Our Fox Cities Fall Traditions

Written by: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports MarketingLotsOfPumpkins

Apple Picking, Friday Night Football, Pumpkin-flavored everything, Jumping in huge leaf piles….what is there not to like about the fall?! Every family has their favorite fall traditions, here are some of the best autumn activities we like to do, and they’re all right here in the Fox Cities.
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Pumpkin & Apple Picking
There are oodles of options for picking your favorite fall produce in the area. We have frequented Sprangers Orchard over the last few years. You can pick your own, or they have a huge pre-picked selection for you to choose from as well. Also, try their delicious apple cider and caramel apples. Sprangers staff is always friendly and helpful, it makes the experience really enjoyable! They are located just outside Appleton, in the Heart of the Valley area, check out their Facebook page.
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Pumpkin Carving
A hidden gem that we love to go to each year is the Rades Family Pumpkin Carving Display on Appleton’s east side. Each year the Rades family transform their entire front yard into a pumpkin-themed paradise. They carve intricate designs into dozens of pumpkins and add in special lighting, music, and displays. Our girls have been especially fond of the Disney princess carvings over the years. The display runs the nights of October 29-31, this is non-scary event so it’s great for the whole family. Donations are accepted and appreciated for the Fox Valley Humane Association. Click here for details!
Freaky 5K
The final run/walk that we do each season is the YMCA’s Freaky 5K on October 29. Starting and finishing at Appleton’s Pierce Park, the run takes competitors through three parks and some of the city’s most distinct neighborhoods. Costumes are encouraged! Our girls love the 1/4 Mile Mini-Monster Dash. The 5K field ranges from competitive runners looking for a personal best to novice walkers looking to show off their Halloween costumes. This is a great family event that culminates with post-event food, drinks, and activities. Click here for more information!
dsc_2255Hike our Nature Preserves
We love to head out and take hikes with our kids this time of year and with three different nature preserves located right here in the Fox Cities, it’s an easy drive to any of them and a great way to spend a gorgeous fall day! 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve and Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve all offer free access to their trails and nature centers. The trails aren’t too long so it’s great for kids and there’s plenty of nature to take in while you’re there. Stop in and visit their nature centers too where you’ll find information about the area, animals, and activities to engage the kids!
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