Ah, November. We are truly into the autumn season now. Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. (Soon it will be December and Christmas will rush into our lives.) But for now, we’re still firmly in autumn.
I live in the Midwest and our temperatures are already dropping hard. We’ve already had a hard freeze. The growing season is officially over and the plants have been put to bed. The days are getting shorter. (After daylight savings time is over, the days are getting really, really short.) So I present to you, a list of things to do before winter sets in; a Fall To-Do List to get the most out of the season.
I would say I’m sad to see summer go but that would be a lie. I’m much more of a spring and autumn girl. Even winter is better than summer for me. I like to put on cozy sweaters and drink gallons of pumpkin spice whatever while reading a favorite book in my favorite spot on the sofa. Summer is hot and icky. Give me a cool wind and chilly temperatures and I’m a happy girl. Happy autumn, everybody!
We’ve got a little over a week until Halloween. I hope you’ve at least started on your costume. In the Saint Louis, Missouri area, there are ton of things to do for Halloween. I’ve listed 3 here but there are a lot more.
October 22, 2017
7:00AM : 5K Start
7:30AM: 10K / Half Marathon Start
9:30AM: Fun Run Start
Trick-or-Treat Village: 7AM-11AM
This year we have added some extra Halloween fun starting with the Trick-or-Treat 5K! The 5K course will be lined with not only your usual water stops but also candy stops for you to trick or treat along the way! The 10K and half marathon courses have some added adventure this year as well! As you run through downtown St. Louis you will have to watch out for the Zombie Zone and you might even see the Ghostbusters in action!
The fun doesn’t end when the race is over! Get your top of the line finisher’s medal, and head over to the Trick-or-Treat Village to fill up on candy and treats from local business and organizations. For the over-21 crowd, Michelob Ultra will be on site to help you enjoy a post race brew.
I do believe you have to register before the day of the race.Info packet pick up runs Friday and Saturday, October 20-21 at the GO! St. Louis office from 10am to 6pm.
GO! St. Louis office
300 Hunter Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63124
If you wish to participate, better hurry.
Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience.
Nightly, October 17–30, 2017
*5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$6 for Zoo members (ages 2+)
$7 for non-members (ages 2+)
Free for children under 2
$1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume with on-site ticket purchase
The Zoo is decorated for Halloween in a kid friendly manner. The is a pumpkin patch where kids can pick and then paint a pumpkin. ($5 fee) There are game locations, picture locations, and educational activities. New this year is also a Halloween-themed circus act. The 30-minute act features jaw-dropping juggling, stilt walking, amazing magic and more on stage at the Sea Lion Show Arena. (No animals in the circus show.)
Runs Thursday thru Sunday for the rest of October. October 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29.
Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant’s Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides.Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Early arrival is recommended. Arrive as close to 5:30PM as possible! Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm are very popular (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) and unfortunately even though we move guests on trams as fast as we can, cars can drive in faster. So arrive early, or try to visit us on a Thursday or Sunday night when the crowds are less!
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Even over Christmas. When October rolls around, I get an itch to watch some good old, spooky movies to get in the mood. But I’m also a chicken. I don’t like blood and gore but I have a love for cute Halloween movies. So, grab a cup of pumpkin spice coffee as I list my top 10 not so scary Halloween movies. (Guaranteed to NOT give you nightmares.)
10) The Haunted Mansion (2003)
9) Frankenweenie (2012)
8) Paranorman (2012)
7) The Addams Family (1991)
6) Coraline (2009)
5) Corpse Bride (2005)
4) Hotel Transylvania (2012)
3) Hocus Pocus (1993)
2) Practical Magic (1998)
…Drum roll please! My favorite Halloween movie of all time…
1) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I adore Nightmare Before Christmas. I watch it every year, both for Halloween and for Christmas, I love it that much. It was the first stop motion movie I’d ever seen, the first ever done I think, and it just amazed me. I drive my coworkers nuts listening to the soundtrack too.
What’s your favorite not so scary movie to watch for Halloween?
Sunny and in the upper 60’s today. I walked outside this morning and let out this huge breath. Ahhh. Hello, Autumn. Hello, October. My favorite month in my favorite season. Boneregard, my 6 foot skeleton, is going out on the balcony this evening. During the Halloween season, he waves at people to get them in the spirit. Ok, he doesn’t really wave but his arm is in the air like he’s waving. You get the idea.
For Halloween this year, I’m going to be a tooth fairy. Not the one from the Guardians movie but just a simple tooth fairy. I’m going to get a pink shirt, leggings and a tutu. Stick on some fairy wings, a cheap plastic crown, and magic up a tooth wand, and I’ll be rocking the tooth fairy look. I’m thinking about getting a leather pouch and filling it will chocolate coins to give to my coworkers and trick or treaters. Of course, I require a tooth in exchange. Hold still while I knock one out.
I need to get some more Halloween decoration review posts up. I still have the videos from Target and now pictures from Hobby Lobby and Home Goods to share. Then I want to get another post of my Colorado vacation up, which I’ve been meaning to do forever. And I have a couple of book reviews I should type up and post. Man, I’m lazy. Where did the time go?
Once again we have come to the end of the week and that means it’s time for the Book Blogger Hop over at Crazy for Books. (I need to get off my butt and finish The Witch’s Daughter for you all. I don’t know if I’ve just been too busy or too lazy to finish it. I’m about 50 pages to the end. I hope to finish it and be well on my way through another book before the end of the long weekend.)
Our question for this week is: “What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation? (If your next season is other than fall/autumn, tell us about it and what you are most looking forward to in your part of the world!)”
Ah, autumn; my favorite season. It beats out spring in my opinion. The falling temperatures mean I can open the windows in my apartment and finally get some fresh air after a long summer of running the air conditioner. The leaves begin to turn and it’s time for a trip out to the hills for pictures. It’s time for apple orchards and pumpkin patches to open to the public and hay wagon rides through the woods. Cooler weather means more hikes through the state parks and leisurely meanders along the Missouri River. There are trips out to the wineries and peaceful evenings on their patios sipping the most recent brew. Things seem less harsh in autumn; the light glowing through leaves turned gold and red and a soft sigh in the air. It’s a release of the heat of summer.
I adore autumn. The month of October holds my favorite holiday, Halloween. Samhain, as we call it, is an important holiday in the Pagan calendar and a busy social event. There are several parties, ritual gatherings, and camping trips held in October. So much so, that there is something happening every weekend of the month. It’s insane and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. On Samhain the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and we can freely communicate with those who have gone before us. It’s a time to honor our ancestors and to reflect upon our past and a little upon our future. We give thanks for the harvest season and for the blessings we’ve received during the year. Samhain is a powerful time for those of the Pagan religions.
There are many things to look forward to in the autumn. For me, the gatherings for Mabon (the autumn equinox) and Samhain are a time to meet with friends and be around those of like mind. It’s a time to relax. There are bonfires to roast marshmallows over and cool nights to sit out under the stars. Autumn is a busy time, even if in this day we don’t have to worry about bringing in the harvest ourselves. I look forward to the change in weather and the chance of seeing friends.