I have really enjoyed the fall season in the US. Somehow it feels like fall is celebrated here in a way we don’t do it in Finland. And now I’m not talking about getting pumpkin spice lattes, but about all the fall activities here – there is so much to do and look forward to in the fall season. The weather also plays a part: we’ve had maybe a handful of rainy days during the last month or so. Of course it’s easier to enjoy the fall when you actually can spend time outside. There are pumpkin patches, corn mazes (which I would have loved to visit, but there are no within the reach of public transport in the DC area), fall foliage trackers, apple and fruit orchards, warm apple cider and apple cider donuts, pumpkin spice everything, and of course Halloween.
Celebrating Halloween (and Thanksgiving of course, although we’re not quite there yet) is a big deal here, and I loved it! Not the part with all the single wrap candy and single use stuff, but I loved how much effort people put into decorating their front steps and yards, making the most of the colorful fall season. The first decorations and pumpkins appeared in the beginning of October, and every day up until Halloween I found new, creative decorations and carved pumpkins in my neighborhood. And all those cute trick-or-treaters! The weekend before Halloween we had an event in my neighborhood for the local kids, and on my way back from work that day I saw so many cute kids dressed up as anything from crayola pens and superheros to princesses and astronauts. On the day of Halloween, we had a pumpkin carving contest at work which was so much fun, and I got to try carving my first pumpkin – it was easier than I would have thought! In the evening I dressed up as Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh and went out to celebrate with some friends.
This celebration of fall is something I want to bring back to Finland with me. Fall in Finland is pretty much just a lot of rain while the days are getting shorter and darker. It’s just a long wait until we finally can start preparing for Christmas – there is nothing in between to lighten up the season. So what I want to do is to try and make the most if the fall season back home too, for example by carving a pumpkin or two!
Here are some pictures of all the decorations I saw:
Okay, this last one with the pumpkins is from a pumpkin patch an not from someone’s yard, but all the other pictures are of decorations I have found in my neighborhood!