With the first day of fall officially beginning on September 22, it is finally socially acceptable to decorate with all autumn decor, watch spooky movies and make pumpkin pie. Having trouble finding Covid friendly activities? Not to worry – just take a seat and grab some hot apple cider! Here are some safe and fun options to choose from during this bizarre fall season.

  1. Watch Fall Movies and TV Shows

There is no shortage of Halloween movies to watch this fall from September to November. Log into Netflix and add some new films and shows to your list! Classics include “Halloweentown,” “Twitches,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Halloween,” “Scream” and even the “Charlie Brown” cartoon. It’s always fun to find the Halloween or Thanksgiving themed episodes of your favorite sitcoms, like “Friends,” “New Girl” or “Frasier.” The fall season doesn’t have to simply revolve around October 31 though. Some great fall-themed movies and TV shows are “Gilmore Girls,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” 

2. Bake Fall Themed Treats 

If you enjoy time in the kitchen, this option is for you. There are plenty of options that sit on the more challenging or time consuming side. Baking an apple or pumpkin pie usually takes anywhere from an hour to upwards of six hours in total, depending on which recipe you choose to follow. Caramel apples are also a fun option – they’ll likely make a pretty big mess, but don’t worry! You can clean up while the apples refrigerate and harden. Some beginner-friendly recipes to reach for are pumpkin chocolate chip cookies or boxed pumpkin bread. 

3. Decorate Your Home

There’s nothing like a trip to Hobby Lobby, Target and Home Goods to search the aisles for new fall decorations. If money is a large variable in decision making, there are plenty of budget-friendly options. Look for autumn-scented candles, throw pillows and fake fall-colored leaves to add around the house. Stores often have a designated section in the store where they advertise their cheapest seasonal decor. If traditional home decor isn’t your thing, pick up some spooky additions to place in your yard for Halloween.

4. Go to a Pumpkin Patch

Finally, arguably the most traditional fall activity: carve some pumpkins! Whether you’re going to a pumpkin patch or even just picking up some from a grocery store, pumpkin carving is a must during this season. The cheaper option is typically going to be a grocery store like Publix, Trader Joe’s or Costco. But if supporting local farms is of interest to you, there are plenty to choose from here in Tallahassee. “Jim King’s Pumpkin Patch” is a popular option, but it tends to be on the pricier side. King is usually located by the I-10 flyover on Thomasville Road but changes locations almost annually. Multiple churches also sell pumpkins during these months. Christ Presbyterian located off of Bannerman Road and Faith Presbyterian off of North Meridian Road are both great options.