Fall is the season you always wish was a couple months longer. The trees are beautiful, the weather is perfect for your favorite sweater, and Halloween is just around the corner.
In order to make the most out of the seemingly shortest season of the year, we’ve put together some local events and activities in Fargo-Moorhead that you don’t want to miss. Find your perfect pumpkin, lose yourself in a corn maze, and even hunt out some local ghosts before all the leaves fall!
Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches
The Fargo Park District hosts this annual event at Rheault Farm in Fargo. There is free admission to the event and it’s a great time for people of all ages. You can purchase a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, play carnival games, make your way through a straw bale maze, and enjoy on-site concessions. Activity passes can also be purchased for $5.50 for events like face-painting, pumpkin and cookie decorating, and arts and crafts. The festival takes place Sept. 16-17 and 23-24. More information can be found on the Fargo Park District website.
Probstfield Farm in Fargo states that an heirloom plant is one that has been nurtured, carefully selected and handed down through generations. You can learn about their heirloom squash and even pick your own, choosing from a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Go find your own squash or pumpkin from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23-24, 30 and Oct. 1, 7-8, 15-16.
The farm also hosts a Harvest Festival Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. There will be wagon rides, farm activities, harvest food treats, and live music. You can even take a step back in time with civil war re-enactors! Learn more and find more events on their website.
Formerly known as Dakota Carriage Company, Lil’ Bitz has been named one of the top four pumpkin patches in North Dakota. Besides choosing your pumpkin, activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, an eight-acre corn maze, bean bag toss, mini golf, a petting zoo, bonfires and more! Pumpkin prices range from $3-$5 depending on the size and admission to the patch is $8, which includes access to their 20+ on-site activities. Lil’ Bitz Pumpkin Patch is open Sept. 17-Oct. 29 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. More information, including specific times and directions, can be found on their website.
Acres of Terror has been terrifying guests since 2003. From haunted schools to rickety buses and lots and lots of chainsaws, you’re in for a fright. The attraction is located in Leonard, N.D., and is open Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 29. Tickets are $20 for adults at the door. You can find discounts, directions, and a list of their most popular (and scariest) characters on their website.
The Haunted Corn Maze is just 10 miles south of Moorhead and is open Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 29. Tickets are $17, but you can bring your college ID for $2 off Oct. 28-29. If chainsaws and jump scares aren’t your thing, they also feature an unhaunted corn maze at 5 p.m. Oct. 28-29 for just $10. The price includes the maze, a hayride, and a bonfire. Be sure to hit up the ATM before heading to the maze, as they request cash only.
Walk through the historic buildings of Bonanzaville in West Fargo and learn about the attraction’s extensive (and growing) history of ghosts and paranormal activity. The tour features real events that have occurred over the years, and they continue to get reports of strange occurrences. The ghost tours at Bonanzaville debuted last fall and sold out almost immediately. This year, they are hosting tours every Saturday in October with three tours a night, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 a person and will be available online soon. You can also call Bonanzaville at 701.282.2822 to be put on their waitlist. Who knows, you may end up meeting one of the attraction’s famous ghosts!
Last, but certainly not least, is the overall beauty of the Fargo-Moorhead area during the fall months. The trees change color and the leaves begin to fall, making Concordia’s campus and the surrounding community truly a sight to see. Bundle up in a comfy sweater, take a walk through Gooseberry or Lindenwood parks along the river, and enjoy the natural beauty of fall in Fargo-Moorhead.
Bailey Tillman '18 studies multimedia journalism, Spanish and film studies at Concordia.