As the seasons change from summer to fall and the semester starts to settle into a routine, the Delaware County community is ready to offer you a variety of events and activities. From pumpkin patches to farmer's markets to Haunted Circuses, these fall events are the perfect activities to be paired with locally-made apple cider.
Minnetrista Farmers Markets
Minnetrista Museums and Gardens is just a half-hour walk (or a five-minute drive!) from campus, as well as a stop on the MITS bus. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, you can enjoy the farmers market with both regular and rotating vendors from weekend to weekend, a variety of meats, produce, baked goods, and more. While you’re there, consider stopping at The Orchard Shop to get local homemade goods and unique gifts. The Orchard Shop sells their own apple cider they hand press there on site.
Costumed Creature Crawl
For the fans of spooky season not wanting the spook, join DWNTWN Muncie for their Costumed Creature Crawl event Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. Watch pets of all kinds dressed in their costumes take part in a parade around downtown Muncie, encounter new animals and join in trick-or-treating with local Muncie businesses. There will also be a costume contest for animals and humans alike.
For the thrill seekers, Indy Screampark in Anderson, Indiana, is about 30 minutes from campus and can provide you with the scares you’re looking for this fall. The attraction offers a variety of themes for your screams, from zombies to a circus with a killer clown. Indy Screampark is an award-winning scare attraction voted #1 Best Haunted House in 2021 by USA’s Best Haunted Houses.
Pumpkin Patches and Orchards
Scattered throughout the Muncie area, there are plenty of pumpkin patches all with their own charm. Located just a few minutes from Muncie, Spangler Farms Market in Yorktown offers a variety of pumpkins as well as mums and corn. Located between Muncie and New Castle, Jacob’s Family Orchard offers a variety of apples, apple donuts and rotating produce — like pumpkins — according to the seasons.. Visit them in early fall to see their sunflower trail.
Places to admire the fall foliage
Nothing perfectly captures the change in seasons like leaves turning into crisp reds and oranges. Muncie is home to plenty of parks and trails that allow you the perfect chance to see the leaves change up close. Cristy Woods is a 17-acre forest in our own backyard, located right on campus. Tuhey Park is located at 500 W. North Street, just a five-minute drive from campus. It has a playground, as well as picnic tables and a shelter house. Cardinal Greenway is a 62 mile trail that passes through Muncie. There are a few trailheads in Muncie where you can park to enjoy portions of the trail, including McGalliard Road, McCulloch Blvd., Wysor Street and others.
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