30 Fall Activities for Your Fall Bucket List

With the changing of the leaves comes fall activities to enjoy with your family and friends so you have plenty of fun fall activities to do this fall.

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Fall is finally here! With the changing of the seasons come new fun fall activities to add to your fall bucket list. Fall brings with it festive fall activities along with warm and cozy things like sweaters, warm socks, hot cocoa, bonfires, and baking.

 

When it gets colder outside and summer comes to an end, it can be hard to think of what you can do with your free time when beaches and bathing suits are no longer an option.

 

But don’t you worry. There are still plenty of fall things to do, fall fun to be had, and cheery fall activities to do during these crisp autumn months.

 

#1: Fall Decoration

 

The first fall activity you can do at the start of fall is to put up some fall decorations! There are so many things you can decorate for fall too.

 

Here are some other fall decorating ideas to help inspire you, brighten up your home, and give you productive fall activities to do this year at home:

  • Stuff old clothes with newspaper to make a scarecrow.
  • Stretch fake spider webbing around the corners and walls.
  • Hang up a string of paper cut outs of ghosts, black cats, witches, pumpkins, or fall foliage.
  • Decorate with pumpkins of all sizes, shapes, and colors.
  • Put out carved pumpkins.
  • Fill big plastic bags full of fallen leaves and paint the bags with spooky faces.
  • Make a flower arrangement that has fall foliage like pine branches or other in-season flowers.
  • Hang up warm lights for a cozy ambience.
  • Put out fall-scented candles.
  • Put hay bales on the porch for festive outdoor seating.
  • Frame and hang up your favorite fall quotes.
  • Decorate with some antique lanterns.
  • Add extra cozy blankets, throws, and pillows to the couches and beds.

 

Your local market or dollar store will have many affordable decorating possibilities too. The only limit is your own imagination.

 

You can decorate the house, the outside of the house, the yard, or the porch. Fall decorations don’t have to be crazy either. A few fall scented candles and an autumn-colored wreath are enough to make your home feel festive and cozy for fall.

 

#2: Fall Festivals

festival

 

Many communities will host some kind of fall festival during the fall. Many community fall festivals are even kid-friendly and include a wide assortment of fall activities and fall crafts.

 

Find wherever community events get posted in your hometown. Here is where you’ll find all the community fall activities going on this year. Now just mark these fall activities on your calendar for some fall festival fun!

 

#3: Farmer’s Market

farmers market

 

If you aren’t already taking full advantage of your local farmer’s market, this fall is the perfect opportunity to add your local farmer’s market to your fall activity list.

 

Farmer’s markets are great places to find the freshest produce grown by local farmers. You can get the freshest produce around for great prices all while supporting your local farmers.

 

The farmer’s market is also just a fun outdoor shopping fall activity. You can wander through the stalls, buy freshly grown produce, and shop for artisanal items. Most farmer’s markets have music and local eateries. If you are looking for a fun family fall activity, the farmer’s market is a keeper.

 

#4: Visit an Apple Orchard and Make Apple Cider

apple picking

 

Some local apple orchards allow members of the local community to pick their own apples. This can be a fun and educational fall activity for all ages. The best part of apple picking is that you can make all kinds of delicious apple treats afterward.

 

So really apple picking is two fall activities in one! You can even continue your night of apple picking by going to an apple cider press afterward to have your apples freshly pressed into deliciously fresh apple cider.

 

You can also make some of the following tasty apple treats after apple picking:

  • Apple cider
  • Apple sauce
  • Apple pie
  • Apple sauce
  • Apple crisp

 

#5: Visit a Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch

 

Visiting a pumpkin patch is especially fun for kids. It makes a great kid-friendly fall activity because it isn’t dangerous and you can let everybody search the fields for the perfect pumpkin. This fall activity can easily turn into a pumpkin scavenger hunt!

 

This is another 2 for 1 fall activity as well. After you pick your pumpkins you can use the pumpkins to decorate your house, your porch, make jack o lanterns, make pumpkin pie, or roast pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack.

 

There are so many fall activities you can do with just pumpkin picking!

 

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds:

  1. Wash the pumpkin seeds.
  2. Boil the washed pumpkin seeds in salt water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and pat the seeds dry with a towel.
  4. Coat the seeds with the seasonings of your choice.
  5. Bake the seeds on a baking tray at 325 degrees fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until toasted.

