It’s September, and you know what that means – yes, fall is on its way in just a few short weeks! This year, fall will arrive on Thursday, September 22, and from there, we will begin experiencing shorter daylight hours until we hit the Winter Solstice in December.
If you’re a fan of the fall season like we are, you’ll definitely want to celebrate the many holidays it has to offer! Here are 6 of the many holidays you can celebrate and enjoy during the fall season:
The Autumnal Equinox – September 22: The equinox might not be an official holiday, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate it anyway! Welcome the season of fall by enjoying your favorite autumnal activities. Grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte to go and enjoy a piece of pumpkin bread. Take the time to admire your surroundings by taking a hike at your favorite park – take note of any color changes in the leaves! Finally, visit your local orchard and go apple picking, enjoy a hayride, or get lost in a corn maze!
National Dessert Day – October 14: What’s not to love about dessert?! October 14 is National Dessert Day, so be sure to indulge in your favorite desserts for the day or try something completely new! Create your own dessert with your family and friends, eat cake for the sake of the day, or savor a delicious cupcake, donut, or piece of pie at McArthur’s Bakery Café (because let’s face it, we have the best desserts!).
Halloween – October 31: Whether you’re in it for the sweet treats, the festive and funny costumes, or for all things spooky, Halloween is always a fun holiday to celebrate! Get some friends together and throw a Halloween party of your own! Bob for apples, make apple cider and pumpkin lattes, and have a pumpkin-carving contest or a costume contest! Give the winner a special sweet treat from McArthur’s. You can also create your very own haunted house or tell your favorite ghost stories around a campfire. Just don’t forget the s’mores and hot chocolate!
Día de los Muertos – November 1-2: Yes, Día de los Muertos is a two-day festival! This Mexican celebration, which correlates with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, honors and celebrates our beloved family and friends who have passed away with colorful altars bedecked with the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks. Remember your deceased loved ones by creating your own altar of their favorite foods and drinks, candles, marigolds, and sugar skulls! If you can, visit the graves of your deceased and take some time to silently remember and celebrate them. Wrap up the celebration by watching The Book of Life, a colorful rendition of Día de los Muertos, with your family and friends!
Veterans Day – November 11: Take time this fall to honor and celebrate members of our Armed Forces who served our country and fought to keep us safe. Visit a local veterans hospital or nursing homes and have a chat with some of the residents. Take care of our current soldiers by organizing a care packaging packing party for soldiers who are serving overseas. Know a veteran in the workplace? Acknowledge them and thank them for their service with a special treat. Have a neighbor who’s a veteran? Invite them over for a special home-cooked meal in honor of what they did for our country. An act of kindness is never forgotten is always a reason to celebrate!
Thanksgiving – November 24: This is the last big holiday to celebrate this fall before winter arrives. While it’s a major holiday, Thanksgiving tends to receive far less attention than Halloween and Christmas. Make it a celebration to remember by sharing a homemade meal with your family and friends, telling stories, and maybe watching the big game on TV later. Want to do something a little different? Volunteer at a local soup kitchen and serve others Thanksgiving Day dinner, hold a flag football game before your meal, or watch old home movies!
However you choose to celebrate the holidays this fall, McArthur’s Bakery Café has everything you need to make it a celebration worth remembering. Visit one of our four locations to find the best, freshest sweets, desserts, and pastries in St. Louis! Learn more about us by visiting us online at www.mcarthurs.com.