Fall Activities: COVID-19 Edition

Fun and safe ways to have fall fun!

Alex Moats, Rampage Managing Editor

Social distance and carve pumpkins with friends this fall. (Alex Moats)

With COVID-19 constantly causing the world to readjust, here is a list of fall activities to do this unique fall season.

1. Visit Pumpkin Patches or Apple Orchards

  • Center Grove
    • Address: 32835 610th Ave, Cambridge, IA 50046 
    • Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day
    • “We are hard at work to ensure the safety of our guests and team members this season. Come enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!”
  •  Pumpkinville & Corn Maze
    • Address: 618 Center Ave S, Mitchellville, IA 50169
    • Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. every day

2. Carve pumpkins with friends or family!

  • If carving with friends, socially distance in a garage or outside in the yard!
  • Buy pumpkins and carving tools from places like Target, Walmart, or HyVee.
  • To find carving templates search “pumpkin carving templates” on Google and print out whatever template inspires you!

3. Go on a nature walk or hike

  • Yellow Banks:
    • Address: 6801 SE 32nd Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
    • Hours: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. every day
  • Thomas Mitchell Park:
    • Address: 4250 NE 108th St, Mitchellville, IA 50169
    • Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    • This is an easy activity to do outside and socially distanced.

4. Have a bonfire and grill out

  • Get some friends and family together (socially distanced of course).
  • Check out some of our fall recipes for snack ideas!!
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket and spread out.
  • Start a fire in the fire pit and enjoy the night!

5. Backyard campout

  • Have a fire and some snacks with your friends.
  • Everyone brings a tent or sleeping bag to spend the night in.
  • This can easily be done while social distancing and is something fun to do with friends.

6. Spooky movie night

  • Social distance outside using a projector to watch a movie!
  • Rent a projector from your local library (Altoona Public Library allows you to rent one for about $20)
  • New scary moviesthis fall:
    • Joker (October 4)
    • Little Monsters (October 8)
    • The Lighthouse (October 18)
    • Zombieland 2: Double Tap (October 18)
    • Girl on the Third Floor (October 25)