Fall is often associated with pumpkin spice everything, a month full of sweets, outdoor adventures, colorful Instagram pictures and holidays dedicated to eating comfort food. What could be better than that? I’ll tell you — warm weather. If you’re like me, you dread the day you spot a fallen leaf on the sidewalk signifying the end of carefree summer months. Although summer is great, fall gifts us with sweater weather and for that we are #blessed. I’ve made the case for fall with these activities sure to get you in the swing of things.
1. Host a Scary Movie Festival
Horror is my favorite genre of film, so every October I host a film festival showcasing thrillers in my apartment ranging from classic cults like The Blob to modern indie flicks like The Witch. Take this up a notch and make the night BYOB.
2. Get lost in a Corn Maze
Support your community by picking apples at your local orchard, choosing the ugliest pumpkins at a farm or getting lost on purpose in a corn maze. This is a great way to rack in your outdoor time and also serves as an excuse to go overboard with cider donuts and mulled wine.
My friends and I try every Oktoberfest beer each season and have recently started adding ciders into the mix. Have each friend pick up a different beer and pair with hearty homemade German pretzels. Because when you’re drunk, you’re going to need carbs.
4. Visit a Haunted Landmark
History buffs and thrill seekers unite! Research the history behind some of the most haunted spots in your area and bring some friends to investigate.
5. Dia De Los Muertos
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated the day after Halloween and it commemorates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Whether you attend a Dia De Los Muertos party or host your own, you can’t miss out on a holiday that combines marigolds, traditional Mexican dishes and showing off your art skills with face paint.
6. Go on a Leaf Peep Road trip
Fall is one of the most magical times to be outdoors and a great excuse for a road trip. Take a drive through dreamy destinations where foliage is at its finest.