It's no secret, since I tweet and post about it all the time, that this is my favorite time of the year. I'm practically singing in the streets about it. It seems like everyone is, but maybe that is just because I read more blogs than I used to. All I'm going to say is I preferred fall and winter over summer like some kind of weirdo way before it was cool. October officially begins what I consider the first phase of the best half of the year, the crisp fall weather/Halloween/Thanksgiving phase before it turns into a winter wonderland/Christmas extravaganza. Everything has to do with witches and vampires, the turning leaves, pumpkins and apples, sweaters and boots. There are a lot of things I want to do before the season passes me by - it always seems to come and go too quickly - to really make the most of it. So I've come up with a fall to do list, something I've seen around the web on different blogs which inspired me to do my own.
- Go apple picking, drink as much apple cider as possible, and if not bake, then at least eat, an apple pie.
- Go pumpkin picking and decorate and carve pumpkins. I technically already did this with my sister, Amber, over the weekend, but unfortunately she didn't help much. I'm sure this won't be my last chance to decorate and carve pumpkins this season though. Speaking of pumpkins, I will be drinking many pumpkin flavored drinks and eating a lot of pumpkin flavored treats - pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cupcakes (with cream cheese frosting, of course), swapping out banana bread for pumpkin bread, and pumpkin pie.
- I love soup during this time of the year, but I'm very particular about my soups - just ask my mother. I think I'd actually like to try to tackle cooking some of the recipes that have caught my eye this fall. I mean, how badly could I mess up soup?
- Curate the perfect fall wardrobe - lots of classic, quality pieces that I can layer and build on for winter. Always thinking ahead here. Now is also the time to be shifting hair and beauty products for more hydrating options and bust out the darker, vampy shades of makeup and nail polish. That post is coming up next, I swear.
- Switch out my scented candles for ones more season appropriate. I usually stick to clean and fresh or relaxing floral scents and stay clear of anything too sweet or earthy, but I throw that out the window once the weather gets colder.
- Sitting outside by the fire at night is something I do all summer long, but in the fall it's perfect. Come winter it can be too cold, I'd much rather be sitting by the fireplace inside, but at night the fall has just enough chill to it. Hot drinks and warm blankets make it extra cozy. It's also a great time for stargazing...is it just me or does it seem like the colder the night, the clearer the sky/brighter the stars? I'm sure there is a science-y explanation for that.
- Watch Halloween-y movies. I'll basically be rotating Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, and the Harry Potter series until Halloween. Sort of childish, but around this time of year I revert back to my childhood more then ever. Just wait till Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love creepy, spooky, suspenseful, makes-you-think movies, but not really into the downright scary or gory. I once got talked into going to see one of the Saw movies in theaters and literally spent the time sitting on the theater floor in front of my seat (so gross looking back, but I was that terrified), with my coat over my head. Carrie comes out October 18th and I want to see it, but I'm sure I'll end up chickening out.
- Fall television is chock full of shows that are perfect for this time of the year. I've been watching Sleepy Hollow, The Originals, and Witches of East End (premiered last Sunday night - looks so fun). Then there is American Horror Story: Coven, which Ryan Murphy has said is his favorite and is thinking about a spin-off, Ravenswood, the Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special, and obviously, Dracula. You could say October is going to be a busy month for me.
- I'd LOVE to go on a ghost tour and visit real haunted houses (or anywhere "haunted") but I don't know where to go around here. My college town is actually considered one of the most haunted places on earth and every year for Halloween I wanted to do something like that, but ended up dressing up and getting drunk like everyone else. I have a love/hate relationship with this kind of stuff - I am fascinated by it, especially the history and stories and myths that go along with it, but it could also very easily send my overactive imagination right off the edge.
I'm sure I'll think of some more things to add to this list after I post it, as that is always the way!