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COLUMN: Festive activities for autumn

Fall! The smell of pumpkin spice in every cafe, the crisp autumn air blowing everywhere, leaves starting to fall and change colors, all while the night sky slowly creeps closer and closer making the days just a tiny bit shorter, one day at a time.

Fall is a great time to hang out with friends and enjoy cozy settings like movie marathons, apple-picking, haunted mazes and so much more. Here are just a few ideas that you and your friends can enjoy this season here in West Virginia.

Apple picking

 Just outside of West Virginia, Simon’s Apple Orchard in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., near Uniontown, has an assortment of apples from August to October for picking. Open from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, go up and pick up some delicious, in-season apples or grab some homemade apple cider.

Haunted tours

Right in Fairmont is the C&D Bunner Family Spooky Yard Haunt. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 5 or younger. It is open from

7-9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with extended hours until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Bring your whole family for a heap of fun, with spooky scares around every corner as well as vendors for delicious treats.

Paint ‘n sip

This Friday and other select dates this October will bring to you fall gnome-painting sessions, where you and all of your friends can paint and sip on something sweet at The WOW! Factory in Morgantown. Grab a spot for $35. No experience necessary.

Halloween movie marathon

Grab all your friends to binge-watch your favorite Halloween movies or TV episodes and load up on Halloween treats and drinks. Making some popcorn and stringing up some spooky lights while all dressed in some spooky seasonal PJs will make this event one to remember.

Christelle Temple is an WVU honors sophomore. She contributes a weekly column on health, fitness and motivation. Follow her on Instagram @ellesbells2. Contact her at