We are headed into my absolute favorite time of year. I’m not afraid to be so cliche as to say that I LOVE autumn. When the weather finally starts to cool down, especially in the evening, I can dig out my extensive hoodie collection. I enjoy that perfect balance achieved when wearing a hoodie, jeans, and flip flops. If you have never worn this combination of clothing before, give it a try. You’ll thank me later.
Other things that make autumn truly the most wonderful time of the year are starting a new school year, new school supplies, and Fall food. I’ve shared in the past that we are a homeschool family. Starting school is a welcome return to routine after our summer break. I’m a complete nerd who loves getting new books in the mail and buying notebooks, pencils, and crayons. If you can smell that last sentence, you are my people. Lastly, this is one of the best food times of year. Ever walk into your house when you’ve had the crock pot going all day? That’s a great feeling.
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Since we live in an amazing little trail town, there are also some activities that we don’t want to miss. Even with making accommodations for Covid, we still plan to have a lovely season. Most of the things I’ll list here are outdoor based activities.
Make Leaf Rubbings
Several months ago, people were putting teddy bears in their windows for families to spot as they took walks around their neighborhood. It was a way for us to still feel connected as a community while keeping distance from one another. Give this idea an update for the season. You can find some fall leaves and make crayon rubbings. Hang these rubbings in your window and encourage others to do the same. Now there is something new to spot as you take a family walk.
We have a full post about this wonderful community building activity. Search out a local Facebook rock group. Paint and seal some rocks, then hide them around town or the park for others to find. They will post a picture on the Facebook group and then re-hide the rock. This is immense fun for kids and adults.
We have a Trunk-or-Treat activity on our Main Street every year that is very well attended. As far as I know, ours is still on for 2020 and I am stoked about that. We always enjoy seeing what our friends and neighbors come up with for costumes and trunk decorations.
Whether or not your town cancels their event, there are ways to make Halloween fun this year. Perhaps you can plan to Trick or Treat at a few selected friends and family. Carve Pumpkins. Send Halloween cards and care packages. Being a “Trail Town” is more than just promoting the town. It’s about building a community that you love to live in.
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