It may be hard to believe it, but fall officially starts this Friday. The year is nearly ¾ over! But the remaining quarter packs lots of potential for making great memories, if we’re intentional about doing so.
Start by making a list of the activities you don’t want to miss, then check them off as you go. If you are drawing a blank, here are 50 of our family’s favorite things to do during the fall season, plus a few new activities we plan to try this year:
50 Fun Family Activities for Fall
Visit a farm or a pumpkin patch
Attend a fall festival
Go for a drive through the country
Admire the changing colors
Head to the Northeast for the most spectacular displays.
Change batteries in your smoke alarms
Stage a family fire drill
Read Pilgrim Stories
Build a bird or squirrel feeder
Go to the State Fair
Eat a corny dog or funnel cake and enjoy some fresh-squeezed lemonade while you’re hear.
Compete in a creative arts competition
Our kids win a bundle of ribbons and premiums by entering their arts and craft projects in the East Texas State Fair every year.
Attend a high school football game
Stuff a shoebox
Go on a scavenger hunt
Make homemade granola or trail mix
Drench it in milk and eat with a spoon or eat it dry as a healthy snack.
Go to a drive-in movie
If you can’t find an outdoor theater near you, hang up a sheet in your backyard and gather there for a family movie.
Take a family photo
Check out these 6 tips for taking portraits you’ll be proud of.
Find your way through a corn maze
Plant bulbs for spring
Fall is the season to plant tulips, daffodils, narcissus, etc.
Watch a cranberry harvest
If you can’t see it in person, watch a YouTube video — it’s facinating!
When you’re finished, stamp, seal, and drop it in the mail, or deliver it by hand.
Pass out treats on Halloween
In addition to to really good candy, print some of our Halloween tracts to give to trick-or-treaters
Invite a lonely college student for Thanksgiving
Sing praise songs around a campfire
If you can strum along on a guitar, so much the better. If not, just sing acapella.
Feast as Pilgrims and Indians
Make popcorn balls
Clean house with all the windows open
If you have a lot of leaves, you can rake a maze through them first for playing tag.
Watch Dan in Real Life
Jump in a leaf pile
Run a Turkey Trot or 5K
Carve a pumpkin
Get one for everyone and stage a pumpkin carving contest. Give prizes prettiest, funniest, scariest, most unusual, etc.
Build a bonfire
Start a leaf collection
Work a jigsaw puzzle
Go mountain biking
Pack plenty of water if you plan to ride far.
Roast pumpkin seeds
Pick apples at an orchard
Watch Martin Luther
Sing A Mighty Fortress
Learn the Five Solas
Bake a pecan pie
Visit a science museum
Make pumpkin bread
Bake an apple crisp
… or apple pie, apple turnovers, or apple cobbler.
Read D’Aulaire’s Columbus
Make cranberry sauce
Camp out under the stars
That should keep us busy for at least a couple of months! Click on the image or button below to download a free printable version of this list. What are your favorite fall activities? Anything you’d add to our list?
Print more of our bucket lists
Once you’ve finished doing the activities that interest you on our “50 Frugal Ideas for Family Fun” list, try another of our free printable bucket lists.
- Spring Bucket List: 50 Fun Ideas for Spring
- Summer Bucket List: 50 Things to Do for Summer Fun
- Winter Bucket List: 50 Things to Do for Winter Fun
- Holiday Bucket List: 50 Fun Things for Your Family to Do this Christmas
- Back to Nature Bucket List: 50 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
- Edible Bucket List: 50 Frugal Ideas for Family Fun
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