The Best Things to Do When Fall Comes Around

One of the greatest seasons is officially upon us, fall! It is that time of year where the weather gets a little colder, sweaters become a little better, every shadow and abandoned house become a little spookier, cuffing season is in full swing, and the world is just a little bit cozier. Here are some really great fall things to do if you find a break in the hectic schedule of life and school (cuffing partner not required).

1. Drink a Fall Drink

Now this one seems obvious, but warm drinks are the core to surviving fall (especially in Laramie). Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the most “fall” but for those that don’t like the deliciousness of pumpkin there are other options including Salted Caramel Mochas, London Fogs, Hot Chocolate (extra points for extra marshmallows), and Apple Cider (extra points for actual cinnamon sticks in it).

2. Binge Watch a Great TV Show

Fall is not only the start to football season, but it is the start to TV season too. Whether you binge watch a show that has already ended (Pretty Little Liars, for me), or one that is still airing (Grey’s Anatomy anyone?) binge watching TV is the easiest way to forget your problems, or procrastinate on all your problems, until 2 AM. Here are some season premieres to mark on your calendar for those who are looking for a new television show: Doctor Who (the first lady Doctor!) October 7th, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend October 12th, Making a Murderer October 19th, and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina October 26th.

3. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” or “Hocus Pocus”

2018 marks the year of not one, but two great 25th anniversaries. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Hocus Pocus” are both 25 this year! As an avid movie lover these movies have been a part of my fall since I was a wee child. Take some time to celebrate these great movies, whether that is just watching them or throwing a whole themed party for them.

4. Allow Yourself to Indulge in Childish Whims

Remember when you were a child and fall meant jumping in leaves, decorating or carving pumpkins, and dressing up for Halloween? Don’t be afraid to do those things as an “adult.” Play in the leaves even if that means just kicking up piles while you’re walking to class. Decorate a pumpkin or carve one, if you carve one you can use the insides for a pumpkin pie (if baking is your forte). Wear your sweaters, woolen socks, and Ugg boots, if that is your style. Go “Disneybound” as your favorite characters (you can find me rocking a Han Solo inspired outfit around campus). Take part in a style challenge on Instagram (Disney style has a great new one for October). Whatever your “childish whim” is this fall, do it! Life is too short to be so serious all the time, let your inner child out once in a while.

5. Go Stargazing

Fall has some fantastic sky views whether it is sunrises, sunsets, suns that are Tatooine red from surrounding fires, or nighttime skies. Take some time this fall to set outside and just gaze at the stars or the clouds. As Vincent Van Gogh once said “I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.” Who knows, maybe the sky will inspire your own Starry Night.

6. Go to a Football Game

Football games are a hallmark fall tradition. Whether your team is good or somewhat not so great, it is always fun to bundle up in your team’s colors and go cheer them on. Even if they don’t always win you’ll make great memories with friends underneath those bright lights.

7. Read A Great Book

Fall is a great time to curl up and read a great book. Classics are always a good choice during fall. Try: Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, or Pride and Prejudice (or one of their contemporary counterparts). Newer books are always great too! Try: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, or one based off of your Hogwarts house. HelloGiggles just wrote a fantastic article for this purpose!

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