The fall is hands down my favorite season. Between chilly weather, football season, and crunchy leaves, I am in pumpkin flavored heaven. I feel like every year I create a fall to do list and never end up getting around to everything I want to accomplish. This year I tried to narrow it down to only seven things that I hope to cross off the list!
- Finally get around to watching Stranger Things! – Yep, I’ve heard all the hype around Netflix’s new show Stranger Things. As soon as my friends explained the concept of the show I knew it sounded right up my alley. Also, what a perfect time of year to start a spooky TV series. Of course I also want to watch all of my favorite classic Halloween movies including Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, and Halloweentown. I have every Halloweentown movie saved on our DVR and Josh has tried to erase them multiple times to free up space; it’s an all-out brawl when he does! “Halloween is cool!” And if you get the reference then we are best friends!
- Go to Netherworld – I was traumatized by a Haunted House experience I had in 4th grade. My brother and I were in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Haunted House in Gatlinburg Tennessee, which is probably not really as scary as I remember. The walk through ended with a creepy clown chasing us out of the house with a chainsaw. Did I mention that I despise clowns more than anything!? I blame the fear on the Steven King movie IT… Trauma aside, the Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta is one of the top ten Haunted Houses in the US. I went with my family two years ago and we had a blast! I may have had a glass or two of wine at dinner before to help gussy up the courage to actually do it!
- Host our 2nd Annual Friendsgiving- November can be such a crazy time of year. I know this year it will be crazy for us due to a trip we have been planning for a while 😉 . Craziness aside, last year we decided to host a Friendsgiving Dinner at our house. It was just like regular Thanksgiving, but with all of our friends. Everybody brought their own Thanksgiving dish and Josh fried the turkey in the backyard. The night ended with a game of charades which ended up being hilarious!
- Bake Something Delicious– It seems that these days everybody and their dog has fully committed to the flavors of fall. Speaking of, have you seen the amount of pumpkin spiced goods Trader Joes has?! I’ll be the first to tell you, baking isn’t always my thing. I like to cook because I can add a dash of this and a pinch of that and be a little more carefree. Baking is like a science experiment and everything has to be perfectly exact or else things go haywire really fast! Flaws in the kitchen aside, I am definitely going to make this chocolate chip pumpkin bread next weekend!
- Make a Funky Pumpkin– Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite Halloween traditions. I actually wasn’t allowed to carve my own pumpkin growing up. After years of anticipation, I finally got to carve my own last Halloween at the age of 25, ha! Carving is classic, but there are also so many fun ideas on Pinterest. This is my favorite, but so are these!
- Give Back- There is something about this time of year that gives me the urge to roll up my sleeves and give back to the community. Volunteering with local organizations is a great way to not only help others but also to help yourself feel fulfilled! If you don’t know where to start, just think about a cause that really touches you and makes you feel something within. For me it’s the Special Olympics. I feel a genuine connection to individuals with special needs and every time I would volunteer with Special Olympics my heart felt like it would burst through my chest because I felt so happy. If you are unsure of what organizations to get started with, a local food bank is always a great place to start. Imagine what kind of world it would be if everybody gave back to their community!
- Watch the infamous Rocky Horror Picture Show in Little 5 Points- For years Josh and I have been saying that we need to go to the weekly Friday night showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Plaza Theater in Little 5 Points. There are live actors at each showing who encourage audience participation. I have even heard a rumor that during one particular scene everybody is corralled to throw raw hot dogs at the screen… Can anybody in Atlanta confirm if this is real?? I can’t believe I have lived in Atlanta for this long without experiencing this tradition!
What is on your Fall Bucket List? I’d love to know!