 

#6: Make Jack O Lanterns

jack o lanterns

 

Creating Jack O Lanterns might be one of the most popular fall activity. They’re fun to carve and make great decorations.

 

Jack O Lanterns also don’t have to be spooky. They can be festive for fall too and a great way to decorate your outdoors.

 

How to Carve Pumpkins:

  1. First, lay down some newspaper on a table to help contain the mess. It might also help to wear aprons and gloves.
  2. Cut out a hole around the stem of the pumpkin. The hole needs to be big enough so you can stick your hand into the pumpkin and scoop out the insides of the pumpkin easily. Remove the top of the pumpkin and set aside.
  3. With a big spoon and a bowl, scoop out all the insides of the pumpkin. If you want to use the pumpkin insides or seeds make sure to set them aside in the appropriate containers.
  4. Once the pumpkin is thoroughly emptied out, use a sharpie to outline the design you want to cut out. If you need some help with this you can print out ideas and use them to stencil or trace the design you want to do. Then you can carefully cut out parts of the pumpkin to make your carved pumpkin design.
  5. Put a candle or light of some kind inside the pumpkin and put the top lid of the pumpkin that you cut out first back on. Now you have a lit jack o lantern!

 

If you’re working with small children for this fall activity, or are otherwise worried about the mess or using knives to carve the pumpkin, just draw with a sharpie or paint on the pumpkins instead.

 

#7: Harvest the Garden

fall garden

 

If you don’t already have your own garden this fall activity might be hard to do. But even if you don’t have a garden to harvest this time of year, you can prepare the ground for planting a new garden in the spring or start an indoor garden.

 

To prepare your garden for next spring you can create a compost bin, dig out and clean up the area where you want to sew your garden, or install gardening boxes or trellises so they’re ready when spring arrives.

 

You don’t have to wait for spring to start growing things though. There are plenty of things you can grow during the fall and winter months too.

 

Winter Flower Garden:

  • Violas
  • Camelia
  • Crocuses
  • Winter Hardy Roses
  • SnowDrops
  • Primroses
  • Dogwood Flowers
  • Heather
  • Hellebore
  • Winter-Flowering Irises
  • Holly
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Firethorn
  • Corkscrew Hazel
  • Grevillea Victoriae
  • Agave
  • Sarcococca Confusa
  • Skimmia Japonica
  • Mahonia
  • Daphne
  • Juniper
  • Poinsettia
  • Cyclamen

 

Winter Vegetable Garden:

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Chinese Cabbage or Rubicon
  • Beet
  • Ornamental Cabbages
  • Broccoli
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Mustard Greens
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Onions

 

Winter Herb Garden:

  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Bay Leaf
  • Lavender

 

There are so many fall activities to do around gardening. You can also make an indoor garden. It doesn’t have to be huge if you don’t have a lot of open space to garden inside.

 

To set up an indoor garden, you need some kind of shelving or tables to keep all your plants on. You’ll need planters and pots, the right dirt, and the right temperature conditions. You might need to buy some heat mats, drip systems, or heat lamps to make the right conditions for the plants to grow.

 

#8: Canning

canned tomatoes

 

Now that it’s the end of the harvesting year it’s a perfect time to make your own canned goods and preservatives to make the most out of fruits and vegetables that are going out of season for the winter.

 

You can find all kinds of great canning help on the National Center for Home Food Preservation‘s website. They have information all about canning foods, freezing foods, drying foods, curing and smoking, fermenting, pickling, making jams and jellies, and general information about storing foods.

 

Things to Can this Fall:

  • Beets
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Greens
  • Venison
  • Chili
  • Soups
  • Sausage
  • Stock
  • Hamburger
  • Chicken

 

#9: Host a Fall Feast

thanksgiving dinner

 

Whether you wait for Thanksgiving Day or host a fall feast whenever you want, fall-themed dinners can be a great opportunity to gather together and bond.

 

Even a small fall-themed dinner for just your family can be a really fun and intimate way to start the fall season together.

 

Don’t be afraid to make your fall feast dinner menu completely your own too. Make your own traditions, adapt recipes to your liking, and make your own memories this fall at the dinner table together with those you care about.

