Do you feel it?
Fall is in the air.
Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and everything is pumpkin flavored.
Fall is my favorite time of the year. This may or may not have a little something to do with my birthday being in October… But the start of fall means the best is coming.
Apple picking, cider drinking, hayrides, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and football (just to name a few fall traditions).
But below I’ve listed five of my favorite things to do in the fall:
There was nothing more exciting as a kid than a field trip to the pumpkin patch. Am i right? You can do SO many things with pumpkins. You can paint them, decorate them, carve them, roast the seeds, or just use them for decor.
My personal favorite is carving them. Do you have a favorite carving of your own? Share it with me! Just tag me on Twitter @CourtneyDunk_ (twitter.com/CourtneyDunk_).
Here’s a fun idea. Grab a picture on the internet. Print it out and tape it to your pumpkin. Then use a toothpick to puncture the skin of the pumpkin along the outline of your photo. Take your picture off, then follow the lines to score or carve your pumpkin. It’s easy!
I am a SUCKER for scary movies. Real, fake, based on a true story…you name it – I’ll watch it.These are always more fun to watch in the fall. It’s darker earlier, colder outside, and there is a different smell in the air. It just works out.
If scary movies aren’t your thing, may I suggest Disney Channel or Freeform (aka ABC Family)? I’m not sure what the current Disney Channel has for Halloween movies, but back in the early 2000’s those movies were EVERYTHING. I also know Freeform will play some of these movies this season, you just have to keep your eyes open! For those of you who like Hocus Pocus (ahem, ME!) it will be on Freeform eight of those 13 nights. Set your DVR now.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sports. I grew up around sports, both me playing them and my parents coaching them. Football just seems to be a favorite. You get college football on Saturday, NFL on Sunday, Monday AND Thursday… like, what more could you ask for?
Whether you’re going to football games, tailgating, watching the game from the comfort of your own home, or listening to the game on the radio – it’s a great way to spend time with your friends.
Nothing is better than Colts game day cookouts at my friend’s house. Everyone brings a dish (appetizer-type treats) and their own drinks. We play corn hole (or bags…if that’s what you prefer), throw the football around, and if it’s cold we have a fire. Oh, and we all watch the game together!
Pumpkin-flavored everything. Need I say more? Okay but really, a PSL (aka Pumpkin Spiced Latte) is the best sign of fall finally being here. It may not be my go-to drink at Starbucks but I’ll have a few while they are available.
Also, warm apple cider is pretty delicious. I was never a fan until I had bronchitis, laryngitis and pharyngitis one year and my boyfriend’s mom gave me some to drink. Not only did it feel good on my throat, but it tasted AMAZING. So thank you, to my now “ex” boyfriend’s mom, for introducing me to this.
When I was younger, I LOVED playing in the freshly fallen leaves. We used to buy these garbage bag scarecrows and fill them with leaves. Back then I thought it was the coolest thing ever. There was also a girl who lived in our court that would come over and jump in the piles we raked together.
Last year I spent a fair amount of time at my brother’s house and usually told my nephew ‘no’ when he would ask me to play in the leaves with him. I finally gave in one day (because who can say no to their super-cute nephew) and we played in the leaves. We would throw things in one pile and race to see who could find it first. He would fall into the leaves while I took a slow-mo SNAP video because that’s what he wanted (and yes, he knows what snapchat is!).
I forgot how fun it was to just enjoy the little things, like playing in the leaves. I’m thankful for my nephew because he helps me look at things in a different light. So go out there, jump in a pile of leaves, and be a kid again.
These are just a few of my favorite things to do in the fall…and trust me, the list could go on forever. If you have anything you like to do or that your family does as a tradition, please share it with me! I would love to hear what you guys have to say. (@CourtneyDunk_ on Twitter)
So relish the season. Grab your PSL, pick a pumpkin, gather ’round a bonfire, watch some football, and discover a new creepy movie to watch. FALL IS HERE.
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