Yesterday was officially the first day of autumn and I am so excited for the season!
There’s something about fall that has always been soothing to me. I’m not sure if it’s the return of cozy sweaters and warm beverages, or if it’s the lead-up to some of our most fun holidays, but there’s something about it. One of my favorite ways to usher in the season is to buy myself some great-smelling fall candles and fill the house with harvest decorations. I’m talking lots of pumpkin-themed bobbles. (No shame.)
If you’re looking for some fun fall traditions to try this year, I’ve made a list below using some of my family’s own autumn traditions, organized by the ideal month for doing them.
I hope you enjoy the season and have fun!
Go apple picking! Most apple varieties are coming into their peak in September, especially toward the end of the month. Grab your family or some friends and head to your local orchard, where you can pick a peck of apples to take home for pies or eating.
Check out a winery. Winery-hopping is usually thought of as a summer activity but I actually prefer early fall, when it’s a bit nicer to be outside.
Tailgate! Football and tailgating is a big fall sports tradition. It can take a lot of work but if you like football and food, it’s the thing to do.
Go to a pumpkin patch or a corn maze. Most farms that have pumpkins also have corn mazes, so you’re in luck. Picking out your own pumpkin to carve is lots of fun, and getting lost in a corn maze is maybe not so fun, but still tradition.
Maybe check out a haunted house if that’s your thing? I know scary stuff isn’t for everyone, but if you like a bit of a thrill it’s worth doing at least once. I think the worst haunted house I ever went to was this huge one in a warehouse that my aunt took me to when I was maybe 15. It was terrifying but I was so proud of myself for getting through it.
Check out a brewery. Yes! Beer-tasting is a mellow alternative to a spooky house. There’s beer, friends, possibly some snacks….very chill.
Last call for camping! Depending on where you live, this is usually the last solid month for going camping.
Host Thanksgiving If you’re a brave soul, host your own Thanksgiving for your family and/or friends. I did this last year and I was so dang proud of myself for pulling it off. However, if you’re not ready for that just yet, simply going to somebody else’s place for the meal is just as nice. Just be sure to offer to bring something!
Time to decorate!! Everyone has different views on when it’s appropriate to start decorating for the holidays. I’ve always preferred to start right after Thanksgiving. That way, I at least get a full month of having my Christmas decorations up.
Go see lights somewhere. Most areas have a park that gets decked out in holiday lights. Or, you can always just drive around the fanciest neighborhood in your city.
Go cut your own tree. If you’re inclined to have a Christmas tree, it is so much fun to go to a tree farm and cut your own.
Send out holiday cards to family and other loved ones.
If it snows, go sledding! It’s fun! Plus, it’s a good excuse to come in after and snuggle up with some pajamas and some hot cocoa.
Do you have any of your own fall traditions? Let me know what they are in the comments!