Pumpkin Spice Season Ya'll

That aroma when you open the door. The smell as you come down the stairs. It's spicy, it's warm, it's the delicious smell of a pumpkin coffee. The Halloween season is upon us. Ghosts, goblins, vampires, banshees, gnomes, and of course witches! 

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!

My Favorite Places to Shop for Decorations:
1. Target
2. Hobby Lobby
3. TJMaxx
4. Michael's
5. Oriental Trading
6. Kirkland's
7. Walgreens
8. Dollar Tree

When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.

One of my favorite things about autumn is that the wardrobe starts have more and more options. Layering is amazing. For a look at some things that I think are necessary check out my post from last year: Fall Necessities.

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. - Jim Bishop

Games I love to play in Autumn:
3. Chess
4. Clue
5. Any card game

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Autumn Snacks:
1. Apple chips
2. Candy corn and peanuts
3. Pumpkin pie doughnuts
4. Caramel apples
5. Cheese straws

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus

Leaves activities:
1. Rake them!
2. Jump in them!
3. Burn them!
4. Rub them on paper.
5. Collect them

'Tis the night - the night
Of the grave's delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they - it is they.
- Arthur Cleveland Coxe

Catch a leaf in midair,Make a wish,Kitt it & toss it into the wind.

You fit me better than my favorite sweater.

Pumpkin Frenzy:
1. Carve
2. Paint
3. Pumpkin seed baked
4. Pumpkin pie
5. Pumpkin patch trip!

“On ol' Halloween NightThese monsters join the livingIf they had it their wayThey'd stay until Thanksgiving” ― Casey Browning, Ol' Halloween Night

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."
[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.”
― Wendy Delsol, Stork

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. - Elizabeth Lawrence

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen. 

From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
- Scottish saying

October gave a party;The leaves by hundreds came,—The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,And leaves of every name.The sunshine spread a carpet,And every thing was grand;Miss Weather led the dancing;Professor Wind, the band....The sight was like a rainbowNew-fallen from the sky....~George Cooper, "October’s Party"

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
― Henry David Thoreau

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon."

On Hallowe'en the thing
you must do
Is pretend that nothing
can frighten you
An' if somethin' scares you
and you want to run
Jus' let on like
it's Hallowe'en fun.
- from an Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard

“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”
― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October. ~ Hal Borland

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” 
― Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Fall Things to Do Now:

“I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”
― Carolyn MacCullough, Once a Witch

A Few Fall Date Ideas:
Go horseback riding/Go on a hike
Make chili together and/or have a thermos picnic
Go on a hayride
Carve or paint jack o lanterns
Pop corn on the cob popcorn
Lay on a quilt while watching the sun come up or the sunset

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Check back soon for my Fall Bucket List coming to you on August 29th!

Trust me there are more fall posts coming!

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