With fall blowing in, there is a crispness to the air. The morning grass is coated with dewy ice crystals. The leaves are changing from brilliant green to flaming red, glittering gold, and blazing orange. My breath comes in puffs of steam as I run out in the morning to pick up the paper. As the days get shorter, I want to have one more party before we are all shut in for the winter.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Visiting a pumpkin patch or corn maze can provide hours of fun for the whole family. A trip to the pumpkin farm is a great fall celebration and hayrides or a farm animal petting zoo only adds to the festivities. Don’t forget your camera because those baby and toddler in a pile of pumpkins pictures are adorable! Pumpkin Patches and More is a good resource for finding pumpkin patches and corn mazes all across the United States. The listings include hours, special fall festivals at the farm, and additional attractions such as hay rides or petting zoos. After a day at the pumpkin patch come home and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or carve jack-o-lanterns (permanent markers are a great alternative for kids too young to handle pumpkin carving tools).
Host A Bonfire Cookout
In my opinion, The very best way to celebrate autumn has always been with a group of my best friends and a crackling bonfire. The evening scene is complete with guitar folk music in the background while we all stuff our faces with hot-dogs and s’mores or wrap cold-chilled hands around mugs of hot apple cider. This is a great idea for celebrating fall with teenagers (and their friends).
To plan a bonfire, make sure you have a safe place to start the fire where it won’t spread to things you don’t want to burn. You need firewood and a place to sit. Make sure you invite someone who knows how to start a fire. Check with your local fire marshall about starting a fire within city limits. If you can’t have a fire at your house or you live in an apartment, check out local campsites. They usually have fire pits at the campsites and you can usually buy firewood at the park store.
Finally, Stargazing is another great (and romantic) way to celebrate fall. Fall weather always has lower humidity which is why you get that crisp blue fall sky. The lower humidity means less atmospheric haze between you and the stars. To find a dark sky near you, check out Dark Sky Association’s map (USA only)
If you really want to impress your friends, study up on finding different constellations or print out a sky map at Skymaps.com, Make sure you bring along a thermos of hot cocoa and a blanket or a sleeping bag
Fall is a season for celebrating the end of a glorious summer and the beginning of a splendid autumn. For a really full day of celebration, start at the pumpkin patch in the morning, follow with an afternoon or evening bonfire and fall asleep camping out under the stars. A perfect fall celebration day.