As the air gets cooler, the leaves get crunchier, and “spooky season” gets closer, I think we’re all yearning for this “new normal” to go back to real normal. Yet here we are, still on the tail end of the pandemic, looking for ways to celebrate fall without sacrificing our health and wellbeing. Somehow we made it through a socially-distanced summer and made the most of it! Now, we’ve brewed up some ideas on how to give ourselves our long sought after spooky season while still being socially distanced. The best part? We’ve broken them down according to your unique personality type (and Halloween muse) to find activities that are right for you!
Finding Your Personality Type
We’re over it, but it’s not over yet – the pandemic is following us through the seasons. From general tips on how to thrive and keep your mental health in check during the pandemic, to how to exercise and prep for a post-quarantine world, we know that no two people are the same. The fall marks the beginning of the holiday season for many people and is something we look forward to all year! No matter your lifestyle or personality, you can enjoy the best that this season has to offer while keeping yourself and your family healthy.
Finding your individual personality type is easy! The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Theory is one of the most popular measures of our personalities. It’s not based on your date of birth or how the planets aligned when you were born – it uses a short series of behavioral questions to find how you interact with the world. Your answers are then used to assign you one of sixteen distinct personality types based on how you view and react to the following four factors as described by the Myers & Briggs Foundation:
Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided, or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
After taking the test, you’ll be assigned one of 16 four-letter personality types. For example, ENFJ. Knowing your unique personality type will help to identify holes in your quarantine routine and identify activities you can do to make the most of 2020’s autumn season.
Take the Myers-Briggs Test here to find your personality type!
Fall Activities + Your Spooky Season Muse based on Your Personality Type
Structured Extroverts (ESTJ, ENTJ, ESFJ, ENFJ)
If you scored one of these four personality types, chances are you’re aching to get out and socialize with friends and family again! People with these personality types tend to be very goal-oriented, and usually find themselves planning outings for the whole family. Here are some famous structured introverts to inspire you (or your Halloween costume): Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman, Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), and Princess Leia!
- Plan a safe “costume parade” with your neighbors! Decorate your front door and organize a neighborhood costume parade for families to drive by with their children and show off their costumes. It’s a great way to keep your sense of community while enjoying one of the most famous fall traditions!
- Set up a projector outdoor movie night with your family! Cool nights, warm drinks, and scary movies are a perfect combination. Portable projectors can turn your backyard into your own personal movie theatre with plenty of room to invite family or friends to watch from a safe distance.
Structured Introverts (ISTJ, INTJ, ISFJ, INFJ)
Structured introverts set their own goals, and stick with them. Some famous structured introverts include Eudora Patch (The Umbrella Academy), Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Meg March (Little Women), and Louise Banks (Arrival).
- Escape to the woods! Fall hikes among the colored leaves are some of the best hikes all year. No more humid heat, get out and enjoy nature while squeezing in some mobility and breaking a PR!
- Find a pick-your-own orchard! Participating in social distancing is a great way to have fun and enjoy one of the best fall treats – apples! If there are none around you, organic store-bought apples can be used to make ciders, pies, and mulled wine from the coziness of your home.
Freedom-Loving Extroverts (ESTP, ENTP, ESFP, ENFP)
Freedom-loving extroverts are probably going a little bit stir crazy. Have no fear – there are plenty of ways to get out and explore this fall, mask in hand, and a friend close (or more like 6 feet) by your side! Famous freedom-loving extroverts include Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby), and Ariel (The Little Mermaid).
- Find a cabin in the woods! Fall camping with a loved one is a great adventure-packed way to escape for a weekend. Whether you choose to read a horror novel beforehand is up to you.
- Have a bake-off! Experiment with your favorite fall ingredients in the kitchen and share your recipes with friends! You can even turn it into a contest to see who can make the best fall treats.
Freedom-Loving Introverts (ISTP, INTP, ISFP, INFP)
Freedom-loving introverts don’t easily get slowed down by alone time. They don’t mind ticking things off of their bucket lists even if they have to do them alone! Some famous characters with these personality types include Black Widow (The Avengers), Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Rose Dewitt Bukater (Titanic), and Joyce Byers (Stranger Things).
- Become your own at-home barista or mixologist! Fall ciders, PSL’s, and infused teas are the finishing touches on making your homes fall sanctuary. You can even get a DIY candle making kit to match your drink with your favorite fall scents!
- Skip haunted houses – enjoy a car ride with your favorite murder-mystery podcaster! Night drives are great for getting out of the house and exploring back roads or road-tripping for a weekend away. Add your favorite audiobook or murder-mystery podcast if you’re craving that autumn spookiness!
Keeping your mental health in check is so important now and always. If you’ve been looking forward to fall, there are plenty of ways to escape everyday stressors and safely enjoy the spookiest of seasons.