I’ve always been a “middle lane” kind of person. Not too fast, not too slow. Not too hot, not too cold. So that’s probably why fall is my favorite season, followed closely by spring. We’re just a few days away from the official start of fall, but there’s already a nice chill in the air, and a few colors are starting to emerge among the trees.
Although football and dance have us busy, there are a few items that I think will help us savor the transition season.
- Go to a fall festival. If I want to cross this one off my list I can, because we went to a birthday party at a fall festival. Still, if we can get to another one that we can enjoy at a more leisurely pace, I’m all for it. Maybe a hayride, a corn maze and an easy hike.
- Create a spooky decor. Holiday decorating is not my specialty. Last year, the kids asked if we could decorate more for Halloween. I had a few items on hand from before I was married (orange lights, a window witch, a ceiling spider), and we usually make a porch scarecrow and some ghosts. They didn’t make their request until pretty close to the holiday, so we didn’t do too much last year. But the day after Halloween, I stocked up at Target. This year, we’ll have a nice little graveyard in the yard and some spooky lights for our path. We won’t have the scariest house on the block, but my kids are always too scared to go to that one anyway.
- Go pumpkin shopping. Of course we’ll need to supplement last year’s Target finds with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds.
- Enjoy a fun Halloween. We live in a great trick-or-treating neighborhood. It’s one of the only neighborhoods in town that has sidewalks, so a lot of families drive to our neighborhood to trick-or-treat. On top of that, our town is one of the only places locally that has trick-or-treat on Halloween itself. (For some reason, most towns in Central PA have it on the Thursday before Halloween.) Since Halloween is on a Friday this year, I’m expecting at least 300 trick-or-treaters, maybe 400 — and a great night.
- Celebrate big and small occasions. All of our family’s major milestones occur in the fall. The kids’ birthdays are both in November, and T and I celebrate in December. We’re typically low-key on birthdays, but S has never had a “friends” party, so I would like her to have something special this year. T celebrates his 50th this year, so that probably warrants a bigger celebration than usual. On top of the birthdays, our anniversary is in October. (Of course, I chose that month because I love fall so much.)This year is our tenth, so we are planning a night away — first one in a while.