It is officially Fall! Although, in Southern California, the temperature is still in the 70s, with plans to get back up to the mid-80s this weekend. BUT nonetheless, I’m still excited to get my fall bucket list going.
Even though things are still a little different this year, there are still a lot of things you can still do to make the most out of the fall season.
So let’s get into it – here are the 15 things on my Fall bucket list:
1: Pick Out A Pumpkin
Pumpkin patches are likely all closed this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick out the perfect pumpkin. I’ve see plenty of pumpkins outside of grocery stores or other shops around.
2: Watch Hocus Pocus
This is usually the top thing on my fall bucket list each year. It’s funny because I didn’t grow up watching Hocus Pocus, but it’s become a staple for me over the past few years.
3: Fill Your House With Pumpkin/Fall Scents
Pumpkin spice, apple spice, cranberry, etc. All are the best Fall scents and will really get you in the mood for fall. Trader Joe’s also has a pumpkin vanilla candle right now and it smells amazing.
4: Decorate For Halloween
Amazon, Target + CVS all have a ton of cute little Halloween decorations. Getting in the spirit and decorating is a must.
5: Bake Pumpkin Bread
I love the feeling of baking pumpkin bread on a Sunday afternoon with football in the background. Okay, I also love the feeling of eating the pumpkin bread too.
6: See The Leaves Change
So this one is kind of hard for me, living in Southern CA and all, but there are still spots I can drive to that actually experience the season change. Research some spots you can take a road trip to + see the leaves change!
7: Have An @ Home Red Wine Tasting Night
With the weather starting to cool down + it starting to get darker earlier, I love switching over to a good red wine. Pick 3-4 kinds of reds and get 1 bottle of each. You can go the cost effective route and get more reasonably priced bottles from Trader Joe’s. Or, splurge a little and reach out to a local wine distributor for a few options. Obviously, pick out some cheeses that pair well with whatever wines you choose too.
8: Carve A Pumpkin
Another fun “fall spirited” + relatively cheap weekend activity is to carve pumpkins. Amazon has a 16 piece carving kit for less than $16 (+ it has a 4.8 rating out of 825 reviews).
9: Upgrade Your Coffee With A Fall Flavor
Adding some pumpkin spice or pumpkin spice creamer is an easy way to embrace Fall every morning. I’ve also been loving my Iced Maple Oat Latte with the maple oat milk from Trader Joe’s.
10: Watch A Scary Movie
I love curling up on the couch with some popcorn, a pumpkin spice fall candle burning, and throwing on a scary movie. Wine is obviously also included to take the edge off lol.
11: Make Chili
One of my favorite things is cooking chili in the crockpot. Yes, it tastes good, obviously. But, I also love the smell when it’s cooking in the crockpot all day. PS – these crockpot liners are the BEST. Seriously, so efficient when cleaning up, all you have to do is take the liner out of the crockpot and throw it away instead of cleaning the entire crockpot.
12: Go Sweater Weather Shopping
Even though it still feels like Summer in Southern CA, I’ve started to pick out a few staple sweaters for the Fall/Winter. Specifically, Nordstrom has this off the shoulder sweater + this cozy cardigan that I love.
13: Host A Football Sunday Party
This depends on how comfortable you feel hosting anyone at your house/being around other people right now. But, if you’re fine with a few people, host a football Sunday party to watch the Sunday football games. Have everyone dress up in their favorite jersey + bring their must-have football snack.
14: Plan A Friendsgiving
Again, this one depends on how comfortable you feel being around other people right now. Friendsgiving is one of my favorite annual traditions. I love trying everyone’s recipes and just spending time with everyone around the holidays. We’ll probably just do a small Friendsgiving with a few close friends and stick to apps/smaller dishes.
15: Practice Gratitude
Especially this year, it’s important to practice gratitude and take the time to appreciate everything you have/are thankful for. I try to write down at least 2 things I’m thankful for everyday.