I’m sure, as you can all tell, I am so excited fall is here. It was so funny, in fact, on Sunday, John was like a frisky kitten because he was so excited about the fall weather and being able to wear vests again. He was so energetic and running around. It was hilarious. To be honest, I AM super excited as well. It is just such a beautiful time of the year and I love being able to live in a place where I can actually see all of the seasons, like fall. Not to mention I can now go outside without melting and wear all of my pretty sweaters and boots haha.
As everything begins to turn, one thing I always think about around this time of year is Halloween. To some, Halloween isn’t that great of a holiday. To others, Halloween is one of the BEST holidays. For me, I like it quite a bit, but not for the normal reasons haha. You see, I am not really one to dress up and go wild and crazy celebrating with friends. In fact, I actually HATE dressing up (for you die-hard Halloweeners, I am sorry). Instead, Halloween reminds me of family. You see, October 30 is actually one of my nephews’ birthdays. Every year my family all gets together on his birthday and we carve pumpkins and order something in. It is typically a small group of just family (my sister might have had a different party over the weekend for him), but we all get together and carve and laugh and watch him open gifts and it is just special. He is always so happy. The following day, we then all go over to one of my sisters’ houses. Her and her husbands’ neighborhood is the absolute best back home for trick-or-treaters and everyone in the neighborhood goes all out in decorating. It is so fun! They actually have to start buying candy in September because there are SO MANY TRICK-OR-TREATERS! It is crazy. So, on Halloween, we all go over there and sit in her drive way and we all bring food and eat and pass candy and chat. It is so much fun!
This year, John and I won’t be able to be there for Halloween, but we have a back-up plan with some friends that will hopefully make up for it all (although, they are making us dress up haha). Due to my love for this time of year, I thought I would offer some suggestions to really help you enjoy the holiday a little bit more, because there truly is so much more to offer, even though we are older!
- Do what my family does – find a friend that has a great neighborhood full of trick-or-treaters, bring some food, and pass candy. It is so fun to just watch all of the kids! Try not to eat all of the candy in-between though! Haha
- Walk through a good trick-or-treat neighborhood with a hot coco in one hand and either your boo or bestie in the other! It is another great way to get out and remember all the fun it used to be as a kid
- Snuggle up for a scary movie night (Hocus Pocus is good too!). Cue the popcorn and your favorite bag of candy and you are set! Invite friends, make it a romantic movie not, or do it solo!
- Go to a haunted house or corn maze. For my Charlotte friends, I would recommend trying Scarowinds! I’ve heard it’s pretty good!
- Invite friends over for a potluck and make your favorite fall dish
- Carve pumpkins
- Pass candy at home to trick-or-treaters and catch up on your favorite show
- Bake some sweet fall desserts like pumpkin pie or apple crisp!
- Decorate your house for fall. I’m thinking fall candles are in order!
- Cozy up with a scary book and your softest blankey
- Make dinner with your boo together and talk about all of your favorite Halloween memories
- Have a Halloween party!
- Dress up in Halloween costumes and go to a bar for some drinks
- Go to a nice wine spot with some friends and catch up
I hope you try one of these ideas and really get into the season! Happy Fall!