Fall in the time of corona is going to look very different from years past. Big parties are out. Bobbing for apples is probably extinct, and trick-or-treat masks are now three-ply. But fall itself isn't cancelled — you just need to know which fall activities are safe, and which are not, so that you can still have fun without risking your health and the health of others.
All of us are feeling pretty cooped up right now, and we just want to add a little pumpkin-spice flavored normalcy back into our lives. That's why I decided to ask the experts about the relative safety of many of our favorite autumnal activities. Because, if we have an idea about the risk involved, we can make educated, informed decisions that best fit our needs and the level of risk we're willing to take. Whether you're looking to just get out of the house and explore an orchard, or you're looking to hit up a haunted hayride, I have some answers for you. Now unfortunately, bobbing for apples, three-legged races, and giant punch bowls full of rainbow sherbert and heaven knows what else are all definitely off the table. So at least for this year, you don't need to come up with an excuse for why you cannot participate. But you still need some flannel for these safe activities.