17 Things to Get You in the Festive (and Spooky) Fall Mood | theSkimm
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Hay there. If you haven’t noticed...the leaves are changing color, everyone is baking, and we’re obsessed with finding the best apple cider doughnut. 

In other words, we’re falling in love with the season. And as Halloween (and Thanksgiving) approaches, we’re packing our days with autumn favorites. To get you in the mood, we rounded up things that are just the right amount of festive. Go big or gourd home.

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halloween decorations bat decals for walls and windows
A set of bat decals to bust out this October…

You can never be ‘too decorated’ for spooky season. These 3D bats have double-sided tape so they’re easy to stick anywhere. Think doors, entryways, and windows. And when the season is over (boooo), they won’t leave behind a residue. ($6.99+/12 pieces, Leons Party on Etsy)

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suede sneaker for fall season
A suede sneaker that’ll complete your apple-picking outfit…

Cariuma’s signature memory foam and leather insoles will mold oh-so perfectly to your feet. We’re talking all-day comfort and style. Because why sacrifice one for the other? Plus, they’re shipped in recycled packaging. Slip into a pair.* ($98, Cariuma)

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pumpkin vanilla nutmeg candle
A pumpkin, vanilla, and nutmeg candle to burn all day long…

Working from home just got sweet and spicy. With hints of molasses and cinnamon, this candle will smell like the best combo of fall ingredients. It’s hand-poured with a burn time of over 30 hours. ($13+, Natural Annie Essentials)

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recipe book all about pies
A pie recipe book for anyone who loves to get their hands dirty…

With flour and eggs, duh. This book features over 80 recipes from pie expert Petra Paredez. You’ll get step-by-step instructions, an inside look into where she gets her ingredients, and mouth-watering photography. Time to preheat the oven. ($27.59, Bookshop)

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fleece throw with tassels
A fleece throw for fireplace snuggling and movie binging…

You + your couch + this blanket = ultimate cozy vibes. ‘Nuff said. ($49, Urban Outfitters)

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jacket with four exterior pockets
A utility jacket to layer over sweaters (and under vests)…

It’s water-resistant, has four pockets, and a corduroy-lined collar. Aka, the ideal option for orchard visits and pumpkin picking. ($71.97, Lands’ End)

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felt fedora in autumn colors
A felt fedora that’ll become your go-to fall accessory…

Introducing one of our favorite seasonal trends. Because your outfit is not complete without one. Hi, Instagram. ($49.95, Gap)

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snack box filled with autumn-themed goodies
A seasonal snack box that’s packed with delicious goodies…

Like triple ginger cookies, pumpkin spice popcorn, and dark chocolate-covered hazelnuts. We’re not hungry, you’re hungry. ($78+, Mouth)

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soap that spells like cinnamon and spice
A bar of cinnamon spice soap to keep in the shower…

BTW, each bar is made with coconut oil to keep skin feeling soft and smooth. Smelling fresh. ($10, 700 Rivers)

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cute decorated mug for the fall season
A fall essentials mug to sip your morning PSL from…

Because what is a crisp, cool morning without a big cup of espresso and steamed milk? ($22.95+, The Scribble Studio on Etsy)

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Sup Witches doormat for halloween
A spooky-themed doormat to add to your front door...

Ah, Halloween. We’ve been waiting all year for you (and the candy). Trick or treat yo' self. ($39.95+, Whimsy Type on Etsy)

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doughnut pan for baking
A doughnut pan the entire family will use…

Apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin pie doughnuts, maple bacon doughnuts. Need we say more? It’s also non-stick so cleanup will be 10x easier. Add to cart. ($19.99/set of 2, Amazon)

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pumpkin carving tools
A pumpkin carving kit so you can get into the season’s most popular activity…

Applause to those that get super creative. We’ll probably stick to the classic jack-o'-lantern. The kit comes with two saws, one poker, and one scoop. And they’re made from stainless steel, so they won’t snap halfway through carving. Boom. ($16.92, Amazon)

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dish towel with colored pumpkins
A colorful dish towel to up your kitchen decor…

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. Did we mention it’s fall? ($16, Anthropologie)

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mini decor pumpkins
A set of mini pumpkins to sprinkle throughout your home…

Kitchen table? Fireplace mantel? Yes and (definitely) yes. They’re tiny and cute. And can carry over from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Life is gourd. ($6/set of 8, Target)

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soft flannel long-sleeve shirt
A comfy flannel shirt that literally embodies the fall season…

If you didn’t wear a flannel shirt, did the season even happen? It’s cotton with a relaxed fit through the torso. The roomier, the better. ($59.95, Gap)

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bottle brush trees that look like candy corn
A trio of candy corn bottle brush trees for your dining room table…

Because your holiday centerpiece never looked so good. BRB, HGTV is knocking. ($47.99, Your Heart's Content on Etsy)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. 

PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.