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October Activities

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Indulge in various fall appropriate activities this October.

The month of October is the perfect opportunity for many fall or scary-themed activities. Nonetheless, whatever opportunities the month of October holds, ensuring that you make the most of the infamous month is important. 


Pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving are a staple of the fall season, especially when you consider the significance of pumpkins for Halloween. Going out to a pumpkin patch and picking out a pumpkin with some friends or family is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit, and carving a pumpkin is an activity that is a lot of fun as well. It also becomes the perfect time to try roasted pumpkin seeds, which are a delicious treat and a good way to use up the seeds you’ll find when carving your pumpkin. Putting olive oil and salt on top of the seeds adds a nice flavor to the seeds and makes them more enjoyable after roasting.  


Apple picking is also another popular staple during the month of October as most places offer apple picking alongside pumpkin picking, so it becomes an exciting opportunity to do both. Apple picking makes for great photos and gathering green apples for baking apple pies and other apple-themed sweets. Baking a fresh apple pie is a lot of work but is so incredibly worth the effort when you’re able to enjoy it warm on a cool October day. Apple cider is also a great refreshment for this time of year and goes well with apple pie.  


People often associate making a gingerbread cookie house with the festivities of Christmas in December, but to the surprise of many, it’s more common than you think to see them decorated as haunted houses. These haunted houses made of gingerbread cookies are perfect for the month of October.  Making these sweet, yet spooky houses are a perfect October activity and is a good way to pass the time with friends or family. 


Showing off your love for the month of October can also be seen with Halloween themed decorations for your dorm. October is the perfect time to get into the Halloween spirit and the ideal way to do that is to decorate your dorm with all sorts of spooky and scary lights, stickers and figures for the enjoyment of everyone who spends time in your dorm.  


Although horror movies are a prevalent genre all year round, it is evident that October is the prime time for horror movies for those who enjoy them or don’t. The chilly fall atmosphere makes for the perfect watching experience and with a good warm drink and a blanket, you’ll be good to go for the month. If you’re unsure of which horror franchise to start watching, Scream is a solid starting point for the public and isn’t too scary for anyone watching for the first time. 

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