Art & Life

Fall activities

Bass Farms
Many outdoor activities are available at Bass Farms in Mount Vernon, Iowa on Highway 30 as pictured on Oct. 8. Photo by Jessica McWilliams.

Fall is here, it’s sweater weather and there is pumpkin spice everything. There are so many fun activities every fall from trips to haunted attractions like Scream Acres and Circle of Ash to going to pumpkin patches and orchards.  

This year, however, things are quite a bit different. We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and the health of some our loved ones weighs heavily on our hearts, as well as still wanting to have fun in the safest ways possible.   

Each event listed below can be found online attached to the organization hosting it and their safety guidelines. 

Weekends in October 

Scream Acres at Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins. Three haunted attractions are included for one price currently on sale for $30 if purchased online and $45 per person if bought onsite.   

Oct 10 

The History Center will host a socially distant spooky legends of Linn County campfire and s’mores. Cost is $5. Check www.historycenter.org for more details.  

Oct 13  

Indian Creek Nature Center is hosting a workshop for families to teach them how build bird feeders as well as the types of trees different birds prefer. The cost will vary based on family size to offset the cost of supplies. Register online to see how much it would cost for your family. 

Oct 19 

Wickiup Hill Learning Center will host a guided nature walk. The cost is $2.50 per adult. Registration is requested by the 17.  

Oct 20 and 27  

The History Center will host a spooky walking tour of down town, local history and spooky legends will be shared. Check www.historycenter.org for more details. 

Oct 24-25  

The Amana Colonies will host its very first pumpkin fest. Activities will include pumpkin carving, food tastings and a pumpkin toss contest.  

Nov 18  

Wickiup Hill Learning Center will host a fall night hike. The cost is $2.50 and you can register online.  

Image courtesy of Jessica McWilliams

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