Halloween may seem like a holiday for children. And yes, maybe trick-or-treating door to door is something (almost) all of us have outgrown, but this October I fully immersed myself in fall-related activities.

A few weeks ago some friends and I went pumpkin picking at a nearby farm. Just fifteen minutes away from the city we found ourselves in at a small apple farm complete with a corn maze and hayride. After a few apple cider donuts dipped in hot cider, I felt like I was back home in Connecticut.IMG_0989

After picking out the most perfect pumpkin I could find, I attempted to carve it. I went with a classic jack-o-lantern. Although everyone agreed it was a cop-out, I really didn’t care. I was just excited about roasting the pumpkin seeds I had scooped out.IMG_1139

I’ve also gone a little crazy on including pumpkin in everything I cook. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pasta, Julia and I even made pumpkin mac and cheese on Halloween.IMG_1009IMG_0898

Every year for Halloween, my group of friends has gone down to Fells Point, one of the largest Halloween festivals in the country. To this day my all-time favorite costume was freshman year when we dressed up as the cast of Grease. This year we spent considerably less effort on our costume (me as a scientist, Julia as a lab mouse). I basically wore what I wear every weekday in lab.

RIP Sandra Dee

RIP Sandra Dee

Just drugging my mouse

Just drugging my mouse

Instead of going to Fells this year, we decided to invite some friends over. I had so much fun decorating cupcakes and putting up a few decorations.

Hey JHU_Dan, JHU_Molly and JHU_Emily!!!

Hey JHU_Dan, JHU_Molly and JHU_Emily!!!

It’s November already (how did the semester go by so fast?!) but I’m not ready to give up pumpkin muffins or this spirit of fall.