Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe it’s already Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I am so looking forward to a long weekend! We’re spending most of this weekend relaxing and getting in the fall spirit. I plan to make some fall recipes and finishing planning/buying everything I need for my Halloween costumes. Yes; costumes. … Plural haha. I’ll be sharing a BUNCH of costume DIY’s here on LegalLee Blonde and some Halloween makeup videos on my instagram over the next two weeks.
Now more than ever I’m finding myself wanting to celebrate the little things; like dressing up in a Halloween costume, carving a pumpkin or just drinking hot apple cider. Just because fall looks a little (… okay, a lot) different now, there are still a ton of fall activities to safely do this year. Ie. activities you can do while social distancing. Having activities to plan for & look forward to can help keep your spirit up during these crazy times.
It’s getting chillier but in most places you’re still able to enjoy an afternoon outside, so bundle up, grab a picnic blanket and meet friends in the park for a picnic. Bring your favorite fall treats like hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, etc. Plus, many cities have changed their liquor laws during COVID to allow you to drink outside so check your local by-laws and you may be able to spike that hot apple cider!
Organize with a group of your friends and each make one fall recipe (apple pie, pumpkin scones, stuffing, etc.) Plan a day when you all cook your dishes and then deliver them to each other’s houses. It’s an excuse to make a bigger dish you wouldn’t necessarily make for just yourself/the people you’re living with (since you’re giving some away) and you get to try a bunch of delicious homemade things from others!
You can’t go wrong with this classic! Check out Pumpkin Patches in your area that are operating during COVID. Here in Vancouver there are quite a few open and some are taking precautions to limit the number of people at at time, etc. Plus you can really make a whole day out of this if you find a pumpkin patch that also has other activities. The photo above is from Taves Family Farm which has a pumpkin patch, goats, apple picking and a cidery so you can enjoy a drink (and hang out with adorable baby goats!)
Check your area for local wineries! Many wineries have outdoor patios and are eager to have guests. Support small businesses when you can!
Get ready for a retro night out and head to a drive-in movie! So many drive-in theaters have popped up since this all started and this is a great way to have a safe night out. Here in Vancouver two main ones to check out are the Twilight Drive-In and the Maple Ridge Drive-In.
Round up your family or roommates and spend an afternoon making a gingerbread haunted house! You can make one from scratch or buy this haunted house gingerbread kit.
Halloween is not cancelled this year, it’s just moved online!! Get dressed up and Zoom your friends for a full-on costume contest / party. You can even all chip in to have a prize for best costume, most-clever costume, best couples costume, etc!
Another way to spend time with friends right now is to set up an outdoor scavenger hunt! You can do it one of two ways. 1) Make a list of things to spot (examples: a white pumpkin, a person drinking from a Starbucks cup, colored leaves on a tree) and the first person who finds them all wins) or 2) get someone to hide specific items in a given area (like a park/playground) and have all the people in your group try to find them!
Stay in and try out a bunch of different apple cider cocktails! I’ve got recipes for 3 delicious apple cider cocktails or head to Pinterest for more inspiration!
Get some friends together and decide on a spooky book to all read. You can then have a virtual or outdoor book club to discuss. My suggestions for books would be Frankenstein, if you’re looking for a classic or The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson.