Can you believe we’re already looking at the fall season? This year has felt like 100 months and I’m actually looking forward to a little holiday joy. We’ve put this 31 Things to Do this October list geared toward moms who want to bring some fun fall activities into their homes and lives.
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We’ve been pinning a million things on our Fall Fun Pinterest board and you can bet come October 1st we’ll be wearing boots and raking leaves. Who cares if it’s still 90 degrees here in Southern California!
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Fun Activities for Fall and Halloween
Here’s 31 things to do this October:
October 1: Make plans for a socially-distance meet up at Starbucks for a PSL. Or, invite some girlfriends over for a driveway date and whip up this Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.
October 2: Decorate your door with festive fall wreath. I’m always torn between fall and Halloween decor so I usually put up a fall-inspired wreath up until the week before Halloween and then swap it out until November 1st.
October 3: Go apple picking! Megan’s family does this every year and I’ve never been. Maybe she’ll invite us this time around. Are you in Southern California? This is the apple farm Megan visits each fall. They had a devastating fire last year, but they are still open for business and we can’t wait to support them.
October 4: Invite the neighbor kids and host an outdoor movie night! Wondering what to show? Here’s a great list of family-friendly Halloween movies.
October 5: Start packing up a Boo Bucket for friends and neighbors. Need some inspiration? Check out a few we’ve made over the years.
October 8: Fall is for baking, isn’t it? These are crowd pleasers.
October 10: Time to stash your summer nail colors for a darker one. Megan’s been doing her own dip nails at home with this kit.
October 11: Don’t forget to bump up the shade of your lips this season, too. Megan loves these three affordable lip colors from the drugstore.
October 12: Oktoberfest might not be happening, but you can recreate the experience at home with this list of Oktoberfest inspired recipes.
October 13: Hot weather be damned, dig those boots out of the closet. Get comfy with these classic Uggs. We’re not really going out anywhere anyway, right?
October 14: Find yourself a Halloween costume! Megan says she wants to dress up like this traffic cone, and well, okay.
October 15: Stock up on Halloween candy. Yes, two weeks early! See what your favorite Halloween candy says about you. Team Chocolate, all the way.
October 17: I swore I wouldn’t buy candles this year but Target got me with this season with these fall neutrals.
October 18: Watch a scary movie. Check out the 13 Nights of Halloween schedule from Freeform or just rent the original Halloween.
October 20: I need to wear something festive for Halloween. There are so many funny ones out there but I still need one that’s fairly appropriate around the kids. Love this one from Old Navy.
Don’t miss this episode of Long Story Short the Podcast where we talk about the things we love about Fall!
Girls Gone Hallmark: Raise a Glass to Love – Long Story Short with Megan and Wendy: The Podcast
October 21: I love opening my fall and Halloween boxes to find all the kids books we re-read year after year. Here’s a great list of fall books you should be reading with your kids.
October 22: I love a good football game. Here’s a fun football themed popcorn snack that you can customize for your favorite team.
October 23: This is when I pull out all the Halloween decor. I love this idea of spray painting plastic pumpkins and using them as a planter. Give me all the gold paint!
October 25: Our kids plan to make these lollipop ghosts for their friends and leave them on their doorsteps. I love how easy they are and I can let her do it on her own.
October 26: I think crafts mades with leaves are so pretty. It’s probably because we get very little change in the leaves here in So Cal so bringing them into our home makes it feel like the season. I love so many of the autumn craft ideas here!
October 27: Dig out your scarves and will some cooler weather! I love this scarf from Madewell.
October 28: Thanksgiving is only weeks away now. What does Thanksgiving look this year for you? Check out what to cook the week of Thanksgiving to make life easier.
October 29: Get to carving those pumpkins! Here’s a great tip sheet on carving pumpkins. Who knew?
October 30: Roast pumpkin seeds. I like them with butter and salt but here’s a sweet twist on the roasted pumpkin seed.
October 31: Time to Trick or Treat!