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5 Ways to Celebrate October

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The wait is over! Fall has arrived, so pull out your flannel, set out your decorations, gather all the apple and pumpkin foods, and try some of these fall festivities.

1. Fall Recipe Exchange

Invite your friends over for dinner and ask them to bring one of their favorite fall dishes along with recipe cards. Ask each guest to write their name on their recipe and a brief description of why it’s their favorite. “My grandmother used to make this every October 1st.” “When I use this recipe, I always remember Uncle Wyatt in his old blue shirt marinating the chicken for our family get together.” Have fun trying all the different foods and take home your favorite recipes. Every time you cook one of those dishes, you’ll remember the friend who gave it to you.

2. Bonfire

What better way to bring in the fall season than a glowing, warm bonfire? Set out some hay bales and blankets and let your guests help themselves to the ultimate S’more bar, hot chocolate, or apple cider. If you have some musically talented friends, ask them to bring their guitars and lead the group in your favorite tunes.

3. Pumpkin Decorating Party

As a lover of all things pumpkin, I enjoy eating anything made with pumpkins and decorating with the rotund, orange squash. Get your friends and family involved in a pumpkin decorating contest. You can carve them, paint them, or even add stickers and ribbons to them. Lay out an assortment of craft supplies and let your guests get creative.

4. Scary Movie Fest

Nothing brings people closer together than watching a horror film. If the special effects and gore of modern movies are too much for your taste, try watching classic black and white horror films. Whether you scream, cry, hold each other’s hands, or laugh at the movies, enjoy spending time with those around you.

5. Halloween Party

Who says Halloween is only for kids? Invite your guests for a night of sweat treats, costume contests, and great music. You can have a murder mystery dinner party, play games, take turns telling ghost stories or reading aloud scary short stories, or dance the night away.

However you celebrate this October, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, the best parties are the simplest to pull off. What matters most is spending time with those you love and making memories that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.

Written by Beth Godwin