Fall is here and there’s no reason why we can’t all still enjoy our favorite seasonal activities. I get so excited this time of year because even though summer can be very fun, I can’t stand the heat. I don’t even live in a very hot climate (Western New York) and I am still completely intolerant of the high summer temperatures.
Fall is the best time of year because it starts getting cooler, the surrounding leaves change and create the most beautiful scenery and I can begin wearing my favorite sweaters and cozy blankets. Also, that means Halloween is coming. Enough said, right?
One unfortunate part of the fall season is that it seems to go by so quickly. Every year I feel like there is even less time between the last 80 degree summer day and the point when all the trees have lost their leaves and the snow arrives.
Knowing this, there is even more reason to get out now and do all of the best activities that can only be done during the fall season. Here are my absolute favorite things to do during autumn that are also safe and responsible right now.
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1. Go apple picking
This is probably the most common activity that I see others doing during the autumn season. What’s so great about it is that you get to spend lots of time outside enjoying the amazing weather while also doing something that will be practical and serve a good purpose later. Everyone loves going apple picking with friends or family and taking lots of pictures. I have to admit that the pictures are so cute and festive and it always seems like a good time.
Once you take your apples home, you can make a variety of yummy apple recipes to enjoy for days or even weeks to come. Since most apple orchards are pretty large, it is easy to keep a good distance from others while still getting out and having a fun. Make sure you have a good pair of boots to wear incase it gets cold or you walk through some rough terrain.
My all-time favorite boots ever are these Blundstones. I’ve had my pair for about 6 years and I wear them almost every day for 9 months of the year. They’ve been through winters in the northeast, walking hundreds of miles all across Europe, mud, rain, everything. They keep my feet constantly dry and comfortable. I don’t think there’s a single other product I would recommend as highly as these babies.
2. Go hiking
Another good reason to have some sturdy boots! The most notable aspect of the fall season is undoubtedly the changing leaves from green to bright shades of yellow, orange and red. What better way to experience the beautiful scenery than to take a nature hike? Head out to some of your favorite local spots or try a new trail you haven’t been to before.
I always feel like I don’t take advantage of or truly appreciate the beautiful foliage each year. It happens quick, and before you know it, all the leaves are gone. So don’t wait! Get out there now and enjoy it while it lasts.
3. Have a picnic
Either while hiking, or on its own, a picnic is a great way to distance yourself from others and still enjoy the outdoors. You can pack all of your favorite snacks and drinks and even your favorite person to share it with.
Make sure you take lots of pictures to capture the wonderful memories. Also, a thick blanket is a must in case there is no where to sit. Try this one from Amazon. Who knows, maybe this will even become an annual tradition for you!
4. Pick pumpkins
Another autumn staple. Everyone loves pumpkins for carving, decorating their home or eating. It can be so much fun to head out to a local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect one, rather than just grabbing one from the store.
Bring the whole family and pick your own pumpkins this year. Pro tip: be sure to have an idea in mind of what you will use the pumpkin for, so you can pick the best one. For example, if you’re carving it, have a design in mind so your pumpkin will be the perfect canvas for your masterpiece.
5. Carve jack o’lanterns
I must say, no matter how old I get, I will always want to carve pumpkins before Halloween. Thankfully, Jacob is such a good sport and does it with me.
Carving pumpkins is one of the oldest and most beloved fall traditions for American families. You can either buy a kit with a pattern book and all the necessary tools (like this one), or go rogue and use whatever you have at home to create your work of art. I love to get creative with this and see how it turns out!
6. Halloween movie marathon
Whether you’re a lover of all things horror or a bit of a scaredy cat like me, you can still have your very own Halloween movie marathon. There are plenty of non-scary Halloween movies to watch, like Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus.
Personally, I love having Harry Potter movie marathons in October. In my opinion, those movies just fit so well with this time of year. A rainy fall Saturday pairs perfectly with the series’ mysterious and eerie vibes, especially in the later movies. You can even spice things up and build a blanket fort in the living room and dress up in costumes to make it extra dark and spooky! Have fun with it and let your imagination flow.
7. Make your favorite pumpkin recipes
If you love pumpkin flavored everything, chances are fall is your favorite season. In recent years, stores have kind of gone overboard putting pumpkin spice in some places where it definitely doesn’t belong.
However, you can still make your favorite pumpkin pie recipe without going too crazy. This is a great activity to do with kids or just on your own to feel festive. You can go the extra mile and make your own pumpkin puree or just buy a can at the store. Either way, it’s going to be delicious!
8. Tailgate at home
Football season is a very special time of year for Americans and tailgating is a huge part of that. This year, things are obviously different and most teams aren’t allowing fans at games. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun, though. Have your own tailgate at home!
Invite your close friends or family and have a cookout with corn hole or whatever games you like. Then you can all watch that game together and just pretend that you’re actually there. It won’t be exactly the same, but it’ll hold you over until next year!