Fall has always been my favorite time of year. As soon as Labor Day passes I hang faux colored leaves and light pumpkin scented candles. Growing up in New England, I have seen some of the prettiest apple orchards, fall foliage, and historic haunted houses. Since the season is celebrated quite differently in Florida, I wanted to share the things I love the most (regardless of where I am).
From flaky pies, apple crisp, or cider donuts I turn into Rachel Ray during the fall. After a day of apple picking, we can't help but head to the kitchen for a treat. I will admit that I probably go through an entire jar of cinnamon every season.
2. Fuzzy Sweaters
With the crisp chill in the air, I break out my cardigans, riding boots, and outerwear. Although I can't layer my clothes as much as I'd like to in Florida, I still throw on a light sweater to pretend it's getting colder out.
3. Autumn Hikes
One of my favorite activities is to walk the trails by an apple orchard near my hometown. Mack's Apples bursts with fall colors, crisp fresh air, and deep amber sunsets. The crowds thin out late October and the bugs are all gone. If you're lucky, you will even stumble upon a pumpkin patch through the woods.
4. Ghost Tours
Whether it be Nightmare New England or Halloween Horror Nights, I absolutely love getting a group of friends together for a spooky night out. My family lives close to Salem, MA where the witch trials took place. Since there were so many superstitious things happening here, it feels like a real life Halloweentown.
My friends and I all get together to have a "Friends-giving" before heading home for the holidays. We each make a dish and someone new hosts it each year. Sweet potatoes topped with gooey marshmallows and cinnamon is my favorite contribution to make.
It's time to grab a fluffy blanket and curl up by a bonfire after a football game. My friend is an expert at telling ghost stories, so we all pour a glass of wine and listen in. Someone usually plays a joke and starts making sounds from the woods just to scare me. BOO!!!
7. Seasonal Beer
Whether you are huddling around a campfire or pre-gaming for a haunted house, craft beer is a must. At Notch Brewery in Salem, MA they serve up Octoberfest Lager, Harvest Pumpkin IPA, and Green Ghost Pale Ale. Sit outside and munch on a soft german pretzel with a large pint of a dark brew.
8. Dressing Up for Halloween
I feel like you are never too old to dress up for Halloween. This past year I celebrated in Austin, TX as Legally Blonde. Each year I try to get more and more creative by searching Pinterest for ideas. Trick-or-Treat?
9. PUMPKIN SPICE
My friend said to me the other day, "If there were pumpkin spice paper towels you would totally buy them,". He's right because, each time I go to Target I wind up with half a cart full of goodies. This Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter from Fresh Market is addicting!
10. Farm Visits
From corns mazes, pumpkin patches, and apple picking a trip to your local farm will definitely help you get into the spirit. Wilson's Farm in my hometown has the yummiest hot apple cider and donuts to munch on while picking out our pumpkins.
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Welcome to my blog, my name is Rachael. I'm a twenty-something year old from southern New Hampshire. I'm studying marketing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Follow me as I adventure through my senior year.