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Fall is like a warm hug for the senses: the spicy taste of hot apple cider with a generous splash of rum, the earthy sound of crunching leaves underfoot, the smoky aroma of a fireplace burning – must we go on? Here are eight fun, easy ways to celebrate the season – just in time for your pumpkin carving party.
2. Fall-friendly Textiles
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Your summer clothing is now tucked away, but your house may not have received the memo – so update your home textiles accordingly. Nothing says “let’s never leave the couch this fall” like a totally hygge Parachute x Jenni Kayne Alpaca Throw.
3. Totally Trashy Halloween Decor
Even if your entire home is a model of breezy, earth-toned restraint, when October rolls around, you hereby have our permission to let go. Unleash your inner John Waters and indulge your gaudiest, campiest impulses. Want a spiderweb in your window? A tombstone on your lawn? Or, our personal favorite, an Animated Flying Witch? Do it. You’ve earned it.
4. A Collection of Funky Gourds
5. Spooky Music
Sort of like surf rock with occasional ghost sounds, Halloween music really is about as fun as it gets. Cruise Spotify’s options. The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack works, too – on vinyl, natch. Just try to listen to “The Time Warp” without dancing – it’s impossible.
6. DIY Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
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If you invite friends over for the aforementioned pumpkin carving party, put those seeds to use! Instead of discarding the seed-laden pumpkin innards, rinse and bake ‘em. Try Bon Appétit’s recipe. Your guests will have a delicious snack by the time they wrap up their masterpieces.
7. A Vintage Scary Movie
8. A Fresh Pumpkin Pie
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If your city doesn’t really have seasons, you probably still know it’s autumn because the pumpkin spice latte is everywhere. But you are not going to order one because you are not 14. Indulge in fall’s favorite flavor another way: Bake a pumpkin pie! The best pumpkin pie recipe is right there on the Libby’s pumpkin can. Hey, why mess with perfection?