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Autumn bucket list

Spring and autumn have always been my favourite seasons because I prefer weather that’s neither too hot nor cold. I do love summer and winter as well, especially summer because of vacation. πŸ˜… However, recently, my favourite seasons lost their essence as the weather is getting less transitional and more like ‘let’s be summer after being winter just the previous day’ and vice versa. We all know why that is (thanks, climate change and people), which makes it even sadder. Moreover, the past two autumns have been extremely difficult, first due to having COVID, and then another health and mental health issue. That’s why this year I’m going to try even harder to appreciate every little thing and keep my hopeful mentality (which is getting harder with being less outside in nature). So, in this post, I’ve collected quite a lot of things I’d love to do this autumn.

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Food and beverages

  • bake a pumpkin pie πŸ₯§
  • bake pumpkin bread 🍞
  • make mulled apple juice πŸ§ƒ
  • drink loads of tea 🍡
  • eat pumpkin soup 🍲
  • have baked pumpkin slices πŸŽƒ

Yes, I’m a foodie, and I put them before books, sue me. πŸ˜‚ But jokes aside, I do love baking and what better opportunity than crisp and cool autumn afternoons? I’ve never made pumpkin pies or bread before, and I don’t know if I’m going to like them, but we shall find out! Pumpkin soup and baked pumpkin slices are staples in this household, so those are traditions at this point. They are so yummy! πŸŽƒ I’ve seen apple cider mentioned so many times, so it made me want to make it, however, as I don’t like alcohol, I’m going to make mulled apple juice, hopefully, it will be tasty. I came to appreciate tea last winter, so I’m looking forward to drinking more of them! I still have a few bags of the tea I bought in Exeter, and I’m so sad I will run out of it shortly. It’s THIS kind, and let me tell you, it’s so amazing, especially with hazelnut milk.

Books

  • read a mystery novel πŸ”
  • reread The Wicked Deep 🌊
  • pick up a spooky middle grade πŸ‘»
  • read the first Nancy Drew book πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
  • read Macbeth πŸ§™πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
  • read Frankenstein πŸ‘Ή

I associate autumn with mysteries, cosy stories and spookier books. I’m hoping to read Macbeth because it has witches, and Frankenstein because it would be high time I read this classic that’s so perfect for the spooky season. I also started feeling like reading middle grade horror or detective novels, like Nancy Drew. I’m still looking for middle grade horror that’s available in my library though. I’d love to continue the Small Spaces quartet but we still don’t have the sequels. 😢 I also would like to reread The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw because its atmosphere is immaculate and I would like to see if I still like the story.

Movies & TV shows

  • continue The Twilight Saga rewatch with Hannah 🍎
  • rewatch a few autumn episodes from Gilmore Girls πŸ‚
  • rewatch Dead Poets Society πŸ“š
  • rewatch a Tim Burton film πŸ’€
  • try an episode of Wednesday πŸ•Έ
  • finally watch Sleepy Hollow on Halloween πŸ¦‡
  • watch the new Hocus Pocus movie 🧹
  • check out the And Then There Were None mini-series ☠
  • watch Only Murders in the Building TV show πŸ™

Twilight screams autumn for me, especially the first movie’s colour scheme fits it so much. Hannah and I started rewatching the movies a few months ago, and now it’s time for Eclipse, which I’ve never seen yet. What could be even more season appropriate than Gilmore Girls? I rewatch a few episodes from the early seasons every year, especially when autumn kicks in. πŸ‚ Another favourite of mine is Tim Burton, whose movies I just love (at least most of them). He has so many unique ideas, he’s truly one of a kind. My favourites are The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, which I’ll try to rewatch this autumn. He also has a new show coming out soon called Wednesday, which is going to be about Wednesday Addams, and her adventures in a boarding school. I saw the trailer and I think it will be quite creepy, so perfect for the Halloween season. Not going to lie, I’ve never liked The Addams Family, so I’m not sure how I’ll enjoy this one, but I’ll give it a try. Another Burton film I want to mention is Sleepy Hollow, which I wanted to see for years, but I never mustered up the courage. Hopefully, this year is going to be the one I finally check it out. πŸ‘» If you’ve been here for a while, you might remember that my all-time favourite movie is Dead Poets Society, and I really wish to rewatch it soon. It’s the quintessential autumn movie, dark academia at its finest. Another movie I want to check out is Hocus Pocus 2! I’m so stoked for this sequel, really hoping they won’t mess it up. The first one is just so good. 🐈 I also want to check out And Then There Were None mini-series because Desi @ Darling Desi recommended it in one of her videos. Another Desi recommendation is Only Murders in the Building which is a series starring Selena Gomez about three true crime podcast aficionados getting involved in a murder. By the way, I really recommend her channel, her videos are extremely high quality, and her personality is calming and cheerful. So, we have a wide variety here, mostly full of spookier or mysterious stories, which I’m super excited about!

