Crisp mornings and cool evenings mean the arrival of fall across the country. As fall begins, temperatures are cooler than average in many parts of the country. Whether you call the season autumn or fall, here are 10 ways to welcome fall, the season many families consider the best season of all.
Fall festivals offer music, art and crafts, pumpkins and apples, fun for kids, wine and craft beers and lots of delicious festival foods. The Virginia Tourism Corporation website lists fall festivals throughout the state. Whether you live on the East Coast, West Coast or anywhere in between, there are plenty of fall festivals coming soon to a location near you.
Fall colors are one of the prettiest parts of the season. Fall leaf peeping is a fun way to spend a weekend day with your family. The Skyline Drive is a great place to catch the colors of fall on the East Coast. More than two million people visit the 105-mile scenic Skyline Drive each year. The Skyline Drive runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Make plans now to enjoy a fall drive and take in the colors of fall.
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere mean that fall is in the air. During fall, you’ll find pumpkin featured in everything from pies and breads to coffee and pancakes. You can find tons of pumpkin recipes at Allrecipes.com. There are also lots of pumpkin recipes on Pinterest and Facebook. This easy recipe for pumpkin muffins has been around for many years, but it’s still a yummy way to enjoy the taste of fall.
Easy Pumpkin Muffins
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine a small can of pumpkin and a box spice cake mix in a bowl and stir with a spoon until well mixed. Yellow cake mix can be used in place of spice cake if you prefer. Pour into 12 greased muffin cups. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and enjoy.
Plant a fall garden with mums and pansies. While you’re planting for fall, put some spring bulbs in the ground now for instant color in spring. Daffodils, tulips, crocuses and other spring bulbs are planted during fall and will come up when the time’s right in the spring.
Pumpkin patches and corn mazes offer fun to kids of all ages. Corn mazes appeal to the puzzle solver in all of us. Find a pumpkin patch or corn maze where you live and celebrate fall with the kids. Many pumpkin patches offer bounce houses, hay bale animals, corn pits and other attractions in addition to pumpkins.
Visit an apple orchard this fall. Apples are in season and apple orchards hold apple festivals and open houses. You’ll find fresh apple cider, hot apple donuts and every variety of apple available for picking or purchase.
Enjoy fall decorating at your house. Put out pumpkins, mums, scarecrows and ghosts. It’s always fun to change the look of your home and yard and fall offers many decorating options.
College football is a favorite fall pastime, but football isn’t the only fall sport. On college campuses, high school and youth recreation fields across the country, you’ll find athletes competing in soccer, field hockey, cross country and other sports. Fall is also a favorite season for runners. As the temperatures cool down, the running events heat up.
Enjoy a fall hike with your family. Hiking in the mountains or woods is a great way to enjoy fall colors up close. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy before your hike. Bring plenty of water and don’t forget your camera to capture the beauty of the great outdoors in fall.
Fall holidays offer lots of fun for families. From Halloween costume parties and trick-or-treating to Thanksgiving lunch or dinner with the extended family or friends, fill your fall with lots of memories.
For better or worse, fall has arrived. Say good-bye to summer and embrace fall. Pack away the shorts and t-shirts and pull out the sweaters. Put a pot of soup or chili on the stove and let the smell of fall linger in your home. Let’s hear it for fall, the best season of all.