32 Simple Ways to Savor the Autumn Season

Tips for making the most of one of the most magical times of the year.


- Posted on Sep 28, 2018

A mother and daughter take in a fall scene

There’s a reason F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Autumn is a season of change, a time when anything seems possible and inspiration abounds.

It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and miss all that fall has to offer. Here are some practical ways to make the most of the Autumn season:

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch

  2. Paint or carve your pumpkins

  3. While you’re on a pumpkin kick, try your hand at a new pumpkin recipe. Perhaps some Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake or Spiced Pumpkin Butter?

  4. Hang a leafy wreath on your door

  5. Get lost in a corn maze

  6. Enjoy a fall hay ride

  7. Go apple picking

  8. Mull the apples into a spiced cider

  9. Or perfect your apple pie recipe!

  10. Light a fall-scented candle

  11. Take a hike and enjoy the fall foliage around you

  12. Break out the slow cooker and enjoy delicious chili, soups and stews

  13. Use the change of season as an excuse to do some fall house cleaning

  14. Gather with friends to watch football

  15. Enjoy a cozy night in and check out some of the most inspiring new shows premiering this fall

  16. Snuggle up with a cozy book

  17. Switch out your summer closet for fall sweaters and flannels

  18. Trim back your garden to prepare it for winter hibernation

  19. Take a minute to say a prayer for the fall season

  20. Buy candy for visiting trick-or-treaters

  21. Treat your pet to a long walk or special costume

  22. Visit antique stores and find knick-knacks for your home

  23. Write a gratitude list

  24. Make raking leaves a social activity

  25. Crack the spine of a poetry book and read beautiful autumn poems

  26. Watch a movie that makes you think of fall

  27. Listen to some fall tunes. Guideposts Editor-in-Chief, Edward Grinnan, recommends Simon & Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter”, Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”

  28. Go star gazing

  29. Pack a fall picnic and enjoy it in a local park or nature reserve

  30. Host a World Series party

  31. Plan a leaf-peeping daytrip to experience the glorious shades of fall foliage.

  32. Breath in the crisp fall air and breath out a prayer of thanks for a beautiful season

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