 

#10: Nature Walks and Hikes

fall hike

 

The cool fall weather makes autumn the perfect season for lots of hiking. Find nature trails and hikes near you on trail apps like the AllTrails Mobile App. Local and state parks have nature hikes that are perfect for a fall day excursion.

 

Take a stroll on an easier hike with lots of beautiful fall foliage to take in. Or go on a more intense hike and really challenge yourself. It’s completely up to you!

 

The main point is to get yourself out into nature and enjoy the perfect fall weather.

 

#11: Hayrides

hayride

 

Find a local farm and see if they offer any hayrides this fall. Many farms that do pumpkin patches, haunted houses, or corn mazes will also have fun fall activities like hayrides.

 

But if you can’t find a neighborhood farm that does hayrides, then you can always do your own wagon ride with the kids.

 

#12: Card Games and Board Games

board games

 

Enjoy some quality time with family and friends by playing some board games and card games. All you need is a deck of regular playing cards and you have so many card games at your fingertips.

 

Games You Can Play With a Deck of Cards:

  • War
  • Go fish
  • Black jack
  • Poker
  • Solitaire

 

You can also buy yourself some special decks of cards and board games to play together. A few classics include games like Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Catan, Clue, or Battleship.

 

#13: Volunteer

volunteer work

 

Volunteering is never offseason. There are always places accepting volunteers for all kinds of great service opportunities.

 

Find Volunteer Opportunities near you and get active doing some good deeds this season. Search your hometown on volunteermatch.org to see what volunteer jobs might be near you.

 

If you can’t find a place to volunteer then create your own volunteer event! Do a charity, do a fundraiser, or host an event of some kind to raise money or do some kind of service work.

 

You could host a running marathon, an event where you have to pay to get in, run a soup kitchen, or a neighborhood potluck.

 

#14: Star Gazing

star gazing

 

Fall is one of the best seasons to do some really breathtaking stargazing because the skies are often clearer. To go stargazing, you’ll need to pick the right time, the right place, and bring the right gear.

 

Pick the Right Time

 

A good time to go stargazing is when there’s a new moon because this is when the lights in the night sky are the brightest.

 

When picking the right time to go stargazing, don’t forget to check the weather forecast. There might even be astronomical events coming up like a meteor shower.

 

Pick the Right Place

 

Not all places provide the best views for stargazing. For optimal stargazing conditions you want to get away from the lights of the city and you want to get to a high elevation.

 

Pack the Right Equipment

 

By having the right equipment you can make stargazing even more enjoyable and fulfilling. The right equipment can help you better see the stars and be more comfortable while you are outside at night.

 

Here is some stargazing equipment to bring with you:

  • Binoculars
  • Telescope
  • Chargers for your phone
  • A guidebook of the night sky
  • A stargazing phone app that can help you chart the stars
  • Lawn chairs to sit on
  • Blankets and jackets to keep warm
  • Lanterns for light when you need it
  • Water and snacks
  • Rain gear in case the weather changes

 

#15: Make Costumes

Halloween costume

 

Halloween costumes can be a lot of fun for the whole family! Creating your own costumes can be much more affordable and more fun than shopping for the perfect store-bought Halloween costume.

 

Instead of shopping online and in stores for hours to find everybody a Halloween costume this year, go to the craft store, buy some fabric, and make homemade Halloween costumes.

 

When you make a homemade Halloween costume you can save money, your costume won’t be limited by what’s available in the store, and you can potentially make a higher quality, more customized costume.

 

#16: Fall Baking

fall baking

 

Fall is a time for baking and there are so many fall-time things to bake. Spices like pumpkin spice, allspice, nutmeg, chestnuts, cider, and cinnamon are all things you can incorporate into your fall baking for a cozy festive feel.

 

There are loaves, cookies, pies, cakes, and so much more to make.

  • Pumpkin bread
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Apple crisp
  • Cranberry pumpkin muffins
  • Donuts
  • Sticky buns
  • Cookies

 

Make some fall family recipes this year. Connect with your parents and grandparents to get family recipes they used to make when you were little. Or create new family recipes of your own by adapting recipes to add exactly what you like.

