Falling into the Autumnal mood with some seasonal favorites

By Kaitlin Dunn
Lifestyle Editor

Autumn has arrived in Chestertown. As temperatures start to drop and the leaves start to change colors and fall, many Washington College students may be looking for ways to truly get into those fall feelings.

Celebrating Fall in college may present a bit of a challenge for some. Many students may be looking for the traditional haunted house experience or baking recipes to share with their family and friends.

While these things become a bit more difficult in college, there are still ways to partake in them in order to best ring in the fall season.

Go apple/pumpkin picking

Apple and pumpkin picking are quintessential fall activities. Lockbriar Farms in Chestertown offers their Harvest Festival every weekend in the month of October, with a range of activities to celebrate the fall season, meaning you don’t have to travel far to have some autumnal fun.

Offering their “annual U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider, Perfect Pallet Maze, Fall Celebration Ice Cream Flavors, Indian Corn, Straw Bales, Wheat Bundles, Mix-a-Six Apple and Pear packs, Season Debut Apple Butter and Cider Sauce, fall bounty veggies,” there is a wide variety of activities for anyone to do, even if you don’t like pumpkin picking.

Visit a haunted house

For those looking for a spookier way to ring in the fall season, there are a number of haunted houses on the Eastern Shore to get a good scare in. 301 Devils Playground Haunted Attraction in Galena, Md. is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m., the perfect time for some late-night hauntings. Frightland in Middletown, Del. offers carnival rides and attractions such as haunted barns and haunted hayrides, Thursday through Sunday.

Decorate your dorm

While you may be lacking in the traditional scary décor, you can still decorate your dorm to get a taste of fall. The Dollar Tree has a great selection of cheap Halloween décor for you to decorate your dorm or common area with.

While the college does have restrictions on hanging wall decor, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and get creative with your dorm décor.

Items such as fairy lights, wall decals, and door decor can provide a dose of spooky décor to your dorm hall.


While it may be a bit harder to bake in the Residential Life areas, there are still ways to enjoy some fall baking while here on campus.

There are a number of mug recipes online, from pumpkin muffins to fall-themed french toast. While you may be lacking a kitchen and an oven, you don’t have to be deprived of your favorite fall treats.

According to The FullNester, “nearly every student in a dorm has a microwave, a refrigerator, and a couple of mugs in their room… the great thing about mug recipes is that most of them can be made in about five minutes and there is minimal clean up.”

While celebrating the Fall season may look a bit different in college, there are still plenty of ways to go about getting into the essence of the fall season.

Photo by Izze Rios

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