Now that fall is officially upon us and we’re all looking for the everyday reasons to celebrate, here are some simple, festive at-home activities to do at home this spooky season with friends or family!

Recipes

The BEST Pumpkin Cookies

This recipe is one to live by. Once you have had these amazingly moist cookies you will not be able to go back. I personally love pumpkin; how soft and airy it makes baked goods. This recipe doesn’t require any crazy ingredients and is super straightforward. These are my go-to treat for hosting during autumn because they have a quick bake time and have this addictive property that makes everyone feel cozy when consuming.

Easy Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup | At-Home Activities for Fall | Julieta Nothing says fall to me like a hearty soup and sourdough bread! This recipe from Kate Taylor, author of my favorite vegetarian cookbook, is so rewarding. While it requires some time commitment to roast the squash and then make the soup, you will not regret taking some time on the weekend to enjoy a big bowl of this festive treat. Tip: For a savory bowl, top the soup with roasted pepitas toasted in olive oil, shredded parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. For a sweet kick, add the same roasted pepitas toasted in cinnamon with golden raisins. The same soup served two ways!

Festive Alcoholic Drinks

Mulled Wine

Indulging in a warm mug of mulled wine by the fireplace is the perfect, cozy way to enjoy a cool fall evening. This simple recipe from The Food Network is easy to throw together or double the portion size for entertaining. I often take liberties when I’m working off of a recipe, and for this one I cut the prescribed amount of apple cider in half. If you’re using a dry wine, then add the recommended amount of honey. If you only have a sweeter red on hand, consider cutting some of the honey out. This recipe reminds me of the mulled wine I had while traveling and studying in France. Last weekend I served this up at my family’s lake home and it was perfect.

A Bit Boozier: Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

One of my all-time favorite drinks is a stiff whiskey sour and in keeping with our fall theme, this variation does not disappoint! The subtle hint of maple in place of the typical simple syrup is both refreshing and fun. I love the pinch of cinnamon for a bold flavor, but if that isn’t your thing you can always leave it out. Optional: Substitute grapefruit juice for lemon juice if you really want to try something new!

Crafts

These family fun crafts are perfect for quarantine living. Neither requires much in the way of special supplies that you wouldn’t already have on hand. I did both of these crafts with family at our Halloween party last year and they were definitely a hit. Spooky Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns | At-Home Activities for Fall | Julieta

Spooky Halloween Glass Jar Lanterns

Use any jar you have on hand for this one: the ever-versatile Mason jar, an empty pickle jar or the like. Flip through the slides of curated crafts from Country Living to find the design that best fits your aesthetic. My apartment mates and I used their traditional Jack-o’-lantern idea (slide 35) as inspiration –we used tissue paper and Mod Podge to create designs on our Mason jars. This craft can be a bit sticky but nothing that won’t be fixed by laying down some newspaper.

Thanksgiving Turkey

This fun craft is perfect for adults and kids alike. All you need are some coffee filters, magic markers, and water. A new way to make tie-dye! This should go without saying, but feel free to be flexible with the instructions. If you don’t have a clothespin, try using a paper clip or a popsicle stick! This is the perfect craft that can be used as a decoration or as a place marker at Thanksgiving dinner.