Crisp, cool air is always a reminder that our favorite season is finally here! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of our thirteen favorite fun and frugal fall activities. Enjoy!
1.) Go Apple Picking – Take advantage of the only time of year you can pick apples straight from the trees. This is a great bonding activity to do with your family, plus you’ll get some fresh air and exercise!
2.) Visit a Pumpkin Patch – Going to a pumpkin patch is another great fall activity for a family to do. Many pumpkin patches don’t charge admission to enter, and also offer other activities such as corn mazes, hay rides, and crafts.
3.) Go Hiking – Fall is arguably the best time of year to go hiking. Between the cool, crisp air and colorful leaves, this is an activity for all ages. This is also a great time to collect acorns, pine cones, and leaves for autumn crafts.
4.) Get Crafty – After collecting all those free fall craft supplies on your hike, make some great decorations out of them! You could build a festive fall scarecrow for your front yard, make a leaf wreath for your door, or paint fall-themed mason jars!
5.) Have a Bonfire and Roast S’mores – Fall is the PERFECT season for having a bonfire, and you can’t have a bonfire without s’mores! Invite friends and family over for a fun, budget-friendly “night out” telling stories, relaxing, and eating s’mores!
6.) Get in Touch with your Inner Betty Crocker – The best thing about baking during the autumn season is smell it leaves throughout your house. There isn’t too much better than the scent of fresh apple or pumpkin baked goods, if I do say so myself. Get creative and try making caramel apple cinnamon rolls (um, yum), pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, caramel apple cupcakes, and white chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes this fall season.
7.) Plan a DIY Halloween Costume – Halloween costumes can get super expensive if they are bought in a store. Sure those pre-made costumes are convenient, but certainly not easy on your wallet! Take some time and plan your costume, so you can figure out how to make it from home! You can find a lot of great DIY items at craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. To save even more purchase a discounted gift card before you shop!
8.) Host a Football Party – Who doesn’t love a Sunday Funday? Invite your friends over to watch the game at your house and ask them to bring one of their favorite dishes for football season! This will cut down on your food costs and allow you to try some great new recipes!
9.) Rake Leaves – Who said you have to be a kid to jump in leaves? After all that hard work raking them up, you deserve to jump in them! Get in touch with your inner kid and relive those childhood memories.
10.) Get Involved in the Community – Autumn’s cool weather makes it the perfect time to get involved and participate in outdoor community service. Check out your local community calendar to see when events are going on then get out, volunteer, and meet new people!
11.) Carve a Pumpkin – Fall wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin carving! Make your annual pumpkin carving a special family tradition that is held for years to come. Get creative with your pumpkin this year and host a friendly “Best in Show” competition among your family for the most creative carving.
12.) Have Family Movie Night – Snuggle up with your family and watch all of your favorite childhood Halloween movies. Just add some popcorn, hot chocolate and some warm blankets, then you’re ready to go! Don’t forget classics like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Harry Potter series.
13.) Bake Pumpkin Seeds – After decorating your Halloween pumpkins, take the seeds you gathered and clean them off under hot water. Pat them dry and then lay the seeds out in a single layer on a cookie sheet to bake. Cook until they are golden brown, let them cool, and enjoy their yummy crunch!
What are your favorite fall activities? Let us know below!