Autumn is right outside our doorsteps. The temperatures drop significantly as the sun starts distancing itself from our planet. The weather shifts without a single warning as rain, wind, and fog reunite once again. We are left with significantly limited sunlight as the days become shorter and the nights longer.
Nevertheless, despite the somewhat inconvenient meteorological conditions, autumn offers us plenty of exciting activities, festivities, and traditions to bring some enjoyment to our busy lives. Just like summer is perfect for swimming, winter is made for skiing and spring is ideal for picnics, some things are destined to be done in autumn and it would be a shame to miss out on them.
It goes without saying that pumpkins have become a prominent symbol of this season and carving them an everlasting tradition. Wake up your creativity and carve away! Smiling pumpkins, spooky Jack-o’-lanterns, favorite character faces are only a tiny part of the pool of ideas.
It is one of those kinds of activities that never becomes less entertaining but rather more popular with every passing year. What started as an American tradition brought by Irish immigrants has now become a worldwide custom. So what are you waiting around for? Take a trip to your farmer’s market and start browsing carving ideas.
Make comforting fall-inspired recipes
If you truly wish to taste the flavor of autumn, put your apron on and prepare warm comforting meals and beverages. Focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables which will serve as your main inspiration. Pies, soups, pumpkin latte, bread and muffins, cinnamon buns, roasted butternut squash, to name a few. Your house will immediately fill out with the nostalgic smell of fall.
Wash down those scrumptious recipes with an apple cider, hot chocolate, tea, or even mulled wine. Although is usually drank during the Christmas season, it’s never too early to make a batch of warm flavorful wine.
Even though I am in my early 20s, Halloween still makes my heart skip a beat and brings me the same euphoria I used to experience as a kid. Halloween keeps the child in me alive, just as joyful and carefree as ever. However, the holiday is not meant only for the youngest generation, but for everyone who is in the mood for some spookiness.
Celebrate Halloween by decorating your house. Go crazy and over the top if you like. Have the best-decorated house on your street and make your neighbors envy your creativity. Come up with an awesome costume, dress up and go to a Halloween party. Visit a haunted-themed park/museum or even accompany your child/nephew/friend’s kid/younger sibling etc. as a chaperone when trick or treating just so you can experience even better the Halloween spirit. Most important of all, don’t skip re-watching Halloween movies.
Get cozy with a good book
Reading a book in autumn and any other season is a completely different experience. There is something about getting cozy on the couch, covered with a blanket, with a hot beverage in one hand and a book in the other while listening to the rain pounding against the window. Getting lost in a book on a gloomy fall day is my ultimate guilty pleasure and I recommend you try it as well.
Go on walks
As the new season spreads across the Earth, it creates a brand-new scenery: colors change from bright to warm, trees lay down a carpet of leaves, days become misty and grey. Going on walks in the fall surroundings is like walking into a painting. It’s almost too beautiful and can feel surreal. Therefore, autumn walks represent at the same time an exhibition of a gallery. What makes this experience even more authentic to fall are the dry leaves crunching under your feet, a special effect that brings unexplainable joy and pleasure.