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How To Have A Fun and Safe Fall During COVID-19

Catherine N Wight
4 min readSep 21, 2020

You are concerned about safety, but we can still celebrate fall, y’all!

Summer has come to an end. The air is crisper, and the colorful flowers are being replaced with colorful leaves.

Although it’s not what we hoped for, COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop you from savoring autumn safely. Below are some ways you can easily, and inexpensively, celebrate fall this year including Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Get Outdoors

“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.” ~Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

The best way to de-stress and enjoy this season during this uncertain time is by getting outside. Activities that allow for safe distancing put you at lower risk.

  1. Go apple and pumpkin/gourd picking. Businesses are offering tickets online to avoid overcrowding.
  2. Go leaf-peeping in your neighborhood. Many people consider it to be the most incredible time of the year, and it’s free.
  3. Take a hike. Bring a mask, avoid other hikers, and don’t take unnecessary risks. Hike locally to prevent spreading the virus to other communities.
  4. Take a drive. Plan your trip and go with a tank of gas. Bring your food and snacks. Bring safety supplies, including hand sanitizer, disinfecting wet wipes, disposable gloves, sealable disposable plastic bags, and tissues.

Food and Drink

“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” ~Jane Hirshfield, The Heat of Autumn

Foods that are abundant in autumn are cozy, comforting, warming, and nourishing. Eating seasonal foods syncs our body with nature. It’s sustainable, fresher, healthier, and. Cheaper.

Shopping and purchasing from local farmers and vendors make for money spent on local services and businesses. Be sure to ask the vendors for the best ways to cook and serve their produce — you’re sure to learn…

Catherine N Wight

Former restaurant reviewer and newspaper photographer. Married to a part-time goat farmer. BA Communications; MAEd.