Autumn is coming. Can you see it, in the yellow leaves falling onto the grass? Can you smell it, in the chill spreading through the world?
Autumn is my favorite season, for a multitude of reasons. I love the change of colors as the world sheds its skin, dipping everything into orange and yellow and red. I love the cool air that means jeans and sweaters and hot coffee and scarves and hoodies. I love the sound of leaves crunching under your feet and the smell of pumpkins and the feeling of cold wind blowing on your cheeks. I love the Halloween spirit full of mystery and ghosts and spooky happenings.
I find there’s a certain magic in autumn, when everything seems to be fading away. Here are some activities–books, movies, crafts, events, songs–that really get me in the autumn spirit, or drive away the autumn blues if you don’t enjoy it as much as I do!
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: This is arguably my favorite book. Mary Shelley’s novel about Victor Frankenstein and his Creature is not only the spooky story that you know, but also a commentary on the Prometheus concept of how far our knowledge should go. It’s definitely a book for someone more of a fan of the classics, and as one of the books which started the science-fiction genre (written by a young female, I may add), it’s definitely worth a read and will get you into the spooky spirit!
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: Another great Gothic novel! It’s been a little while since I’ve read this, but a spooky ghost story where you’re not entirely sure what even happens, this book will make you question everything!
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/ Dracula by Robert Louis Stevenson/Bram Stoker: I included these two in the same number because it’s been a while since I’ve read Jekyll, but I remember enjoying it as an easier and scary read. Dracula, on the other hand, I read this summer, and while I did not entirely enjoy it (too long to go into), it does have that Halloween-feel you might be looking for!
- Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Obviously, Sherlock Holmes is a broad title, as there are different stories within that, and while any of the stories I think fit the mood, The Hound of the Baskervilles in particular will give you autumn chills!
- Harry Potter: Also a broad title, but this series (my favorite, actually) is obviously chocked full of the Halloween spirit! I know most of these were pretty much classics/older novels, so if you know of some popular autumn books, comment them below!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I love this show, so much. A classic from the 90s, Buffy Summers is your average high school girl who also happens to have superhuman strength as the Slayer, the chosen girl to fight back evil (mostly vampires). If you’re looking for a spooky show with totally 90s clothing and phrases, along with an amazing plot (with some questionable decisions, but I won’t get into that), please check out this show.
- Gilmore Girls: Not exactly a Halloween feel, Gilmore Girls overall gives me the sense of autumn. Following Lorelai and her daughter Rory in small-town Stars Hollow, this show experiences small-town life through quick wits and quirky comedy.
- The Craft: Another oldie, this movie follows four young girls and their exploitation with the craft of magic. Very 1980s, a little cheesy, but overall great for Halloween.
- Other Halloween-type movies include Halloweentown (and all the sequels), Zombeavers (if you like really, really awful, not-at-all scary movies), Practical Magic (it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen this, but I remember it being good), and Hocus Pocus (of course).
- Red by Taylor Swift: This entire album, to me, really manifests the spirit of autumn. Particularly the songs Red, All Too Well, and State of Grace really create the autumn feel.
- Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran
- Sweater Weather by The Neighborhood
- Take Me to Church, Cherry Wine, and Work Song by Hozier
- I Found, Little Ghost, and 5 AM by Amber Run
- Ghosts, Reverse, and the album English Rain by Gabrielle Aplin
Crafts/Things to Do/Misc.
- Walks in the Forest: Literally, I enjoy simply walking through the autumn leaves and breathing in the cold air. A relaxing and cathartic thing that may or may not lead to deep reflection.
- Cooking Pumpkin Seeds: Okay, every list you’ll see is going to have pumpkin patches or pumpkin carving or pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice, so I’m going to try and be a little unique and recommend pumpkin seeds. After you carve your pumpkin, take the seeds, clean them, put them on a pan, sprinkle with some salt, and bake in the oven (see Google for better instructions). A great fall snack using something you most likely just throw away, pumpkin seeds are a great way to celebrate autumn.
- Football Games: Okay, this might be a little cliche, but I find the football game atmosphere a clear sign of autumn. Coming from someone who really does not watch sports (like, at all), Friday-night football games were an autumn tradition in my tiny hometown.
- Corn Mazes/Haunted Houses/Hay Rides: All equally as cliche and fun to do in the autumn, and likely there are many of these closer to you than you think!
- Play Some Video Games: I know video games aren’t for everybody, but there are some amazing horror games, as well as fall-esque games, out there that also have amazing plots, which you would probably appreciate, since you’re reading a blog! I recommend Until Dawn for the classic horror-movie feel and Stardew Valley for a low-key, fun, farming game.
- Bobbing For Apples/Caramel Apples/Apple Cider/Apple Picking: All fun apple-oriented things to do!
- Candle Shopping: Walk into a candle store, and every fall scent you’ve ever smelled is there, waiting to be sniffed and brought lovingly into your home!
- Bonfires: The crisp wooden scent drifting off a campfire is genuinely a wonderful way to get in the fall spirit!
- Curling up with a hot beverage (whether you’re a tea or a coffee person, both or neither) under a blanket with a good book or a blog site with ongoing fiction series 🙂
Anyway, those are just a few of my favorite autumn books, shows, songs, and activities! Comment down below with your own! And I’ll see you next week for more writings!
With love and good vibes and autumn-scented dreams,