Fall Festivities Taking Place in New England Despite the Pandemic

Fall Festivities Taking Place in New England Despite the Pandemic

Maegan Marshall

Looking for fun, fall activities and destinations to explore this season? You are in luck because despite the COVID-19 pandemic, several of your favorite farms, shops, and haunted houses such as Spooky World in Litchfield, New Hampshire are still open with restrictions of course. These places require wearing a mask and social distancing at all times but will nevertheless provide you and your family and friends an entertaining way to celebrate the season of fall as many search for a sense of normalcy during these unprecedented times. Some of the destinations and festivities open this fall season include:

Spooky World

New England’s largest haunted attraction, Spooky World, is open for business this Halloween season by reservation only but book quickly because tickets are selling out fast. Although restricted to 50% capacity this season, the haunted park will still be able to entertain thousands of New Englanders. My sister, Kayla Marshall states after her visit to Spooky World with a few friends, “It was super spooky even with everyone having to be far apart!”

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Alongside are several of the most popular apple and pumpkin picking farms in the area. Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro MA as well as Boston Hill Farms in North Andover MA and Brooksby Farm in Peabody MA offer apple, pumpkin, and flower picking throughout the months of September and October. While picking at the farms and enjoying quality time with family and friends, be sure to try the other foods and attractions the farms offer such as sweets and goat petting. In particular, Parlee Farms has an extremely impressive country kitchen with the voted “best cider donuts in New England by NECN viewers” and as emphasized by Tewksbury Memorial High student, Emma Fleming, “Parlee is a very fun place and has some of the BEST apple cider donuts and honeycrisp apples.” So, be sure to stop by any of these famous farms for a taste of fall!

Annual Pumpkin Float at Frog Pond

Also up and running this fall season is the famous Annual Pumpkin Float at Frog Pond in Boston MA where residents from all over Massachusetts bring their families and a carved pumpkin to be lit and floated right on the pond for all to view. This fun, family friendly event allows everyone to be creative while also witnessing others creativity.

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed as if the fall and the upcoming holiday season would prove to be uneventful but as farm and attraction owners and workers strive to provide a healthy and safe way to give the people of New England the autumn fun and good feeling they receive every year, businesses providing such attractions are as successful as ever bringing in massive numbers of people each day.