We are soon entering my favourite season, fall. I know it’s a month away, but it’s my favourite season so I am doing this post now because autumn is the most beautiful season in my opinion. What I love best about autumn is the sunlight. There is something soft and romantic and peaceful about the sunlight in the fall, something that make me yearn and dream. I also love the cooler breeze, the still blue skies, and the smell of the leaves as they change and fall. Later, as the days get shorter and the trees are more bare, I love the ethereal feel of mystery that comes to the late afternoons. As if ghosts really might be lurking in the twilight. Oh, I so love the fall.
With the fall come new activities, new tastes and flavours, a change in outfits and I want to share with you the top ten things you should do in this mysterious, amazing and romantic season.
Go on a Hike/Walk
While the colours are changing and still on the trees, get out there with your bestie or SO and take a walk among all that beautiful fall foliage. Think about the photos opportunities! And I promise you, there is nothing so amazing as breathing in the crisp fall air.
Bonfire and Ghost Stories
The fall is spooky at times, the trees take on eeire shapes and the nights are longer than we are used from the summer time. It’s the perfect setting to gather some friends around a bonfire, roast some marshmellows and tell some spooky tales. I love ghost stories, and you had better believe I’ll be watching The Haunting of Hill House again this October before Netflix releases season two in February.
Guided Haunted House tour
Alternatively, you can always book a haunted house tour. I did one in Toronto years ago with friends, and while we never saw a ghost, the spooky tales and unique, old homes were certainly entertaining.
I feel like this the perfect fall weekend activity. The grapes are on the vines, the wines are fermenting in the oaken barrels (or aging I’m not sure which) and you can do some tasting of ice wine as well if you go late enough in the season. I certainly learned a lot about wine when I did one of these tours, and it was a lovely way to spend the day. Buy a bottle of red, and enjoy it snuggled up with your lovey, or over a nice meal with family.
Throw a Halloween Party
In my whole life, I had never been to a Halloween party until I was dating my husband. I was in my early thirties, and it was a lot of fun. We dressed up, headed over to his cousin’s who was hosting, had some drinks and then headed out on the scavenger hunt/ dare activity she had planned. We had to do things like find a certain grave in a spooky old cemetery, find six pennies (I guess pennies were being phased out at that time) and get a picture of us in front of the local Walmart all within a set time. I think we had two hours? It was a lot of fun and who says Halloween is just for kids anyway?
Learn to Knit/Crochet
Honestly, you can learn this at any time, but there is no time like learning in the fall in my opinion. On a lazy weekend, take out some big, squishy yarn and your hook or needles and sit down with Youtube or a knit/crochet blog. It’s rewarding, relaxing and just think of the new, cozy scarf you can make for the chillier fall days.
Learn to Bake
Pumpkin spice anyone? Why not take a weekend and start baking? Who wouldn’t love a warm slice of apple pie? Or some pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies. The fall possibilities are endless, and by Thanksgiving you might even be able to make a nice, fresh pumpkin pie for your family celebration.
Whether you’re taking cute pictures of the kiddies in a pumpkin patch, or taking more artsy photos of the fall colours and light, fall photography can be both breathtaking and fun. Plus, you’re outside enjoying the season. And your pictures will likely turn out amazing no matter how bad a photographer you usually are.
Make Your Own Fall Candles
During lockdown, my husband and I decided to get into candle making. We bought the stuff we needed from Amazon and made two candles. It wasn’t too expensive, or hard and we loved the idea of burning candles that were all natural (we used beeswax and essential oils) as well as spending time doing something we were both interested in together. Use essential oils like clove and orange to create more fall like aromas. Or, use cimmaon for another favourite scent.
Read a Spooky Book
Have you ever been in the middle of a horror novel, or other spooky novel and thought, dang I wish I was reading this around Halloween? Well, find a spooky read that’s right up your alley and plan to read it in the fall time. I recommend Amanda Stevens Graveyard Queen series. I honestly think that no matter what kind of books you like to read, that this spooky series is one anyone can get into.
There are so many things you can do in this amazing season. These are ideas I thought everyone could indulge in, and I hope some of them speak to you.
What fall activities are your favourites? Share in the comments below.