By Her Next Smile, Oct 31 2017 07:33PM
During the autumn months, we are given the first signs that winter is on its way. It's a time for snuggling up by the fire with a cosy blanket, winter pyjamas, fluffy socks, a chocolate selection box and, of course, a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate. Get into the spirit of the season with a little creativity and a lot of warm clothing!
Don't forget to collect a pumpkin or two to carve in time for Hallows Eve from a local supermarket or a pumpkin patch. For those that enjoy making the most out of the contents of the pumpkin, try roasting some pumpkin seeds or bake some pumpkin bread for the perfect treat! Before the season is over, spice up your days with a pumpkin seed latte from a local cafe and find out what pumpkin-spiced treats your local supermarket has to offer!
Get Spooked at a Haunted House
Test your speed (and your vocal chords!) with a trip to a haunted house and see how many spooky characters you can avoid! If you love the idea of being terrified by people in gory Halloween makeup and costumes will have a great time running from saws, machetes and other horrifying weapons then this is the perfect activity for you!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Before the winter weather takes over, don't forget to rescue last years winter boots from the back of your wardrobe and wrap up with your favourite gloves, scarf and winter hat to take a long, cold woodland walk to witness the magic of the changing leaves for yourself. Relax and breathe in the crisp chill of the air and hear the crunch of the colourful leaves beneath your feet. Don't forget a big umbrella, just in case!
It's too cold for sweating and too warm for frostbite - what could be better?! Make the most out of your garden or other outdoor space and decorate it with some twinkling fairy lights or lanterns and a warm, comfy seat. Wrap up with your dressing gown, woolly boots and a (very) warm blanket and spend some time in nature with a good book and a lit bonfire. Or why not invite some friends round for spooky Halloween stories and roast some marshmallows over the fire. Don't forget to indulge yourself with the perfect autumn treat - s'mores!
Bringing the Outdoors Indoors
Decorate your home with seasonal charms, from pine cones (which look adorable when painted by the kids!), to acorns and conkers. Wash everything properly before using them around your home and arrange them in a decorative bowl for a perfect centrepiece. Why not create a vanilla-bean and candle decoration is perfect to make your home smell luscious. Cinnamon and red berries are other great scents to get you ready for winter!
Toffee apples are the perfect treat at this time of year! Just poke a stick into each apple, put them upside-down on a tray and cover with melted toffee or caramel. Leave to chill in the fridge and enjoy! Why not visit a local farmers market or even collect the apples yourself at a fruit-picking farm for a lovely day trip. Another tasty treat to use any leftover apples is to make an apple pie!
Try a new drink this season. From warm apple cider to mulled wine and egg nog, you won't be short of choice and there is something for everyone. Why not jazz up your hot chocolate with a splash of Baileys to give your taste buds a treat!