CHICAGO — It’s time to finalize that fall bucket list, spooky friends. While I do celebrate spooky season all year, August is when I plan out what exactly I’ll be doing during the BER months. I start booking out September and October weekends now because once fall hits, it’s a full-on frenzy of events.
Every year, I make a list of things I want to do in the fall. It’s a mix of fresh thrills and some good ol’ classics that I can’t resist bringing back. This is my 2022 list, for reference.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 things I’ll be doing this spooky season:
Trying Pumpkin at Dunkin
I’m tired of hearing how much better the Pumpkin Spice Latte is at Dunkin than at Starbucks. I’m going to try it for myself this year. I never got around to going last year, so this fall I need to go without fail.
UPDATE: Since posting this, I have tried the Dunkin Iced PSL. It was not good. Way too sweet.
Trying hot apple cider for the first time
Yet another classic fall drink I’ve NEVER tried. Should I try a traditional version? Or spiked?
Making a basket from the Great Pumpkin
Spooky baskets are a fun tradition I plan to keep alive this year. My son is finally old enough where he can understand the tradition better and really get excited for it.
Organizing a Halloween egg hunt
This will be the second year in a row I’ll be doing a Halloween Egg Hunt for my son. This blog post explains how we did our egg hunt last year. A big reason I want to keep this tradition going is because it’s so different from other fall activities. It’s also so simple to put together.
Visiting one new Halloween bar in Wrigleyville
Last year, my friends and I went to one of the Halloween pop-ups in Wrigleyville — the neighborhood that’s home to Wrigley Field. There are multiple Halloween bars that line Clark Street, so I want to visit at least one new spot. They all have fun themed drinks and eats. Maybe a mini bar crawl is in order?
Visiting Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up and other pumpkin patches
Watching one classic scary movie
I’m not a scary movie person, but I’m tired of not understanding certain pop culture references. This is the year I slowly start watching the classics and since I see so much Michael Myers content on my timeline, I’m going to finally watch the 1978 version of “Halloween.”
Baking mini pumpkin pies
I’ve always wanted to make little pumpkin pies like the ones on Pinterest. And it’s such a small change from the traditional pumpkin pie that I don’t think anyone at Thanksgiving dinner will mind.
Celebrating Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Day
Soaking in every moment
Yes, this is incredibly cheesy to say, but it’s an important one. Every year I spend so much time taking photos and videos that I forget to truly live in the moment and just soak up those fall vibes.