Experience the Fall Season in Massachusetts During COVID

Aspen Square Management Blog Post

As the countdown to Halloween begins, you may be thinking about what Halloween events you can attend during the times of COVID-19. If you live in one of our Massachusetts apartment locations, there is plenty to do that is outdoors. To help you make the most of your time in October, we’ve narrowed it down to our five activities you can do safely outdoors and maintaining social distancing guidelines.

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Autumn Harvest Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village

Visit Old Sturbridge Village and celebrate the autumn harvest! Travel back to the 1830s and learn about the journey food takes before it gets to the table. Join costumed historians interpreting what it was like to harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and more. Discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell beans. See how they put their gardens to rest before the winter. In accordance with MA state guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a face mask when interacting with staff or other visitors and when social distancing is not possible. All buildings are currently closed, but many programs have been modified for viewing outside, and there are plenty of demonstrations that you can watch outdoors. Autumn Harvest Weekend takes place October 17th & 18th from 9:30 AM – 4 PM. Purchase/reserve tickets here.

Apple & Pumpkin Picking at Echo Hill Orchards

Rest assured that you will still be able to do all the apple and pumpkin picking you want during this time of COVID. There are plenty of orchards still open for business and following the state’s guidelines. In Monson, MA you can visit Echo Hill Orchards, offering apple, pumpkin, and even sunflower picking. They also have a winery so you can enjoy a drink while feeling the fresh, cool autumn air. The winery uses contactless payment with a digital menu and ability to pay right from your phone! Due to COVID restrictions, they will not be running any tractor rides this season, so all apple picking is done by walking out to orchard and fields. Echo Hill Orchards is open Wednesdays – Sundays. Learn more at their website. It is just  a 30 minute drive from our Chicopee apartments.

Mike's Maze: Vote 2020

Mike’s Maze: Vote 2020

Looking for an immersive experience of all ages? Do you love solving puzzles? Enter the enormous cornstalk maze full of games, puzzles and more. Find out just how fast you can complete the maze, and don’t worry, there won’t be any zombie’s chasing you in this one. Learn more about Mike’s Mazeand all there is to experience, all only a short drive from our apartments in Sunderland! In order to provide a safe experience, Mike’s Maze is limited entry by reservation only. All guests are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. You can purchase your tickets online here.

Monster Mash Scream Park at McCray’s Farm

During the summer McCray’s Farm is known for their adorable ponies, mini golf and petting zoo, but come Fall, the zombies ascend[B1] . Take a hayride into the night and let the monsters handle the scares from there. With over 100 monsters waiting to greet you, you’re sure to leave full of fright. But don’t wait! Tickets are limited to 50% normal capacity in order to allow for appropriate social distancing. This year, they will be using time ticketing and virtual queue so that groups can be spaced out. You and your group will be the only ones sitting on the cart and you will be completely distanced from others. So be sure to visit Monster Mash Scream Park and get your tickets today, located only twenty minutes from our apartments in Amherst.

Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tours

Get ready to visit Salem, Massachusetts, home of witches and a haunting history. Let the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tours lead you through chilling cemeteries and old colonial houses known for hauntings. Led only by lanterns, you’re sure to feel a chilling presence as you walk through this 90-minute tour, revealing Salem’s dark past. The ghosts stick around even after Halloween, so be sure to visit the Haunted Footsteps schedule to see their schedule, which is about a two-hour drive from most of our Massachusetts apartments. All tours will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, which means 9 guests and a guide. They are also requiring face coverings for the duration of the tour and are offering tours by appointment. Get more information and buy tickets online on their website.