 

#17: Make Caramel Apples at a Bonfire

bonfire

 

Bonfires are a fun time to make smores, campfire dinners in a dutch oven or with tin foil, and to tell ghost stories. Know how to make a fire for your purposes.

 

Teepee Campfires make great starter campfires, campfires with taller flames, and are very long-lasting.

 

Make a teepee campfire by creating a teepee shape with some key sticks. You can press the end of the sticks into the ground for added support.

 

Then put smaller kindling twigs inside the teepee. After lighting the fire, continue to lean sticks against the teepee structure to keep the fire going.

 

Lean-To Campfires are easy to start fires because they leave a lot of opening for light winds to fuel the fire.

 

Build a lean-to campfire by sticking a large piece of wood into the ground at a small angle to the ground. This stick will be the roof support for your lean-to campfire. Then lean other kindling and wood against this support stick.

 

Log Cabin Campfires can also be called council campfires. The formation of this fire makes it ideal for campfire cooking. It also burns very hot and bright and makes the wood last a long time.

 

To build a log cabin campfire, lay down 4 logs to create the floor of the cabin. Across from this square of logs, put another square of logs on top of that. Add some smaller kindling into the open spaces between these logs.

 

At the top of your log cabin fire add a teepee structure. Light the teepee structure and this will eventually burn down to the main structure below.

 

With all campfires make sure you are adding enough air space between the main logs for the fire to get oxygen.

 

Hunter’s Campfires are one of the best campfires for cooking and protects itself against stronger winds.

 

Place down two logs parallel to each other. Between the two parallel logs create a teepee structure. Once the teepee structure becomes coals you can use the two parallel logs as a platform for cooking.

 

Campfire Foods:

  • Smores
  • Pizza mountain pies
  • Roasted corn on the cob
  • Stew
  • Tin foil dinners
  • Skillet dinners
  • Baked potatoes
  • Cobblers and crisps

 

#18: Corn Maze

corn maze

 

Go to a local corn maze. Most farmers will turn their cornfields into a spooky maze during the fall. Like many fall festivals, you can usually find other attractions within the corn maze, so every member of your family will have a great time!

 

You can do games like hide and seek, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, do a haunted corn maze or just scare each other in a regular corn maze. When looking for fun fall activities for kids, a corn maze is a great option.

 

Just make sure everyone dresses warm and wears shoes they’re comfortable walking and standing in for long periods of time.

 

#19: Haunted House

haunted house

 

Haunted houses are a fun way to spend a spooky fall evening. Haunted houses can be a great fall activity for couples, families, kids, and friends alike.

 

Make your own private haunted house on your porch or in your basement. You can use blankets to make a dark blanket fort and string up lights, hang up ghosts you made with white sheets, make a scarecrow, and assign members of the household to take turns being the scarers and being the ones walking through getting scared.

 

Up the stakes of your at-home haunted house by making objectives you have to complete like find the treasure or figure out the clues.

 

#20: Fishing

fishing

 

Fishing is a great outdoor fall activity. The weather isn’t too hot so it’s easier to spend more time outside while you patiently await a catch.

 

Fishing is a great way to get out around the water during the fall season, enjoy the fall colors, and breathe in some fresh air. The fish are actually more active in the fall due to the changing seasons and the cooler temperatures, so this is a prime time to do some fishing.

 

#21: Sailing

sailing

 

If you have a boat then don’t forget to add boating to your fall activity agenda this year. The crisp fall weather makes fall a great time to go boating. If you don’t have a boat, try something new and rent a boat for an afternoon of fall sailing.

 

Lakes and reservoirs will have fewer powerboats on the water as the weather cools down. This leaves more room on the lake for some calm and relaxing sailing.

 

The weather conditions in the fall are also usually great for sailing. Fall weather creates calmer waters, has less intense sunshine, and has great winds for your sails.

 

Be sure to bring all the right gear with you when you go fall sailing:

  • Waterproof sailing clothes or wetsuits
  • Waterproof, cold-weather gloves
  • Thermal underclothes and socks
  • Warm hat
  • Life jacket
  • Slip-resistant shoes

 

#22: Rock Climbing

rock climbing

 

Rock climbing is another great fall activity to try out as the weather cools. One of the big issues with rock climbing during the summer is the mix of hot rocks and sweaty hands, leading to a more slippery and difficult experience.

