Celebrate fall the right way

Temperatures near the 90s are not ideal for a nice, autumn day especially for those who prefer fall above other seasons. Although the fall equinox technically started on Sept. 23, the summer swelter has yet to let up.

Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of things to do to get you into that autumn spirit. Check out these events before the season changes once again.

South Texas Maize is a huge corn maze located roughly 30 miles southwest of San Antonio. Each year the focus is on another impressive design imprinted on a large family farm cornfield. Adults and children alike will become delightfully baffled as they try to figure their way out of the cornfield’s labyrinth. There are lot of attractions for the whole family including hayrides through the pumpkin patch and a larger-than-life trampoline. There is more than enough entertainment to keep kids of any age satisfied. This event is currently open and will run until Nov. 27. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Typically practiced within communities of Mexican heritage, el Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a celebration that memorializes the dearly departed. It is usually celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 but San Antonio begins honoring this holiday at the beginning of October all the way until Nov. 12. The city will be filled with authentic Mexican food, fine arts and customary activities. Among these, local artist Rex Hausmann will exhibit a traditional Day of the Dead altar with a contemporary twist. Dance with the Dead is a costume ball hosted by the Institute of Texan Cultures taking place on Oct. 28. Prepaid tickets of $20 each or $25 at the door will get you into the ultimate 21 and up Halloween party.

San Antonio’s very own Oktoberfest begins on Friday, Oct. 7 at Beethoven Maennerchor Halle und Garten. The Beethoven Maennerchor is an organization with the mission of keeping German culture intact in Texas. Located in Southtown, the Beethoven Maennerchor Halle und Garten will incorporate music, dance and imported German beer to reproduce the traditional Deutschland festival. Take a bite out of Germany with common food staples such as bratwurst and potato pancakes. Festivities occur on Saturday, Oct. 8, Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15.

Not only will you rake up some fall fun with these seasonal ventures but you can also appreciate the simple pleasure that comes with autumn. Take a drive into the beautiful Texas Hill Country. If you have the time for a day trip, Lost Maples State Natural Area is a hidden place in Texas where the trees change colors.

Consider stopping by a pumpkin patch on your way home. Fill your dorm, apartment or home with scents of fall with candles or decorative diffusers. Spiced pumpkin and cinnamon are some great fragrances to warm up your home while hopefully anticipating colder weather.

For you Halloween fanatics out there, rent your favorite spooky movies from the UTSA library, for free. Play touch or tackle football with friends, or make some seasonal treats such as homemade caramel apples or sweet potato pie. Chili and various soups are also common in the autumn.