Thoughts turning to fall festivities and Halloween

Summer seemed to pass by in no time and although I enjoy that time of year, I’m always looking ahead to the fall season. The cooler air is quite welcomed after several months of humid days and nights. Warm tones of yellow, orange and red create stunning scenery. Delicious apple and pumpkin flavors tempt us at many a festival and dining establishment. Why not enjoy all the sights, sounds and tastes that come with fall?

Autumn Nature Display

In the coming weeks, a few towns outside of Philly are having their annual celebrations of the season. While some local events are all about this time of year, others focus on great eats; perfect for any fall-loving foodie! This past weekend, the 50th Chadds Ford Days event was held for two days at the Chadds Ford Historical Society; I’ll post a separate blog post about it next. Yet with great food and seasonal craft vendors, it felt like a kick-off to the numerous festivities coming up.

Along the Main Line, both Radnor and Downingtown Fall Festivals are among those that I look forward to attending. Each has further information on their respective Facebook event pages. New Hope, a charming riverfront town, has an arts and crafts festival; Nearby, a scarecrow competition and display is already underway. I found out about these via the Facebook page for Visit Bucks County. Every now and then, I’ve seen their posts about covered bridge tours in the area. I’ve been wanting to do that as well, especially during this beautiful time of year!

When the calendar turns over to October, fright-filled events bring on screams and amplify the Halloween spirit. An eerie atmosphere lingers as ghost stories are shared on tours of places believed to be haunted. Fort Delaware is one such site that I’ve seen featured on the Travel Channel, but have not yet explored. Located on an island, it has the bonus of a boat ride in getting there and in my opinion, makes it a unique outing for the spooky season. I have been to Fort Mifflin, also featured on the Travel Channel’s haunted travel programs. My visit was during a summertime reenactment and I couldn’t help remembering the tales told in tv segments as I entered its dimly-lit spaces.

IMG_1297-II Ft Mifflin

Television channels air numerous horror movies for creepy stay-at-home nights. If I don’t have any plans to go anywhere, I love to watch the old classic scares on film that TCM offers its audience. Many show scenes of terribly foreboding castles in the distance, which always inspires dreams of wandering those in Europe that have a ghostly tale or two. But in my own region, there are plenty of old, long-abandoned structures with a straight-out-of-a-haunted-house-story appearance. They always make for interesting photo subjects because they have a history to tell.

Creepy DE House

Of course, I also love to capture views of colorful leaves on photography excursions; check out some of my fall photos on Flickr. I’ll be adding more to that album as the season continues.

IMG_5064 SH Fall

What are some of your favorite activities for celebrating the season amidst its vibrant foliage?

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at - and my literary blog at
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