There's a chill in the air and the leaves are changing from green to red and orange – autumn has arrived. With the change in seasons comes the opportunity for new activities and fun ways to celebrate the fall. Here are a few activities you can take part in to embrace the changing seasons this year:
Decorate the house
Dust off the fall decorations and bring a little more life into your home. You can put out bright red or orange throw blankets that you may have tucked away, or bring out the collection of ceramic pumpkins you have stored in the closet. A garland of faux leaves hanging from the wall and a bright centerpiece on your table will put you in the spirit of the season.
Come October, you can shift from honoring just the change in seasons to celebrating Halloween. Spooky skeletons on the door and pumpkins on the front steps are just a couple of ideas for items you can add to your surroundings to get you in the ghostly mood. Don't forget to stock up on candy for the trick or treaters.
Bake fall delights
Baking delicious treats for friends and family is a great way to celebrate the autumn season. Pumpkin spice cookies, apple tarts, cinnamon coffee cakes and more will fill your home with tempting aromas and tastes.
You can make these on your own or invite a family member or friend to join you on your baking adventure. When you're ready to enjoy the delicacies you've made, pair them with apple cider. Drink it cold or heat it up with a cinnamon stick to keep warm on a crisp day.
Take a walk
Take some time to admire the scenery changing around you and enjoy a walk to admire the beautiful fall foliage. Bright reds, fiery oranges and sunshine yellow leaves are sure to boost your spirits. You can take a walk around your neighborhood for a glimpse of local trees, or turn leaf peeping into a more substantial outing.
The local botanic gardens will likely still be open in the autumn. If you've only ever visited in the summer, you may be pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere at these outdoor gardens during the autumn. Flowers may not be in bloom, but the trees will be. An added bonus – the gardens may not be as crowded as they are during the steamy summer months.
Make a day of it and stop for lunch or at a coffee shop to get a seasonal drink to warm up.
Make fall crafts
Crafting is a great way to pass the time any time of year, but as the days grow shorter, it's important to prepare yourself for more hours spent inside. Sure, you can enjoy a nice autumn walk, but on cooler days, you'll be happier if you have indoor activities to keep you entertained.
Maybe you're a world-class knitter, or love to paint. Take any of these skills and cater them to the fall. Knit a colorful scarf for yourself, or break out the water colors to paint a fall landscape.
You can also make your own leaf garlands to hang around the house, or spend a bit of time making your own Halloween goody bags for your grandkids. Make a pine cone centerpiece or work with your friends at your assisted living community to work on a jigsaw puzzle with a fall theme.
Those who are less skilled with crafts can try out a coloring book. You can get a fall-themed adult coloring book, or simply use reds, oranges and browns to shade in a forest scene. Adult coloring books have made huge gains in popularity over the past few years for good reason – they help with stress relief and are an easy way to create something beautiful for yourself.
Attend a fall festival
Check with your town to see what autumn activities they have on their list. You can search online for events, or ask your town library if they have a list you can peruse. If you live in an assisted living community, look out for activities your community may have the opportunity to take part in.
Fall festivals and trips to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch are all great ways to spend a day celebrating autumn. The seasonal change also provides you with another opportunity – fall farmers markets. These are open during the summer, too, but as different vegetables come into season, the farmers markets offer a changing array of fresh foods for you to take home. Bring a tote bag and stock up on root vegetables, apples, pumpkins and all manner of treats such as honey, apple butter and freshly baked breads to enjoy at home.