FALL FUN BUCKET LIST
1. PICK A PUMPKIN
Head to your local pumpkin patch to soak in some fall atmosphere — we love Barton Hill Farms just outside Austin.
2. COOK FALL COMFORT FOOD
With the changing weather comes great fall cooking. Texas Table Top, a site affiliated with the Texas Farm Bureau, has a great list of local recipes to help celebrate the season.
3. HAVE A BEER AT AN OKTOBERFEST
Oktoberfest celebrations are held throughout the fall and are an excellent opportunity to try out local brews.
4. VIEW FALL FOLIAGE
Texas State Parks are great places to take a walk and see the changing leaves.
5. HOST A THANKSGIVING POTLUCK
Settled into your new place and ready to invite family and friends? A Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) potluck is a great way to get together and celebrate the holidays in your new abode.
6. CHECK OUT LOCAL COFFEE SPECIALS
October 1 is International Coffee Day. Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin spice latte?
7. CARVE PUMPKINS
Whether you’ve gone pumpkin picking or found your gourd at H-E-B, jack-o-lanterns make a perfect seasonal porch decoration.
8. WATCH FOOTBALL
We know you love catching your local high school team live, or check out the showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners on October 8.
9. VISIT LOCAL MUSIC FESTIVALS
The cooling weather is an excellent opportunity to find local outdoor music festivals.
10. DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Halloween or Thanksgiving)
Make your home the star of the neighborhood with seasonal decorations, such as Thanksgiving-themed door hangers or chilling Halloween lighting.
11. HAVE A BONFIRE
Gather around and break out the s’mores for this traditional way to cap off the changing weather.
12. WATCH MOVIES
Get into the Halloween spirit with your favorite films! Cozy up on the couch to watch “Hocus Pocus” or check out nearby drive-in theaters (like Moonstruck in Houston) for showings of classic thrillers.
13. VISIT A HAUNTED HOUSE
Local parks departments often create their hometown frights. Or you can hit the road to see the Moxley Manor Haunted House, based on the true horror story of the Moxley family’s untimely demise.
14. GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE
Whether you’re ready for hours of fun or to let your kids take the map for a quick run through a maze, finding your way out is half the battle.
15. MAKE HALLOWEEN TREATS
Halloween is perfect for practicing your pastry decorating skills with goodies like Spider Cupcakes or Pumpkin Spice Cookies.
16. VISIT LOCAL WINERIES
The Nice Winery in Houston is nice, indeed.
17. CHECK OUT YOUR NEIGHBORS’ HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS
Going for walks is a great way to get to know your neighborhood and get inspiration for making your own scary sights.
18. KNIT COZY SCARVES
What better time to pick up a new hobby than when it’s functional? Local libraries can help with books and other resources to get started.
19. BAKE A PIE
Switch on your oven and fill your home with the archetypal scent of autumn. Apples are a fall favorite, but pears (and, of course, pumpkins) are also in season.
20. CHECK OUT SEASONAL PRODUCE
If you need produce for those baked goods, head to the farmers markets for the freshest around.