Fall snuck up on us, and it’s officially October. Every year, I say I’m going to decorate early and get into the spirit of the season. Then, it’s suddenly January of the new year, and I feel like I didn’t get to enjoy the season as much as I wanted. It’s just too easy to let day-to-day life consume your mind and time.
However, I don’t want to feel that way in January 2019. I want to feel like I did all the seasonal activities I wanted. I don’t want to carve a pumpkin on Halloween night. I want to carve it earlier in October, so I can enjoy it. I don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving to start baking fall treats. I want to start baking them now, so I get into the spirit of the season.
So, I’m planning. To start, I bought a dry erase calendar that we mounted to my home office wall, so Jake and I can easily see our plans. (I know we can use an app or Google calendar for this, but I like having the tangible calendar.)
Our October weekends are almost all booked already, so we’ll be squeezing in October activities into weeknights. I usually shy away from doing any activity other than happy hour on a weeknight because I’m a stickler about getting to bed “on time.” But, I’m currently try to each myself to spend less time worrying about the clock and more time enjoying myself.
Below is my October bucketlist – things that help me enjoy Halloween longer and give me a head start soaking in the new season. (I’ve already marked off one!)
1. Carve a pumpkin.
I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin carving. I don’t carve cool designs or do anything special. But, carving pumpkins will put me in the fall spirit, so I want to carve one. We’ll already have pumpkins on our porch anyway, so why not carve one?
2. Watch scary movies.
It never fails that we only watch one scary movie before October, and I hate it! I love scary movies, but I love them even more in October. I want to watch at least two or three before Halloween.
3. Bake fall goodies.
I like making seasonal treats, especially fall treats with all the pumpkin, apple and cinnamon flavors. But, I usually don’t bake as much as I’d like October through December. I want to make at least one fall treat in October.
4. Bake Halloween goodies.
Nope, Halloween treats and fall treats aren’t the same. I also want to bake some Halloween goodies that Jake and I can share with coworkers. (Gotta spread that Halloween cheer!)
5. Make a Halloween-themed cocktail.
Doesn’t it sound like a fun date night at home to create your own Halloween-themed cocktails? I’m thinking a cocktail that’s dark red.
6. Have a walking coffee date downtown.
I love taking walks, especially when there’s coffee involved. I’ve so missed walking down streets with my hubby and coffee in hand and crisp air on my face. Usually theses coffee dates happen organically, but I want to plan one intentionally early in the season.
7. Decorate for Halloween.
First things first, I want to decorate our house and porch for Halloween early. (I think I waited until mid October last year.) The décor sets the mood, so Halloween décor is my first priority.
8. Have a picnic in a graveyard.
I’ve never had a picnic in a cemetery, but I hear cemeteries are perfect for them since they’re so quiet. Going during October just makes it feel festive.
9. Plan a Halloween date night at home.
We’ll be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters Halloween night, but that doesn’t mean we can’t simultaneously have a date night! I plan on wearing something festive and making snacks to match.