Happy fall ya’ll! It’s beginning to cool down here in So Cal and it kinda sorta feels like fall. Some days are super cool in the low 60’s and then some days are warm in the mid 90’s. However we have ditched our shorts and have moved on to layers. Now that it’s fall we have a few traditions we try to do each year. Here are some of our favorites!

Pumpkin Patch/Harvest Festival – We love going to the Pumpkin Patch! The food, the activities, the family photo ops and so much more!

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Carve Pumpkins – While at the Pumpkin Patch we each pick out a pumpkin. A few days before Halloween we each carve our pumpkins. Check out Sarah’s pumpkin below.

Apple Picking – We haven’t done this before, but we have plans to go this year.

Host a costume play date – I love Halloween, but I don’t love all the gore that goes with it. So I host a happy Halloween play date with festive food.

Decorate Trader Joe’s edible haunted house – Every year we get one house where we all decorate. This year I have a feeling I am going to need two houses for each kiddo.

Decorate cards for hospitalized kids – The kids in the hospitals can’t go out trick-or-treating and candy is not really an option, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be thought of during Halloween. Thanks to Andrea at Momfessionals, I printed blank cards and will let the kids get creative. We got the whole neighborhood involved last time and sent Vday cards.Read more about it here.

Attend our mommy group’s potluck and group picture – This fun tradition started when Sarah was a baby. A few years later we decided to make it a potluck and now it’s a whole fun event.Host Spooky Shabbat – The Friday before Halloween I like to host a formal dinner called Spooky Shabbat.See more here.

Costume Party – One of our friends from the mommy group hosts a costume party each year. Last year we went as The Incredibles.

Trick or Treat – We get together with a group of friends and trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. Some years we’ve even gathered before for a little potluck.

Food

I love themed food and Halloween is no exception. We check out Frappula’s at Starbucks, Boo-rito’s at Chipotle and decorate our own spooky face at IHOP.

What are your plans this fall? Any fun family traditions? I’d love to try new things. Please comment below.

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