Oh, fall. I’ll be honest, I love winter more…BUT I’M STILL OBSESSED WITH AUTUMN. If you’re not basic and aren’t a fan of fall, then get ready…you’re about to be.
Fall and winter are the most magical times of the year. The holidays are around the corner and there are a lot of seasonal traditions to partake in. So much to do, so little time! But sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in our daily routines and skimp on the fall activities. If you wanna feel the fall magic though, you’re gonna have to set aside time to do some fall things.
We all know I’m a huge believer in traditions. Especially seasonal ones. There are things I need to do every time fall rolls around to get in the spirit. I don’t want autumn to pass by without really appreciating it. Plus, it gives me something to look forward to when I get to deviate from my regular routine and opt for some festive activities.
Because I want YOU to make the most of this fabulous season, I’ve put together a list of 21 things you need to get/do to make the most of your fall. There’s really nothing revolutionary about this, but I always think it’s nice to have a little to-do list in one place, don’t you think?
- Switch up your wardrobe. I live in flannels during autumn. It’s also time to bust out the boots and turtlenecks. My turtleneck obsession is very real. So chic. I don’t care where you live – you can autumn-ize your wardrobe. You don’t have to be psycho like me and wear a turtleneck in 85 degree weather, but how about pairing your flannel with a tank and shorts? If it’s cold where you live, you’ll have no problem with this. Bring on the sweaters, scarves, and boots.
- Bake something, preferably pumpkin flavored. Obviously I’ve been on a pumpkin kick lately, and that will last until the end of November. Potentially longer. There are a MILLION amazing pumpkin recipes on the Internet. How about my Chai Banana Pumpkin Bread?! (Shameless plug.) Or Pumpkin Cookies… will be up soon! Or the classic pumpkin pie. Is it really fall without a pumpkin pie? Turn on the tunes and have a baking party alone or with your friends. It tastes better when you make it yourself, I promise. Apple crisp is another one of my fall faves.
- TEA TIME. There’s no better time of year to cozy up with a mug of tea. If you still wanna stick with the pumpkin theme, I’m all about the Pumpkin Spice Rooibos from Trader Joe’s or Spiced Pumpkin from David’s Tea. My all-time favorite fall tea, though, is Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea. IT’S TO DIE FOR. Tea time also includes lattes – but please skip out on the Starbucks. Full of nasty stuff. Make an at-home Pumpkin Spice Latte or Chai Latte! So fall. Annie Lawless posted this recipe for a healthier PSL awhile back (it’s gluten-free and vegan), and I love it.
- Play with your makeup. For me, fall is all about a darker lip and golden tones on my eyes. Faves right now are Bite Beauty’s Nori and Beautycounter’s Currant.
- Visit a pumpkin patch. Could you guess this was coming? Even if you don’t get a pumpkin, it’s still fun to walk around and maybe take some pictures. Or a lot of pictures. I would definitely recommend getting some pumpkins though. The small ones are perfect for decor, and they’re usually only $1!
- Add some fall decor to your living space! If you don’t have much cash, a few cheap, tiny pumpkins will do. If you do have some spare money, it’s fun to switch out some pillows, buy a few candles, get a wreath, grab some faux leaves to toss about, get some festive flowers… anything!
- Decorate a pumpkin! You don’t have to go all out and carve it – but if you’re down for that, GO FOR IT. I’m way too lazy to actually carve a pumpkin, so I like to stick with paint, markers, and glitter. Check out Pinterest for cute ideas! It’s the perfect fall decor. There’s no better way to bring out your inner creative child than arts and crafts.
- Change the background on your phone and your computer to reflect the season. (Mine is fall leaves.) BOOM.
- Going back to food, load up on pumpkin-flavored everything. Trader Joe’s really shines at this time of year. Their pumpkin-flavored items aren’t the healthiest, so remember moderation. But it’s really a gold mine over there.
- Light up your fall candles! Soooo we all know I went a little crazy in the candle department this year, but it was so worth it. If you don’t want to invest in fall decor, candles are the perfect compromise. They’re cute and they smell amazing. Nothing will give you those fall vibes more than a yummy smelling candle. Some of my top Bath & Body Works picks are Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Pumpkin Swirl, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Leaves, Autumn, and Marshmallow Fireside.
- Plan something fun to do on Halloween! This might include trick-or-treating, going to a Halloween party, or being a grandma like me and staying in to watch a movie and eat dessert!
- Visit a Haunted House if there’s one nearby. These will never stop scaring the shit out of me.
- If possible, go to a theme park. Theme parks at this time of year are ON POINT. I’ll be going to Disneyland to see the huge Jack-O-Lantern, because that thing makes my heart sing. Universal Studios, Great America, Six Flags, and pretty much every other theme park are also decked out for the season right now.
- Go to a Halloween store. Even if you’re not going to dress up for Halloween, October just doesn’t feel the same without going to a Halloween store and looking at all of the ridiculous costumes and creepy decorations.
- Watch some fall movies. What are fall movies? Don’t really know. I know Halloween movies definitely count, though. Movies on my list for October include Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Twilight, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Practical Magic, Harry Potter, The Tower of Terror, Twitches, Under Wraps, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I also always love to watch When Harry Met Sally in the fall, mostly because the DVD cover has a ton of orange leaves on it.
- Make a fall playlist. Of whatever music feels like fall to you. For me, that’s usually a lot of Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay….If making a playlist feels like too much work, mooch off of someone else’s. I’m obsessed with Kalyn Nicholson’s fall playlist.
- Get Thanksgiving-ready. Plan a menu if you’re hosting Thanksgiving. Plan a Friendsgiving with your friends! I do this almost every year, and it’s my favorite. Make it potluck style if you don’t wanna get too crazy in the kitchen.
- Walk through a huge pile of orange leaves. Simple, but so satisfying.
- Go to a corn maze. When I get to do this, I GET SO EXCITED. I know sometimes they’re hard to find, but if there’s one near you, PLEASE GO. It’s an unreal experience.
- Reconnect with your family and friends. I’m not sure why, but fall is the perfect time to reach out to people who you might’ve lost touch with in the past few months. Maybe you can plan a little get together come Christmastime? It’s a good time to reach out because it’s right before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, and there’s nothing more appropriate for Thanksgiving than givin’ some love to people you care about.
- Cozy up by the fire with some tea, a good book, and a blanket. It’s the little things. Take some time to relax and soak up the gray skies. They’re beautiful.
What’s your favorite fall activity? I’d love to hear! XO