Five fall festivities

Olivia Kudla

Fall has finally set in, with the leaves changing and the temperatures dropping, it is finally time to start the classic fall festivities. Fall festivities meaning: pumpkin patches and carving, apple orchards, hay rides, corn mazes, and haunted houses or forests. Living in a college town means there are people from all over, who have no idea where any pumpkin patches are. Gathered here a few fun places to visit that are not too far from campus!

Here are a couple places that might be worth checking out:

1.) Center Grove Orchard: It is located at 32835 610th Ave in Cambridge. It is only about a half hour drive. At the orchard they have more than just apples! You could go on a hay ride, attempt to figure your way through the corn maze and hay maze, see farm animals, pedal tractors, and of course you could pick out your pumpkin! They also have an apple sling shot! A week day pass is $8.95 and the weekend pass in $10.95. 

2.) Ames Haunted Forest: Which is located on South 4th Street right by Jack Trice Stadium. It’s a terrifying thirty minute walk through the forest. The forest is said to be haunted by Vincent, who took to the woods after the theater he worked at burned to the ground. Admission is $14 this Friday to Sunday but increases to $15 for Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 29-31. 

3.) The Haunted Barn: The barn is on 3215 SE 72nd St in Ankeny. The admission is little expensive at $20, but it was rated five pumpkins on The neat thing about the barn is that it is torn down at the end of each year, so no matter how many years in a row you go, theres always a new scare! 

4.) Linn’s Supermarket Haunted House: The supermarket is in Des Moines at 3805 6th Ave. This is actually the final year for Linn’s, so visit or go for your last time for $14! They have been around for 31 years and their haunted house includes 10-20 minutes of not just wandering through the dark, but also crawling! You also will not be able to escape the clowns with chainsaws!