Personal Experience

Autumn Bucket List

I love autumn. Say what you want about me, call me a basic white girl, I don’t care. I live for when the weather cools off, the pumpkins come out, and things get spooky. I’m the kind of person who runs on the hot side, so I absolutely cook during the summer. I accept my basic-ness and enjoy my PSL.

That aside, I always like to make the most of those perfectly cool months. And I love a good theme. So here are some of the activities I’d like to do this fall. I may not do them all, but damn if I won’t try! Let me know if you played along or if you have different fall traditions you engage in.

To cook:

In case it was unclear that I am a simple person, I love a good soup. Nothing warms the insides like a hot bowl of soup in the evening. So this autumn I want to make this new recipe for Spiced Pumpkin, Carrot, and Sweet Potato Soup from Fuss Free Flavors. It looks very delicious and an interesting twist on the pumpkin soup. I’ve asked Nick and he said he would at least try it, so that’s about all you can ask for, right?


Nothing like a Halloween themed treat to get you into the season! I love baking and making sweets, so this October I’m going to try and make these Jack Skellington Oreo Pops from Big Bear’s Wife. They look like they’d be a step up from my usual skill level, but still easy enough for me to make. I will probably record my attempts and post them to my YouTube channel, so watch out for that.


I love all things pumpkin. Nick loves all things white chocolate. So how could I not try and make these Pumpkin White Hot Chocolates from Tidy Mom? Hot drinks are what makes the cool nights a little better, so I definitely need to try this. It might not be exactly cooking, but since it’s more complicated than pouring some cocoa powder and boiling water into a mug, I’m putting it in this category!


To attend:

When you live in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, no autumn is complete without partaking in some Oktoberfest fun! There are dozens and dozens of events related to Oktoberfest in my area, all I have to do is pick one. And one only since it happens to coincide with Thanksgiving, but I’ll still try to get one beer and lederhosen in before the month is over!

For some reason I associate fall with handmade and niche items more than any other season. Apparently someone agrees because this November there is an Etsy Local Market coming to town. I love looking at all the cool stuff that people make, so I will definitely be checking that out.

I honestly enjoy BBQs and cookouts more in the fall than in the summer. I prefer bundling up to baking in the sun. As part of Oktoberfest, Kitchener is having a Grillefest. Apparently admittance includes an Oktoberfest sausage, a drink, and a cookie! And the proceeds will go to the local food bank.


To do:

The changing colour of leaves is the most iconic of the fall images. So one thing I really want to do this fall is just go for a long hike somewhere full of trees that are all different colours. Yellow, orange, red, brown, and all the in between. I makes for a nice walk, and a great background for photos. Lately I’ve really wanted to practice my photography and using my camera. Not to mention the dog will love it!

At the beginning of this year, I signed up for the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. I pledged to read 52 books, one for every week on average. It’s October, and I’ve read…25. That means I’m 14 books behind, on top of the rest of the years worth. Not great. So one of my goals this fall is to read, read, read! Not the most autumn themed activity, but my favourite setting for reading is curled up under a blanket with a hot tea.


This is the first Halloween that Nick and I are living in a place that actually has a good chance to get trick or treaters! Before we either lived deep in student territory or in an apartment. But now we live in a townhouse in a nice neighborhood full of families! I am very very excited to decorate the house and give out candy. I hope that trick or treating isn’t completely dead, because I have heard that people are getting less and less kids each year. Well, in that case, the kids coming to my house will get even more candy for themselves!


To watch:

I just started watching Stranger Things and Riverdale. I know I’m super behind on these shows, but I decided they would be good shows to watch now. Not only are they both a bit mysterious and spooky, to varying degrees. They are also both about to have new episodes out very soon, so I can binge watch the first seasons and be ready for the new seasons. I finished Stranger Things and I really liked it. I can’t say it lived up to the hype because the hype was out of control, but I did enjoy it. I even remember all the characters names! That’s true love.

I am not the bravest when it comes to horror movies. But tis the season! I prefer the thriller style over just a hack n’ slash murder fest. So I’m finally going to watch The Babadook. I know it’s been out for a couple years now, long enough to become a meme of the highest caliber, but I still want to watch it. It seems right on my level as far as horror versus thriller. I’m not sure how I’ll get my hands on it, since it’s NOT on Canadian Netflix.


To make:

Carving a pumpkin! I love carving pumpkins. It’s gross and goopy and frustrating, but I honestly still enjoy it. It’s a tradition I did all through my childhood, and I’m not stopping now! This year I’m going to do a much more simple design than I tried last year, but it’s not about the complexity. This is closer to what I’m going for this year.


Even though we’ll be spending the night in, I can’t resist a chance to make a good costume. I think this year I’ll make a creepy doll-like outfit. That’s something I can put together with make up and my own clothes pretty easily. It’s also spooky enough, without scaring kids away from my door.

I always love a good craft. I actually pinned this to make last year, but I never got around to it. However, I did buy the stuff I’d need for it, so I can just put it together. These things are perfect because they are super easy and I am pretty low on Halloween decorations compared to other seasons, so this will help out with that deficit.


So let me know if you do anything special like this for the fall season! Also, I am always looking for more recommendations for scary movies, TV shows, and other sorts of media. Comment your ideas down below!



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