21 Things To Do On Fall Break

21 Things To Do On Fall Break

How to make the most of your mini-vacation.
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Fall is finally upon us! The weather is perfect, the leaves are changing, and Halloween is right around the corner. Not to mention the glorious return of skinny jeans, boots, and flannels. Fall also means the promise of fall break. Make the most of your mini-vacation with some of these ideas on how you can spend your time over break this year!

1. Go to a haunted house.

Haunted houses are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween!

2. Visit a corn maze.

The corn maze is a traditional fall staple and a family favorite. However, if the idea of a corn maze sounds slightly boring to you, try a haunted one!

3. Carve a pumpkin (or paint one!).

Pumpkin carving is a classic fall activity! If you've never carved one before try these simple steps and you'll be a pumpkin carving pro in no time! If carving isn't your cup of tea, painting pumpkins is a fun (and cute) alternative!

4. Make caramel apples.

5. Tune into ABC Family’s annual 13 Nights of Halloween.

Check out this year’s lineup!

6. Visit a pumpkin patch.

Pumpkins = fall. Need I say more?

7. Go to the movies.

This October there are several blockbusters hitting the theaters. For a family-friendly film that is sure to satisfy all ages, I recommend "Pan"; the modern adaptation of the classic Peter Pan tale. For a fun Halloween-esque film, "Goosebumps" is the perfect flick! If you're interested in seeing an Oscar worthy performance then "Bridge of Spies," a thrilling Cold War drama starring Tom Hanks, is the movie for you!

8. Bake pumpkin pie.

Follow this deliciously simple recipe and you'll have all your friends thinking your the new Martha Stewart.

9. Go camping.

Not too hot, not too cold; October is the ideal month to go camping. Curl up in a cozy sleeping bag and enjoy the fall weather!

10. Make apple cider.

Not only does homemade apple cider taste incredible, but it also makes your house smell amazing! Once you've brewed it yourself you'll never drink store-bought cider again. Try these apple cider recipes and treat your tastebuds!

11. Host a bonfire.

Bonfires are a fun way to get all your friends together, and it's an excuse to whip out your favorite flannel.

12. Roast marshmallows and/or make S'mores! (I mean honestly, who doesn't love S'mores?)

No bonfire is complete without roasting marshmallows to make delicious s'mores!

13. Go on a ghost tour.

If haunted houses aren't your idea of a good time, a great alternative Halloween themed activity is a ghost tour! Most towns, especially larger cities, will have several ghost tours to choose from during October.

14. Have a "Halloweentown" movie marathon.

"Halloweentown" is the perfect Halloween flick for the whole family.

15. Roast pumpkin seeds.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a festive fall treat that are extremely simple to make! Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly roast your pumpkin seeds.

16. Visit an orchard to pick apples (which you can then use to make your caramel apples of course!).

Visiting an orchard is a great way to get in the fall spirit! While you're there, handpick your own apples to use when making apple pie or caramel apples!

17. Make your own Halloween costume.

Store-bought halloween costumes are typically WAY overpriced. Tap into your creative side and make your own Halloween costume! You'll save money and it's fun!

18. Hike.

With the leaves changing, and the colors of autumn in full effect, October is a beautiful time to go on a hike and enjoy the scenery.

19. Splurge on tickets to a football game.

Fall break is in the midst of prime time football season. The weather is perfect to enjoy a game with family or friends!

20. Take a trip to your local farmer's market.

Farmer's markets always have the best fresh fruits and vegetables. Stock up on homegrown produce to make all of your fall meals that much more delicious!

21. Binge on scary movies on Netflix.

Netflix offers a vast selection of thrillers and horror films to get you in the Halloween mood! Some of Netflix's best scary movie titles include: "The Sixth Sense," "Insidious 2," "The Village," and "Oculus" (WARNING: if you're anything like me then you'll probably sleep with the light on if you watch any of these films).

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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

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Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

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It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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7. Do one small thing for yourself everyday

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8. Exercise 

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9. Go out with friends 

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10. When you're sad, let yourself be sad

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11. Ask for help

Let people know what you're going through. It's ok.

12. Take care of yourself

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