Fall always seems to fly by. One minute it’s summer and you’re sitting outside with sunglasses and a glass of lemonade, the next minute you’re bundled up in a coat and buying Christmas presents. So now that it’s officially fall, take advantage of it! In many parts of the country, pumpkin-flavored products have begun to hit stores shelves and the temperature is slowly dropping. Before the majority of the leaves have hit the ground, make it your mission to accomplish the items on our autumn bucket list for seniors.
Autumn Bucket List for Seniors
Go apple picking.
Although pumpkins are perhaps the most popular fruit of fall (yes, pumpkin is a fruit), apples are a close second. Whether you prefer your apples red or green, sweet or tart, crunchy or tender, now is the time to feast on your favorite apples. Apples are typically ripe and ready for picking in September and October, so visit your local orchard before it’s too late! This is a great group activity, and it’ll help you with the next item on our autumn bucket list for seniors . . .
Bake or cook seasonal treats.
After you’ve gone apple picking, use your loot to cook or bake some delicious foods. Of course, you could also just pick up some apples or canned pumpkin at the grocery store (we won’t tell anyone!). What you choose to make is up to you, but these are some of our personal favorite things to make in autumn:
- Apple pie
- Apple crisp
- Caramel apples
- Apple chips
- Apple tart
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin bread
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Homemade soup
Create leaf art.
Fall leaves are gorgeous, don’t you think? To preserve their beauty, consider choosing some of your favorites, pressing them, and then framing them. Or if you’re not much of a scavenger, you could simply create art inspired by the colorful foliage – whether a painting, a poem, or embroidery.
Go leaf peeping.
Speaking of fall leaves, be sure to enjoy them while you can with a bit of leaf peeping. You can view the brilliant red, rusty orange, and vibrant yellow shades on a hike, a road-trip, or a simple walk in the park.
Paint pumpkins for Halloween.
Have you always enjoyed carving pumpkins for Halloween? This year, to change things up a little, try painting pumpkins. Not only will you avoid digging out the pulp or worrying about your pumpkin rotting long before Halloween, but also your knife skills won’t impede your creativity. Use craft paint and a paintbrush to apply your design, and consider applying a sealer so that the paint won’t flake off.
Host a Halloween party.
Who says Halloween is just for kids? If you don’t have any plans this October 31st, consider hosting a Halloween party with your friends. You could put on some spooky tunes, eat candy, play trivia, watch a scary movie, or even plan a costume contest. If you’re having trouble thinking of ideas for your party, check out this list of suggestions from Better Homes & Gardens.
Enjoy a backyard bonfire.
When it gets a little colder outside, invite friends over for a bonfire in your backyard. If you don’t have the right space for it, you could explore options at local parks. Or perhaps you could simply celebrate the first time you light a fire in your fireplace this season! Whichever option you choose, be sure to dress in cozy sweaters and eat s’mores.
Although winter doesn’t start until December 21st, we all know that winter seems to begin on December 1st. That means you only have two months to accomplish everything on our autumn bucket list for seniors. So what are you waiting for? Get cracking!
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