As fall is reaching its halfway mark, the clock is ticking on when you’ll need to replace your light knit sweaters with heavy winter jackets and thick scarves. While it’s still the harvest season, make sure you cross everything off your fall “bucket list.” Here are 8 ways to make the most of falls before layers of snow appear.
- Visit a Corn Maze
A trip to a local farm can be a great date, family day or fun activity with some good friends. Corn mazes are a fun activity for people of all ages. Depending on your company, you can decide which corn maze to visit based on its difficulty level. If you’re going with adults (or brave children), try finding a corn maze that you can go through at night. Some farms host haunted mazes and hayrides for people who want to be a little scared post Halloween.
- Eat and Drink All the Pumpkin You Can
The most appealing way to celebrate the fall is by filling up on fall delicacies, especially the most autumnal flavoring there is: pumpkin. During this time of year, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and even bars are stocked to the brim with pumpkin-flavored delicacies. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin soup … the options are endless. Fill up on pumpkin everything. ‘Tis the season!
- Go on a Relaxing Hike
Before the temperatures plummet, you might want to head to the trails. Put on your most comfortable sneakers, grab some healthy snacks to feast on when you reach the summit and make sure your phone or camera is charged so you can snap all the fall photos you can. Remember to bundle up; higher altitudes get chilly! In addition to having a relaxing, autumnal day, you can cross off another activity for the day: a workout.
- Go Apple-Picking
If you haven’t already headed to your local apple orchard, do so soon, before all the good apples are gone. Buy a peck bag and fill it with apples of all different varieties. When you get home, peel some of these apples to make a warm, satisfying apple crisp. Some apples do better in apple crisps than others. The best apples for baking are:
- Golden Delicious
- Northern Spy
If you’d rather cut down on the calories, you might rather eat your apples as-is. Some of the best apples for eating raw include:
- Granny Smith
- Light Some Festive, Fall Candles
This time of year has some of the coziest, most pleasant smells of the year: cinnamon, pumpkin, fallen leaves, fresh apples and cedarwood. Celebrate with your olfactory senses by lighting seasonal candles around the house. You might prefer the sweeter, mouth-watering scents in the kitchen and the cozy, musky fragrances in the living room. As you start to spend more time inside, providing a calming atmosphere for you and your fall guests can transform your fall.
- Volunteer at a Nearby Homeless Shelter
Thanksgiving is approaching quickly, which means it’s time to reflect on how grateful we are. The best way to show your thankfulness is to perform small acts of kindness. Volunteer some of your time at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen in the area to give back to your community. If you’re feeling extra generous, donate some non-perishable food items, like cans of soup and beans, and clothes you no longer wear to a shelter. A little bit truly goes a long way.
- Run (or Walk) a Fall 5K
Another way to take advantage of the cool, not yet cold, weather is by taking part in a road race. You might decide to take part in a charity race, or maybe you’d prefer the last-minute registration of a fun run. A particularly popular day for 5K runs is Thanksgiving Day, perhaps because people who run over three miles might feel less guilty reaching for their second slice of pecan pie.
- Decorate Your Home for Fall
If you haven’t already done so, grab some pumpkins and gourds at your local supermarket. Bring out some warm, knit and flannel blankets for your beds and sofas. Incorporate the oranges, yellows, browns and reds of autumn in every room with cute knick-knacks. Finally, bring your home to life with festive fall arrangements from Teleflora. Nothing adds some character and quaintness to your home like a bouquet of mums or orange roses.