The weather is getting crisper, pumpkins are out, and leaves are turning beautiful colors. Autumn is here, and it's a great time to indulge in some fun fall activities.
The pandemic has impacted us in many ways, but we can still experience the best that this time of year has to offer, as long as we do it safely. Here are some of our tips for enjoying the season. Many of these in-person activities are well suited for social distancing, and always remember to wear a mask when you are around other people.
Look at Fall Foliage
Viewing fall foliage and gazing at vibrantly-colored trees is a time-honored autumn tradition. There are many leaf-peeping adventures out there which can be enjoyed either on a scenic drive, a nature walk, or a mountain hike. Be sure to check out our StoryWalk at the Forest Preserves for a family, fun time through Sunday, October 25th. Want more info? Click HERE.
Carve a Pumpkin
Halloween will look different this year due to pandemic restrictions, but you can still carve and decorate a pumpkin. There are many options for carving; you can keep it low-key by using simple geometric shapes or you can be more artistic and create a spooky face with all kinds of details. Try the library's newest crafting resource, CreativeBug
, to make the pumpkin creation of your dreams!
Visit an Apple Orchard
There are more than 7,500 apple orchards in the U.S., and picking your own apples is a fall tradition for many Americans. While some orchards are closed or have limited activities due to the pandemic, many are operational and ready for action. Our local apple orchard - Goebberts - is open for business!
Support a Local Farmer Market
Strolling through a local farmer's market in the fall has many benefits. There is a plethora of vegetables in season, and you can stock up on fresh produce coming directly from farmers and growers in your community. You may discover fruits and vegetables that are native to your region and aren't available in the supermarket. You are supporting your local economy when you buy goods at a farmer's market. It’s also better for the environment, since traditionally food items travel many miles to get from the farm to your table, using up fossil fuels and extra packaging materials.
Prepare a Seasonal Treat
Apple crisps, pumpkin pies, cider donuts, carrot cake, apple butter bars - there are so many delicious treats you can make to celebrate autumn. Cooking with seasonal ingredients at home is a wonderful way to enjoy the season and stay socially distanced.
Learn About and Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos
The Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death that is held over a few days at the end of October and early November. The goal of this holiday is to demonstrate respect and love for deceased family members. Throughout Mexico and in other places, celebrants dress up in make-up and costumes, hold parties, and sing and dance. Families make colorful altars in their homes in honor of their loved ones. The altars are decorated with flowers, candles, and special foods.
Detroit Institute of Arts Day of the Dead Exhibits, click HERE
Rake Leaves and Jump In
This is a simple fall activity that brings so much joy to people of all ages. So, wherever you are, gather up some leaves and go for it!
Melanie Kletter, Library Journal Online, Oct 9, 2020