Fall is here, and has brought with it orange leaves, burning sunsets, pumpkin lattes, and chilly nights where all we want to do is get warm under our bedcovers with a hot chocolate and a good book. Some might see this season as particularly dreary, as it signs the end of summer and the start of gloomy weather. However, autumn is just begging for us to change our habits and make the best of it, through spooky activities and witchy events… Here are some tips to enjoy this Halloween season to the fullest.
BAKE TASTY RECIPES
It is finally socially appropriate to sip on hot chocolates, lattes, and tea whenever we feel like it. Of course, tea-time wouldn’t be complete without a snack. Cinnamon, pumpkin or ginger are some of the flavors to rediscover through tasty foods to bake at home, like these easy Halloween treats by So Yummy:
FOLLOW NEW ARTISTS
There are plenty of talented illustrators on Instagram who publish Halloween or fall themed artwork during the months of October and November. For instance, check out sarahughesillustration, or marysyring! There is nothing like surrounding oneself with witchy drawings to feel inspired by the season. Perhaps you might even create something yourself, or:
DO AN ART CHALLENGE
During the entire month of October unfolds one of the most popular drawing challenges held by artists on Instagram. We are of course talking about Inktober. The challenge consists in drawing a drawing a day, following a prompt list. There is an official prompt list, but many artists also come up with their own list, so you can choose whichever one fits your expectations or style best. Some artists holding their own challenge include: moonchildillustrations, or furrylittlepeach… It is never too late to join: the point is to have fun and push yourself!
THROW A THEME PARTY
Why not hold a Halloween dinner party at your place? You might not necessarily want to go trick or treating around your neighborhood, or your city might not even celebrate the event. Take matters into your own hands and invite friends over to enjoy a spooky meal and decorate the whole place accordingly. Any excuse to have a costume party!
CURATE YOUR WARDBRODE
Orange, brown, mustard yellow, burgundy or auburn are just some of the colors you can bring out of your wardrobe in the fall time. Just because the temperatures drop does not mean you have to wear exclusively colorless outfits, that might get your overall mood down. Quite the contrary, as demonstrated by Jerianie.
GO WALK IN NATURE
This is the ideal season to go for walks in the park or the forest. The weather is chilly but still enjoyable, and the change of colors makes it one of the nicest times of the year to appreciate nature. Bonus points if you go in the late afternoon, during the golden hour to get the full effect of the changing season.
WATCH SPOOKY SHOWS AND MOVIES
This list would obviously be incomplete without a few scary movie and TV show recommendations. Whether you want to discover new TV shows, or re-watch classics, we have got you covered. We recommend watching Sabrina the witch, Over the Garden Wall, Coraline or a good old Tim Burton film.
READ THESE GOTHIC CLASSICS
And finally, since there is nothing quite like getting cozy in bed with a page-turner, how about choosing a gothic novel to read this fall? Frankenstein, Wuthering Heigths, or Jane Eyre… are just some of the perfect stories to pour over these coming months.
Article by Inès Huet