Autumn Bucket List


Thomas Carraturo, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again, to break out those jeans and a sweater, and enjoy the scenic foliage of Autumn.  It’s also the time that every store is invaded by pumpkin and apple products. The weather begins to chill, but fall activities are just heating up. So, to help you enjoy the best this season has to offer, here’s an Autumn bucket list of five essential activities.

5.  Go for a walk in Huntington State Park.

To truly grasp the beauty of Autumn, nothing is better than walking through over 1,000 acres of foliage in Huntington State Park. Hike the dense woods of Huntington, and find the secret paths that lead to great picnic spots right on the water. Bring a friend and canoe in one of the two large lakes. Or, go for a bike ride on the shaded trails and see the ruins of old houses and barns. This Autumn asset is located right in our backyard. As the leaves transform in colors, the value of this memory will be priceless.

4. Explore Fall Foods

Autumn is the time of year where pumpkin, apples, and squash are in season. If you are craving something sweet, try a warm apple cider donut that melts in your mouth. Or, if you yearn for a food to warm you to the core on a crisp Autumn day, indulge in some sweet potato or butternut squash soup, with a cup of steaming apple cider.

3. Carve a Pumpkin

No matter your age, carving a pumpkin is an easy and inexpensive way to get the best out of Autumn. It allows us to express our creativity and create a multitude of designs. You get to have a great time with friends and marvel at the mini Picassos you create. Try using a stencil for an added challenge.

2. Take a trip to Blue Jay Orchards

Blue Jay Orchards has become a part of all Bethel resident’s lives. Bethelites have been visiting this site since their Kindergarten field trips, and its charm continually lures them back each season. Pick from a variety of apples, pick your own pumpkin in their own pumpkin patch, and enjoy their plethora of homemade creations, including pies and donuts. Remember, if you do choose to pick apples here, you can only do it on the weekends! Visitors can also enjoy a $2 hayride on the weekends.

1. Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard

The Haunted Graveyard has turned into one of the most successful Halloween attractions in all of New England. Not only does it take place in a graveyard, but it brings you on a path with 23 horrifying sections to rattle your bones. Combo prices are $20.99 and grant access to the graveyard and the park rides itself through Nov. 1. The park is open until 11 p.m. and is a great way to have fun with your friends, at a decent price.