Add these things to your fall bucket list!
Even though fall is my favorite season, this year, I wasn’t quite ready for summer to end. I was enjoying spending lots of time outside and having fun adventures in the water. Then we had one cool-ish day, and it made me so excited for fall. I can’t wait to break out my cozy sweaters and boots. I enjoyed my first fall in the midwest because there is actually a legitimate fall here. The leaves turn colors and fall off trees, and the weather is actually cooler. Now that I’ve fallen in love with Dayton, I can’t wait to spend another fall here, and I’m actually kind of bummed that it’ll be my last.
Here are a few things on my fall bucket list bucket list this year:
1. Do something haunted.
I love getting spooked during Halloween-season, but last year, I didn’t get to do anything scary. I plan to change that up this year by visiting some of the haunted attractions in the area. There are some haunted caves that I hear are amazing, and I’m hoping to go this year.
2. Go to an OSU football game.
Even though Ohio hasn’t converted me into an OSU fan, I would love to go to an OSU game and cheer them on. I hear their games are so much fun, and I’d love to go tailgate as well.
3. Go to a winery.
There are couple wineries in the area, and even though fall is all about Oktoberfest, my love for wine lasts year-round.
4. Go to an Oktoberfest.
Speaking of Oktoberfest, there are tons going on in the area. We actually went to one already during the first weekend in September, but I have plans to hit up a few more while the season is still going.
5. Go on a hayride.
I haven’t been on a proper hayride since middle schools, so I’d love to go on one this fall, especially if it’s haunted.
6. Go to a fall festival or fair.
Even though summer was prime time for festivals in Dayton, there are so many happening this fall too.
7. Visit an apple orchard.
I went to my first apple orchard last year and loved it, so I’d love to go to another this year and pick my own apples and sip on some apple cider.
8. Make apple cider sangria.
Speaking of apple cider, I found this recipe for apple cider sangria on Pinterest, and I’ve been itching to try it out.
9. Bake a pie.
It isn’t fall without a pie. I’ve only ever made an apple pie, but I’d love to try my hand at making a pumpkin or sweet potato pie.
10. Pick pumpkins.
This is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. I like to pick a big pumpkin to carve and get some smaller ones to paint and decorate. It adds such a festive and personal touch to all of my other decor.
11. Decorate the house for Halloween.
While I love fall, Halloween is definitely in my top 3 favorite holidays. I always have so much fun dressing up and going to parties and events. During this time of year, I usually opt to decorate for fall, but this year, I decided to decorate for Halloween, and I love it even more than decorating for the season. I DIY’ed so many things, so be looking out for a blog post with some inspo soon!
12. Read a spooky book.
I’ve been slacking with my Alphabet Reading Challenge, but I’ve still been listening to a few audio books here and there. I haven’t read many books in this genre, but I would love to read some spooky books this Halloween. Perhaps something by Stephen King?
13. Dress in a couples costume.
If you’ve been around the blog awhile, you’ve seen some of the costumes I’ve put together over the years. Last year, Kyle and I dressed up in three different couples costumes – all DIY. Since we have some fun Halloween events lined up, I’d love to dress in another couples Halloween costume this year. I haven’t thought of any ideas yet, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something fun.
14. Watch scary movies.
I had Kyle watch It for the first time, and he loved, and I loved watching it again. It reminded me how much I love watching scary movies, and I fully plan on watching quite a few this season.
15. Carve pumpkins.
As mentioned, I love carving pumpkins (or really, I love the finished carved pumpkin. The carving process is actually awful), so I definitely plan on carving a pumpkin or two again this year.
16. Drink spiked hot chocolate.
Spiked hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks when the weather starts getting cooler. I like to mix hot chocolate with Rum Chata, but it also tastes good with red wine or Bailey’s.
17. Go to a fall farmers market.
I love markets, and fall farmers markets are always the best.
18. Go on a hike.
Hiking during the fall is always extra beautiful because of the foliage. I definitely want to take advantage of that this year and take Gunther on his first fall hikes.
19. Take a Thanksgiving vacation.
Kyle and I are unsure of exactly what we’re doing for Thanksgiving this year, but a trip will most certainly be involved.
20. Host or go to a Friendsgiving.
I love getting friends together for Friendsgiving, and I didn’t get to do it last year, so I hope I get to this year now that I’ve made some friends in the area.
What things are on your fall bucket list?