This season is so beautiful with all the leaves turning, and the air becoming crisp. Not to mention being able to bundle up in cute sweaters and the aroma of pumpkin spice wafting through the air. Is there anything not to love about October?
October is one of my favourite months of the year, so much so that I even got married in it. This year my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! He got me a bonsai tree, and I made him a wooden ring. We’ve been rechecking our budget and saving up for Christmas so we didn’t do anything crazy. We went bowling, had sushi, and bought some tins from David’s Tea (They have my favourite, ‘Stormy Night’ in stock right now).
Anyways, I’ll get to the part y’all came here for. The fun things to do!
Check Out Local Haunted Houses
Some people in your neighbourhood might set them up. I’ve seen Scouts set up haunted houses before. Here in Vancouver our theme park (Playland) does Fright Nights where they open up various haunted houses and rides. Basically, other than ones set up by your neighbours, you might be able to check out the newspaper or online for ones in your area. If not, I’d bet you could find an escape room with a haunted theme.
Find the Best PSL
Joke all you will, but Pumpkin Spice Lattes are where it’s at. Don’t harsh a flavour. Finding the best Pumpkin Spice Latte is honestly miraculous. Once you find your dream one, you can skip anything less than perfect. I don’t have any independent cafe’s (total bummer) in my suburb so I haven’t had the chance to try any small coffee shop PSL’s. But as far as chain shops here’s my rating: Tim Hortons PSL is god-awful. McDonald’s is pretty alright. Starbucks has the best of the three. Knowing is half the battle.
Fall is one of the best seasons to take photos. The colours are so vibrant! It’s perfect for scenery shots, or a family photo shoot. I took a super cute picture of my little Cog playing in the fallen leaves, it is absolutely adorable! The next two suggestions I have are also perfect places to take photos.
Apple Picking in an Orchard
I’ve not actually done this myself yet but I plan to go this year! My neighbours went last year and made delicious apple-y goodies. They made pie, apple butter, applesauce, apple cider. It all tasted so good! And the picturesque scenery of an orchard would be perfect to capture some beautiful memories in photos.
I know buying a pumpkin from the store is just so much more convenient, but nothing beats going to a pumpkin patch. If you buy from the store you miss out on hay bale rides, barn animals, the awesome photo ops. It makes finding a pumpkin more of an adventure when you have to run around a field to find the perfect one. Also, when you go to a store, your options are so limited. If you’ve got a super cool idea of what to carve, and you need just the right shape, your best bet is a pumpkin patch.
Bake Pumpkin Seeds
What better thing to do after gutting your pumpkin than to enjoy the proverbial fruits of your labour? Get all your (washed) seeds in a bowl, drizzle a little oil over-top, add some salt, and toss it in the oven. Easy-peasy and a nice snack.
It’s really all about the simple pleasures in life. To me, one of the best things in autumn is leaf crunching. Going for a walk through a trail, breathing in the crisp air and leaves crunching underfoot. Is there anything quite so satisfying? My little one is big enough to join her dad and I on our annual leaf crunching adventures and it is honestly the best. I feel like October is the best month for this. It might be because here in Vancouver it’s pretty much guaranteed to be soggy past October.
Find the Best-Decorated House
Now, I know people don’t quite go all out for Halloween like they do at Christmas time, but you can find some pretty neat houses! There’s one house in California that decks out their house every year, you can always find videos of it on youtube. But there are sure to be plenty you can find just by driving around your neighbourhood. If there are some really nice ones they might even highlight them in your local newspaper.
Doesn’t matter if you are a little late to the game, Inktober is about stretching your artistic muscles. The goal is to have a picture done in ink for every day of October, but no one is going to scold you if you skip a few days. There is an official website that has prompts if you have a hard time coming up with ideas of your own. If you have kids you can get them in on it too! I’ve seen someone post prompts suggesting easier things like pumpkins, leaves and ghosts for smaller kids. Honestly, you can even take the “ink” part with a grain of salt. Some people just use pencil, others use watercolour, others paint. Take what you want from it and make it yours. Inktober is all about fun!
Anything you love doing this season? Let us know in the comments!!