So trust me I love my summers. Sienna just started Kindergarten so we are just starting to appreciate the freedom of summer now that she is on a time schedule. Whereas before when they were itty bitty and we could do anything anytime. But it still and never will change my love of Fall. Its not too hot, it’s not too cold. And of course the pumpkins. They symbolize so much. Baking with pumpkins, decorating with pumpkins, and carving with pumpkins for of course my favorite holiday, Halloween. I have always made a mental list of all the fall things we wanted to do before Christmas sneaks up on us because I feel like it’s earlier and earlier every year. So here are some of my ideas and feel free to add them to your list too!
Craft with Pumpkins
So there are tons of different crafting ideas to do with pumpkins. For little little kids to teenagers. Maybe on a cooler afternoon you are spending inside while the crock pot is cookin and the candles are burnin… I’m getting carried but you get the picture. Painting them is always fun or use modpodge to decoupage leaves to a white pumpkin. Cut out the top and stick some flowers in to turn turn it into a living vase. Go glitter crazy and bedazzle the whole thing. I found these adorable pumpkins below on County Living. Just click on the photo to take you there.
2. Pumpkin Patches
This is a pretty obvious one but visiting pumpkin patches are the best way to get you in the mood for fall. Just remember you don’t always have to spend tons of money. Pumpkin patches are getting more and more elaborate every year with free activities to keep the kids entertained. If you want to make a whole day and money is no object then wait to go on a weekend because they usually have more of the little rides operating. To be honest I never usually buy our pumpkins there because they are triple the price of the grocery stores. But I will let the girls pick out a few corn husks, gourds, or tiny pumpkins to decorate our house or their room.
3. Knitting Time
My knitting basket has been sitting by my bed all summer and every night I planned on working on my daughter’s blanket and every night, it didn’t happen. Mom of the year award. Now that the temperature is slightly dropping I am getting way motivated all over again. Maybe I will write a post about my favorite most simple knitting pattern soon. It’s the same stitch the whole time and works for blankets, beanies, and scarves!
4. Get Scared
Every year my husband and family, minus my kids, always plan something scary to do together in October. Which isn’t really a new idea I know, but we have made it a halloween tradition because we all like scary things. It’s sort of a sweet yet twisted bonding experience we share together. Some years we go to Utah because there are so many haunted house to chose from its literally nuts. Every other year we like to go to Universal Horror nights because it’s one of the best horror attractions around. Then there are always local little scare attractions that we will visit to get us in the Halloween spirit.
5. Bake Everything Pumpkin
Pumpkin has definitely been an acquired taste that has come with age for me but now I have to have it. Still not a fan of pumpkin pie, or almost any pie for that matter, but I have loved experimenting with it more every year. And if your not interested in baking it, then head over to Trader Joes and pick out some of your favorite fall treats. I can’t believe all the shelves stocked with pumpkin everything. Cookies, Dinners, Snacks, cereal. Try to check out my last recipe post on these snickerdoodle pumpkin cookies with maple filling.
6. Break out the Scary Movies
In case you couldn’t tell… I love scary movies, I love being scared, I love everything Halloween. So this one shouldn’t surprise you. Even if you aren’t a fan of the horror films, some of the kid’s scary movies are fun to watch together. And maybe that’s all you need. Netflix has some great spooky show options but I also wrote up a list of some of my favorite scary family movies last year if you want to check that out.
7. Buy a solid new pair of jeans
I mean maybe you might end up buying a new fall wardrobe for some of you but if you don’t have time or the extra dollar bills y’all to be goin on a shopping spree let me just recommend jeans. All summer long in dresses, shorts, swim suits, shants, “shorts that are as long as pants,” as quoted Titus from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt who we can all learn a lot from. If you buy anything, choose a reliable pair of flattering solidly made jeans. Maybe just for those days we don’t feel like wearing sweats to pick up our kids from school.
8. Soups On
If I have one complaint about summer it’s that people think I’m weird for eating soup in 90 degree weather. Get outta here! Now I guess it’s acceptable because its fall so whatever. A good homemade soup on a crisp warm day is pretty ideal I guess but I definitely don’t subject it to a certain time of the year. And I love that home made soups don’t have to be complicated to be delicious. This was a yummy soup my hubs made last week that I had to force myself to stop eating.
9. Buy all of the Cheapie fall crafts for Kids
Ok let me get a little more specific. At the beginning of each season I like to shop the little dollar spot area in Target, which again… of course right, and Michaels, or Joanns and pick up all those little half hour $1 to $3 crafts for the kids. They are seriously the best and I would go as far as saying, save lives around here. They are the perfect activity to bust out after school or before dinner during those, “I’m bored” moments. I just went to Michaels and they are already 60% off all Halloween merchandise so we got stacks of crafts for ranging from 50 cents to $2 each. Great if you want to throw a little Halloween shin dig for your kids. Decorate spooky cookies and craft till they can’t craft no mo.
10. Eat Candy Corn.
And lots of it.
11. Take a Halloween Haunt Neighborhood Drive
My Girls LOVE seeing everyone’s front yards filled with Halloween decorations. And obviously, so do we. But they don’t get to truly appreciate it the same way during the day because, as we all know, it’s better at night. So pick a weekend and wait till it gets dark, add in some candy corn, and drive around town oooooing and ahhhhing at everyone’s ghouly decorations.
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