Others

  • create an autumn playlist 🎡
  • carve a pumpkin for Halloween πŸŽƒ
  • make an autumn-themed wallpaper πŸ“±
  • walk and admire the changing leaves 🍁
  • eat loads of candies on Halloween 🍫
  • put an autumn ambience room in the background πŸ•―
  • travel and go sightseeing on some weekend πŸš†
  • print out a few autumnal photos to put on my door/bookshelves πŸ–Ό

The last bit here is for miscellaneous activities. I have already created my autumn playlist with songs like ivy, cardigan, Flightless Bird, Decode, There She Goes, Autumn Leaves, and more. I’m currently listening to the Twilight soundtrack as I’m writing these lines, and it’s just so good. 🍎 I will definitely make autumn-themed wallpapers, probably with pictures from my favourite autumn movies and TV shows, and then I’ll print out some pictures to put either on my door or my bookshelves. I don’t have decorations because even though I adore looking at other people’s decorated homes, I am too much of a minimalist for them. Plus, I don’t want to dust a million knick-knacks. πŸ˜‚ What could make a bit of a vibe is putting an autumn ambience room in the background sometimes, and reading next to it. That would be super cosy. β˜• I have two outdoorsy activities I want to do, first, I just would like to appreciate the leaves changing, walking in nature noticing it going through a transformation. Next, I’d love to travel to somewhere new I’ve never been or I’ve been, but a long time ago. I usually stop hiking or sightseeing after the summer ends, but I want to change that this year. Of course, I wouldn’t travel that much or super far away because I don’t have free weekdays anymore. πŸš‰ Two Halloween-y things I would love to do is carving a pumpkin, and eating a bunch of candies while watching a spooky movie. These are quite traditional, but I love doing them. I mean, how can you not like eating sweets? πŸͺ

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Do you write bucket lists? What is your favourite? Do you have plans for Halloween? What are your favourite things to do during autumn? Can you recommend spooky middle grade novels?

Morgan
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11 thoughts on “Autumn bucket list

  1. Yes – we do need to get on it! I make a bucket list at the start of every month in my bullet journal, and a fair few of these are on mine for September 😍 Also i recommend The Haunting of Aveline Jones for some spooky middle grade – I’m planning in reading the second next month, and the third comes out soon too! I adored the first so so much!!!

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  2. I’m pretty excited to watch Wednesday!! I’ve never watched the addams family (horror and creepy stuff isn’t really my genre lol) but I like the trailer a lot, and the horror seems more whimsical than the flat out gory jumpscares (I might be wrong here). The twilight movies are honestly so fun to watch of you embrace the cringe – they’re definitely autumn movies.
    Frankenstein is on my tbr as well, Hope you enjoy it!!
    Good luck on your bucket list!

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    1. For sure! I felt the same way with the Wednesday trailer, I really hope we’re right as jumpscares scare the heck out of me. πŸ˜‚
      Twilight is so cringey, but it’s so fun! The nostalgia factor is strong with that one, I don’t think I could watch it for the first time if I didn’t have a connection to it from teenage years.
      Ah, amazing, I hope we’ll both enjoy Frankenstein!
      Thank you!! πŸ₯°

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  3. Ahh… I hope you have an amazing autumn this year. I am feeling the most “autumny” I have ever felt so I was very excited to see this post!!
    I hope you like the pumpkin bread and pie. I would like to bake something pumpkin related this year but I haven’t decided what πŸ˜‚πŸŽƒ
    I loved seeing your watch list too!! They have such a cosy spooky vibe. I would like to check out some horrors this October! I have never watched hocus pocus so maybe I shall finally do it this year!
    I loved this bucket list 🧑 and I hope you enjoy all your activities!!

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  4. I hope you can appreciate the little things this autumn, I’m trying to do the same πŸ’• We eat lots of pumpkin soup as well, but I never had a pumpkin pie before πŸŽƒ As a fellow foodie, I’m always so tempted to bake everything in autumn! I really need to reread The Wicked Deep as well, because I loved this book when I first read it πŸ₯°

    I love watching spooky shows in autumn! I’m hoping to watch Hocus Pocus 2, Wednesday & Only Murders in the Building as well 😊 And carving a pumpkin for Halloween is a must for me as well!

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