6 Fun Fall Activities for Social Distancing
October 12, 2020
Fall 2020 figures to be quite different for a lot of people. For many, that means no nights spent huddled around the bonfire. Afternoons at the high school football game are also out. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of socially-distant fun to be had this season!
Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just a beginning, there’s no time like autumn for hiking. That’s because the weather is mild enough that you won’t need to take any extra precautions. A pair of good hiking shoes and a water bottle should be enough for most hikers embarking on a modest hike.
Obviously, you still need to take care of yourself. That means checking weather conditions prior to starting your hike, dressing appropriately, and knowing what to do if you get injured or lost. If you’re trying a trail that is more difficult than what you normally do, or are planning on camping, it’s important to bring the necessary supplies to ensure your safety. Check with local park rangers and visitors centers to learn how you can arrive prepared.
Being out in nature can be super inspiring. Use that inspiration to make crafts! While on your hike, or even just a casual walk, collect common items you might find along the way. Pinecones, leaves, acorns, twigs and branches can all be repurposed for artistic means.
Just be sure not to take anything that shouldn’t be removed from its natural habitat. If your park implores you to ‘take only memories, leave only footprints,’ you’ll have to source your materials from elsewhere, like your backyard. And even then, things like nests and plants you don’t recognize should be left untouched.
What to do with the materials you collect is really up to your imagination! Learn how to press and preserve leaves, make acorn beads, and turn twigs and things into table decorations that will last for years to come.
One of the unfortunate facts of this year is we just haven’t been able to get together with our loved ones like we’re used to. While the spring and summer offered a chance to get outside and see one another in a socially-distant way, the fall and winter are typically when we cozy up together inside– exactly what we’re not supposed to do during these times.
And while that’s not to say that there won’t be mild days ahead, it is only going to get chillier. That means hanging out outside is going to be harder if you’re just standing around.
Get in the spirit of a little friendly competition by putting together a scavenger hunt. Each participating household is a team, and the competition can be stretched across a weekend.
Points are scored every time a team member does something on the list and takes photographic evidence of it. What’s on the list is up to you, the gamemaster! They could be silly tasks, nature-based, even athletic. Just make sure they’re both safe and in compliance with the local guidelines.
The harder the task, the more points it’s worth. The team to score the most points wins. The prize could be as simple as bragging rights, or something tangible, like a free takeout meal or a custom sweatshirt that lets everyone know who’s the champ!
This is the classic fall activity for a lot of people. It also doesn’t require you to be in close contact with anyone, even if you choose to go with friends or family. Pumpkin patches are expansive enough where you can social distance easily and not notice much of a difference. Plus, pumpkins do really well on the ‘gram.
Farmers who run pumpkin picking on their property seem to be taking people’s concerns seriously. They’re taking fewer people on each tractor ride, everyone is required to wear a mask, and entrance and exit instructions are there to ensure everyone keeps a safe distance en route to the pumpkin patch.
There’s no shortage of great Halloween flicks to occupy your time. Aside from holiday-specific films, there’s basically a whole genre that fits right in with spooky season, even if they aren’t exactly about Halloween.
Everyone knows the reappraisal Hocus Pocus has had in recent years, and the enduring appeal of The Nightmare Before Christmas. But the advent of streaming shows and movies has created a wide variety of halloween-appropriate viewing. From the horror movie-focused Shudder streaming service, to the plethora of psychological thrillers on Netflix, you’re sure to find something to make your hair stand on end.
And now it’s easier than ever to watch things with your friends, thanks to tools like Netflix Party. You can get scared together, even at a distance.
Face it, you probably haven’t had the oven on all summer. It was just too hot!
But now that it’s gotten cooler, you’re probably thinking about all the fall flavors you can whip up. Apple crumb! Pecan pie! Pumpkin bread!
Unsure of your baking skills? I’m unsure of my own, too. But the best way to get better is to practice! And really, you’re in good shape if you have these four things:
– A highly-rated recipe (either published in a cookbook or well-reviewed online)
– The necessary ingredients for said recipe.
– The tools you need to properly measure out (and combine) the ingredients
– A willingness to stick to the dang recipe!
Seriously, baking is all about attention to detail. If it says half a cup of flour, make sure you use only half a cup of flour!
Whichever activities you choose, remember to always play it safe. Any of these are your ticket to a fun time!
About the Author
Kyle Greco is the resident writer at RushOrderTees, where he blends word nerdery with his love for T-shirts. A graduate of The College of New Jersey, he is interested in exploring the intersection of clothing and culture. In his spare time, he makes music, builds guitars, and cooks with his wife. He enjoys hot dogs, sports, and collecting too many hats.