Stone Bridge Fall Favorites

Kate Harwood, Feature Editor

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Fall Favorites in Loudoun County and Beyond

As Autumn arrives, fall activities like watching horror movies with friends, going horseback riding, finding the best pumpkin patch, getting lost in a corn maze, and picking the perfect apple of the apple tree, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas offer the ideal environment for you to pursue your iconic fall experience.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

One of the most quintessential moments people think of in the fall is picking out the perfect pumpkin to crave for Halloween. Cox Farms, The Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch in Chantilly, The Leesburg Pumpkin Village, and Temple Hall Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze provide an affordable yet fun experience for all ages.

Cox Farms features a Fall Festival that with paid admission includes a Corn Maze, local food tastings, swings, live entertainment, and a hayride.

The Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch features pick your own pumpkins, spooky fun zones, hayrides, pedal karts, hillside slides and tunnels, giant jumping pillow, cow pow train ride, petting animals, tire play, and a castle lookout play area.

The Leesburg Pumpkin Village features wagon rides, giant hill slides, kid’s zip line, kid’s hay maze, Pony Rides, Pet & Feed Live Animals, Camels, Zebras, Gibbons, Lemurs, Sloth & other cool animals, FREE Small Pumpkin from Farm Market, and a FREE Fresh Apple & Juice snack. Temple Hall Farm Fall Festival features a general store, a 24-acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, pig races, corn cannons, and live music.

Haunted Houses

For teenagers wanting to get the most thrills during the Halloween season, many attend local haunted houses. Leesburg’s Shocktober and Centreville’s Fields of Fear offer thrills and chills to depict the haunted images we think we only see in horror movies.

Horror Movies

If the physical haunted house scares you too much or a Haunted House is too expensive, you can always enjoy the Halloween thrill with your friends by watching some iconic and classic horror movies that have been scaring generations before. Some of our school’s favorites are It (1990), Annabelle, Psycho, The Shinning, The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Cabin in the Woods, and any movie from Alfred Hitchcock or Stephen King.  Horror movies have been enjoyed by all generations and create the thrill of the suspense and horror in our very own homes.

Apple Farms

If horror is not your thing and you want to enjoy a more peaceful activity, try apple picking! Western Loudoun County is filled with farms for all ages to enjoy. Apple picking offers a peaceful experience for the participant while also supporting local family farms. Crooked Run Orchard, Lewis Orchard, and Butler’s Orchard offer a genuine apple farm experience for everyone to enjoy.

Horse Farms

If you are an animal lover and are looking for something more action packed, try visiting one of Loudoun County’s local horse farms. Spend the afternoon riding horses and enjoying the outdoors while supporting local farms. Red Gate Farm, Fox Chase Farm, and Morven Park Equestrian and Event Center offer enjoyable opportunities for all ages. Red Gate Farm features private horse-back riding lessons and horse shows for all ages to enjoy.

Given the abundance of activites, Loudoun County provides the picturesque experience for anyone’s autumn bucket list.