The month of October is a
celebration for all things Halloween.
As Halloween approaches,
traditions of attending a haunted
house, haunted trail, or a pumpkin
patch arise. Younger individuals
contemplate their costume for trick-
or-treating while many others enjoy
the delicious treats accompanied with
the holiday, watch scary movies and
share ghost stories.
Halloween festivities can be
enjoyed at any age and by any group
of people, including the Women’s
Cross Country team.
The team used their weekend
off from competition to participate
in a team bonding Fall activity. The
captains arranged for the team to visit
Altenburg’s Country Gardens.
“Altenburg’s has lots of stuff. You
can get pumpkins, apples, gourds, as
well as go on a hay ride, go through
the corn maze, pet animals and they
also have a little haunted house,” said
Head Coach Megan Woloszyn.
They enjoyed their time in a corn
maze, on a hay ride and pumpkin
“I really liked the corn maze,”
said Cassandra Caine, a junior clinical
lab science student.. “The maze led
to a tower that allowed you to look
over the corn maze and most of the
pumpkin patch area.”
Each member of the team
appreciated different things about the
“The hayride was my favorite
because I got to snuggle up with my
buddies,” said Julia Colling, a junior
dietetics student.For about 35 minutes, the girls sat
on hay bales and wood while making
their way to the pumpkin patch.
“We took frequent stops because
the farmer driving it liked to stop
and educate us on the various weeds
around the farm,” Colling said.
That farmer is Harold Altenburg,
owner of Altenburg’s, who said he
sees many college students stopping
by since they opened the farm to the
public in 1964.
“This year we opened on Sept. 21.
Many familiesand students
the area stop
in to enjoy
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patch is about
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pumpkin patch to take home.
Photo by Megan WoloszynAltenburg said “The Wee-Be Littles
are popular this year. Some people
carve theirs, make pumpkin pies, but
without a doubt, the majority are
used for decoration.”
Woloszyn said the girls were able
to decide what they wanted to do
with their pumpkin.
“Everyone loves picking
pumpkins. I’m sure many of them are
going to carve them. One person said
they were going to cook it and make
pumpkin soup,” Woloszyn said.
Colling decided to paint her
pumpkin, while Caine chose to carve
hers into a face with ears. The team’s
Friday adventure turned out to be a
“It was a lot of fun. It was nice
to get away from campus and enjoy
a laid back fall activity,” Caine said.
As students on campus celebrate
Halloween in different ways, it is
important to stay safe and enjoy the