By Alli Dayton, Contributing Writer
From Thursday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 11, Gettysburg College hosted “Fall Fest,” a weekend of events intended to celebrate the fall season and to bring the residential cohort together for some fun, fall-themed activities.
The excitement began on Thursday evening with a blanket-making session. Attending students created no-sew fleece blankets while conversing with the other students at the event. The activity provided a simple way for students to interact with one another while using their creative skills.
On Friday evening, the college held an outdoor movie screening of Halloweentown, complete with hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and s’more-making. Students spread out in front of Penn Hall on blankets and on the Adirondack chairs as they enjoyed each other’s company while watching the classic October film.
Next, students had the opportunity to participate in the Fall Festival on Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. Various fall activities were present within the white tents on Memorial Field. To test their autumnal knowledge, attendees participated in apple trivia with Stine Hall RA, Ethan Wilt ‘23. Students also expressed their creativity through wreath making, pumpkin painting, fall painting, and coloring boards.
In other fall-themed activities, students walked through the manmade “pumpkin patch,” challenged their friends to Jackbox games, and played popular lawn games, such as cornhole. Following their busy afternoons, students were provided with fall snacks like apples and caramel, pumpkin rolls, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin muffins.
The day concluded with Slugball and Kickball for students seeking more active experiences.
Given the numerous opportunities available at the Fall Festival, many students had a full day of enjoyment.
“[The Fall Fest] was a magnificent diversion for many of us who have [had] little to do these last few months,” said Alex Bove ’24.
On Sunday, the final day of Fall Fest, football fans were able to attend a showing of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Philadelphia Eagles game in the Memorial Field tents. The first thirty attendees received free wings as they watched the game together.
Due to the time and effort put into Fall Fest by the college, the weekend offered an activity for everyone. Whether a student wanted to design a fall tote bag or play a game with their friends, they found entertainment at Fall Fest.