Autumn has always been my favorite season. The light, the scents and the colors cast a spell on everything and serves as a breath of fresh air after a long and warm summer. Every year, I enjoy creating a to-do-list for Autumn. It contains all the things I’d like to make room for in the months to come and it’s a great reminder to appreciate the time before it’s gone 👉
1. Pumpkin carving
I really didn’t get it as a child. Why was it so much fun carving a pumpkin head?! As an adult, it definitely appeals to me – probably due to nostalgic reasons. I began carving pumpkins a few years back and now it’s sort of a tradition around Halloween. No need to make them pretty or anything – a mouth, two eyes, a nose and a candle inside will do the trick just fine!
2. Make pumpkin soup
We’ll stay in the pumpkin department for a bit, cause…when was the last time you tasted pumpkin soup?! It’s sooo good! Not only is it easy to make when you already have a few pumpkin heads in stock; it’s the perfect comfort food and you can spice it up or tone it down as you wish. Did I mention how easy it is to make? Here’s a recipe from Jamie Oliver.
3. Take long walks in the forest
Not only restricted for Autumn, of course, but there’s hardly anything more beautiful than an Autumn forest in full “bloom”. The colors and the crisp air is soothing for the soul, so I plan to take quite a few of those during the next couple of months. Make a day trip out of it and spend some time with family or friends.
4. Outdoor morning meditations
This might sound like a tough one if you’re sensitive to cold, but that can be solved with layers of clothes. Meditating outside is such an energizer and you’ll feel much more alive and connected to the surrounding world. If you’re new to meditation, try out 10 minutes in the morning for a whole week. I personally can’t live without my daily meditations and can only recommend trying out an app for the purpose. If you live in the city, like me, find a calm spot in the nearest park or public garden.
5. Shop for new accessories in Autumn colors
Autumn colors doesn’t only have to be in nature; they’re equally good-looking on clothes and accessories (especially the super soft ones like scarves, gloves and hats). I’m already obsessed with curry yellow, burnt orange and army green. What are your favorite ones?
6. Apple picking
A tradition I’d like to carry on within my own family. Apple picking is probably one of the cosiest activities during Autumn! Look out for apple orchards in your area and bring the biggest baskets you can find. Home-made apple pie and apple cider coming up!
7. Bake an apple pie
Which leads me to my next must-do on the list: bake an apple pie. The best one I’ve ever had was probably one my Grandmother did, so here’s for trying it out myself 😉 Here’s a recipe for a mind-blowing version, if you’d like to give it a try yourself.
8. Make a Halloween movie night
You don’t have to be a kid or a teenager to love Halloween. I’ll admit that I’m quite a fan, even if it’s mostly for the atmosphere, the candy and the excellent excuse you have for hosting a video night! Gather a bunch of friends, light up some candles, make sure there’s plenty of sweet treats within reach and put on an epic Halloween movie like Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler. I have seen it at least 15 times so far, but it never gets old. Here’s a full list of other scary movies.
8. Explore new cosy cafés
Needless to say, Autumn is for snuggling up at your favorite cafe with a cinnamon latte and a pile of books. Or a hot chocolate and your laptop. Either way, it’s always fun to find new cosy venues.
9. Buy old books in antiquarian book shops
If you’re a book worm like me, browsing an antiquarian book shop is definitely a treat. You never know what you’ll find and it kinda feels like a treasure hunt every time. For some reason, it’s much nicer to buy old books than new ones from Amazon. Or maybe that’s just me?
10. Go to an art exhibition
After a long, warm summer, it’s time to get cultural again! Check out your favorite museums and their coming exhibitions – there’s usually something interesting going on during Autumn. Bonus: many museums also have cosy cafes, where you can have breakfast or lunch.
11. Visit a farmer’s market
The best way to get your hands on fresh, local produce! Plus you’re supporting farmers directly instead of large supermarket chains! A farmer’s market is such a perfect Autumn activity and you can find one in most cities. Go as early as possible before all the good stuff is sold out (and bring bags and cash).
Over to you! What are your favorite things to do in Autumn?😊