The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and pumpkin spice everything is starting to show up in stores. Yep, fall is definitely here! What does that mean for you? It means it’s time to start planning your ultimate fall bucket list with your family!
In this blog post, we will discuss 25+ fun fall ideas that the whole family can enjoy this fall. From visiting a pumpkin patch to taking a scenic drive, we have something for everyone! So get out your notepad and start jotting down some ideas. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
What are the best fall activities?
Here is our ultimate fall bucket list for families.
Outdoor fall activities
Fall is a time when it feels great to be outdoors, so what better way to celebrate your favorite season than to know of these outdoor fall bucket list ideas?
1) Go to a fall festival
If you’re looking for fall fun, a fall festival is a perfect place to start. With hayrides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and candy apples there is surely something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
2) Go to a local pumpkin patch
Fall is the perfect time to go pick out pumpkins for carving, baking, or painting. Make it a fun family outing and spend an afternoon outdoors in the crisp fall air.
3) Take a scenic drive in the fall foliage
I used to love it when I lived in The Pacific Northwest and each fall my family would take a scenic drive through the woods and enjoy the colorful leaves.
4) Go apple picking at a local farm
Some of the best fall activities involve apples, so why not make it a memorable tradition to go to a local farm and go apple picking with your family members?
5) Visit a corn maze
If you like the thrill of solving a maze then why not be inside one, and if you are really adventurous you could try a haunted corn maze for extra excitement.
6) Go to a haunted house
This fall activity is perfect for those who love to be scared! Test your bravery by going to a haunted house with your family or friends, you are sure to get some good screams, and laughs.
7) Have a fall picnic with your kids (and dog)
One fall activity that I love to do with my family is having a fall picnic. We pack up some sandwiches, drinks, and snacks and enjoy and even bring our dog with us to the park for a family picnic in the fall sunshine.
8) Take family photos in the colorful fall foliage
Fall is such a beautiful time of year, so take advantage of it and get some new family photos in the outdoor colors of fall. Don’t forget to have everyone dress up in their favorite fall clothes!
9) Go camping and tell ghost stories
Gather your friends and family around the campfire and get cozy. Camping is a great fall activity, and it’s even better when you can share spooky ghost stories around the campfire and maybe even roast marshmallows and enjoy hot cider too.
10) Jump into a big pile of fall leaves
This is a fall activity that kids always love! What’s better than jumping into a big pile of leaves? It’s the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can even bring your dog and take some cute photos of them enjoying the fall foliage.
11) Go on a family bike ride
Get outside and enjoy the fall weather by going on a family bicycle ride. This is a great way to explore your neighborhood or even take a trip to a nearby park. This is by far one of the healthiest outdoor fall activities you can do.
12) Take your dog pumpkin picking
Did you know that most dogs love pumpkin, and it’s good for them too! So why not bring your dog with you and let them pick a pumpkin of their own, just be sure to bring your camera for an impromptu photo shoot.
13) Go on a nature walk in a national park
One of the best fall activities is to go on a nature walk and enjoy all the fall colors. You can even make it an educational experience by looking for different types of leaves and trees. If you’re lucky you might even see some wildlife too!
14) Try horseback riding in the cool weather
Another way to enjoy the fall season is to go horseback riding. This is a great activity for the family to enjoy, and it’s a great way to see the fall foliage from a different perspective.
15) Have a pumpkin carving competition with your neighbors
This is a fall activity that’s perfect for getting to know your neighbors. Have a pumpkin carving competition and see who can carve the best jack-o-lantern. This is also a great way to get into the Halloween spirit!
16) Go trick ‘r treating with your kids
One of the ultimate fall bucket list activities is going trick ‘r treating with your kids. This is a great way to get some exercise and show off your DIY costume skills.
Indoor fall activities
Just because the leaves are changing doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time outside. There are plenty of fall bucket list ideas that you can enjoy inside with your family.
1) Donate your summer clothes
Consider donating your unused summer clothes will help to make room for fall clothes. This is one way to get into the fall spirit and do some home organizing in the process.
2) Break out the fall jackets
Whether it’s a blue jean jacket, wool, leather, or even just a light hoodie, everyone has their favorite fall style. Don’t be afraid to show it off and leave it hanging by the front door.
3) Read a book by the fireplace
Get your favorite oversized socks and a fresh book to read by the warm fireplace, I mean this is what fall is all about right?
4) Visit a craft store
Go to your favorite craft store and get prepped for the fall season ahead, you will probably want to pick up some cinnamon-scented pine cones too!
