Updated: Feb 16
By Annika M. Baldwin
To the spooky season lovers, plaid and scarf wearers, PSL drinkers, and fall decor enthusiasts-
Your season has come, and, in the midst of midterms, you want to enjoy the off-time you have making the most of autumn. Here are seven things for Miami students to try in order to make the most of the Halloween and Fall season!
1. Operation Pumpkin
Friday, October 8 - Sunday, October 10
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Drive down to Hamilton for their own version of Oktoberfest! Across the course of downtown, there are exquisite pumpkin carvings, from cats staring at moons to distorted façades. By the river, on the north side, you can find a large white tent sporting various entertainments, including local bands. If you’re 21, there are a variety of breweries and hotspots for mixed drinks. But even if you’re not, local vendors and food trucks make for a great time with friends! No tickets are necessary-- just show up!
2. Butterfield Farms
Open Monday-Sunday, 9:30 AM- 9 PM
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Looking to decorate your dorm or get together with friends on a weekend? Butterfield Farms Market, down the road from campus, has a selection of pumpkins, as well as other Fall and Halloween decorations. Shopping locally with friends is a great way to spend the season; carving pumpkins together or baking cookies afterward. It’s always a good idea to check out other farms in the area!
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Getting out into nature is always a great way to spend any season, especially Fall! Hueston Woods offers a variety of hiking trails and walking paths surrounding the lake. The woods are especially gorgeous in Fall as the golden leaves drop onto the path, crunching beneath your feet. You can hike by yourself or with friends-- and it’s a great way to break and breathe during midterms.
Oxford Flower Shop & Kroger Floral
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What is better than Fall chrysanthemums? Spruce up your dorm room with fresh-smelling flowers in autumnal colors! For a Fall bouquet, check out the Oxford Flower Shop on High Street. For a more everyday option, Kroger offers beautiful potted chrysanthemums, in various colors (especially orange!).
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Nothing says fall like coffee. Hop on over to Kofenya for fall-themed drinks and a cozy spot to study or read! Try their house-made almond butter or a pumpkin treat. If you’re lucky, Cultivar Cincinnati might be around with plants for sale (more dorm decor!). (Again for those of you 21 & up, Kofenya also offers selections of craft beer!)
Pumpkin Painting with MAP
Thursday, October 21, 7-10PM
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Feeling artsy? Van Gogh and pumpkin spice collide! Miami Activities + Late Night Programming (MAP) is hosting a FREE pumpkin painting on the Central Quad to decorate the campus. Get out and meet some new people while you’re at it!
KingsIsland Halloween Haunt: MAP Hosted
October 23 & October 24, 7PM-12AM
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If you’re into the scarier corners of Halloween, then this event is for you. MAP is offering opportunities for students to take transportation off-campus for the Haunt in Mason! KingsIsland’s Haunt provides a number of haunted houses and mazes, as well as actors who walk the streets scaring. This event does require tickets. Follow @Miami_MAP to stay updated when they become available!
Studying and homework are important, but it’s just as important to take time for yourself and your close people. Take your pick of the season’s favorites and run with them!