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    Fun Ways to Kick Off Fall

    Here in New England, THIS is our season — with beauty all around us and unlimited ways to take it all in. Looking for ideas to start your Autumn? We got ’em.

      Cut it Up

      Maybe the most October tradition there is, pumpkin carving is fun for the whole family and a great way to get a little creative. This year, go the extra mile (or a little further than that) and pick your own at one of these top patches near Boston. And when the Jack-o’-lanterns are out, dig into these recipes and enjoy pumpkin all season long.

      Take Your Pick

      Ok, what’s better? Hot apple cider, hot apple donuts, or hot apple cider donuts? Trick question, the answer is caramel apples. Yes, we are also obsessed with all things apple this time of year. Check out this extensive list of local farms that have everything from apple picking to hayrides to petting zoos — including our all-time fave Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow.

      Take a Hike

      Whether it’s a stress-relieving jaunt after work, or an all-day affair, there’s almost nothing that renews the spirit like some time on the trail. From the Blue Hills Skyline in Quincy to the Middlesex Fells Reservation in Stoneham — nearby options abound for group or solo hikes. Don’t know GORP from a gourd? Here are some helpful tips to get started.

      Get Spooked

      This year marks the 40th anniversary of Salem’s Haunted Happenings, a month-long event celebrating the haunting history of America’s spookiest town complete with a grand parade, haunted street fair, family film nights, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, and much more. Explore the full calendar of events or download the app so you don’t miss a scare.

      Get Lost

      Who doesn’t love a classic corn maze. The Davis Family Mega Maze in Sterling is well worth the trip. And with 8 acres of corn fields, 3 miles of paths, and 7 “maze levels,” you’ll have a hard time leaving. Literally. The DFMM is so big, there are games, food stands, and a zip line course INSIDE the maze. Check out these other options in New England and (far) beyond.

      Catch a Show

      Butter up the popcorn for a scary movie night at home with AMC’s Fearfest or Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween — or stream some screams from this list of all-time great scary movies. Brave enough to venture out into the cold, dark night? Pack up the kids and the candy and catch a creature double-feature at the Mendon Drive-In — a New England institution.

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