I have lots of favorites. LOTS of favorites. But easily in my top ten list of favorite things EVER is the month of October. That is right, the whole month makes my list of favorite things ever. Why? How could anyone NOT like October? Besides the gorgeous skies, crisp weather,pumpkins, and anticipation of the holiday season (I’m talking the trio of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) here is a list of another 10 things that make October fantastic!
1- Seasonal Foods
People may call me crazy, but squash is one of my favorite foods in the world and nothing, I mean NOTHING, is better than fall squash! And it is SO easy to cook, too. If all else fails, just cut it in half, pop in the oven, pull it out and eat with a little bit of butter. YUM! And don’t forget all of the range of delicious soups that it is appropriate now to eat because it is finally cooled down from summer weather! I was also going to include a fall favorite of mine (apple pie) in this too, but just this week I opened my oven to billows of smoke pouring out and a blackened, completely ruined apple pie that I had attempted, and let’s just say I am still a little sore about the subject…
2- Pumpkin EVERYTHING
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate cookies, pumpkin cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin shakes….the list goes on and on. As previously stated, I love squash (yes, pumpkin is technically a squash) and so I have NO complaints about this one!
3-Dia de los Muertos
Alright….TECHNICALLY speaking Dia de los Muertos actually occurs on November 1, but living in the United States and not in Mexico means that many people just celebrate this (or traditions similar) in October. Being in a bi-racial relationship means I get to celebrate extra holidays (hooray!) and even though we don’t always follow all of the traditions associated with Dia de los Muertos, I LOVE all of the history that goes with it. And the colors! I love seeing the beautiful artistry that goes into each costume and the displays for loved ones!
4- Fall Colors
Is there anyone reading this post that doesn’t love when the leaves change and leave the world looking like a brilliant masterpiece of art? (If you raised your hand, you are in the WRONG place my friend) I am lucky enough to live in the mountains where I get to spend every day looking at the gorgeous canyons and benches filled with color! For all of you living in a non-color changing zone, I suggest making “see fall leaves” a priority on your bucket list!
5- Dressing Up!
This was my favorite thing to do as a child, and things still haven’t changed much except that I am old enough now that it would be weird if I just dressed up for kicks. I pretty much love that Halloween gives me an excuse to dress up!
6- Scary Movies
People love being scared, at least that is the only explanation I can come up with for why scary movies keep being made and keep making money. Don’t get me wrong, I like some fun Halloween movies, but I stay away from the real scary stuff (yes, I am a proud wuss). Even though I don’t watch intense horror films, I do have a few favorite suggestions for you! To start, anything made by Alfred Hitchcock- the original master of scary! I also LOVE Arsenic and Old Lace for my fellow peeps who enjoy b&w movies. Tim Burton is one of my heroes (in the artistry world) and with him producing so many films that have a “creepy” factor I highly recommend them. Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and Beetlejuice are all fun ones. Frankenweenie is also kinda fun, especially if you have read Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein– tons of references! (which makes nerds like me dizzy with excitement!) And don’t even dare forgetting about Hocus Pocus because I am pretty sure Halloween won’t happen unless you watch it.
7- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
I don’t even really know what to say about this. I feel so passionate about creating awareness for breast cancer, especially because the more aware people are, the better chances we have of beating it because we can promote regular checkups to ensure breast health. The faster unhealthy problems can be found, the higher chance one has of overcoming it. I always try to do something each year to help promote breast health and to contribute to promoting breast cancer awareness.
8- Spooky Stories
All over the world there are instances of hauntings, ghost sightings, frightening mysteries, and records of alien or paranormal activity. For some strange reason, these stories just enthrall me! I can’t explain it, I don’t necessarily like feeling spooked by creepy stories, but like a train wreck, I can’t turn away! I always just try to use the excuse that the purpose of life is to learn as much about the world as possible, so it is good to learn about these things too, right? Even though I can’t sleep the next night (like I said, total pansy!) ha! Some of my favorite mysteries include all of the stuff about the Bermuda Triangle, learning about some of the crazy stories regarding VooDoo in New Orleans (totally freaky!!!), and watching Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel channel- they have, hands down, some of the coolest artifacts!
9- Sweater Weather
Not too hot, not too cold. Really, no explanation even needed.
10- Awesome Parties!
Dress up parties, murder mystery dinners, pumpkin carving frenzies, corn mazes, scary movie-thons, whether your party is for 2 or 100, there are more themes for October parties than any other time of year! Plus the table spreads always look amazing! If nothing else convinces you that October is awesome, you have to admit that the parties are pretty great!