Fall into autumn with Oct-ivities
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 02:10
From pumpkin and apple picking to haunted houses and hayrides, Oxford offers a variety of festivities sure to have people falling for the new season.
Family owned and operated farms provide a number of activities for students looking to leave campus. Barn-n-Bunk in Trenton has a market with everything from honey and cheeses to furniture available for purchase.
Open since 1991, the farm also offers many fall activities to the Oxford Community. Popular festivities include a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Farm owner Brian Theobald said he is excited to be a part of another season.
“We’ve been doing this for years now, and there’s always so much going on,” Theobald said. “While I personally enjoy the apples and pastries, the kids love the bouncy pillow and the creations we make from straw. And the horse drawn carriages are always a success.”
Burwinkel Farms is another opportunity for the Oxford community to celebrate the season. Open to the public since 1918, the community is able to welcome fall with the full farm experience at its main location in Hamilton, consisting of hay mazes and wide varieties of apples and ciders. People can also stop by one of the three farm stands in the Cincinnati area for a taste of treats the farm has to offer.
Customer service specialist Stephanie Brandt said, regardless of the location, she loves sharing the year’s harvest with the community.
“While we are most famous for our wheat corn in the summer, we offer apples and many flavors of cider in the fall,” Brandt said. “And the best part is that they’re grown right here in our fields.”
Just two and a half miles away from Miami University’s campus is Butterfield Farms. In its 88th year of business, owner Bryan Butterfield said his favorite time of year is fall.
“I love bringing in all the crops we’ve watched grow all year, and seeing everyone get into the fall spirit is priceless,” Butterfield said.
Sophomore Maren Madigan said she recently bonded with friends in her corridor by taking a visit to Butterfield farms.
“We were greeted by boxes of pumpkins and fresh apples for sale,” Madigan said. “I had to have some mini pumpkins for my desk. And the apples were so sweet the caramel coating almost wasn’t necessary.”
Madigan said she enjoyed her visit by participating in many of the festivities they had to offer.
“Running around in a corn maze and eating s’mores and pumpkin cookies were great ways to kick off the season,” Madigan said. “We had so much fun, we’re actually planning to go back before the season’s over!”
Students also might be interested in a voyage on the USS Nightmare in Newport, Kentucky. Rated number one Greater Cincinnati Haunted Attraction in 2011, Miami sophomore Liz Ott said the steamboat is more than deserving of the title.
“To say it was freaky is an incredible understatement, and we were only on board for a half hour,” Ott said. “But it was still so much fun, I’d recommend it to anyone who’s hoping to be scared a little.”
Holiday Auto Theatre drive-in is another destination for a thrilling Halloween experience. Starting October 18th, a selection of horror films will be showed at the Hamilton location for the sixth anniversary of this event.
New releases including “Carrie,” “Insidious: Chapter 2,” and “You’re Next” will be played alongside classics such as “The Shining,” the original “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
For more information, like Facebook page “Holiday Auto Theatre” or follow @HolidayDriveIn on twitter.