“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.
October is one of our favorite months. The leaves are changing, the pumpkin spice everything is out in force, and the season of hot beverages and hot soups is upon us. Even though it’s getting colder outside, there’s still plenty of fun to be had outside. These are a few of our favorite October activities that get us outside and having fun!
Visit a pumpkin patch
Can you think of anything more October-y than visiting a pumpkin patches? Pumpkin patches are a lot of fun, they get you outside enjoying nature, and buying from pumpkin patches helps support local farms. When you support locally grown food, you help bolster your own local economy and signal that there’s a demand for local food. Plus the petting zoos, corn mazes, and getting to pick out your own pumpkins is a blast!
The days are getting shorter and colder in October, but there’s still plenty of fun camping to be doing in October. A big perk of camping in the fall is getting to experience the seasonal changes first hand in nature. But keep in mind that camping in October requires different planning than a summer camping trip. Check out our guide to successful fall camping.
Go for a hike
October has some of the best weather for hiking. The air is crisp and cool, you can layer up or down as needed for the temperature, and the scenery is gorgeous! Need a little help picking out a fall hiking outfit? We’ve got you covered.
Take a walking tour
If you do a quick search engine search for walking tours in your town, you’ll likely find a bunch! There are both guided and self-guided tours through different neighborhoods. These tours help you find unusual, sometimes historical and quirky places. You never know what you might find! During October, these walking tours are great for finding the best autumn leaves and even meeting new neighbors!
Watch the leaves change
One of the most relaxing things to do in October is find a good spot in nature to post up, bring a picnic, and just enjoy the changing of the leaves. You’ll see golden, yellow, red, purple, orange, and brown leaves peppering the landscape. Take it all in! One of our favorite sayings: every fall, trees show us how beautiful it is to let go.
Go star gazing
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, fall and winter feature some of the coolest star gazing opportunities, from eclipses to meteor showers. By the time October rolls around, it’s definitely getting colder. Grab a blanket, make some hot chocolate or tea, and huddle up with someone you love to watch the stars. Here’s a list of some of the more noteworthy celestial events in October.
Visit an apple orchard
Depending on where you’re located, it’s probably still prime apple picking season! Visiting an apple orchard, especially with children, can be a fun October outdoor activity. You can learn a little bit more about how apples grow, where your food comes from, and gives you a little hands-on experience while enjoying the crisp, clear October air. And when you’re done apple picking for the day, maybe take a stab at making some zero waste apple cider!
Hike through a haunted forest
According to a poll conducted by the Huffington Post in 2015, 45% of Americans believe in the existence of ghosts. Are they real? It’s hard to say! But it’s undeniable that October is the spookiest month of the year. There are numerous purportedly “haunted” forests all over the world. These are a few of our favorites!
Preserve fall leaves
Preserving fall leaves is a fun activity that lets you keep the colors of fall all through winter and spring. It’s not all that difficult either. We love all the different colors that maple trees create in October. There are a few ways to do it. Check out our complete guide on how to preserve fall leaves all year long.
Okay, the chances are good that if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a bit too old to be trick-or-treating. But if you have kids, it’s a great way to get outside, get some fresh air, and meet your neighbors. If you don’t have children, participate by giving out candy or other treats! It’ll give your neighbors the chance to meet you too.