1. Bob for apples. I always like to include something for the kids on these lists, but if you want to make this an adult activity, add alcohol. Hilarious.
2. Make pumpkin pie from scratch. It is never too early to bust out the pumpkins.
3. Change over your decorations to autumn. This is a lovely, heartwarming way to bid farewell to summer and usher in the new season.
4. Start planning your Samhain attire, or your kid’s Halloween costume. You have over a month to the biggest holiday of the year!! Whether you’re planning on going to a grown-up costume party, a ritual, taking the kids trick-or-treating or simply staying at home to answer the door, a well-thought costume puts you in the spirit and makes everyone feel more festive. Make a trip to the thrift store and be creative!! I have found this time of year, prom dresses tend to start rolling in as parents clean out the newly empty bedrooms of the college freshman they just sent off to school. Pick a witchy or pagan theme and go nuts.
blue prom dress + tiara + rhinestone wand= Glenda the Good Witch
white prom dress + fairy wings = woodland fairy
black prom dress + red heels + standard witch hat = Wicked Witch of the West
5. Make your home cozy. The nights are starting to cool off now. Add some thicker layers to your bed. Throw a blanket over the arm of your couch. Pick up some spiced tea for your cupboard. If you store your clothes for the cooler months, start switching them over in your drawers. Consider getting fall-scented candles or essential oils.
6. Go apple-picking and make something from scratch. This holiday is all about apples. Get a whole bushel if you want, because they last for months if stored properly, and they’re endlessly versatile. Apple sauce, apple pie, apple cobbler, apple crisp. Apples, apples, apples. Also, see #1.
7. Burn some cinnamon in your cauldron. This is a nice way to “turn over the Wheel.” You’ll instantly feel the shift in vibrations.
8. Plan a big meal. In the US, Mabon is often called “The Witch’s Thanksgiving.” Especially if you’re going to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving, this is a good opportunity to plan and host something unique for your pagan friends. Toned down versions of standard Thanksgiving dishes work well. For example, I generally don’t want to make a whole turkey for Mabon, but I might do ground turkey balls, choose a couple of sides and an apple dish to compliment. Yum! Need some ideas? Check out Mabon with a Kitchen Witch: 10 Traditional Foods for the Fall Equinox.
9. Go for a long nature walk. It won’t be long before it’s too cold to go outside. Enjoy the weather while it’s here! Take the dog and the kids and spend the afternoon in the park, or collecting acorns or whatever.
10. Plant bulb flowers. When spring rolls around, I am always happy I took the time to do this. Mabon is the ideal time to plant many bulb flowers. When you put them in the ground, you might include a wish written on paper that you hope “flowers” by the spring.