Ahh…fall in New England, such a lovely time of year. The leaves changing to bright colors, fresh apple cider donuts, tractor drawn hay rides, Christmas music playing in the mall…yes, I said it, it’s true and we all know it. As soon as the kids are back in school, the stores begin to gear up for winter and the holiday season, completely skipping over Halloween and Thanksgiving. But before we jump ahead to the holidays and the snowy weather to come, there is still time to get in some great fall activities.

I recently visited Marini Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts for a flashlight corn maze experience. And quite the experience it was! It runs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights through October 31st and is only $11.00. The maze had checkpoints with questions to answer and riddles to find along the way, which made it more of an interactive experience. Here are a couple of tips you should know before going:

  • Make sure you bring your own flashlight. I feel like this might be like a “duh” thing but we went with the expectation that they would be provided since we did not see on their website that you needed to bring your own (and if it is on there and I completely missed it, then my apologies). Luckily, we had a few extra in the car.
  • Rain boots are a plus. It was extremely muddy and our sneakers went in white and came out brown.

Besides those two things, it was a great time. If you are looking for a cheap and fun night, I recommend it.

Davis Farmland and MegaMaze, located in Sterling, Massachusetts lives up to its name! (If you get lost, DO NOT call 911. Recently, a family took their 3 week old baby through a local corn maze and called police to rescue them when they couldn’t find their way out!) Davis Farmland changes their maze every year and the one I did last year was intense. I couldn’t believe the size of it. There were several bridges, checkpoints, riddles, games, and activities along the way. This corn maze is so big that they have a food concession stand in the middle of it, no joke! If you are looking for a challenge, you will find it here. General admission is $16.95 for adults and $13.95 for kids and seniors. They do offer AAA member discounts so be sure to flash your card for $2.00 off.

Friday and Saturday nights through the end of October, the maze transforms to Halloween “Fright Nights” from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Their website says it is geared for adults so maybe a night out without the kiddies. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids and seniors, a reasonable price considering the scale of the maze.

Other corn mazes to check out are Kimball Farm in Haverhill and Connors Farm in Danvers.

If corn mazes are not your cup of Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin coffee, you could try these other fun activities:

For apple picking, check out Parlee Farm in Tyngsboro. or Smolak Farms in North Andover
Hayrides are always favorite! Wilson Farm in Lexington offers a “spooky” hayride, which is free. (Be sure to have a hot cider donut while you are there!)

There are so many great events during the fall at just about any farm. Be sure to check out your local farm and see what fall happenings are available.

Ok, on to scarier things. I mean it is Halloween season and what is Halloween without something scary?!

For the first time, Spooky World presents The Fear at Fenway. Yes, Fenway Park, home of the beloved (when they win) Boston Red Sox. This event is open from Thursday, October 20th, 2011 through Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 and then again Friday, October 28th, 2011 through Sunday, November 6th, 2011. General admission tickets are $45.00; VIP admission is $69.00, which allows you to visit attractions twice in one night and wait in shorter lines. You might consider this a little pricy but think of it this way, who knows the next time you would be able to go to an event like this at Fenway Park again, especially if the Red Sox make the playoffs next year =). There are 3 main attractions that will be sure to freak out even the most skeptical critic. So why not check it out while it lasts!

Canobie Lake in Salem NH currently has ScreeemFest Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October. Games, rides, and attractions will leave you entertained for hours. There are several haunted attractions such as “Dead Shed” and “Demons of Darkness” that will get anyone’s blood pumping. The website alone is creeping me out! If you are there on a Saturday night be sure to stay for the haunted fireworks display. If you are not one for scary things, you can purchase a “Monster B’Gone Necklace” which will tell the monsters to let you be. General admission tickets are $27.99 and anyone under 48 inches tall or over 60 years of age pays $16.99. Make sure to check out your local Tedeschi, Market Basket, participating McDonalds, or specially marked Mountain Dew cans for $4.00 coupons off general admission tickets (not valid on Saturdays). And also, no dressing up is allowed. Save the costumes for parties that reward you for your awesomeness!

And remember that you don’t necessarily have to go out to enjoy this time of year. Host your own party! Invite family and friends over and have a seasonal beer tasting (for those of you who are 21+ of course). Have guests bring a seasonal or local brew for everyone to try. For the occasion, make some seasonal dishes or have everyone bring a dish of their own. Whatever you decide to do, just make it your own and have fun with it!

I could go on and on about all the great happenings this time of year brings. But I want to hear from you. What special fall things have you done or do you have planned? Comment below, I would love to hear about it! But most importantly, get out there and enjoy this weather before it blows away with the leaves. Happy Happenings!

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Michelle is a Generation Y, first time home buyer, and lifelong Massachusetts resident. She plans to share her experiences as a new home owner and her frugal living tips along the way. Who says you can't be on a budget and live life to the fullest at the same time? The journey is tough at times but since we think of her as a modern-day Mary Tyler Moore, we know she's gonna make it after all!


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