This October may turn out like no other we’ve experienced before as the pandemic continues to loom over the UK. But many of the best things about this time of year are still there to be enjoyed, so read our ideas on how to make it count below.
Create a cosy home
There’s an undeniable sense of pleasure that comes with getting cosy at home while it’s dark outside. But how can you create the snuggest environment possible?
If you haven’t got them already, invest in a chunky throw for the sofa and place a few soothing candles around the home (they’ll double up as soft lighting too). Stock up on wood if you have a log burner or open fire – or create a virtual fireplace.
You could even repaint walls in darker shades to make any large open spaces feel cosier.
Take care of some life admin
With summer holidays out the way and Christmas yet to fully take over, October offers a brief period of downtime that you can use to catch up on life admin. Sorting out your finances is one ideal way to be productive before the festive period.
Assess your income and outgoings and see if there’s anywhere you can make improvements. If you’ve got any big purchases on the horizon, could a credit card help make them more manageable? Factoring the monthly repayments into your budget is crucial here.
Try some new autumnal recipes
If summer is the time for salads and BBQs, autumn is all about soups, stews and pumpkin spice. It’s easy to fall back on the same meals week after week, but switching to eating seasonally can help you discover new ingredients and techniques.
Pumpkin is an obvious choice, while squash, beetroot and pears are all great this time of year too. See if you can pick up any new recipe cards in your supermarket of choice.
Host a coronavirus-friendly Halloween party
We might not be able to get together in great numbers this Halloween, but you can still make a family event out of it. Decorate your house with spooky accessories, try out your pumpkin carving skills and throw on a scary movie.
You could even host a Halloween-themed virtual quiz and ask everyone to log on in costume.
Will you try any of the ideas above this October?