I’m so excited for this post! I’m a sucker for the cozy fall season and I always love to hear about what other people have planned for this season. If you are inspired by any of these activities please let me know and send a picture! I hope you enjoy my short bucket list for October of 2020.
#1 Decorate a pumpkin
This is one of my favorite things to look forward to every October. I love to decorate pumpkins. My family and I have made it a tradition to pick pumpkins together and have a night where we all sit down with our pumpkins and let our creative sides out. If you decide to decorate pumpkins, send a picture of your masterpiece! I would love to see it.
#2 Cozy up with a good book
I’ve never been a huge fan of anything scary, but lately I’ve been loving thriller novels. My October reading list this year contains “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn and “Stay Close” by Harlan Coben. I would love to hear about what’s on your October reading list! There’s just something special about cuddling up in a warm home when the wind contains a crispness outside. To make it an even better experience, I recommend keeping a cup of hot cider nearby while you read.
#3 At home baking
Homemade pastries are absolutely lovely this time of year. I’ve been really craving some warm apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Halloween cookies would be a lot of fun too! Monster cookies or maybe a cute pinterest recipe.
#4 Make Halloween treat bags
This is a fun service idea! We’re all about random acts of kindness, here’s an idea for you! Put together a bag of candy or halloween cookies, or maybe some fun activity books for younger kids. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to the goodies you could put in this bag.
#5 Family night
A fall family night is an essential this year. With everything that has been going on in the world, I think it’s safe to say we all are realizing how important it is to keep our loved ones priority, even if you got sick of them in quarantine. Some ideas for a family night could include decorating pumpkins, playing board games, cooking a three course meal together, or having a spooky movie night. In the past we have also set up a screen outside to watch harry potter while we roast smores, that was one of the best family nights!
#6 Go on a nature hike
This is one of my favorite things to do in the fall! The weather is perfect, and the trees are beautiful. Sometimes if I find an especially beautiful leaf that has fallen from a tree, I like to take it home to press it in a book. Another idea could be to go with some friends so you can take cute pictures of each other in front of all the changing colors! If you go by yourself you can take the time to reflect on what your goals are and reignite your soul through the beauty of nature. Take time to sit with no distractions and just allow God to speak to you.
#7 Go to the local farmers market
When I do get to the farmers market I absolutely love it. I’m very guilty of oversleeping, and I often don’t get to the market in time. My favorite thing about the farmers market in the fall is the hot cider they serve, and the fresh fruits you can purchase. There’s something so cozy and special about it.
#8 Pay for the next persons coffee
An essential for any time of the year, am I right? For us college students, the fall often means midterms are right around the corner, aka we’ve been up all night and are in need of caffeine. A simple little act can really turn someone’s day around. For both the person you buy it for and for yourself. In a time of isolation and unusual struggle, try extra hard to show compassion to the people you share this crazy life with.
#9 Send a handwritten letter
This is one of my new hobbies! I’ve always loved writing and sending letters by snail mail but lately I’ve been trying to get more created with what I include. Especially with the fall season among us, I’ve been including pressed leaves, and some of my favorite tea bags for my friends to try. With some inspirational quotes and scripture, and just a lot of love poured into the process. I’m sure anyone would love to receive a surprise like this.
#10 Send a shoebox!
If you are unaware of Operation Christmas Child, I recommend you familiarize yourself with it! It is an amazing project known all over the world to send christmas gifts to children in need all over the world. I made my first shoebox last October and had so much fun with it. My friend and I went to the store and got things like coloring books, crayons, hairbrushes, socks, toothbrushes, etc. It’s an inexpensive project for you and your friends to do together to make a difference in a child’s life. You can visit the official OCC website for more information based on your location.
I hope you enjoyed it! If you do any of these activities, I would love to hear about it! You can reach me through my contact tab located in the top right corner. Happy fall!