Happy October, Dear Readers! My kids and I celebrated October 1st yesterday by buying a big fat pumpkin to put on the porch, and then we gutted a little pie pumpkin so we could roast some seeds. Yum. Fall is easily my favorite season.
I usually make a list of things I want to do in the fall, but I also want to keep things low-key – not getting bogged down in the frenzy of activity just for experience’s sake. You know what I mean? I don’t decorate the house from top to bottom. I don’t create every ghost, jack-o-lantern, candy corn confection I come across, and I don’t attend every hay ride/pumpkin patch/cookout/football game/carnival available either.
*My daughter last year. I gave her a mini-Twix and she perked right up.
Here’s how I found a happy medium:
I pull all of our fall crafts straight from Pinterest. Feel free to follow my board for inspiration. I usually spend a few dollars on some felt and a couple of other things at the Dollar Tree. Otherwise, I use things we already have at home to create a festive, crafty element in our school day.
At some point, I’m going to get the ingredients for “Baby Ruth in a Bowl.” It’s a super fun treat for fall, and it cannot be more simple. Bag of candy corn. Bag of chocolate chips. Jar of peanuts. Mix. Put in a Jar. Instant Fall Snack! I’m also into pumpkin-izing all of our favorite foods: pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, and we love to roast pumpkin seeds in the oven. I’m planning on mixing up a huge batch of homemade hot chocolate mix, too.
*My family posing with Big Tex, the day before his unfortunate incineration.
Of course we hit the obligatory pumpkin patch. Go check out Pumpkin Patches and More to find one in your area. My husband gets free tickets to the Texas State Fair every year, so we try to find a day to go. We always make several trips to our local park, and we can spend hours there playing, finding pine cones and feathers for our nature jar. Towards the end of the month, we will head to a fall festival, so the kids can dress up and stock up on candy.
You don’t have to be super creative to create a sense of fall in your home. I cover one of our side sofa tables with an autumn-themed table cloth, set out some cute pumpkins and a decorative plate. Last year, I hot glued some ribbon to pine cones (from the park) and hung them on the door. Our home was festive and fun with the few decorations along with all of our crafts.