The Oklahoman

Here are 10 ways to celebrate the start of the fall season

- Jana Hayes

The weather is finally cooling off, pumpkins are everywhere, and stores have fall decoration­s galore.

If you need ideas of how to get yourself in the fall mood, or maybe you already are and just want to celebrate that, keep scrolling for 10 ideas of how you can kick off the autumn season. And remember many of these ideas can be combined, adjusted to your taste, and done throughout the coming months.

1. Decorate your home with affordable fall decor

As mentioned above, stores are overrun with fall decoration­s. Sure, it only lasts a few months but making your home all cozy for the months leading up to the holidays can be a fun tradition.

Find some fun pillows, candles, throw blankets and trinkets to place around your home. This doesn’t have to expensive, either. Check out your local dollar or thrift stores, and take advantage of sales at crafting stores.

2. Get to baking with some fall recipes

Now, once you’ve got your house or apartment ready for fall, what could be better than the smell of some delicious fall treat filling the air?

Whether you’re making a recipe to share with friends and family, or keeping it all to yourself, this is a surefire way to put yourself in the fall mood. For pumpkin lovers, try a pumpkin roll,

Pumpkin not your thing? Try a spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, dutch oven apple cobbler, or a butterscot­ch coffee cake.

3. Host a bonfire

I’m not sure anything screams “fall” more than sitting around a bonfire with your friends, laughing at whoever the smoke is blowing towards at the moment, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallo­ws to your heart’s content.

Even if you don’t have a fire pit in your backyard, it’s not hard to find a portable one for an affordable price. Gathering friends or family and lighting a fire is something that you can do over and over throughout the season.

4. Pumpkin spice and everything nice

Pumpkin spice enthusiast­s were able to buy the fall classic earlier than ever this year. In August, Starbucks launched its annual drink and Dunkin’ Donuts made its fall menu available.

The mega coffee chains aren’t the only ones in on this trend, with fallthemed drinks found at local shops like Stella Nova and Coffee Slingers Roasters. If you’re not a coffee person, try Reliable Nutrition’s fall menu,

5. Visit a local pumpkin patch

What is fall for if not for going to a pumpkin patch with friends and family? There’s just something so satisfying about picking out your own pumpkin from where it was grown, compared to picking one up from the bin at the grocery store.

Most pumpkin patches also have additional activities like corn mazes, petting zoos and lots of photo ops. This is your sign to plan your pumpkin patch trip! Some local options include Orr Family Farm and Hillbilly Haven.

6. Get creative and paint your pumpkins

After you’ve had your pumpkin patch fun, grab some painting supplies and get creative. Painting pumpkins is becoming more and more popular, probably because it’s less messy than cleaning out the inside to carve a jack-o-lantern.

You don’t have to be the next Michelange­lo to make a great looking pumpkin. Pinterest and Google are full of easy and cute ideas to spruce that gourd up and make it fit your personalit­y.

7. Host a scary movie night

If you love a good scare in the comfort of your home, put together a scary movie night. Gather some friends, choose a few movies, and get ready for a night curled up on the couch and occasional­ly jumping out of your skin.

This is also a chance to make some fun Halloween treats, because food is the best comfort, right? I guess you’ll find out.

8. Go see some fall foliage

Obviously, the season’s defining characteri­stic is the changing colors of leaves before they fall. Oklahoma has some beautiful areas where the fall foliage really shows off.

There are so many great options that we made a list of the best places to see the changing leaves this season. And if you already have plenty of fall foliage in your yard, make the clean-up fun with some leaf-pile jumping.

9. Go thrifting for some new fall outfits

One of the best things about the changing seasons is all the new outfits you can wear. After countless days spent in the sweltering sun, there’s nothing better than being able to adorn yourself in sweaters, scarves and jean jackets.

But if you don’t want to pay full price for a new fall wardrobe, check out Goodwill and any local thrift or resale store.

10. Take a hike

Another one for those who want to enjoy the outdoors and fall scenery is to take a hike. Oklahoma may not have as many mountainou­s areas as some states, but it still has a lot to offer outdoor lovers.

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OKLAHOMAN FILE Fall colors dot the mountains of the Ouachita National Forest in southeast Oklahoma. THE

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