The calendar might say “fall,” but the thermometer still says “summer.” In Arizona, fall is anything but falling leaves and hay rides through apple orchards. Our fall consists mainly of iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweaters drenched in our own sweat, but it’s fine. We’re fine. Fall in the desert doesn’t look like fall on the East Coast, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it. There are plenty of ways to enjoy autumn without having to rake up those pesky leaves.
11. Go to a pumpkin patch
Pumpkins are the epitome of fall. There are a few pumpkin patches in the Valley such as Mother Nature’s Farm at 1663 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert and Tolmachoff Farms at 5726 N. 75th Avenue in Glendale. These patches are great places to get a pumpkin and enjoy various fall festivities.
10. Take some fall photos
Whether you’re at a pumpkin patch or somewhere else, taking cute fall photos with friends can be lots of fun and help boost your Instagram game. Whether you wear sweaters and scarves or hold mugs, fall is a time to take cliché fall photos with pride.
9. Do some baking
Fall is the perfect time to do some baking and fall recipes are some of the best. If you’re stuck on what to make, check out our chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe on page X.
8. Carve a pumpkin (or paint one)
Like I said, pumpkins define fall. Decorate your front porch with a carved pumpkin, or, if you don’t feel like scooping out the insides of a pumpkin, try painting one instead! It’s a lot less messy, and if you make a mistake, you can always paint over it.
7. Go to a haunted house
If you’re into the fear factor surrounding Halloween, we suggest you check out some of Arizona’s haunted houses. One of the most popular ones in the Valley is Fear Farm, located at 2209 N. 99th Avenue. Fear Farm’s Haunted Hayride is a must for Phoenix thrill-seekers.
6. Wear a sweater
It’s that simple. When it’s fall, all you want to do is wear a sweater. So do it. Even if it’s hot. Even if you’re not sure that it looks good on you. Wear the darn sweater. It’s fall. Embrace the sweat.
5. Make apple cider
Apple cider is the most underrated drink of fall. Head over to Pinterest to find a good homemade recipe, or just pick up a bottle at the store. Hot or iced, apple cider is sure to make things feel like fall.
4. Go camping
Get out of the heat and into the woods! I don’t know what it is about camping, but the cool air and the campfires seem to scream “fall.” Get some friends together and head up north for a cool escape.
3. Light a fall scented candle
Honestly, if all else fails, just light a scented candle. Find something with spices or apple and light it up! The candle will definitely make your whole house smell like fall.
2. Decorate for the season
Decorate your house, apartment or dorm with fall décor to make it feel a bit more like autumn. Hang a wreath on the door, put a pumpkin outside or hang orange string lights around the living room to make your space a more fall-ish place.
1. Enjoy the cool mornings
Despite the heat, fall mornings can be downright beautiful. If you get up early enough, you can enjoy the cool weather before things get too hot. Drink your coffee on the patio or take a walk. Soak in the nice weather before it’s all gone!