You know the feeling. It’s nearing the end of summer, the leaves are starting to change, and as soon as the temperature starts dropping you get that immediate urge to devour, drink, and inhale anything that has the word pumpkin in it. You dig through your entire closet to bring forth the sweaters, flannels, and boots that have been hibernating all summer. You spend endless amounts of hours sitting on the couch watching Hocus Pocus on repeat. We have taken the time to each create lists of our top 10 favorite things to do in the fall to help get you excited for the change of season!
The 10 best things to do in the Fall (according to Chelsea):
Break out your comfiest clothes – I’m talking oversized sweaters, soft leggings, thick wool socks, cozy scarves, flannels – the whole nine yards.
Take a hike in the woods- Enjoy the brilliant colors of the leaves. Be sure to take tons of pics to post on Instagram later!
Have a bonfire – One of our favorite fall activities on the ranch! There’s nothing quite like cozying up with a few soft blankets and some great friends in the crisp air of autumn nights.
Bake some delicious fall treats – pumpkin bars, apple pies, sugar cookies, brown butter spice cake, etc. Let your inner fat kid free!
Light your favorite fall scented candles – If you didn’t know this already, your sense of smell can bring back the strongest memories, so light a few autumn scented candles and let them take you back to falls of yesteryear.
Go to an apple orchard and/or pumpkin patch – A fall classic: pick your own apples/pumpkins and truly enjoy the fruit of your labor.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES – Need I say more? But honestly, coffee and tea just taste so much better when the temperature drops, it’s like some kind of fall magic.
Attend or host a Halloween costume party – I know it’s a lot to ask, but let’s try to keep it classy college girls….
Enjoy a steaming mug of mulled wine or a hot toddy – Not much can beat curling up with a good read and a warm libation on a cool fall evening.
Watch Halloween movies with pals – whether you are a scary movie fanatic and enjoy classic thrillers like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, or a lover of more mild Halloween themed movies like Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown, Halloween movies are a MUST.
The 10 best things to do in the Fall (according to Kami):
COFFEE – Let’s be honest. Fall does not start on September 23rd, it starts the moment Starbucks announces Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in business. Your main reason to stumble out of bed on a chilly fall morning is just knowing you’ll be consuming a warm, delicious, spiced, completely satisfying coffee in a matter of minutes.
BAGGY SWEATERS AND FLANNEL – Goodbye shorts hello anything that consumes my body in a layer of warm cozy fabric goodness. If I look like I’m just wearing my bed comforter, I’ve succeeded in my fall fashion. Giant sweaters and leggings are like making what you slept in publicly acceptable. Flannel is also a staple for colder weather and is the perfect tool for layering. Getting too warm? Tie it around your waist, throw on a beanie, and break out your cool refreshing almond milk/organic/non-GMO/spinach/kale/beet/ginger root/tree bark refreshment you hipster you.
DESSERTS – Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner. Save the sugar detox for January and dive into every delectable, sweet, satisfying, yummy goodness you can find. I’m talking about cookies, pumpkin bread, hot out of the oven apple pie, oversized cinnamon rolls, caramel apples, Rice Krispie treats, buttermilk spice muffins. Literally anything that has the word butter, caramel, and spice should be incorporated into every meal decision for the next 3 months.
MOVIES – That’s right, ABC Family is back at it with the 13 days of Halloween and the only thing you should be doing is posting up with a cup of tea and a roaring fire in front of your TV screen. No 90’s kid can skip a fall season without watching the classics like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Casper, The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of course no movie day would be complete without a Harry Potter Marathon.
OUTDOORS – Take your flannel, your favorite fall playlist, and a group of your closest buddies and gather around a roaring bonfire. Fail miserably at making the perfect s’more or just play musical chairs as you try to escape the smoke that seems to follow you around the campfire attempting to dry your eyeballs out of their sockets. Either way, just enjoy being surrounded by good friends, the great outdoors, and the sweet aromas of fall.
CANDLES – Don’t have a fireplace? No worries. Go to your local Bed, Bath, and Beyond and pick up every scented fall candle they have. You can even purchase a Woodwick candle which sounds like a crackling fire as it burns! Turn your house into a Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon Glazed, Log Burning melting pot of sweet autumn aromas.
BOOTS – Where’s all your money going? DSW, probably. Or any other site having a 25% off sale on fall boots. What else would you wear with sweaters and leggings? Slip on a pair of fall boots and feel like a fashionable extremely less wealthy version of Taylor Swift.
DECORATIONS – Fall decorations make me feel like I’m 7 years old again. You can’t go to your local grocery store and just walk past the perfect orange glowing pumpkins sitting out in front without picking up at least 5 to take home with you. Don’t even get me started on fake corn and squash. Throw that crap on every table in your house to turn your living space into an autumn wonderland.
SOUP – “It’s cold outside, I don’t want any chicken noodle soup” – said no one ever. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich for every meal? Yes please. You can’t go wrong with soup and to continue with the laziness of fall, it’s usually the easiest, cheapest, quickest meal to concoct.
FOOTBALL – No I’m not the biggest football fan in the world. But there’s something about sitting around the tube after Thanksgiving Dinner and watching the game that is a tradition that can’t be broken. Relatives yelling, throwing their beer cans at the screen, being severely disappointed when their team doesn’t win is an experience that fills any holiday season with joy and togetherness. Not to mention the flag football tournament no fall season would be complete without.
All in all, we can agree that the best thing about the fall is having an excuse to slow down from the crazy, hectic pace that our lives all move at and be near to friends and family once again. It also allows us time to mentally and physically prepare for winter and bone numbing cold that winter carries with it.
A change of season is upon us!
Try to keep up.
- In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connected.”