By Maribel Ramirez
As it cools down and the leaves change color, say goodbye to summer and hello to fall fun.
Students are giving ideas on fun fall activities that are enjoyable for all ages.
“This year my family and I are planning on going apple picking at Riley’s Farms,” said Victoria Offerman, senior psychology and criminal justice double major. “I’m looking forward to the fresh cider and, of course, the caramel apples.”
Other fall activities may include visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out a pumpkin to carve. Challenge family members or friends to a pumpkin-carving contest to get everyone in the fall spirit.
“I like to go to pumpkin patches with my family because it is a tradition, and we always carve pumpkins and cook the seeds,” said Ryan T. Corbin, senior criminal justice major.
Fall is the time for seasonal drinks such as pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider and peppermint mochas.
“I frequently visit Starbucks in the fall for pumpkin frappuccinos and pumpkin spice lattes with friends to hang out and catch up,” said Marisa K. Benson, senior psychology major.
Every year the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa has a “flipping of the switch” ceremony, kicking off the Festival of Lights.
On Nov. 29 it all begins with festive activities at noon and the flip of the switch is set for 4:30 p.m.
The Festival of Lights features an outdoor ice skating rink, magical entertainment, specialty vendors, holiday food and carriage rides.
It is a time where families can come together to enjoy the lights and see Santa Claus while enjoying treats and spending time together.
“Fall is my favorite time of the year as the weather cools and the fall colors can be seen all around, from the trees to people’s outfits and spending time with family and friends,” said Jonathan Fausto, senior biology major.
Fall brings a wide variety of activities that are for all ages to enjoy, and there is something for everyone.