Marianne Caesar
Features Writer

Along with Fall comes the crunching of leaves, a crispness to the weather, football games and the excitement of preparing for Halloween. Aside from university-sponsored events, such as Homecoming week and the Millersville Community Parade, there are other local activities which can become a new tradition for students. These are five traditions which make the fall season special and can become new traditions for you as well.

5. Landis Valley Farm Museum’s Harvest Days
Located at 2451 Kissel Hill Rd, off Oregon Pike, this farm depicts the rural lifestyle from the 1740’s to the 1940’s. The entire village is made to reflect the societal lifestyles of the 18th-20th centuries, and all individuals working there are volunteers. There are many demonstrations, including blacksmithing, wool-working, animal care, farming and 18th century cooking.

Vendors offer various foods, and there are apple cider floats and apple butter available for purchase. Activities included are hayrides, crafts for children, such as coloring pages, jewelry making and going into the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin for carving or painting. Prices for the pumpkins are well priced based on size, and the entry fee for the entire event is 12 dollars. This event is annually held October 11th -12th, and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., though the museum is open year round.

Large pumpkins can also be found at Cherry Hill Orchard.
Large pumpkins can also be found at Cherry Hill Orchard.

4. Cherry Hill Orchards
This establishment has been in operation by the Haas family since 1971, and houses over forty varieties of apples, and twenty-five varieties of cherries and peaches along with fall harvests such as corn and pumpkins. Quite often, young children will take field trips here to learn about the tale of Johnny Appleseed, and customers have the option to pick their own fruit.

Family owned, this business continue to providing a welcoming environment where you can sample the fruit they have to offer while supporting locally grown produce. Some of their best sales are their apple cider, pumpkins and their chrysanthemums during the fall season.

3. Kauffman’s Fruit Farm
Kauffman’s Fruit Farm is an Amish-run establishment, offering many dry goods and fresh produce for customers. It’s from here that many locals obtain apple cider most often, which is also distributed to John Herr’s market. Located at 3097 Old Philadelphia Pike, this store offers items ranging from soup bases and herbs to dessert decorations, and is an affordable location available to stock up on your cooking supplies and bulk goods. Other signature items which they carry for the season include flavored honey sticks, and apple cider donuts.

2. Bird-In-Hand Bakery
Not too far from Kauffman’s fruit farm, this bakery resides in the heart of Lancaster County and provides fresh-baked goods for both locals and tourists. This tradition includes the purchase of some freshly made whoopie and pumpkin pies. Though they sell many yummy cookies cakes, and varieties of fruit and whoopie pies, they are best known for their Shoo Fly Pie. Shoo Fly Pie is somewhat of an iconic dessert within Lancaster County, and should be tried at least once if you have not done so yet.

A frightening assembly of volunteers from the 2009 Lancaster Zombie Walk.
A frightening assembly of volunteers from the 2009 Lancaster Zombie Walk.

1. Lancaster Zombie Walk
Embarking on its third year, the Lancaster Zombie Walk takes place in downtown Lancaster towards the end of October. Boys and girls of all ages join together by the Fulton Bank gazebo, and can have their makeup done there or can come dressed and made up in advance. At the time designated, the horde of zombies who have gathered together walk for roughly ten blocks, and enjoy both the spirit of the season and the reactions of others’ who risk becoming part of the horde. For further information stay tuned to, or search for the group Lancaster Zombie Walk 2012, which will be posting event updates soon.

This year the group has been invited to additionally walk as part of a larger group through Lancaster City towards Franklin and Marshall’s Green room to view Horror films. This is sponsored by the “Rumschpringe Film Festival,” Reel Splatter Films, Lancaster Transplant and Only in Lancaster. Zombies are to meet at the Hotel Lancaster Mall formerly known as Brunswick Hotel, at 5:30 p.m., and the walk will begin at 6 p.m. The film showing will take place at 7 p.m. in the Green Room, and the event is being held to raise donations for the Water Street Rescue Mission.

A final tradition which we celebrate is a movie night showcasing various films geared towards Halloween. These include Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, The Worst Witch, Masque of the Red Death and other classic horror films. This can be done using personal film collections, Netflix or Redbox films to have a fun evening in your apartment or dorm room. Whether you live in the dorms, or commute to classes, these are all ways in which you can form your own traditions and not have to travel too far to enjoy the fall season.