Worried about how you’ll get into the fall and holiday spirit with the current state of the world? Honestly, I was worried about the same thing. That was until I realized just how many traditions and activities for fall (as well as the upcoming holidays) that you can do either within the comfort of your own home or while safely social distancing! So I decided to compile a short list for you of some fall activity ideas that can be done in a safe manner! Now I will admit I do live in New England and fall is my all time favorite season so some of these ideas may be a little more New England based, but everything can be altered to fit wherever you live! So please don’t let the world get you down and allow yourself to step into the fall spirit! ENJOY.
10. Read A Book With A Warm Beverage (Preferably Outside)
Whether its a crisp fall morning, a rainy day on a covered porch, or a chilled autumn night with a blanket, taking the time to slow down and read while breathing in some fresh air is a great way to spend your time. It not only allows you to pause and relax, but it also lets you focus in on the present moment and just enjoy the sights around you. I also recommend adding a nice warm beverage to the mix for some extra comfort and enjoyment!
9. Go To A Drive-In Movie/Have A Movie Night
So many restaurants and fair grounds near me, and I’m sure in plenty of other locations throughout the country, have taken the time to convert their parking lots into drive-in theaters! This allows the businesses to make money in a creative new way while also allowing people to enjoy a nice evening out in a safe way! Many people offer car-side food service as well to truly enhance the experience. I always dreamed of going to a drive-in movie (thanks to the sci-fi diner in Disney World mainly) and now I finally get the chance! Cozy up with your family or a select few friends and go enjoy a cozy night out! I know a lot of the converted drive-ins near me have also started playing horror movies and classic Halloween films the really help boost the fall spirits! No drive-in near you? No problem! Enjoy a fall or Halloween movie night at home or in your backyard with a tarp and a projector!
8. Go On A Hike/Walk
If you live in an area who fall foliage is really prominent, then take the time to soak it all in. Coming from New England, I have always LOVED the changing of colors on the leaves and how quickly nature transforms into a fall wonderland. Go for a hike, get outside for some more fresh air. Pick a friend, family member, or furry companion to join you and just get some well-needed exercise while once again living in the moment. Enjoy all that you have around you (and it’s free!).
7. Have A Fire
Nights getting cooler? Or maybe you just want another excuse to enjoy the outdoors? Have a fire! Now I say this in a ‘be safe’ way of course. Only have fires in the safety of a fire pit or where they are permitted. Enjoy the company of others or the peace and quiet of the evening alone. Make some s’mores, have a hot beverage, or simply relax with a blanket. Appreciate fall for all it offers!
6. Decorate Your Home
Guys we all know this is one of my FAVORITE holiday and seasonal activities. GET THOSE PUMPKINS READY EVERYONE CAUSE IT’S TIME TO DECORATE! Whip out the fall decor or just jump straight into your spooky aesthetics because it’s finally time! Take a day to decorate your house (or wherever you reside) and make it feel as fall as possible! If you can’t go enjoy fall and Halloween decor elsewhere, then bring it all to your home! Maybe even end the day off with a nice spooky movie or fall inspired dinner!
5. Treat Yourself To Some Pumpkin Spice!
Whether you’re a Starbuck person or a Dunks lover like me, go enjoy some of the best seasonal flavors that fall has to offer! Pumpkin Spice is my absolute FAVORITE flavor of the year (with Peppermint mocha coming in a strong second) and I THRIVE when it comes back onto menus. Yes, I know, I’m THAT basic person. Go take a drive to your local coffee shop, bakery, or drive through and TREAT YO SELF. It is the season of treats in my opinion as well. Not a PS fan? There are plenty of other fall inspired flavors that many places have to enjoy! Who knows, you might even find a new favorite!
4. Go To A Pumpkin Patch
While following state guidelines AND WEARING A MASK AT ALL TIMES. Go to a local pumpkin patch! Take in the fall sights while also selecting the best of the pickings. Bring one (or a few) pumpkins home to either add to the aesthetics, carve, or cook with!
3. Go Apple Picking Or To A Local Farm Stand
Once again another activity that involves following farm and state protocols WHILE STILL WEARING A MASK AT ALL TIMES. Go to your local farm if you live near one! I know some near me are allowing people to apple pick this year while others are offering farm stands to go and purchase fresh fall produce! Either way go support a local small business, and get some delicious apples, apple cider, and of course apple cider donuts while you’re at it! Enjoy a fun fall activity if apple picking is allowed too!
2. Bake Some Fall Treats!
Take your pumpkins, apples, and all the other fall flavors out there and whip up something good! Whether you love to bake or cook, there are plenty of fall recipes to test out. Make some pumpkin bread, apple crisp, or pie! Feeling like cooking or in a more savory mood? Then try some nice butternut squash soup or a warm crock pot meal! Either way take the time to fully enjoy the process as well as the finished product!
1. Carve A Pumpkin
Lastly, for you extra spooky people out there, carve a pumpkin! Look up inspiration or create a design of your own, either way you’ll end up with a festive creation! Plus this is a great activity to enjoy within the comfort of your own home that can be however long you chose. Spend hours or minutes with your pumpkin designing it. Don’t feel like carving? Try painting it! Might help it last longer as well as a fun activity for those not looking to possibly lose a finger.