5) Set your clocks back for daylight savings time
Don’t forget that daylight savings ends in November, so you will need to reset any old dial clocks you have around the house.
6) Have a scary movie marathon
Watching scary movies is a fall pastime for many people. Whether you like them or not, there’s just something about getting scared in the safety of your own home that is strangely satisfying.
7) Volunteer at a local food bank
As the weather gets colder, many people will need food and clothing. Consider volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen to help those in need this fall.
Empty and clean out your old cold and flu medicines and make sure your cabinet is stocked for the long winter ahead. This way when you start to feel ill you will be able to quickly and easily be able to find what you need in your home.
Fall decor ideas
1) Visit a local thrift store for fall decoration ideas
You can find some great fall decor at your local thrift store and even find old materials or items to repurpose into festive thanksgiving decor.
2) Hang a fall wreath on your door
A fall wreath is a great way to welcome guests into your home and get into the fall spirit. You can even make your own fall wreath with some basic craft supplies.
3) Make the house smell like your favorite fall candle
Candles are a great way to make your house smell like fall. You can find candles in all sorts of fall scents like pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon.
4) Buy fall-themed throw pillows
Pillows are a great way to add some fall flair to your home. You can find fall-themed pillows at most home decor stores.
Fall craft ideas
You may love pumpkin spice lattes, but your kid’s fall bucket list looks a little bit different. There are so many fall craft ideas that you can do with your kids. Here are a few fall bucket list ideas to get you started:
1) DIY a Halloween costume
Making your own costumes together as a family is a great way to get into the fall spirit and be creative. You can find some great DIY Halloween costume ideas online.
2) Carve jack o lanterns
Get some pumpkins and carve them into jack o’lanterns. This is a great activity to do with your kids and it’s also a great way to decorate for Halloween.
3) Sew some cozy sweaters
As the weather gets colder, you’re going to want to wear some cozy sweaters. Sewing your own sweaters is a great way to get into the fall spirit and stay warm at the same time.
4) Prepare your family Christmas photos to mail
Get a head start on your family Christmas photo cards by making them into a cute craft with your kids and preparing them to be mailed. This is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and get a jump start on your holiday preparations.
Delicious food ideas for fall
The best fall bucket list ideas usually involve food to some degree. So get ready for some yummy fall activities with these recipe ideas and favorite fall foods.
1) Make warm apple cider
Warm apple cider is the perfect fall drink. It’s cozy, comforting, and delicious.
2)Roast pumpkin seeds
Roasting pumpkin seeds is a healthy fall snack that your kids will love. You can roast the seeds in the oven or cook them on the stove.
3) Bake pumpkin bread
Pumpkin bread is one of my family’s fall favorites. You can find recipes for pumpkin bread online or in many cookbooks. Make it together as a family for memorable fall activities.
4) Have a pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin spice lattes are a fall staple. You can find recipes for pumpkin spice lattes online or at your local coffee shop.
5) Bake an apple pie (or pumpkin pie)
Apple pie (or pumpkin pie) is a fall classic. You can find recipes for apple pie online or in many cookbooks, but if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all the fall activities you could always just grab one from the grocery store.
6) Have a fall cocktail party
Celebrate fall with a fall cocktail party. You can find recipes for fall cocktails online or in many bartending guides.
7) Enjoy a steaming hot bowl of chili or pumpkin soup
When I think of fall I usually think of cooking some yummy homemade chili, but if chili isn’t your thing then try making some pumpkin soup or other new recipe you haven’t made before.
8) Make candy apples
Candy apples are a fall favorite. You can find recipes for candy apples online or just pick up a kit to make them at the store during the fall.
9) Eat your favorite Halloween candy
Not everyone loves candy corn as much as I do, but whatever your favorite Halloween candy is make sure to enjoy it during fall.
10) Make a big thanksgiving meal
Last but not least, one of the best fall bucket list tips is to make a big Thanksgiving meal. Invite friends and family over for green beans and sweet potatoes, and have a thanksgiving dinner to remember.
11) Lean how to make apple fritters
Apple fritters are a fall favorite. You can find recipes for apple fritters online or just pick up a kit to make them at the store during the fall.
12) Eat a caramel apple
Caramel apples are a fall favorite. You may get one at a store or make them with your kids, just be sure to enjoy every bite.
13) Make homemade apple chips
Apple chips are a fall favorite. You can find recipes for homemade apple chips online or in many cookbooks. This healthy snack will become a family tradition with your kids.
Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather. There are many fun fall bucket list activities that your entire family can enjoy, from picking apples to a scary movie marathon there is something for everyone.