1. What is your favorite thing about fall?
Cool, crisp weather and nearly every aspect covered in this survey!
2. Do you get fall colors where you live?
Sure do. I enjoy walking on a wooded trail near my house in the fall when the leaves turn and there’s almost an archway of colors overhead. We’re going to a cabin for the weekend the first of October this year, hopefully some trees will have changed colors by then.
3. Favorite fall scent (wax, or anything)?
Let’s break this down: from Yankee Candle I fell in love with the Autumn in the Park scent last year. It’s outdoorsy and a little spicy with mac apple, leaves, amber and musk. I use it in car jars, candles and plug-ins.
From Bath and Body Works, my fave is Leaves – crisp red apple, golden nectar and clove spice.
I also enjoy their Sweater Weather blend, but Not all Sweater Weather types.
In general, I love fresh scents, toasted marshmallow, crackling campfire and crisp fall air scents this time of year. Can’t wait to start melting them!
4. Favorite fall food or drink?
Soup and more soup. I could eat it every day during fall and winter. I may be inspired by this Fall Series to make a couple favorites and freeze some, if I can get my make-ahead meal act together.
5. Football…..yay or nay?
Well, I am the manager of my own fantasy football league, so I’m a pro when it comes to following football. Actually, my family and I are more college football fans than pro. My team cheer goes, OH-IO, let’s go bucs!
6. Do you rake, jump in, or burn piles of leaves?
Ugh! Blow them with a leaf blower then rake them into about ten little piles in my yard and bag them. It’s the tailbone-breaking bane of my existence and I try to hold out till they’re mostly off the trees and get them in one big swoop.
7. Haunted house or corn maze?
I surprised myself with corn maze, even after experiencing two harrowing corn maze episodes. Once, my group of friends and I got lost in a massive corn maze shaped like LeBron James dunking a basketball, somewhere in southern Ohio. There were guard towers posted with search lights and we tried to navigate our way through using an aerial photo saved on a phone, but after about 2 hours we gave up and busted out the side.
Another time, I was in a haunted corn maze and people jumped into the pathways with chainsaws and masks. It was so scary trying to get away that a friend trampled me, we fell and I got a nice fat lip! Maybe haunted houses are safer?
8. Have you ever gone on a hayride?
I have, mostly with my siblings and their children, with my niece’s American Girl dolls riding along with us. I would like to try a haunted hayride at night sometime.
9. Cider or hot chocolate?
Cider, chilled tart and tangy, or warm and spiced. I wouldn’t turn down a peppermint chocolate mocha at Starbucks, either.
10. Carve a pumpkin or eat pumpkin pie?
I prefer my pumpkins in their natural state, but I do enjoy carving one if the mood strikes me.
11. Do you dress up for Halloween?
Always as a child until I was probably too old to go trick-or-treating. As an adult, my husband and I have dressed in themed costumes a couple of times. Memorably, as Ed (me in a police uniform and a ponytail) and my husband as Hi (holding a box of Huggies with a pantyhose on his head and a fake mustache) from “Raising Arizona.” We also won a small costume contest as Mary Poppins and Burt! I even convinced the hubs to make his own chimney broom…I wish I had the pics, it was pre-selfie days.
12. Candy corn…..yay or nay?
13. Favorite Halloween movie?
“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” And yes, it annoys me that Charlie Brown keeps getting rocks!
14. Scariest movie?
Going with the 80’s classic, “A Nightmare On Elm Street” Freddy Krueger was the ultimate villain. A burnt up child murderer who wore a glove of razors, had an evil smile and worst of all killed his victims when they were most vulnerable – in their dreams. Then there was that children’s song…”One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…three, four, better lock the door…” it was just chilling!
15. Halloween or Thanksgiving?
Is this a trick question? Halloween all the way! Nearly the only thing I care about on Thanksgiving is just how good the Black Friday sales will be. I may have a soft spot for the “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” movie; however. Can you tell I’m a Peanuts fan? I mean it slays me when Snoopy chefs up the popcorn, jellybeans and toast for dinner!
16. Do you watch the Macy’s parade?
Parts of it, the kid in me still likes to see the character balloons. I might return to “running” a Turkey Trot this year, so in that case I’ll miss most of it.
17. Apple pie or pumpkin pie?
Apple pie with the crunchy streusel topping. Redi whip on top, no Cool whip, thanks.
18. White or dark meat?
Which is which? Either I guess, as long as it’s juicy.
19. Jellied or real cranberry sauce?
I used to prefer jellied, but I’m such a gourmand now, so I like the real stewed stove-top kind.
20. Will you host or travel for Thanksgiving this year?
We have a small house and a large family, so we usually travel between two gatherings about an hour’s distance apart.