Transitioning from Spooky Season to Thanksgiving

By Ansley Simmen

With Halloween just passing, reflecting on all the costumes and pumpkin picking is essential. However, no one EVER talks about how hard it is to transition to Thanksgiving. It’s like we skip from October 31st to December 1st in the blink of an eye. So, to slow down this changeover, here are ten fun activities you can do in November!

  1. Visit a Harvest Festival - There are so many in November! My recommendations include the Lake Erie Country Harvest Festival and the Phantom Fall Fest at Kennywood.

  2. Clean out your Closet - With the seasons changing, it can be a great time to donate or upcycle old clothing. All the organizations could get you interested in new pieces.

  3. Apple Picking - Shenot Farm and Market is less than an hour away from Slippery Rock! Also, an excellent opportunity to take some pictures!

  4. Take a Walk or Hike - Whether a campus walk or through nature, take some time to get fresh air while the weather is nice!

  5. Decorate for Thanksgiving - Swap out your skeletons for fall-appropriate décor. Go to your favorite dollar store and challenge yourself to make a DIY with $10.

  6. Watch your favorite seasonal movie - Curl up on the couch with a cup of cider and watch whatever you want! Take a break from school and decompress from the stress.

  7. Host a Pie Swap - Grab some friends and explore new pie flavors! Vote for your favorites, hold an award ceremony, and go home with a sample of each.

  8. Plan a Friendsgiving - Hold a potluck dinner with all your favorite foods. Whether your group chooses to do traditional or nontraditional food, it’s the people that matter!

  9. Stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade - Every Thanksgiving morning, the parade streams on NBC at 9:00 a.m.

  10. Go to your local Light Up Night - Slippery Rock’s is November 19th from 4–7 p.m., and Pittsburgh’s is November 19th. Pittsburgh will end the night with a firework show.

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