I honestly don’t remember the last time I went all out for Halloween or was so keen to attempt “fall themed” activities, however, since spending more time at home this year I am welcoming the new season with open arms. Having more time to get in the holiday spirit and a craving to do things I’ve been “too busy” to do the past few years, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of all things fall themed so that no matter your interest, you can get some inspiration as well. And even though many of us are opting to stay in for Halloween, I am still looking forward to bringing the autumny, spooky vibes (all season long). If you feel the same, here are a few categories you can get ideas from!
I don’t typically do much crafting, especially holiday related, but these seemed like such cool options if you enjoy DIY projects!
- Fall Paintings (The Spruce Crafts)
- Natural Fall Wreaths (BrenDid)
- DIY Leaf Crafts (Martha Stewart)
- Pumpkin Carving Ideas (HGTV)
- Other DIY Fall Crafts (Country Living)
Baking can be enjoyed any time of the year, but fall and winter seem to be the seasons to test new baked good recipes!
- Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies (Half Baked Harvest)
- Brown Butter Brownies (Rick Martinez)
- Fig and Dark Chocolate Chunk Walnut Cookies (Bake from Scratch)
- Beginner Bread Recipes (Tulhoma)
- Pumpkin Spice Granola (Tulhoma)
- Sunday Roast (Tulhoma)
- Warm & Cozy Fall Recipes (Tulhoma)
- Meatless Meals (Tulhoma)
- Butter Chicken (Tulhoma)
- Other fall recipes (Half Baked Harvest)
Make A Drink
A steaming cup of tea is great, but sometimes you just want to shake it up a bit.
- Voldemort’s Dark Serum (Half Baked Harvest)
- Nightmare on Bourbon Street (Half Baked Harvest)
- Pumpkin Spice White Russian (The Cookie Rookie)
- Homemade Apple Cider (Preppy Kitchen)
- Gingered Hot Cider (Kitchn)
- Sparkling Rosemary Limeade (Kitchn)
- Other drinks.. (Kitchn)
Make A Charcuterie Board
No matter how big or small, a snack plate is a yummy way to add some fall elements to your day! I don’t like to over complicate it or make it too fancy; I just throw whatever I have (meats, cheese, crackers, jam, dips, fruit & vegetables) on a plate and try to arrange it in a somewhat pleasant looking way.
- If you need some inspiration (The Baker Mama)
Read a Book
Alexys’ picks: Poems Bewitched and Haunted. A compilation of spooky poems. Perfect quick read for fall time!
A Discovery of Witches (if you prefer to listen) by Deborah Harkness. I loved this show and am looking forward to reading the books as well!
Taryn’s pick: Always Home (if you prefer to listen) by Fanny Singer. Simple, homey recipes plus nice stories of mother and daughter bonding in the kitchen
Bethany’s picks: Practical Magic (if you prefer to listen) by Alice Hoffman. If you’re already a fan of this classic movie, give the book a try as well!
The Whisper Man (if you prefer to listen) by Alex North. This book was good and creepy. I would love to see it made into a movie.
– Classics (Bustle)
– New releases (Refinery 29)
Light Fall Candles
If you haven’t already done so, this is the time of year to transition to fall scents. My post last week was about fun fall and winter fragrances (including candles and DIY room spray), but just lighting the candles you have, whether they are seasonal scents or not, can still make your space feel a bit more cozy!
Of course, it’s hard not to associate scary movies (or nostalgic movies) with an October must do. You probably already have a list of your favorites, but just in case you’re having trouble deciding, here are some lists to remind you of all the options, be it new or classic.
- Classics (Town and Country Mag)
- TV and Movies (Glamour)
Have Fun with Makeup and Costume
Even if you’re not dressing up to go out, it can still be fun to put on some halloween makeup and take fun pictures!
Go For a Walk Outside
If you can, going for a walk and enjoying the crisp fall air (or whatever the weather is where you live) can be a great activity! Another fun option is going for a drive and (safely) looking at the fall foliage or halloween decorations in your area!
Virtual Get Together with Friends
Again, even if you’re not planning on going out, this could be a great time to schedule a call or facetime with friends and/or family.
Fall Themed Instagram Accounts to Follow
Ok, so maybe Halloween themed activities aren’t your thing and you just want to have a casual night in. If you want to scroll through some fall themed photos, these are some of my favorites! Also, do you have any fall plans you’re looking forward to this year?