Falling leaves bring autumn activities to surrounding area

Isabelle Williams

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It’s official, Pacific students! Fall has fallen, and Forest Grove is radiant with changing foliage and a slight nip in the air. 

Fall, of course, is a time to celebrate the cozy comforts in life: drink an apple cider in a warm blanket, carve a pumpkin, take adorable selfies with the falling leaves that line the pathway through Vandervelden. 

With Forest Groves’ annual Corn Roast over and the town’s outdoor Farmers Market coming to a close, what are some upcoming autumn activities around town?

For those seeking a little Halloween fun, consider paying a visit to Pacific’s very own allegedly haunted Knight Hall, which is said to be perfect for a night of ghost hunting. McMenamins Grand Lodge, rumored to be riddled with the paranormal, will be throwing a Halloween party with local band Forest Grove Outlaws (FGO) from 7-10 on Oct. 31. Anyone else seeking spooky thrills might want to check out the numerous haunted houses in Portland, most notably The Fear PDX haunted house which offers 5 different haunted experiences.

Fall enthusiasts who may not be thrill seekers will want to make the trip to Portland to visit Fazio Farms, known state-wide for its almost-impossible corn maze and gorgeous pumpkins ready to carve. 

Roloff Farms is another notable pumpkin patch located just down the road in Hillsboro. Home to the Roloff family from TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” visitors can pick from a giant array of pumpkins for a very-low price, take a tour of the farm, and sip an apple cider slushy while they do. 

Other prominent local spots to grab some fall treats would include Kafé, just two blocks away from campus on Pacific Avenue, which boasts a large selection of house-brewed hot tea and delicious hot cocoa. 

For those over 21-years-of-age, Ridgewalker, located just barely outside of campus, offers delicious hard cider. With the Grove bursting at the seams with exciting fall fun, students, faculty, and staff of all ages are sure to find something to warm them up to fall.

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