How to Make the Most of Fall in Auburn
It’s finally starting to feel like fall.
Although the thermostat reads 85 degrees, you’re filled with excitement because you know what autumn brings: pumpkins, sweaters, cool weather, Halloween, falling leaves, school breaks, family time and Thanksgiving, as the end of school draws near.
With so much to look forward to, balancing both the excitement of fall and the increasing demand of schoolwork can be tricky, so here are some ways that you can enjoy fall before it ends.
Autumn brings people together. Tailgating and hanging out are fun, but do something different this season by having a “Friendsgiving” meal. This is a chance to sit down with friends and enjoy good food, good times, and make lasting memories together. If interested in hosting the perfect event, check out our upcoming article on Friendsgiving!
Take a Walk
Take the time to enjoy a walk outside. Head to Chewacla State Park, Kiesel Park or even Samford Lawn. Bring your dog or volunteer at a local shelter and take one for a walk. No matter the reason, or how long you spend outdoors, don’t miss the gorgeous weather.
Host Your Own Bake Sale
Have a bake sale where you and your friends compete against each other. You can sell each slice of pie, cookie, etc. for a $1 and use the funds to support a child through Auburn University’s Dance Marathon event!
Start a Movie Marathon
Plan a holiday movie marathon with your S.O. or with friends. Each person can submit a movie of their choice, and everyone can gather while cooking special fall-inspired treats (find some of our favorite recipes below).
Check out Local Events
The cities of Auburn and Opelika are hosting many events this fall. Downtown Opelika has a Fall Sundown concert every Thursday starting at 6 p.m. They also have festivals, free community CPR training and several other events this fall. In Auburn, attend the Auburn Community Theatre’s presentation of “Proof,” and visit the Taste of the Town Cook-off on Nov. 10. Check out this calendar for the rest of the month’s events.
Deck the [Dorm] Halls
Celebrate the season by decorating your apartment or dorm room. Whether you go pumpkin picking, purchase autumn décor for your home, or even create it yourself, there’s a lot you can do to ensure that fall surrounds you inside and out.
Try a Delicious Seasonal Recipe!
I love cooking, so fall is a fantastic excuse to bake more. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans and Cranberries
- One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese
- Gluten-Free Spiced Hot Fruit Bake
- Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Above all, the best way to experience fall is by enjoying it with the people who truly make Auburn a home-away-from-home. Don’t take them or family for granted, and be thankful for how blessed you are to be at Auburn. And as always,
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Julia B.