at the grocery store or at your job or in class with you want to make small talk and of course, they ask the most basic question of January: "What is your resolution for the New Year?"

Until Valentines Day, you will hear this question asked a lot especially when you see people crowding at the gym the first few weeks of January in hopes to start their doomed fitness journey or the shelves cleaned off at the local pharmacies for teeth whitening strips (seriously, I've seen it).

Yes, some people want to start 2018 with a better smile and make all sorts of promises and then there are others who just want to live their life. As a person who believes in living each day learning from mistakes and striving to change with each lesson gained, I really don't care about new years resolutions. No offense to the people who do.

I want to be able to have something happen to me any day out of the 365 in the year and say "Hey, maybe I could change this and push to be better."

However, I'm 99% sure that the New Years Resolution trend will continue forth for a while to come because it's a fun idea for the holiday. So in order to fall in line with society and act like you believe in resolutions, here are a few resolutions ideas you can tell in order to appease the questioners and what they will most likely think of them.

1. "I'm starting a fitness journey."

What they hear: "I'm going to buy $50 Nike sneakers and spend over a hundred dollars on workout clothes and a gym membership, but I'm only going to for the first few weeks of January. I'll keep paying the membership and tell myself I'll go the next day,"

2. "I'm quitting smoking / a bad habit."

What they hear: "I'm going to quit but then I'm going to get the bill for my textbooks and break down and do it again in stress,"

3. "I'm going to stop texting my ex."

What they hear: "I'm going to stop texting him but then I'm going to get lonely in the middle of the night and break down. Maybe I'll go to the bar and drunk-dial him and act like it was a mistake,"

4. "I'm quitting meat/starting veganism."

What they hear: "I'm going to give up meat because I'm tired of feeling guilty because I'm eating something that had a face. Sadly, I'll see a Chick-Fil-A on the way to class and break down. Maybe I'll just get a kid's meal? Let's be real I'm getting an eight-count nugget meal,"

5. "I'm going to save money."

What they hear: "I'm going to put my direct deposit from my job straight into savings but then I'm going to transfer it into my checking account so I can get Cookout with my friends at 3 a.m."

6. "I'll get better grades."

What they hear: "I'm going to buy a ton of notebooks and pencils and go to class regularly the first two weeks of the semester, but then I'll realize economics is BORING and then skip to stay in and nap or watch Netflix,"

These are some of the most stereotypical resolutions for fellow nonbelievers of the holiday who are pestered with questions. Say these resolutions at your own risk because there are stereotypes associated with some of the more common resolutions. I urge everyone to strive to be better this year. Like, legit. Welcome to 2018 and may the year be in your favor.

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