Hello, Fall! I’ve missed you dearly. I have been dreaming of sweaters, infinity scarves, Mizzou football and pumpkins since the beginning of August, so excuse me for being a little premature on this blog. Truth be told, fall will be here and gone before we know it. That’s why Andrew and I sat down to make our fall bucket list, filled with some really exciting activities and adventures that we can’t wait to cross off. I thought we would share a few of those with you all, along with an exhaustingly comprehensive Fall Bucket List as well.
If you just so happen to be inspired by our list and would like to make your own, I’ve designed a Fall Bucket List printable, which you can download below. I hope you all enjoy your fall as much as we plan to enjoy ours… every pumpkin-spiced moment of it!
Our Fall Bucket List
M-I-Z! Honestly, it’s not really fall for us if we aren’t cheering on our Tigers. Since we live in Columbia, we have no excuse not to catch a home game or two. We love setting up a tailgate with friends, making some delicious food and drinks, and playing yard games while we wait for kickoff.
Enjoy The Fall Foliage
Anything that involves us getting outside to enjoy the cooler temps and the pretty fall leaves has a permanent place on our fall bucket list each year. Whether it’s exploring a park we’ve never been to before, or just getting in the car and taking a drive, it’s always an adventure when we’re together. We’re on a quest to find the perfect fall photo spot in Columbia this year, so stay tuned!
Multiple Halloween Movie Nights
Did you even “Halloween” if you didn’t watch Halloween movies? We have a bunch of movies on our list that we watch every year. Yes, Freeform plays a bunch of these, but there are plenty that I have to go down deep in the depths of the Internet to find.
Our list includes:
- Hocus Pocus (duh)
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (the 1949 Disney version narrated by Bing Crosby)
- Disney’s Halloween Treat (the Halloween special from 1982 – it’s been a tradition since I was a kid!)
- Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder (PS this is one of the reasons my blog is called AbbeyNormal)
- Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters collection (a tribute to my dad – we watched ALL of these movies)
- House on Haunted Hill (the 1949 version. Another tribute to my dad, and actually very suspenseful for being such an old movie)
- The Addams Family (they’re creepy & they’re kooky)
Some other good ones for my 90s babies:
- My Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
- Phantom of the Megaplex
- The Black Cauldron
- Tower of Terror with Kirsten Dunst
- Under Wraps
- Don’t Look Under the Bed
- The Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (yes, it’s a Halloween movie, not a Christmas movie)
- Casper Meets Wendy with Hilary Duff
Bring on the candy corn and hot cocoa… I’m ready for a movie night now!
Bake Something Sweet
Every year, I try to perfect some sort of Fall recipe. Last year, I made pumpkin cookies (which turned out more like pumpkin muffies but whatever they were delish). This year, I’m sticking to the classics: pumpkin bread. Since finding out that Andrew is gluten intolerant, we’ve stayed away from baking pretty much anything. BUT, I vow to find the perfect gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe that isn’t gritty, chalky or impossible to swallow. I’m going to start with this recipe from Delish. Stay tuned for the inevitable trial and error!
Visit The Lemp Mansion & Brewery in STL
Andrew and I love a good ghost story, especially when it’s historically based. We’ve toured the Missouri State Penitentiary, named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America.” As well as the Wavery Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, KY. This year, we want to hit the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis. The mansion was, not surprisingly, home of the Lemp family. The family committed suicide after the death of son Frederick Lemp, whose brewery dominated the pre-prohibition market. The mansion is said to be haunted by the Lemp family… and we plan to find out firsthand whether that’s true.
Inspired yet? Check out our full list below AND the Ultimate Fall Bucket List to get your wheels turning.
The Ultimate Fall Bucket List
- Decorate your house or apartment
- Get lost in a corn maze
- Go to the pumpkin patch
- Have a corny scary movie night
- Have a Disney Halloween movie night
- Host a Harry Potter movie marathon (accio popcorn!)
- Find your favorite pumpkin beer
- Take pictures of the fall foliage
- Take pictures of yourself and some leaves instead (for the ‘gram, of course)
- Carve pumpkins
- Do some tailgating
- Bake something pumpkin-spiced
- Make a Halloween costume
- Go apple picking
- Bake something with those apples
- Orrrr make caramel apples
- Have a bonfire & roast marshmallows
- Pick a show to binge watch
- Go on a hike
- Perfect a chili recipe
- Go on a hayride
- Attend a fall festival/carnival
- Visit a haunted house
- Make a fall playlist (and a Halloween one)
- Throw a Halloween party with themed drinks & snacks
- Buy a costume for your pet and force them to wear it long enough for you to take pics
- Eat an entire bag of candy corn
- Participate in a zombie-themed 5K (ya know, to work off the candy corn)
- Read a new book, preferably a spooky classic
- Listen to Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” narrated by Christopher Lee on YouTube (guys, so creepy)
- Watch conspiracy theory documentaries on Netflix
- While you’re at it… watch all the Halloween movies on Netflix
- Go on a picnic
- Visit a farmer’s market
- Go for a drive in the country
- Plan a weekend trip to see the fall foliage
- Stay in a bed & breakfast (somewhere reminiscent of Stars Hollow)
- Visit all the haunted places in your town
- Visit a local winery and stroll through the vineyard
- Go antique shopping
- Make your favorite fall recipe from your childhood (for me, that’s no-bake cookies)
- Burn a fall-scented candle & enjoy a bubble bath
- Go to a drive-in movie theater
- Make a list of what (or who) you’re thankful for
- Pick a scary podcast to listen to (I suggest Lore)
- Clean out your closet & donate unwanted items
- Spend the afternoon in your favorite coffee shop with a good book
- Say “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious” (For all my Michael Scott fans)
- Make a list of all the best fall and Halloween puns for future Instagram captions
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you squeeze the most out of fall and experience everything it has to offer! You’ll be glad you did.
Click the link below to download your very own Fall Bucket List!
If you create your own list, make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can invite myself to all your activities. Thanks!