By Isabelle Perello |

While Waco weather may not indicate it yet, fall has officially begun. Fall is my absolute favorite season, so I’m definitely looking forward to sweater weather, seasonal coffee drinks and pumpkin-spiced everything. To help others celebrate fall, I’ve made a list of five things to do in Waco to properly get into the spirit. 

  1. Go to a local pumpkin patch

Pumpkins are the unofficial symbol of all things fall-related. We have pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin-scented candles, and, of course, pumpkin spiced lattes. So what better way to start fall then to go to a pumpkin patch? Every year in Waco, Central Christian Church hosts their own pumpkin patch. The funds acquired from these pumpkin patches go on to fund future youth community projects. You can get little pumpkins to decorate your front porch, bigger pumpkins to carve jack-o-lanterns, or even try the daunting task of making pumpkin pie from scratch. Either way, you are sure to have a great time and get some good photo opportunities in the mix. 

  1. Go to Magnolia’s annual Silobration

A Waco tradition, Magnolia Market is set to host its fifth annual Silobration festival on the weekend of October 17. This year, there will be over 40 artistic vendors and food trucks involved in the event, as well as concerts and a Ferris wheel! This is a tradition that I have yet to experience, but I’m excited to finally be able to attend. 

  1. Try out some seasonal drinks

Hopefully, it will be getting colder soon, which means it’s a little more socially acceptable to get hot coffee drinks. For me, that means trying every seasonal drink I can get my hands on! Common Grounds is a Waco gem and their seasonal drink menu never ceases to amaze me. My personal recommendation is the Flaming Idiot, which is a cinnamon vanilla latte. Or there’s always the classic go-to, a Pumpkin Spice latte. Either way, make sure to to indulge your caffeine addiction in a seasonal way.

  1. Attend events all over campus

Baylor campus tends to get extra festive during fall with plenty of events and activities for students to participate in. From All-University Thanksgiving (who doesn’t love free holiday food?) and Fiji’s annual Fright Night held on Fountain Mall, you are sure to find a bunch of fall-related activities to get in the seasonal spirit!

  1. Have a Fall Picnic

When the weather gets cool enough to where you can stand being outside for more than an hour, think about having a fall picnic! Cameron Park is the perfect place to have a little spread of all your favorite fall drinks and recipes you have been dying to try out. Gather your friends, have everyone bring something potluck-style, and enjoy the sweater weather with good food and good company!