Fall Break Top Five

Scranton offers some of the best autumn plans in the country, from beautiful scenery to delicious eateries to picture-perfect pumpkin patches. If you’re spending your fall break in wonderful NEPA, you definitely won’t have a lack of plans. I’ve compiled a list of the five best things to do for your five days of complete fall fun.


After your last day of classes, you might be tempted to go into a semi-hibernation. Before doing so, enjoy some (free) First Friday festivities! From 5-9pm, over 25 venues throughout downtown Scranton will showcase live music, paintings, photography, pottery, Halloween themed exhibits and of course, delicious snacks. Singer and guitar player Riley Loftus will perform live at the Steamtown Market Place, Visual artist Sam Kuchwara will show:  Recent Works in Painting and Mixed Media at Northern Lights Espresso Bar, and Painter and printmaker Marc Schimsky will show his work on the first floor of AFA Gallery. Check out the map and kist of First Friday’s locations on http://www.firstfridayscranton.com/


Boo! It’s officially Halloween season, and if you’re down for an exceptionally haunting experience, head to Reaper’s Revenge Haunted Attraction! Reaper’s Revenge is four haunted attractions in one, combining a haunted hayride, dark forest walkthrough, pitch-black indoor walkthrough, and apocalyptic zombie maze. Not to brag, but it’s also been voted America’s Best Haunted Attraction. If being scared is at the top of your fall break to-do list, test your fate at Reapers!


So, you spent your Saturday screaming and crying (in a cool way) at Reaper’s and need to wind down a bit. What better place to relax than Ritter’s Cider Mill? Ritter’s is an old-fashioned and down-home cider mill open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can enjoy a hayride, corn maze, farm animals, apple slingshots and even watch cider being made! You can sight-see on a not-so-haunted (thank goodness) hayride, sip on some delicious homemade cider, and take in the beauty of NEPA fall all in one trip. Ritter’s is located in Mt. Cobb, just a short 20-minute drive from campus!


Fall isn’t fall without carving a pumpkin. Roba Family Farms has you covered. As you pick your perfect pumpkin to bring home, you can enjoy a fresh apple cider doughnut or campfire s’mores. Between the pumpkin patch, mega corn maze, pig races and wagon rides, you definitely won’t be bored. Here are some one-of-a-kind pumpkin carving ideas to try out this year, thank me later for the inspo.


It’s the last day of break, and before you get ahead on all of the work you procrastinated, there’s still some time for fall fun. Sometimes a little scenery and time in nature is exactly what you need, and NEPA has some of the best fall foliage in the country. Enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Wallenpaupack, the Delaware Water Gap, or the Poconos. Or, for the more adventurous, head to Pocono TreeVentures for the ultimate zip lining experience! I mean, what can get you into the fall spirit more than zipping mid-air through the foliage!


Whatever you decide to do this fall break, stay safe, have fun and make the most of your time before midterms!