It’s been a chilly weekend where I live and I can’t help but feel excited because it’s finally fall (sort of)!! The pumpkins are slowly bringing brought out and I’ve already had my fair share of pumpkin spice everything. As we slowly bring out our cozy sweaters and fuzzy socks, it’s time to make our fall bucket list! It’s no secret that fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year. It brings me more joy than you can possibly understand to bring you my fall bucket list!
Halloween Costume Window Shopping (and coffee)
This is one of the weirdest, yet most fun dates Jon and I have ever done. Last year, I insisted we go and look at every Halloween shop within a 10-minute drive (where I live, there’s about 4-6) and pop into Starbucks beforehand. We laughed (I cried… I hate scary things) and drank fall coffees on a crisp, autumn evening. Grab your best friend, sibling, or significant other. It’s one of the cheapest and easiest things to do during the fall that’s bound to put you in the Halloween spirit.
I haven’t actually gone to a pumpkin patch in years. I usually am able to find some pumpkins wherever I go apple picking. I have provided some great pumpkin patches within an hour of where I live and you can almost always find a pumpkin patch wherever you live in the U.S.!
I think of every fall tradition, this one is my favorite. My family goes apple picking every single year and we also tend to pick up some apple cider, pumpkins, and gourds along the way. My favorite place to pick apples is Evan’s Orchard in Georgetown, Ky. They have apple cider donuts, popsicles, and turnovers. They even have a lunch if you plan on staying there away. It’s massive and absolutely gorgeous. I have provided some other great apple orchards but, again, you can usually find plenty in the mid-west and east of the U.S.!
Harry Potter Fest
While I have already managed to do this with my family before fall even began, the fall and Christmastime are my favorite times to hunker down and watch as many Harry Potter movies as I can. My family also loves to play Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit and Harry Potter Clue with some fresh, homemade butterbeer. Basically, we throw a mini Harry Potter party and its the best. I mean, how can you not celebrate Halloween without the Sorcerer’s Stone?
There is absolutely nothing like a chilly fall night with some s’mores, a fire, and your closest friends. Having a bonfire is the perfect way to celebrate autumn. If you don’t have a firepit? Here is a great way to still enjoy some s’mores.
Hayride and/or Corn Maze
What’s more fall than walking through a corn maze or riding on a tractor filled with hay? While these are very stereotypical fall activities, I often have a hard time finding a corn maze. Typically any fall festival occurring at a farm has some so I’ve provided some local farms that do a great job!
Baking, Baking, and More Baking
While I am usually taste testing my mom’s baking, I decided that this is the year I finally get the flour out for myself! I love the process of baking, I just never find it in myself to do it. This is the year I finally roll out the pumpkin pecan cookies and the pumpkin dot cake and who knows… maybe I will even try some cheesecake (or maybe just eat it)??
This is something my family does all year long, no matter what. But there is something so warm and fuzzy about playing board games with my family with pumpkin candles and warm apple cider. This is always a must, no matter what the season! My family’s favorite games are:
- The Chameleon
- Harry Potter Clue (regular Clue is good too)
- Secret Hitler
- Apples to Apples
- Exploding Kittens
Friday Night Lights
I haven’t been to an actual football game in two years, but this year I am promising myself to go to one of my old high school’s games. Even though I am not a big fan of the sport, there is something so special about going to a game or even watching a Bengals game on a Sunday with a bowl of chili… pure paradise.
Take A Drive (with coffee)
This is a Pinterest idea and something I’ve never done before. How amazing would a crisp November drive be with a good latte? Take the scenic route with a favorite person and watch the leaves turn with a fresh cuppa in hand.
Go on a Hike
Hikes in October are my favorite kind of hikes. Feeling the leaves crunching under your feet and the soft breeze in your hair is magical. God’s creation is more beautiful than ever this time of year. I love going to a local area called Rabbit Hash to hike. They have pretty simple trails, a super cute general store, and plenty of benches to take a break and have a hiking essential: PB & J.
Host/Attend a Halloween Party
This may not be an every year thing, but it’s so much fun to go to a Halloween chili cook-off or party (even if it’s just your family). There’s something so fun about making mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped in croissant) or cauldron punch that just puts you in a spooky spirit. Even if it’s just a couple friends, it’s so much fun to celebrate the middle of fall.
Host/Attend a Friendsgiving
Now, if my girl friends are doing a Friendsgiving, there will be tacos. No doubt about it. It’s so fun and special to set aside a busy night in November to cook together and remind one another why you are so thankful for friends that feels more like family. Bring some mac and cheese or some chips and salsa, or maybe even just get a pizza. It doesn’t matter so much as to what is there, but who is there with you.
How in the world can you possibly go through October without carving even a teeny pumpkin? Turn on Stranger Things, roast some pumpkin seeds and carve anything from an elaborate face of Eleven or a typical jack-o-lantern.
Watch Hocus Pocus (or anything Halloween movie)
I do not like scary things… at all. Hence why I didn’t put “walk through a haunted house” on my bucket list. However, Hocus Pocus is arguably the greatest Halloween movie of all time and I have been watching it every year since middle school. Even if I don’t watch it before Halloween, I will watch it on November 1st. There is truly nothing like those classic Disney Channel movies.
I hope you all enjoyed this year’s fall bucket list! I provided a fall print-out so you can tape it to your fridge and check off all the fun, autumn things you did this year! I can’t wait to see them all. Have a happy fall of 2018!
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