It’s the beginning of the craziness of holiday season. October is a great month to do any or all of the following!

  1. Plant seeds to plan ahead for spring! Plan a family planting afternoon with tulips, daffodils , hyacinths and anything else you’d like. Spring will be in full bloom before you know it.
  2. Revamp your wardrobe. Take a day to get rid of anything you don’t wear, anything out of style, or anything that doesn’t fit. Then hit the mall for some new updated fashion. Treat yourself to new boots and coat. Who doesn’t love the change of season wardrobe change?
  3. Start Christmas shopping! Or at least start your list. It’s never too early to start thinking or grab a great sale if you see one.
  4. Book a mini getaway for over Holiday break. Whether it’s one night, a few days, or a week, getting away somewhere is a nice break on that Holiday week. My family loves indoor water parks, others love skiing. Or how about a place with both?
  5. Change your home decor. October is the time to bring out all the fall decorations, pumpkins, and new pillows in those lovely fall colors. Fill bowls and baskets with gourds, string leaves and flowers, and make your home a fall haven of warmth and color.
  6. Stock your survival bag or emergency preparedness kit. Hurricane and winter storm season is here! Replenish anything you’ve used from your bag/box and stock with anything you didn’t before. The Red Cross has a quiz and suggestions here.
  7. Vacuum and deep clean your car. It takes me a while to get out all the sand from summer and snack crumbs from road trips. A clean car feels good for the new season.
  8. Cook with pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, cookies and more. Make extra and give to a neighbor, family or friend.
  9. Take a long walk at a local park or trail and enjoy the changing color of the leaves.
  10. Take a drive to a scenic area for lunch and enjoy an afternoon in the crisp fall weather exploring a new town, park, or lake area.
  11. Have family smore’s night outside with a bonfire in the fire pit. Don’t have one? Places like Home Depot sell kits or you can build one yourself in just an afternoon.
  12. Stock up on firewood if you have an indoor fireplace. Who doesn’t love the coziness of a roaring fire on a chilly day?
  13. Watch some football! Sunday afternoons were made for football. Even if you are not a huge fan, take the kids to a local high school or college football game for the sheer excitement and experience of it!
  14. Go to all a fun fall festival full of roasted corn, costume contests, hay rides, music, and more. Fall festivals are fun for all ages.
  15. Go pumpkin picking! Sure, it can be more expensive than buying one at the local store but the experience of wandering through the fields and picking the perfect pumpkin is what it’s all about. Hot chocolate or apple cider after for a treat?
  16. Go apple picking. The great thing about apples is they last a while so you can bring home a surplus for eating and baking. Plus it’s just a fun afternoon out.
  17. Get some great stencils or head to Pinterest for interesting carving ideas. Then spread out the newspapers and give everyone their pumpkin for a creative day, or night, of carving.
  18. Roast pumpkin seeds after carving pumpkins.
  19. Plan family movie nights watching Halloween classics like Casper, The Addams Family, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown.
  20. Change your skincare. As the weather gets cooler and drier, many women need heavier moisturizers. Adding in serums and oils will help dry skin too.