The cool, morning air and crunch of crisp leaves under students’ feet can only mean one thing: Fall is here. The change of season brings students a variety of different activities to replace their summer fun.
By Alison Gilbert and Zoey Whitmeyer, Graphic by Alice O’Neill
PUMPKIN AND APPLE PICKING
The picture perfect fall day calls for pumpkin and apple picking, and there is no better place to visit than Lynd’s Fruit Farm. The farm, located in Pataskala, Ohio, offers apple and pumpkin picking, as well as hayrides. For $14, 10-pound bags of apples are offered, and for $16, 20 pound bags. The 500-acre farm crosses over three different townships and harvests over 150,000 bushels of apples a year.
Another family favorite venue, Circle S Farm in London, Ohio, introduces its fall fun days. Though most of the activities are oriented towards younger children, people of all ages will enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking and a gourmet bakery. The fun days continue through Oct. 31 and admission is $8.
Another fall favorite—corn mazes, provides an adventure along with a challenge for every age. Luckily for students, the world’s largest maze company, The Maize, presents one of its creations near Little Darby Creek in Milford Center, Ohio. In honor of one of basketball’s biggest stars, the maze is designed to look like Lebron James dunking a basketball. The maze is located on a nine-acre plot of a 125-acre farm, offering hours of entertainment for $8.
If a spooky experience sounds more appealing, then a haunted house is sure to please. The Haunted Hoochie in Pataskala, Ohio, offers a Halloween scare. This spookie attraction is designed to make you feel as if you are in an abandoned amusement park, making it a truly frightening experience for all.
The Scare Factor, an online haunted house reviewing service, states,“If you are looking for a scare, this is the place to find it. There are no dead spots, which adds to the effect because there is no time to recuperate between scenes.”
The Haunted Hoochie received a 10 out of 10 on the Scare Factor’s scariness scale.
According to HauntWorld, the attraction includes a 50,000 square feet indoor setting located on a 50-acre farm.
Tickets are $17 per person and the terrifying episode lasts roughly 20 minutes. The park is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31.
For a scare more close to home, check out Terrorfest. This frightening festival combines two attractions—the House of Nightmares and The Brewery Butcher, both located in the Brewery District. The House of Nightmares is located in a downtown building transformed into a darkened maze. The haunted house is loosely based off of the legend of “D. R. Frightner,” an American serial killer who previously worked in a brewery in Columbus. When the Columbus Brewery District was thriving in 1901, David R. Hoster confessed to murdering 38 people, though the body count is estimated to be somewhere around 100. The house is designed as a dingy insane asylum, influenced by D. R. Frightner, and rooms range from an elegant ballroom to a creepy operating room within minutes.
According to the Terrorfest website, “This state of the art attraction puts you into the demented nightmares of one of the nation’s first serial killers.”
The legend of the real murderer is brought back to life through The Brewery Butcher, using the crazed villain as the central scare. This 20 minute attraction will cost $17 and give enough scares to last all fall.