"Fall Foliage Harvest Season and Halloween Traditions"

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la Mesa RV: Say Hello To Halloween: 10 ways to celebrate this fun holiday

Say Hello To Halloween: 7 ways to Celebrate This Fun Holiday

1. Celebrate Fall Foliage: 
Fall has come upon us and what better way to take advantage of fall than traveling in your RV? An RV offers an ideal way to see fall foliage. The general vantage point and ease of maneuvering on parkways allow for RVers to really become "traveling sightseers" when they are on road trips to new adventures. Unlike the summer, the best time it seems to make trips to see the foliage is weekdays, rather than weekends, when parkways and campgrounds are much less crowded. During this time of the year, there are a couple of places that really to come to mind to definitely experience. Here they are: 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Virgina - Tennessee
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Blue Ridge Parkway has been called " America's Favorite Drive"

 South Carolina Cherokee Foothills
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Home of the Table Rock Mountains and Jones Gap Falls

2. Experience Harvest Season

Harvest – or “Crush” as it’s often called in the 'New World' – usually falls between August and October.  Specific times of picking are determined primarily by ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid, and tannin levels, which varies with each winemaker depending on the style of wine they wish to produce.  The weather can also shape the timetable of harvesting with the threat of heat, rain, hail, and frost which can damage the grapes.  Did you know that most harvesting takes place at night?
With charming farmlands and sprawling orchards throughout the Northeast and Midwest, harvest season means corn mazes and hayrides, apple picking and pumpkin patches. Stop by a farm stand to pick up a jug of freshly-pressed apple cider or a batch of pumpkin butter. You can go on a hike through a nature preserve or wetlands area, such as Cape May Bird Observatory, to watch birds in migration, or find a nearby wildlife management area for hunting waterfowl, wild turkey, bear, deer and more.

giving thanks and gathering is what Harvest is about
Harvest is about Gathering and Giving Thanks. courtesy of  Lucinda Secrest Mcdowell

Halloween Traditions
A Bit of Halloween History

Balancing the line between fall and winter, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.

The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes, and sweet treats. Here are some ways that you can celebrate Halloween:

3. Have a Halloween Pre-Party for Children
Gather the kids in your community, campground or neighborhood and go trick or treating together. Talk to Mom and Dad  about having a party then you can do things like:

  • Buy a new costume
  • Go trick or treating as group
  • Go Bobbing for apples
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Have a Candy Grab Bag Contest
  • Have a pumpkin pie eating contest
and more!!!

If you're giving out candy and need a guide to Halloween candy, this infographic from MedicalInsurance.org is a great guide to look at the best and worst available.

4. Celebrate Halloween at Work

Traditions are important in companies just as they are in families. And Halloween is one of the best holiday traditions to establish and to celebrate at work. Whether you are a full timer, workamper or a weekend warrior, the following ideas will apply in a traditional workplace or campground: 

Celebration Ideas for Halloween at Work

Costume Party or Parade: No Halloween celebration at work would be complete without the opportunity for staff to wear costumes. You can keep the event simple and encourage people to just wear their costume to work for the day

Halloween Breakfast: Cider and doughnuts make a popular breakfast treat for Halloween. So might pumpkin and apple bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee cake, or pumpkin and apple muffins. For healthy eating, assorted fruits top off the meal, and do make the breakfast a team building celebration.

Halloween Luncheon:
You can make a Halloween at work luncheon as seasonal as breakfast. Or, you can order pizza, sandwich wraps, submarines, or any other luncheon menu.

Pumpkin Carving Contests: Start at around 4 p.m. so staff can bring their children in for the pumpkin carving contest. Parents can bring older children to help and younger kids to watch if you choose to make this a family adventure.

5. Have a scary movie marathon
You might say you're going to do this every year and it never happens. Put your kids to bed, turn off the lights and watch whatever it is that terrifies you. You can find some guaranteed suspenseful movies on this list.

6. Check out haunted attractions in your area

 Halloween has grown to levels no one ever expected. Today, we see millions of homeowners decorating their houses, and RVs, turning their garages into haunted houses, changing their backyards into cemeteries and inviting people from around the neighborhood into their own personal HAUNTED HOUSE! Today tens of thousands of homeowners buy zombies, monsters, tombstones, and crypts and even use specialized lighting to display and showcase their masterpiece. Many even create CGI FX in their windows. The days of Halloween being a kid’s holiday all about trick-or-treating are OVER! Even moms are getting into the act buying Halloween themed decorations to make the interior of the house Halloween themed as well. HauntedWorld.com rates the country's scariest haunted houses. To find where those Haunted Attractions, click here:HauntWorld

7. Dress up in costume and actually go out. 
Head out to a costume party or attend any fine establishment that's hosting a Halloween costume contest. you may discover through family or friends that a local diner, pub or restaurant is having a special event for Halloween and this is your opportunity to show off your costume. Here are some tips on pairing your candy with wine or beer, courtesy of the California Wine Club and  the Kitchn

Perfect Pairings for a ladies night Halloween Celebration

Pairings for parties or if you're going out with friends or family.

Halloween only comes around once a year, so be sure to enjoy yourself! If you like scaring people, do it! If you don't, use it as an excuse to party and celebrate! Celebrating Halloween is more fun when you decorate the outside of your home with lots of stuff to scare those who dare walk up to your door. All lit up at night, a decorated home welcomes all the little Ghosts in a Dirt Graveyard, as well as other costumed characters. With the addition of some scary music, the little ones will giggle with delighted terror as they knock on your door, yelling, "Trick or Treat!" 

                                                   Let this article spice up Halloween for you!

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