It's only August, but sometimes the best laid plans must be made early. What if you want to hit the road and go to a colorful spot this fall? What if there's a festival in another city or state you need to make reservations to attend? What if you simply want to inspire family and friends to join the fun this fall?
- Things to do in fall -
Peak leaf viewing
Movies projected in the park
Chili and ale festivals
You can see the list is long and that's only partial! Imagine all the food and coffee shops that are serving pumpkin-flavored items, the release of new horror movies, the beautiful hiking paths on leafy trails...
Check out local farms and see their scheduled events. Look for small towns where harvests are great to locate awesome events. Try looking up the carnival setups in various cities.
Here's an awesome article with 26 best fall festivals of 2023 - HERE
- If you're staying home, here's some great ideas to get the mood going -
Set up a tent in the yard for camping
Set up a firepit for storytelling and smores
Get autumn-scented candles
Use hurricane lamps or electric candles at night in the house.
Build a blanket fort for movie marathon watching.
Make chili, doughnuts, puppy chow, fill dishes with candy corn and Twizzlers, get pumpkin creamer for your coffee, make hot cocoa and add a dash of cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, make fresh hot pretzels (use frozen bread dough thawed, formed, raised, dropped into boiling water with some baking soda in it, then baked with butter and salt) and try a cheese beer sauce for dipping, try pumpkin ales and rate them.
Carve pumpkins, roast the seeds.
Enjoy a fall charcuterie tray - figs, grapes, nuts, aged cheeses, cured salami/pepperoni, pomegranate seeds, pears, dark chocolate, dark bread, seeded mustard, dried cranberries....
Look up best Halloween decorated homes in your city and take a tour with a thermos of hot cocoa.
Pick up autumn leaves and iron them in waxed paper to preserve. Use them to hang from fishing string in windows or from a dead limb, use them as book marks, hang from ceiling fan cords, make garlands, use on the mantle, glue to a mason jar with a candle inside.
Embrace the season and enjoy the cooling rewards!