My Life/Teen Life The Ultimate Fall Bucket List by Kaitlyn Callahan Hay there! Do you feel that unmistakable chill in the air? Do you find yourself buying school supplies and posting RIP summer pictures on Instagram? Is your tan fading? Don’t get down! Fall is upon us and this season is filled with endless possibilities. Personally, I love the Fall. When I reflect on this season not only do I think about Pumpkin Spice and everything nice, but I think about it being a time of growth, change, and profound renewal. I thought I’d make this Bucket List to get you excited about it, too. Creep it real and don’t leaf me hanging now! Without further ado, here’s what’s on my Fall Bucket List… 1. Go to a pumpkin patch. Take one home. Carve it. Then toast its seeds. And then eat them. 2. Pick a whole bag of apples from a nearby orchard (where that’s allowed). 3. Eat s’mores and read stories of the martyrs around the campfire instead of ghost stories. St. Jose Sanchez del Rio or Bl. Miguel Pro are some great ones to start with. 4. Go to an outdoor concert — even if it’s a local band. 5. Go “thrifting” and buy a warm flannel or sweater. 6. Go camping… Even if it’s in your backyard. 7. Get your friends together to serve the hungry at your local soup kitchen. #SquadGhouls 8. Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Trick or treat yo’ self! 9. Bring a Pumpkin Spice Latte to your first-period teacher. 10. While you’re at it, learn how to make your own PSL’s! 11. Host an outdoor movie night. Consider “Coco.” It’s a great way to learn about the tradition of Día de los Muertos. And it’s also brilliant. 12. Resolve to pray the Rosary every day in October. (It’s the month for the Holy Rosary!) 13. Tailgate a football game, or start your own touch football game. 14. Get lost in a corn maze. 15. Take a hayride. 16. Have a photo shoot in the leaves. You know what they say, “If you’ve got it, haunt it!” 17. Go on a retreat with your youth group. 18. Neatly rake a giant leaf pile and then jump in it! Tag #LifeTeenLeafLeap ! 19. Attend Mass on All Saints Day. (Nov 1st — yes, keep that Halloween fiesta going with a liturgical celebration!) 20. Listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons — “Autumn.” 21. Go outside to find a peaceful fall landscape and try to paint it — post your final product on Instagram or give it to a friend. 22. Make a DIY scarecrow, painted pumpkin, or anything else fall inspired on Pinterest. 23. Watch, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” 24. While you’re at it, watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” while eating the snacks that Charlie Brown made for his Thanksgiving meal (Two slices of buttered toast, pretzel sticks, A handful of popcorn, and a few jelly beans.) 25. When you go trick-or-treating, tell people that you’ll pray for them… and then actually pray for them. 26. Pass out candy and ask people how you can pray for them… and then actually pray for them. 27. Spend “Black Friday” making homemade gifts for your friends and family. 28. Go to your local farmers market. (They typically happen on Saturday mornings.) 29. Train for a 5k road race. 30. Give away some of the clothes you don’t wear before you buy new ones. 31. Have a cheesy Halloween movie marathon. 32. Get your face painted. 33. Eat an apple cider donut at your local farm. 34. Bundle up and go stargazing with your friends. 35. Invest in a candle that makes your house smell like autumn. 36. Start a gratitude journal. Write something you’re grateful for every day, not just on Thanksgiving. 37. Try making an old family recipe. 38. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. 39. Ask Jesus for the courage to lead grace at your Thanksgiving family dinner. 40. Have a party and listen to all your favorite Halloween music. 41. Make a pie from scratch and bring it to a neighbor. 42. Create your own Halloween costume. (Extra points if you dress up like a saint or biblical figure!) 43. Bob for apples. 44. Start praying and fasting regularly for our Church. 45. Bake pumpkin flavored anything. Muffins, bread, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, pancakes, etc. Or eat those amazing Pillsbury Pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies! (My personal favorite.) 46. Learn how to make homemade apple cider. 47. Go kayaking, canoeing, hike or a bike ride with your family to look at the leaves and admire how nature has changed. 48. Get to know a new saint before November 1st and ask them to pray for you regularly. (They don’t call it All Saints Day for nothing!) 49. Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Especially on November 2nd — All Souls Day! 50. Eat fall-flavored ice cream. 51. Try a fall sport. You don’t have to be on an organized team to get active! 52. Invite someone new to your youth group. 53. Look up your nearest fall festival and go. 54. Get involved in a club at school. Nothing peak your interest? Start a club yourself! 55. Read a new book (that wasn’t assigned for school). Let it be a book written by a Saint, go back to those childhood classics, or even read about how to do something new! 56. Memorize one verse from Scripture every week. Pray about it. Talk about it. While you’re at it, learn more about Scripture by purchasing Mark Hart’s new book “Inspired.” 57. Write a letter to someone. Put a stamp on it. Actually send it in the mail. 58. Start a running tally of how many times you see geese flying south for the winter. 59. Host an open mic night. 60. Spray whipped cream in your mouth straight from the can (unless you’re allergic). 61. Start a lettuce garden. Apparently, you can plant it in September no matter where you live. 62. Invest in some really cozy socks. 63. Make an epic pillow fort. 64. Ask a family member to tell you about a memory from their childhood. Listen to them. Like, really listen to them. Learn from them. Share one of yours. 65. Have a chili cook-off. 66. Learn how to knit your own scarf. 67. “Boo” a friends house! 68. Learn how to make stovetop popcorn. 69. Start your day off right by stepping outside to breathe in the crisp fall air. 70. Go to Confession. Whatever this new season of your life brings, I hope crossing off this bucket list helps make it unbe-leaf-able! I’m praying for you!