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If you haven’t been able to tell by now.. lists are kind of my thing. I’ve done a pre-baby bucket list which is slowly but surely getting checked off and a couples summer bucket list. You know what comes next… FALL!
Fall is my favorite season ever. I lived in Arizona for 4 years and missed seasons greatly. I now take full advantage of fall and everything that comes along with it. Am I a basic white girl when it comes to fall? You betcha.
Pumpkin spice everything? Yep. Fuzzy sweaters? When it’s not 90 degrees out, hell yes! Tailgating? Why not?
It’s already the end of September so help me come up with a fall bucket list and what I still need to check off!
First up, decorate for fall!
I’ve already started a little but with it still being in the high 80s here, I am waiting until I can open up the windows, light a candle and feel the crisp air while decorating. I hope that happens soon!
Next? Go to a football game! And don’t forget about tailgating!
We are actually going this weekend to a Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns tailgate and game hosted by the firefighter union and I can’t wait! Don’t forget all your classic tailgating foods and games!
Go to a pumpkin patch
Last year we were so busy with wedding planning, we never got a chance to do this but you bet I am making sure it is happening this year!
Carve a pumpkin
Now that you went to the pumpkin patch (I’m assuming a pumpkin was bought), don’t forget to carve it! I honestly can’t tell you the last time I did this but again, I plan on doing it this year. I am so excited to be back in the Midwest for fall!
Go to an orchard and pick apples
Often a pumpkin patch will be at an orchard so you can knock out two birds with one stone here. I love getting apple cider and cinnamon sugar doughnuts from the apple orchard!
Make caramel apples
Now that you have your hand picked apples (or store bought, whatever) make something out of them! I love making caramel apples. They are super easy and you can add whatever toppings you want when you make them yourself.
Bake a pie
Another option for those apples is making a pie. I made one from scratch last year and it was seriously the best pie I’ve ever had in my life. Do it. You won’t regret the 3 hours you spent making it. Actually, it won’t take you 3 hours.. that’s just me!
Learn a hearty new recipe – Chili, Stew, or Soup!
Crockpot meals are great in the fall. I love having it simmer all day and the house smelling delicious. I’m pretty sure I have at least 100 fall soup and chili recipes saved on my Pinterest boards!
Get lost in a corn maze
In high school my girl friends and I would do a corn maze every fall and I would love to start this tradition again! Think my husband would be up for it?!
Go to a fall festival
I am quite sure almost every town has one – look it up in your local paper, on facebook events, or my favorite, Google. They will really get you in the spirit for some fall fun!
Visit a haunted house
These usually open around this time and start getting busier as it gets closer to Halloween, so now is the perfect time to go. I’ve personally never been a fan of haunted houses but I do still go to them for the typical fall traditions!
Cuddle up on the couch and watch scary movies
Don’t feel like going to a haunted house? I don’t blame you! Check your local listings, RedBox, Netflix, etc. for some scary movies. If you get too scared, you have the option of turning it off… unlike a haunted house!
Have a bonfire
Before it gets too cold and snow starts to fall, warm up by a fire and roast some s’mores or hot dogs with your friends. I love sitting by a bonfire with a cold beer and just chatting with friends.
Pass out Halloween candy
Last year was my first year I’ve gotten to do this as an adult and I loved it! From the time I was 8 to 18, I lived in the middle of nowhere so there were no trick or treaters.. then off to college and then single life and living in apartments and condos – also no trick or treaters!
If you have the option to pass out candy or even go to a friends house and hang out with them, I highly recommend it! The kids are SO cute!
Spend time with family/friends on Thanksgiving
Fast forward to end of November… don’t forget to make plans with your friends and family. Have a friendsgiving if you aren’t near any family. This year, we are going up north to my parents for a few days to spend some time with them!
What else is on your list to do this fall?