Fall is my absolute favorite season. See what things I plan to cross off of my fall bucket list this year!
If you’ve been around the blog for awhile you know that my love for fall runs deep. Call me basic all you want, but there’s so much to love about fall, and I get excited every time this season comes around every year. I’m especially excited about fall this year because it’s the first time that I’m living in a state that has legitimate seasons. I’ve spent most of my life living in the south or on islands, so most of the time, fall just means you wear pants more often than not, but outside, the leaves are still pretty green. Even though I’m not excited about having to deal with snow when winter starts here in Dayton, I’m so excited to see all the fun fall festivities that are to come.
Here are a few things that I’d like to do in my new home this fall:
1. Go to Oktoberfest
Even though it’s still September, Oktoberfest activities are already in full swing. Word on the street is that one of the best Oktoberfest events happens at the Dayton Art Institute, so I’m definitely planning on attending that.
2. Go to an apple orchard
I’ve never been to one, so I’m extra pumped to be able to cross this off the list this year. I’ve already told Kyle several times that this is high on the priority list.
3. Dress up for Halloween
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s so fun to get festive and dress up. Even though I’m still new to the area, I’ve been working on making some friends, so hopefully by the time Halloween rolls around, we’ll have some fun things to do and lots of reasons to dress up.
4. Go to a corn maze
I find corn mazes both frustrating and fun. I love going to corn mazes because there are usually lots of other fun activities happening too. Haunted corn mazes are my fave!
5. Go to a haunted house
Speaking of haunted, going to a haunted house is definitely on the fall bucket list. Kyle got a taste of how much of a chicken I am when it comes to haunted houses, but they’re so much fun that I can’t resist going every year.
6. Go to a fall festival
I love festivals, and there seems to be plenty of them around Dayton. Hopefully there will be some fun ones that come around this season.
7. Attend a football game
There are plenty of colleges around here, but I’m not sure which ones have football teams and which don’t. I enjoy going to football games much more than I enjoy watching them on TV, so hopefully we’ll find a fun game to watch and be fans for the day.
8. Go hiking
This will be pretty easy to cross off the list since Kyle and I have already been doing so much hiking lately. I’m hoping to explore some new parks since there are so many in and around Dayton.
9. Go to or host a Friendsgiving
Friendsgiving is my favorite, so I really hope that we can make some good friends to have or host a Friendsgiving this year.
10. See the fam for Thanksgiving
My brother currently lives in England, and he’s making plans to go to South Carolina with his wife and daughter for Thanksgiving. If that happens, I definitely plan to make the trip with Kyle back to Charleston so I can meet my niece and sister-in-law and see my brother for the first time in years.
11. Decorate pumpkins
I lovelovelove decorating pumpkins for fall and Halloween. I’ll carve sometimes, but usually it’s too much of a task.
12. Take a road trip to somewhere I’ve never been
One of the reasons I was excited about moving to Ohio was that 1) I had never been to Ohio before and 2) there are so many states surrounding Ohio that I had also never been to. My goal is to make it to all of these states before we move. Hopefully this fall, we’ll be able to cross one of them off the list.
I want a dog so bad, but because Kyle and I are living in a apartment and don’t have a yard, I’m trying so hard to resist just going to one of the local animal shelters and adopting one. A dog is definitely in the future for us, but until we get a regular schedule down and make sure we have ample time to spend with a dog and walk it (since again, no yard), we’re trying to do the responsible thing and wait.
In the meantime, I found an animal shelter that has lots of volunteer opportunities. I already signed up for a training, so I’m hoping to get lots of puppy loving in this fall while I volunteer.
14. Go horseback riding
I’ve only been horseback riding once when I was working with Carnival, and I really enjoyed it. There’s a metropark here that does horseback riding on trails, and I’d love to do that sometime this fall.
15. Bake a pie
Pies are pretty much my favorite dessert, but I rarely ever bake them. I’ve only ever made one from scratch(ish), which was fun and delicious, so I’d like to try my hand at another (or a few!), and fall is the perfect time to eat all the pie.
16. Go to a pumpkin patch
This is always fun, and it’s the perfect place to pick up pumpkins for carving and/or recipes.
17. Have a Harry Potter marathon
Even though there’s never a bad time for a Harry Potter marathon, I love watching them during the fall and feeling all the spook. I fully plan to make something from my Harry Potter cookbook and eat it while watching Harry Potter movies in my Harry Potter robe and socks.
18. Go to a campfire
While we don’t have a place to have a campfire at home, I’m still holding onto hope that we’ll find someone who does or that there will be an event that has one so we’ll be able to make some s’mores and roast hotdogs and all that good stuff.
19. Have a game night
Kyle and I have been playing way too much Phase 10 lately. We both love board and card games, and I’ve been talking to some gals on BumbleBFF who are into it too. I’m hoping we’ll either find someone hosting a game night or make a few friends of our own to invite over for one.
20. Wear all the scarves
Scarves are my favorite fall accessory, and boots are my favorite fall shoe. I’m sure there will be plenty of occasions to rock this combo while I face the cooler midwestern temperatures.
What’s on your fall bucket list?