Our Top 7 Fall Traditions
In our little cottage, we start celebrating Fall in early September. The weather is scorching hot from May til September here in the Lowcountry, so fall is naturally a most-welcomed season.
One of the best things about fall is dressing up, and trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. We’ve lived in our little cottage for nearly twenty-two years now, and each year gets more precious as our children grow older. Over the years, we’ve had 3 Red-Riding Hoods, 3 Dorothies, 5 superheroes, 4 princesses, and many more.
#2 Pumpkin Patch
The trip to the pumpkin patch is a favorite homeschool field trip for our family. Our kids love to be with their friends, find their way out of the corn mazes, and go down the big slides. This year we’re going to Boone Hall Plantation Pumpkin Patch, advertised as one of the biggest pumpkin patch experiences in South Carolina.
Thanksgiving is always the big cooking show of fall. I love taking Norman Rockwell-type pictures of the family around the table. Sometimes we have a Fall Baking Night. The kids invite a few friends, and we make fall treats. This year we might do it the night before Halloween, so we can eat our creations with our friends after we trick-or-treat.
#4 Fall Decorating
We go overboard for fall in our little cottage. We decorate the mantle, piano, and even the beds. If you’re going to go fall, then you might as well go big.
The embroidery machine gets a long rest in the spring and summer. When Fall arrives, I’m ready to sew. This year I bought a witch design from Etsy, as well as a pumpkin and fastpitch softball design.
#6 Movies and Television
I love watching old Halloween movies with my kids. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of our favorites. We’re amazed at the stop motion animation technique in Nightmare Before Christmas, and love watching hilarious Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus.
My favorite fall tv shows are Halloween Wars, and the Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network. It’s like watching Survivor with a baking twist. You never know who’s going to get kicked out of the kitchen next.
#7 Booing, and getting Booed
About a week ago, a basket of Halloween goodies appeared on our doorstep. A note in the basket read “You’ve Been Booed,” and included instructions to Boo two other people. We had so much fun selecting the items for the Boo baskets, and the people we intended to Boo.
I would love to make “Booing” a yearly tradition.
Happy Fall Y’all!