By Ava Joniec and Abby Allen
Staff Reporter and Managing Editor
The cool breezes and pumpkin spice frenzies are finally here. As Halloween is approaching, many are searching for a great place to get their pumpkins to carve and their apples to bake into pies and squeeze into warm cider.
One great place to take the family and enjoy a nice day of sweater weather and pumpkin picking is AppleWorks in Trafalgar, IN. According to appleworks.com, this family-owned business has been running since 1989 when the Brown family hand-planted a few trees and sold their first crop from a refrigerator in the middle of the field.
Since then, the little business has grown into a very popular autumn attraction including a playhouse for the kids, corn and hay mazes. They even host special events for the children in the fall.
AppleWorks is a great place for the whole family with tons to do with playgrounds, farm animals, pumpkins and enough apples to bake pies for an army!
Another way to enjoy the colors of fall is by going camping. Being out in the wilderness away from society can put a mind at ease. With the crisp fall air, going hiking in the falling leaves makes the trip all the better. Some great places to go camping are Clifty Falls and Brown County State Park. For the love of the great outdoors, there are a many campgrounds for every kind of Halloween fun.
Holiday World’s Lake Rudolph campground in Santa Claus, Indiana celebrates “Halloweekends” in September and October. Guests enjoy trick-or-treating from campsite to campsite, a costume contest and a whole carnival right there at the campground where kids can pick their own pumpkin and decorate them and play spooky games for tons of prizes and fun. After the carnival, guests can shuttle bus over to the amusement park next door and enjoy the festivities in the Holiday World theme park. Families create amazing memories and traditions year after year there.
For those looking for a spookier way to spend a cool weekend in October, grab a group of friends and test your bravery at a haunted house, such as the Nightmare on Edgewood or Hanna Haunted Acres.
Students who love horror will enjoy getting their wits spooked out of them with the classic jump-scares and eerie designs of a haunted house attraction. The houses show the worst of our nightmares come to life. It is both thrilling and terrifying. What’s unique about these attractions is that the petrifying actors may manipulate the environment to scare their visitors, from creaky floors to cool breathing on your neck.
The Nightmare on Edgewood opens for the season tonight. After 40 years of scaring the heck out of people, the fright continues. General admission is $25.00 and VIP admission is $40.00. The theme changes every year, and it is a family owned business Go to http://www.nightmareonedgewood.com for more information.
Fall is one of the best times of the year. There are so many things to do from haunted houses, to apple orchards, pumpkin patches and hayrides.
Some of the best memories can be made in fall. Enjoy being terrified, enjoying the great outdoors, going out and taking a walk in the woods on a trail while the leaves change color. Maybe bake a pumpkin pie from pumpkins you picked.
Make the best of fall this year!