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It is the best time of the year HALLOWEEN!!! now who doesn’t love this time of the year! Pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides, apple cider donuts, scary movies, haunted houses, halloween decor in stores and of course Octoberfest Beers and so much more!! I have decided to write this post on things to do for the month of October! where to go with your friends, family, the kids, what do to or even as a date night with your significant other!
You might say October marks the height of fall: The temperature finally drops—and it actually stays chilly. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are ripe for the picking. Cafes have hit their true pumpkin spice latte strides. And throughout most of the United States, the colorful change in fall foliage will peak sometime during the month of October, making this particular autumn month synonymous with prime leaf-peeping.
The only “issue” with October—despite all its fall glory—is that it tends to fly by so quickly that it feels like you didn’t get to do much! Come November and December, we’ll have let it slip by without enjoying what it has to offer.
There are so many ways to relish in this season’s offering both big and small, near or far from home.
Here are some classic fun things to do in October to take advantage of the beautiful weather, seasonal changes, gorgeous foliage, and calm before the holiday storm.
1. Check Out Fall Foliage
Whether it’s right at a local park or a two-hour drive into the country, look up the best places to see all the beautiful, vibrant fall foliage near you. Don’t forget to bring your camera and get ready to marvel at the yellows, oranges, and reds of the season.
2. Go Pumpkin Picking
Head to a pumpkin patch with your best friends, your kids, or your significant other to find the perfect pumpkins for an October-themed doorstep or natural fall decor inside. If you’re going with kids, they’ll love being able to choose their favorite pumpkins and take them home to carve and paint. Not only can you enjoy pumpkin picking but you can find farms with corn mazes and hay rides near you.
3. Head Out for a Hike
Whether it’s flat and leisurely or long and rigorous, there’s nothing like a good hike through nature surrounded by cool, clean air and fall-touched trees. Bundle up, go with a bunch of friends, pack a picnic for the end, and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the beautiful outdoors.
4. Go Apple Picking
Apple picking season usually starts in August and peaks through September—but there’s still time to squeeze in one last trip to a nearby apple orchard or apple farm during the first half of October. Even if the apples aren’t at their absolute best you can still walk the orchards (for the perfect apple-picking Instagram shot), eat apple cider doughnuts, and stock up on homemade apple cider. Worst case scenario: You spend your day outside!
5. Go to a Fall Festival
Look into local fall festivals coming up near you and take some friends, your kids, or a date out for a day of hayrides, pumpkin picking, haunted houses, local food stalls, outdoor entertainment, and caramel apples. Now, is there anything more fun to do in October than to enjoy an outdoor festival?
6. Tour a Winery or Brewery
People often think of spending the day at a winery or brewery is just a warm-weather activity. They’re not wrong—that probably just means they’ve never been during the fall. Spoiler warning: It’s awesome. A winery or brewery likely won’t be quite as crowded in October, plus most places have indoor seating in case the weather’s chilly. Otherwise, it’s the perfect excuse to wear your cutest fall scarf and ankle boots and enjoy some fresh local wine and beer with buddies. Now wouldn’t this be a great date night as well!!
7. Visit a haunted house near you
Boo! do you love a good scare? Get with some friends and family, find a haunted attraction nearby, go nuts and be ready to scream your butts off. Other spooky options include going on a ghost tour, visiting an old cemetery, or touring an historic building at night (if possible) in your town. I would say this is my favorite part of enjoying the month of October, being able to enjoy haunted attractions in your town. I may have been a witch in my pass life I enjoy them that much! 😉
8. Swap Summer Clothing for Fall Clothing
It’s time to trade in those sandals and bathing suits for sweaters and scarves. Spend a rainy Saturday or Sunday in October making room in your closet for your fall and winter clothing. If that sounds like a bore, turn it into a more fun activity. Put on your favorite music, a podcast, or an old favorite TV show in the background and get things done. While you’re at it, sort out gently used things you don’t wear anymore and donate them.
At least this year for me this doesn’t pertain to me, living in Florida it’s “summer” all year around. Even though, Floridians say it gets cold eventually! (Let’s see about that) I have some sweaters in my closet that will be waiting to be worn!!
9. Make Halloween Costumes
Sure, you could elbow your way through a costume store—or you could whip up an easy, homemade Halloween costume without leaving the house and without spending the money! I have previously DIY my own Halloween costumes, I can say that the best part of this is the creativity you find in you by doing them yourself which is always the fun part of it all. It’s a great growing experience.
10. Rake Leaves
We know, this one technically counts as a chore, because this was definitely a chore for ME—so why not make a fun fall activity out of it? If your kids are around, have them lend a hand and see who can make the biggest leaf pile. As a kid, my brothers and I would do a competition as to who could fill the most bags the fastest specially with the yard my parents had!! Make it fun, get creative with your kids!
11. Roast Marshmallows and Make S’mores
If you already have a cozy fall fire roaring away in the hearth or have an outdoor fire pit, do yourself a favor and toast up some marshmallows too. This is by far my favorite outdoor activity to do in this chilly season!
12. Decorate the House for Fall
Whatever your style—natural, minimal, glam, or rustic—take advantage of a rainy or cloudy weekend in October to finally get your home looking festive for fall. Hang a wreath on the door, prop mini pumpkins and gourds along your table, and sweep a pretty fall garland across the mantle.
13. Carve (or Paint) Pumpkins
Thanks to the promise of Halloween coming in a few weeks, pumpkin carving is a classic October activity to at home. Not a huge fan of the mess or the knife work (especially if you have young kids around)? Try DIY pumpkin painting ideas that are much easier than carving (but no less fun or pretty!). You can find so many DIY ideas wether it’s on YouTube, Pinterest or google! Look around.
14. Watch Scary Movies
‘Tis the season for scary movies! Have a Netflix account? Disney plus or Amazon Prime! well below are some of my favorite Halloween Movies.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
The Craft (1996)
Beetle Juice (1988)
15. Read a Scary Book
Whether it’s a Stephen King classic or a contemporary thriller hot off the presses, reading a creepy book in October will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween. Curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea; or maybe something stronger 😉 and lose yourself in a chilling thriller you can’t put down. Here are some good books.
IT – Stephen King
Always the First to Die – RJ Jacobs
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
I hope that some of these ideas will be useful to you!! Please don’t forget to subscribe for more posts and ideas!!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN SEASON MY FRIENDS!! STAY WARM.