In addition to the popular Halloween happenings that are often the main focus of October, mid-Michigan has a lot to offer when it comes to other fall-related activities. You may have to venture outside of East Lansing, but the half-hour drive to your next weekend adventure will be well worth it.
Bestmaze Corn Maze
3803 Noble Road, Williamston
Open until Nov. 1
Fridays 6 – 10 p.m., Saturdays 1 – 10 p.m., Sundays 1 – 9 p.m.
Tickets $8 per person or $7 each for 4 – 10 people
Known as one of the most popular corn mazes in the area, Bestmaze caters to all crowds. Visitors can complete the full maze, but they also have the option of taking short cuts or exiting the maze at optional exits occurring about every 15 minutes. Bestmaze has a different theme for their maze each year, and this year’s theme is “Dungeons and Dragons.” Visitors must weave their way through castle, dragon and sword shapes in order to reach the end of the maze.
If you’re looking for a more haunting experience, check out Bestmaze’s Trail of Terror. This year Bestmaze is debuting a whole host of new props and animatronics that are sure to please. Tickets are separate from the main maze: $15 per person or $20 per person for both the maze and the Trail of Terror.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill
8614 N. US 127, St. Johns
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.,
Aug. 31 – Oct. 30
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Oct. 31 – Nov. 27
Though it’s about a half-hour drive from campus, many MSU students flock to Uncle John’s on fall weekends — and the trek is well worth it. You can pick out the perfect pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze, go for a wagon ride or challenge your friends to a “fruit fling” contest. The cider mill does not charge general admission, and there are many free activities available, but you’re going to want to drop a few bucks on the mill’s wide variety of homemade goods.
You can’t leave Uncle John’s without buying their famous cider and donuts. Try their cinnamon sugar or pumpkin donuts, but make sure you don’t polish off all those donuts on the car ride home.
East Lansing Farmers Market
Valley Court Park, located directly behind Biggby Coffee on Grand River Avenue
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday until Oct. 26
A five-minute walk from West Circle, the East Lansing Farmers Market is a hidden gem to most students. It offers visitors a wide selection of fresh Michigan produce and products. Starting in early June and ending in late October, the market features fresh fruit, vegetables and a variety of meats and cheeses. Even if you’re not into eating your greens like your mother taught you, the atmosphere is inviting, and seeing the products available will make you appreciate the work of farmers in our region.
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Rachael LeFevre is a senior majoring in professional writing and minoring in Spanish. She has an unhealthy addiction to correcting people’s grammar and hates shopping unless it involves books. She loves MSU sports and traveled to the Rose Bowl with the Spartan Marching Band last January.