If you know me, or even if you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know just how much I love this season. There’s something enchanting about it. I understand a lot of you will be mourning summer, but there’s no reason to be. The last few months of the year are a chance for you to get a fresh start and enjoy some of the best holidays we have – Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving (for my American friends) and Christmas. I love everything about the season, the changing colours, the colder weather and the array of new activities, but here’s a short list of the 10 top things I love about Autumn and you should too!
Roasted Vegetable Soups
Now, this may be something you can have all year round. But for me, it’s the perfect Autumn food. It’s tasty and warms you from head-to-toe. Perfect fall material. My absolute favourite for this time of year is a spiced butternut squash soup, it’s one of those perfect meals for having in front of the TV watching Nightmare Before Christmas.
Try: Martha Stewart – Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup
This isn’t something that everyone has, but those of us who do have them, be they electric, gas or open wood burners, you know how amazing it is in Autumn to curl up on the sofa, with the fire on, a good book and an oversized fluffy blanket. I’m very ready for this. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can purchase heaters from nearly all supermarkets which give off the same toasty vibe!
Now fashionistas. Who here loves Fall fashion? Because it is simply the best thing in the world to me. Knee high boots, scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves, the list could go on and on. Autumnal colours are perfect as well; mustards, browns, reds, etc. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in them?
Try: New Look – Mustard Longline Coat: £34.99 (It’s on my must buy list!)
I love candles all year round, but the Autumnal and Winter scents are my favourites. Yankee Candle have a marvellous collection of Autumn scents. They have candles specifically for Halloween, as well as cinnamons and pumpkins, it’s spectacular. But we cannot forget about Bath & Body Works, some of their scents are so much better the competitors.
Who doesn’t love pumpkins? And with the Halloween holiday, carving pumpkins is just part of the deal. It’s something we have done as a family for many years, and it’s something I hope I will always be able to do. (Plus think of the wonderful soups you can make in the process!)
That crisp morning air and the beautiful sights you’ll see during them. Falling leaves, vibrant reds and oranges. Have you ever noticed that Fall air smells beautiful? Better than any other time of year? Well you will from now on. You also get that extremely satisfying sound of walking on crisp leaves. mm, so great.
Tip: I personally love taking my dog out around mid-day, it’s just warm enough for his little paws, but it’s still got that little nip in the air to keep us both nimble.
Now this isn’t one that I do all the time, yet I wish it was. Camping during the fall is so satisfying. Curling up in front of a camp-fire with blankets, roasting marshmallows and cooking smores, singing songs (“here’s Wonderwall”), and being with our closest friends.
All of the amazing movies that remind you what time of year it is, and how cozy it really is. Cwtching (cuddling) up during this time of year with a loved one, parents or siblings is perfect. Sharing a blanket, with hot coco and mini marshmallows, just the way to spend Fall evenings. Gotta prep for Winter somehow!
Try: Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas & Dead Poets Society.
Halloween is a beautiful holiday. No matter what age you are I recommend going “Trick or Treating”, and if you’re older like me, feel free to take a younger person with you, but don’t be embarrassed! It’s a time for all of us! Dress up and be wild, eat as much as you want and be happy!
Sweets and Treats
It’s not just about the sweets you get on Halloween, it’s about everything else in between. The marshmallows on the camp-fire, bobbing for apples, and of course the holy grail of Fall – caramel apples. There’s nothing better during Autumn then tucking into a really unhealthy treat.