 

Cooler temperatures allow for maximum enjoyment when rock climbing. The weather is cooler, the rocks won’t get too hot, and you’re less likely to overheat while climbing in autumn.

 

It is important to rock climb with professionals and all the right equipment and precautions so you can be as safe as possible.

 

#23: Treasure Hunting

geocaching

 

Geocaching is a scavenger hunt game that uses GPS devices so any geocaching hunter can play. Geocaching also takes players outdoors and into nature where they can follow trails and find hidden items.

 

Treasure hunting with programs like geocaching make a great interactive fall activity that you can do with friends and family.

 

How Geocaching Works:

  1. Open a free account at Geocaching.com.
  2. Go to the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page on the website.
  3. Search for a geocache near you using your area code.
  4. Use a GPS device to follow the coordinates and find the hidden geocache.
  5. Once you find the geocache, sign the logbook and return the geocache to its hiding place.
  6. Some geocache hunters will leave items behind in the geocache. You can take these items if you have something of equal or greater value to leave in its place.

 

#24: National Parks

national parks

 

A fall trip to your local National Park can be a great end of summer adventure and an inspiring fall activity. You can camp, stay in a hotel, or simply make a day trip if you are close by. In the parks, you can take hikes across beautiful countries and refresh yourself.

 

Find national parks near you at the National Park Service‘s website.

 

#25: Camping Trips

camping

 

Early fall, before it gets too chilly, can be a great time for camping. It’s not unbearably hot out anymore so exploring the wilderness, hiking, backpacking, and sleeping outside is more comfortable.

 

The ground is also less muddy from the hot summer and rains, so the ground can be much nicer for setting up camp. Don’t let the end of summer stop you from enjoying camping as a fun fall activity.

 

#26: Theme Parks

theme parks

 

Many people associate theme parks as a summer activity, but it actually makes a really great fall activity.

 

Theme Parks empty as the school year begins. This is just one of the reasons theme parks tend to dip in traffic in fall.

 

Because of this, you can find great discounts to Disney, Universal, and many other theme parks during fall because their customer traffic begins to slow down.

 

You can usually find discounted tickets and no lines. If you book at the right time, you might even find your dining and entertainment discounted! Along with that, the weather will have cooled down a lot more, which will be very nice with all the ground you are covering.

 

#27: Off-Season Vacations

national parks

 

If you decide to travel farther away, consider a trip to an off-season location, such as Hawaii. A house rental in Hawaii can be a great getaway for a week of relaxation and fun. You can spend time at the beach, city, or simply relax in your home away from home.

 

Lots of places are actually really great to visit when it’s the offseason. You might catch some new local fall events and fall activities that tourists don’t usually see. The weather might not be ideal for swimming at the beach but really great for hiking or sailing.

 

Vacationing during the offseason gives you a chance to do different fall activities than stereotypical summer activities while on vacation.

 

#28: Watch Scary Movies

halloween movies

 

For many Halloween enthusiasts, watching scary movies is a must-do fall activity on their fall things-to-do list. But if you’re not a huge fan of horror films, there are plenty of kid-friendly Halloween movies and fun Halloween movies to watch instead.

 

Check out our master list of the 80 Best Halloween Movies, TV Shows, and Podcasts to get your fall watchlist and listen list ready.

 

#29: Go on a Scavenger Hunt

scavenger hunt

 

To put on a scavenger hunt you’ll need clues, hiding spots, and a treasure for the end of the scavenger hunt.

 

Scavenger hunts are a really great fall activity because they don’t take a lot of work to put together, but they can be really fun.

 

#30: Jump in a Pile of Leaves

Things-To-Do-This-Fall

 

Don’t forget to check the most traditional fall activity off of your fall bucket list this year. Jumping into a big pile of fall leaves.

 

If you have a yard then you need to rake the leaves each year anyway. You might as well make a game of it with friends and family by jumping into your raked leaf piles before getting rid of them.

 

In Conclusion,

 

Don’t be bored this fall. You don’t have to stay home and do nothing until summer comes around again. There are plenty of fun fall activities to do to spice up your fall season and make your fall fun and eventful.

 

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