October 1st marks the official start of fall in my book. Here is my checklist of things to do now that buying pumpkin butter in bulk (among other seasonal opportunities) is appropriate:
Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte. Now that it’s October, I will finally allow myself to give in.
Buy fall-themed items at Trader Joe’s. I buy pumpkin butter in bulk and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Go to Disneyland. Though Christmas at Disneyland is my favorite time to go, it’s second to Halloween. The decorations are awesome, as are the seasonally themed rides.
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. I have always been a fan of this holiday, and loved celebrating it in my Spanish classes in high school. Pan de Muerto is as creepy to look at as it is to eat, but the sugary coating and airy texture make it hard not to. I know the Hollywood Forever Cemetery has a Dia de Los Muertos event, so I would love to check that out, too.
Watch Halloween movies. Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire, Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, and The Nightmare Before Christmas are easily some of my October favorites, but I plan to face my fear of scary movies this year and add The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, and other creepy classics to the mix.
Embrace fall décor. Pumpkins, glitter skulls, bowls of candy corn, and rustic (faux) leaves are just a few of the decorations I want to put up around my house.
Cook/bake seasonal foods. If my Pinterest is any indication, pumpkin everything/everything (consumable, that is) is very appealing to me. Pumpkin bread surely tops my list at the moment, as does pumpkin curry. And pumpkin pie, of course.
Go all-out with Halloween costumes. Due to procrastination on my part, I always end up with a relatively mediocre costume(s). This year, I plan on having everything ready to go ahead of time, so I’ll be proud to show off my costume trick-or-treating (are you ever too old?) or at a Halloween party.