Whether you look forward to pumpkin spice lattes all year long or you just can’t wait to break out your sweater collection after a sweltering summer, you’ve got to admit it: fall is the best.
It’s the season of dark lipstick and hot apple cider, pumpkin picking and cute layers. The months of October and November give us so many things to look forward to, from holidays, to pretty weather, to the cozy promise of some snuggle sessions—with a good book, Netflix, or your loved one. But as we all know from Robert Frost, nothing gold can stay. And so we don’t want to let the season pass us by without completing our autumnal bucket list.
These are the things that we want to make sure we do this fall. What would you add to the list?
1. Get a Pumpkin Spice Latte
Even if you’re not a PSL devotee, ’tis the season.
2. Go to a Costume Party
Halloween is an all-important occasion: you’ve got to dress up. Bonus points if you make it to more than one Halloween party—and wear different costumes.
3. Bake a Pie
Because nothing says autumn like a hearty slice of pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie. Or all three.
5. Pick a Pumpkin
Even if you don’t live near a pumpkin patch, grabbing a cute squash at your local farmers market will make your home a lot more festive.
6. Unplug for a Night
Log out of Instagram and put your phone on silent for an evening—and just relax. Fall is a great time to take a break.
7. Watch a Scary Movie
It’s not Halloween without some fright. Put on a classic horror movie like Scream—or have an American Horror Story marathon.
8. Tell Ghost Stories
Chances are, one of your friends has a story of their own that will creep you out for days. Bonus points if you tell your ghost stories around the fire, with s’mores of course.
9. Jump in a Pile of Leaves
You are never too old to act like a kid. If you live in a place where trees shed their leaves come fall, don’t be afraid to have some fun.
10. Host a Friendsgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving may be spent at a relative’s home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t host a Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. Do it the weekend before the actual holiday to get you pumped for even more cranberry sauce and stuffing later in the week.
11. Give Thanks
This year, make sure your parents, your friends, and people around you know how you really feel. Consider surprising your BFF with a sweet note about how much she means to you.
12. Cozy Up With a Book
There’s something about crisp fall air that makes reading all the more delectable. Page through a book you’ve been meaning to read for some time.
13. Do Something Good
The world can always stand some more good deeds. The new season is as good a time as any to donate a charity or volunteer with an organization. Gather some friends and make an event of it.
14. Enjoy Nature
Even if you’re a city dweller, this is the perfect time of year to take a hike, go on a bike ride, or just to spend some time in the part. Autumn is here—enjoy it.
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