By Julie Fink
There is something enchanting about the crunch of amber leaves beneath our feet, cozy nights under thick covers and pumpkin… well, everything pumpkin. Just as the air turns brisk, the autumn winds of change come in and prepare us for a new season in our lives, and we embrace it. With a little help from the good folks at Starbucks and their scrumptious Pumpkin Spice latte, we are officially ready to burrow in for snuggle season!
To celebrate this magical season, we've listed some of the things we can't wait to do this Fall. Here is a fun fall-time checklist including healthy activities, fashion trends and must-do bucket list items that suit the season. Check out our Fall Bucket List below:
Goodbye flip flops, hello boots! Fall is the most exciting season to shop for, hands down. This includes chunky sweaters, jackets, boots, jeans, leggings, cozy fingerless cloves (for texting purposes), and scarves – scarves – scarves. And while fall fashion is fun, littered with color, textures and layers, try not to burn a hole in the good ole’ pocket book. Thanks to Cosmo’s list of Fall Fashion Trends 2017, from what I can gather from Michael Kors, it entails lots of fringe.
Grab a Pick-Up Game of Football Men, unite! Its fall ball and no one is happier than the American male population. One way to stay active this fall season is to join a pick up league and burn some calories on the field. This is also a great way to get the ladies involved too (pending their athletic abilities, of course, wink, wink!) Flag football is fun, fast, and energizing, not to mention a good way to socialize and meet new people. So, do your body some good, lay down the tailgating beer hats and grab a pick-up game of football instead!
Scary Movie Night
In the true spirit of Halloween, if you aren’t trying to terrorize yourselves by screening an absolutely absurd horror flick, you are un-American. I personally still have nightmares of the IT clown, named Pennywise, and which I deeply regret watching as a ten year old - might I say peer pressure was involved. You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to watch the reboot regardless of the fact it blew open the box office just a few weeks ago. After I find my safe space, I will provide you with a full list of the best horror movies to watch on a dark, cold night (IMDB).
For those who are particularly fond of psychological thrillers, Ranker did an excellent job providing a list created by actual voting moviegoers and film buffs. Here is the The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time.
If you really want to get the full effect and scare the boogers out of yourselves, I suggest watching Stephen Kings’ Children of the Corn followed by a trip to a haunted corn maze.
Avoid the Common Cold
Along with the cold air comes the sniffles, but with these essential oils in your back pocket, you’ll be one step ahead of the game. Thieves Oil is a blend of essential oils including Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. It helps support our immune system and good health. R.C. Blend Oil contains powerful therapeutic-grade essential oils that are invigorating when applied, especially to the chest and throat area. R.C. is a wonderful blend to diffuse during colder and chillier nights. These immune boosting essential oils are a must have pantry item for the fall season.
Warning! I am about to go Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on this list: pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin ale, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew, pumpkin chowder, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin fritters, pumpkin hummus, pumpkin risotto, and well, there’s more…
Wouldn’t you know, pumpkin spiced Cheerios exists along with pumpkin pie M&M’s, 365 Wholefoods brand create pumpkin pie ice cream sandwiches, and Philadelphia even came out with pumpkin spice cream cheese. Geniuses.
Reset Your DVR
Fall Primetime Television returns and you know what that means? TGIT and much more: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, black-ish, Modern Family, Blue Bloods, Dancing with the Stars, Law&Order: SVU, NCIS, Once Upon a Time, I can go on for days, basically. Here’s the complete list of season premiers and their dates and times (includes web based series as well!):
And if you are looking for the newest, hottest shows this fall, Harper’s Bazaare came up with the ultimate must-see list (includes Hulu, Amazon, HBO & primetime programming):
Gobble up some Halloween Candy
Watch the World Series!
Watch Hocus Pocus and/or Practical Magic
Make a list of your favorite podcasts (The Front Porch People)
Visit a street fair or antique show
Hit up a pumpkin patch or apple orchard
Buy a cinnamon scented candle
Attend a Halloween costume party (Check out our blog for costume ideas!)
Cozy up to a fire
Buy the orange stuffed Halloween Oreos
Go to a Haunted House
Go on a hayride or visit a corn maze
Have a chili cook-off with your neighbors, friends or family
Create a fall playlist (Billboard)
Eat a candy or caramel apple
Apple infused Bourbon!
Bring blankets to the homeless
Make a batch of hot apple cider using a mulling mix
Wear dark nail polish
Create a fall reading list (Popsugar)
Decorate your front doorstep/porch with fall flair
Break out the crock pot for a nice, sultry stew
Carve a pumpkin
Bake a homemade apple pie
Take a fall foliage drive through the countryside
Knit a fall scarf
… Rock on with your fall selves!
Photo Credit: Hero Image by Chris Lawton