Sorry, Miss Rona, Fall arrives tomorrow and we’re going to celebrate whether you like it or not.

Safely and distanced, of course.

Ah, fall. Our favorite time of year to engage in Instagram-worthy activities, Pumpkin Spiced Latté in one hand and apple cider donut in another. With Hocus Pocus playing in the background, we light our apple cinnamon donut spiced pumpkin vanilla candle we’ve been saving for months, decorating the house in only the best spooky decor. Life is good, we think, and some happiness seems to be restored.

But, will COVID rob us of this precious experience like it has everything else this year? Puh, as if!

While kicking off the season is most enjoyable when done with others, we’re going to have to make some changes and sacrifices this year. That means less group activities like hay rides, and more safe activities like decorating or crafting. Beggars can’t be choosers when we’re still fighting off a pandemic!

Here are five of the safest ways you can (and should) celebrate the Fall equinox, while maintaining your Autumnal dedication.

1. Apple Picking

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An activity like this is perfect to do right now because it’s outdoors and easy to socially distance. Stock up on fresh cider, warm donuts, and plenty of apples for you to turn into a pie or drown in caramel. Make sure to get the perfect candid pics too, so everyone knows you were there.

2. Classic Movie Nights

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When it’s starting to get chilly — who wants to be outside that much anyways? Grab the coziest blanket you own and snuggle up with a friend or family member to dive into the best films to put you in the holiday spirit. It’s a great way to stay away from crowds and indulge in some pumpkin-flavored snacks.

3. Baking

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Could you think of a more perfect time to test out your baking skills? Fall offers some of the best ingredients to bake with, like cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, you name it. Maybe even put some of your picked apples to use in a new pie! After all, calories most definitely do not exist in a pandemic.

4. Carving Pumpkins

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An activity enjoyed every non-global-pandemic year, but one that should be especially taken advantage of this year. Take a visit to your local grocery store or pumpkin patch (if you feel safe enough), pick out the pumpkin that tickles your fancy, and get creative your favorite design. Don’t forget to display it outside when you’re done!

5. Fall Foliage Drive/Walk

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Whether you’re in a big city or the middle of nowhere, it’s easy to find and enjoy some Fall foliage. The weather is possibly one of the biggest indicators that Fall is here with the leaves changing and the temperature dropping, and it’s also one that can be done safely and at a distance. Throw on a scarf and a light jacket, head out, and take in the crisp Fall air before Winter comes and covers it with snow!

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