After several months of hot, humid weather, summer is finally on the way out and fall is starting to trickle in. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is cooling off and leaves are starting to fall. While summer can be a lot of fun with its pool parties and firefly catching, fall has its own magical qualities. Just because the weather is getting chilly and the days are getting shorter doesn't mean we need to hide inside in front of the television set! If you are wondering what to do this month, here are a few eco-friendly ways to celebrate October that you might find enjoyable.
Visit a pumpkin patch: Pumpkin patches are great places to spend time outside with the kids in October. Pick out a pumpkin, go on a hay ride and make a day of it. Many pumpkin patches have games to play, and some even have petting zoos.
Take a bicycle ride: Riding a bicycle is a fun way to get out and enjoy the cool, crisp weather of October. It is also wonderful exercise!
Take a fall camping trip: Check out these eco-friendly fall camping tips for ways to keep your carbon footprint low. Keep it local and avoid the disposables!
Make your own caramel apples: Start with local or organic apples and consider making your own caramel. This is a project that the kids would love to get involved with! Don't want to dip the apples? Just slice up some apples and drizzle them with the melted caramel!
Roast pumpkin seeds: If you carve your own pumpkin this fall, you will be left with the slightly slimy seeds from the inside. Don’t waste them! Rinse those seeds, drizzle with olive oil and season to your liking before roasting in the oven at 350° F for 20 minutes or so. Stir occasionally and make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't burn!
Go on a fall scavenger hunt: A fall scavenger hunt is an educational way to get outside and enjoy nature. Make a list of the things you would like to find. Pinecones, acorns, red leaves or an old bird's nest might be on your list. Get creative with your list and grab the kids for a nature walk.
Host a movie night: Whether you watch spooky Halloween movies with teens or pumpkin themed cartoons with your little ones, a chilly fall night is the perfect time to pop some popcorn and put on a few movies. For some helpful tips, check out this post from another member of our Blogger Panel.
Share your love of October with others: Make homemade pumpkin cards to send to grandparents or leave a small paper sack filled with Halloween candy on your neighbor's doorstep. Share your love of October with friends and family!
Do you have any other eco-friendly ways to celebrate October?