The next three months hold many traditions for our family.  Here are the October traditions in random order:

*We decorate the front porch with corn stalks, pumpkins, and squash from our garden.

*On the first day of October I put the Halloween decorations up.

*The first weekend of October is General Conference for our church.  Because we live in Utah we can simply watch the broadcast on t.v.  We are lazy on these days, lounging in sweats and eating snacks as we listen to the leaders of our church speak.

*The first Monday of October we start the neighborhood phantom.

*One dinner in October has to be homemade chili and homemade bread.

*One dinner in October has to be another homemade soup (corn chowder, clam chowder, stew, potato soup, etc) and homemade breadsticks.

*Near the end of the month I purchase a few of those yummy caramel and candy apples from a local chocolate store and split them between everyone in the family.

*A CD of Halloween music goes in my car for listening while driving. 

*As a family we visit at least one of the numerous “Haunted Houses” that pop up this time of year.

*The last Saturday of October my mom throws a big Halloween party for our extended family.  We all dress up, play games, and eat a menu of ghoulish food.

*There is always a jug of apple cider in the fridge for the entire month of October.

*I fill the candy jars on the counter with Halloween candy.

*We have a fruit bowl that sits on our kitchen table full of fruit for the kids to snack on.  In October we draw jack-o-lantern faces on the oranges in the fruit bowl.

*I always make sure there is caramel dipping sauce for the apples in the fruit bowl.

*When Halloween nears we carve pumpkins and roast the pumpkin seeds.

*We make sure to take at least one walk in a local canyon or park to enjoy the fall foliage.

*We pop popcorn and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas.

*We always participate in our ward’s “Trunk or Treat.”

I love this time of year!  The kids love the traditions, and if we ever miss one, they make sure to let us know.  What are some of your traditions for this time of year?

I have been loving the colors of the mountains as I drive around town.  The higher elevations are supposed to get snow over the weekend and if that happens, the colors will be covered.  I decided to take a few pictures to try to capture the colors before snow comes and then, since I have never posted a picture on my blog, try posting the pictures as practice–just in case I ever want to post any other pictures.  The pictures don’t do the scenery justice, but at least I’ve learned how to do one more thing on my blog!

Have a great weekend!