75 degrees and Sunny...that's what seems to be all day, everyday in SoCal. But what happens when the calendar is telling you Fall is here, Halloween is right around the corner, and the closest thing you get to feeling autumnal is a Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte from your local Starbucks?
Kill the fear of missing out on the season with these 5 ways to "fall" into fun. (We promise, the puns will be used in moderation)
This seems like an obvious place to start, but hear us out. Sure, the good old fashioned orange pumpkin is a classic icon of autumn, but why not add your own personal touch to your gourds? You can do anything from more traditional to completely trendy...its up to you! Here are some we love:
For the Traditionalist:
Perfect for a Trendsetter:
(Note: You can find endless inspiration on sites such as Pinterest.com, and Tumblr.com)
2) Haunted Hayrides! (or other spooky fun to get your adrenaline pumping)
What screams Halloween more than a little bit of horror? SoCal has tons of activities where the fun is in the scare! Grab some friends and see who is the bravest and who will be left screaming for their Mommy! Try these if you dare:
Hollywood's Haunted Studio Escape Room - It's up to you and your team to unlock the mystery of the recording studio. You'll be stuck in the studio for an hour while you crack codes, put together puzzles, and find clues to make it out before the ghost of Natalie takes your soul. Creepy!
Think you could escape? Get your passes at Rush49.com
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride - Are you part of the Elite or the Deranged? There's only one way to find out. If, and only if, you survive - the horrors continue at attractions such as the Ouija House of Shadows, where vicious unrested souls are around every corner, Trick or Treat, a freakish suburb of Hell, and Purgatory, where you can step back into the past in a nostalgic yet haunting carnival and marketplace.
Got the guts? Get your tickets at Rush49.com!
3) Fall Fashion
While the temperature may read warm, your wardrobe can still scream Autumn! Infusing some warm tones such as red, oranges, ochre (aka dark yellow), and beautiful browns into your closet is a great place to start.
Adding some cool weather accessories to any outfit to get the fall-feeling is option we love! Here are some pieces we are craving more than pumpkin-spice:
A Lightweight Scarf - Why we love it: this particular J. Crew version is giving all kinds of autumn vibes with the color and pattern, plus the sheer fabric adds the feel of fall without the bulk and heat
The Ankle Boot - Why we love it: a bootie is a great alternative to a full boot that would fall at the calf and above. Suede covered legs in SoCal=heat stroke. Heat Stroke=a bad time...see where we're going with this?
4) A Terrifying Twist on a 5k
There are all sorts of runs out there...but have you ever ran a 5k while escaping from Zombies? Nows your chance!
Here's the gist: Pump up your adrenaline and get in the Halloween spirit in a spooky and dirty race that incorporates mud, post-apocalyptic obstacles, and lots of zombies. Need we say more?
Scare yourself to
death health by getting your entry here: Rush49.com
5) Delicious Autumn-Inspired Foods (that taste great cold!)
Yes, pumpkin spice is sprinkled on EVERYTHING once summer's end is on the horizon, but there's nothing basic about fall flavors! We're talking delicious soups (that are also delicious eaten cool), yummy pumpkin iced teas (yes its a thing!), and ice cream flavors such as Spiced Pear with Salted Caramel Swirl...we know, your mouth is watering already.
Now that you'll finally feel like it's autumn in SoCal, its time to fall in love with the season! (sorry, we had to)