Now that it’s October, everything is pumpkin spice flavored! Being in Central New York, there are tons of fall inspired activities nearby! Here is a fun, pumpkin-inspired list of everything to do, make and even eat!

Visit a pumpkin patch!

There are so many pumpkin patches near campus! Here are a few local favorites:

Tim’s Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to picking your own pumpkins, they have tons of fall-inspired activities such as corn mazes, a petting zoo and a hay fort! Be sure to try the apple funnel cake and apple fritters!

Cicero “Pumkin” Patch for U-pick pumpkins, a three-acre corn maze and even a beautiful hiking trail! If you’re looking for fresh local produce, they also have a farm store that sells their own corn stalks, apples, pumpkins and other local treats.

The Hallow located right here in Syracuse has U-pick pumpkins every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grab a group of friends and enjoy the petting zoo, corn maze and their delicious apple fritters!

Make a pumpkin inspired treat!

One of my favorite activities to do in the fall is baking! There are lots of pumpkin inspired desserts you can make such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cinnamon rolls! If you don’t have a huge sweet tooth, you can try making pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin soup and roasted pumpkin seeds!

Try pumpkin inspired food from Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s has a huge selection of pumpkin flavored fall treats! Some of my favorites are the pumpkin spread, pumpkin bisque and the pumpkin cinnamon rolls. They have everything from pumpkin spice hummus to pumpkin dog treats. If you love pumpkin spiced flavor foods, Trader Joe’s is the right place for you!

Have a pumpkin carving competition!

Grab a group of friends and some pumpkins to put your carving skills to test! This is a great activity for you and your friends to not only compete for the winning pumpkin, but it’s also a great fall decoration to put in your room or apartment. If your carving skills are not the best, you could always paint and draw on the pumpkins.

I hope you found these ideas helpful and take advantage of all the fun, fall activities here in Syracuse!

Written by Haley Mykytka ’22, College of Visual and Performing Arts