“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ah, fall. I think it has a certain nostalgic quality for most people. Even though I’m an absolute fiend for summer I still love fall. I love the leaves turning red, and wearing boots, and warm tea and scented candles, but most of all, I love fall activities.
Obviously as I’ve grown older my list of favorite fall activities has changed a little. Unfortunately people don’t look too kindly on a grown 27 year old dressed in a weird costume going door-to-door asking for candy. So I’ve abandoned my old trick or treating tradition, and started watching more scary movies. Some of these things can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but some are things that I definitely appreciate more as an adult than I would have as a child.
If you’re looking for some fun fall activities that you can enjoy as an actual adult look no further.
If you can find a place hosting an Oktoberfest celebration near you, I’d definitely recommend going. In my area, our local German restaurant, Schoolhaus Brewhaus, is actually an old school so it has a huge extended campus that they open up during the last weekend in September for a huge Oktoberfest celebration. I’ve gone a few times, and it’s always a fun event with lots of yummy food, fun entertainment, and of course, lots of beer.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
I know that this is something you probably did at some point in your childhood, but visiting a pumpkin patch as an adult is still fun. We have tons of fun pumpkin patches in our area. My favorite local pumpkin patch is Pheasant Fields Farm. If you’re in southern Oregon during October I would definitely recommend visiting this farm. Their pumpkin patch is really fun, and they have a variety of sizes, shapes and wartiness. They also have all the other great things you’d expect to see on a farm during October including a hay ride, corn maze and goats, which is my favorite part because I love goats. This is a fall tradition that never gets old.
Go to a Haunted House
This isn’t for everyone, but my husband, best friend and I love to visit haunted houses or corn mazes. They’re a lot of fun, and even if you’re not the type that’s easily spooked (like me) you should at least get a lot of entertainment from watching everyone else get scared to the point where they’re ready to pee themselves (again, me).
I have to admit this is the one thing on my list that I actually haven’t done yet, but I definitely want to do at some point in the near future. It seems like a great way to go out and get some yummy fresh fruit. And, of course, there’s the possibility of making some yummy treats with the apples you pick when you get home.
Have any of you ever been apple picking? Is it fun? Let me know in the comments!
Fall is honestly the perfect season for hiking. It’s not too hot, but it’s also not freezing cold. You may get some rain, but it’s usually a bit drier in the fall than in the winter or spring. Not only is hiking great exercise, but this is also a great opportunity to get out and enjoy some fall leaves. I love fall hikes.
Scary Movie Night
Again, this might not be for everyone, but I know my friends and I love our scary movie nights. Last year we stayed up until 3 am on a Saturday night because we binge watched every episode of The Haunting of Hill House in less than 24 hours. Is anyone else excited for Season 2 in 2020? I know we are. We also love It, Sinister, and thought Lights Out was pretty great, too.
Do you like scary movies? If so, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
This is another thing that can be super fun at any age. My best friend and I like to get together at least once a year and try a new recipe. I’m not normally much of a baker and I try not to go too overboard on my sugar intake, but there’s something about the fall that inspires me to whip out some apples or pumpkin puree, and start getting creative. Check out the links below for some fun, fall inspired recipes:
Fall Favorites from Pinch of Yum
21 Heavenly Vegan Fall Dessert Recipes from The Green Loot
6 Gluten Free Fall Dessert Recipes from Iowa Girl Eats
20 Keto Fall Desserts You Need to Try from Mouthwatering Motivation
Fall Camping Trip
Normally I keep my camping adventures confined to the summer months, but a couple of times Michael and I have decided to go out for a little fall camping trip, and it’s honestly always so much fun. The campgrounds are quieter, the campfire feels cozier and the s’mores taste yummier. We’ve done a couple fall camping trips on the coast, but my favorite fall camping trip we ever did was a visit to Mt. Shasta, California. While we were there we did a couple great hikes, visited a beautiful lake mountain lake and walked around the cute town of Mount Shasta. If you haven’t been camping in the fall yet, I’d definitely recommend it.
If you live in or near a historic graveyard it’s very likely that you can find some graveyard tours. If you’re like me and you like history, this is a fun opportunity to learn some local history, and even if you’re the biggest history fan, it’s still a great way to experience a little spookiness in your life. Even if the graveyard doesn’t offer formal tours, you can still do a little self-guided tour of your own. We have several historic cemeteries in my area, and they’re all relatively creepy and interesting. It’s especially fun to go with people who are easily spooked.
Get Cozy at Home
Let’s face it – as adults most of us are exhausted most of the time, especially after all that hiking, apple picking and haunted-house-visiting. I recommend spending a few days this fall curled up on your couch with a cup of coffee (or tea if you’re like me), a warm blanket, some fuzzy socks, cute pets, and reruns of your favorite shows playing on your TV. Don’t forget to light your favorite fall scented candle or diffuse some essential oil blends!
What was your favorite fall activity when you were a kid? What are your favorite fall activities as an adult? Let me know in the comments!