As I am taking these last few days to soak up the warm summer air and enjoying that the evening stretches into the 8o'clock hour still, I'm also looking forward to the change of seasons. Check out the 25 fall activities below and map out a game plan to get them completed during the coming months.
Press Leaves Between Book Pages
Feel free to research the best method for drying leaves, but you can always put them in a book to press them. Then used your freshly pressed leaves to make a leaf collection for children or frame them for fun fall decor around the house. I recently purchased tiny little see-through frames that will be just perfect to display some pressed leaves this fall.
Carve a Pumpkin
Is it fall if you don't have pumpkins out? I'm not sure... but if you have them you might as well carve one into a spooky jack-o-lantern for Halloween. And while you have all the tools out, you could go ahead and cut up an extra pumpkin and make a pie out of it. It is a lot of work, but a fun experience if you've never done it before with pumpkin not from a can!
Drink Apple Cider
The extra special sister of apple juice. I love apple cider. We have some friends that make apple cider that is SO good! Go to a local orchard (the next task on the list) or stop by a farmers market and I bet you will find some freshly made apple cider that will put regular old apple juice to shame!
The same friends that make that awesome apple cider would probably argue that this is a chore, not a fun fall activity. But for those of us that don't own an apple orchard, going out and picking some apples is a great way to spend a fall afternoon. The prices are cheaper than at the store and then you have plenty of apples for pies, muffins, crips, and apple butter all throughout the fall!
Go on a scavenger hunt
Fall is the perfect time to get out and go on a scavenger hunt. The bugs are finally dying off and the weather is so nice you just want to be outdoors. So print out a list of things to find and head out to find all sorts of little treasures in the woods or park nearby.
Attend a festival
There are SO MANY festivals throughout the fall. Craft festivals, music festivals, pumpkin festivals, you name it and there is probably a festival happening for it this fall. Google local festivals, grab some friends and head out one weekend to enjoy live music, booths of crafts, and festival foods!
Watch a football game
You don't have to be a huge football fan to at least enjoy tailgating! But I like inviting friends over, having a potluck dinner, and turning on a football game in the fall. If you are watching in your living room, you are free to chit chat with friends and don't even have to watch the game if you aren't into it! Last year we went to an NFL game, and I must say, it was a great time.
Take a hike
You could probably combine this with the scavenger hunt, or you can just take two hikes this fall! The weather is typically so beautiful that staying inside seems depressing. So find a local trail and explore for an afternoon!
Fix chili and invite some friends over to eat it
How great is chili in the fall? Is there anything better!? It is also easy to throw together and make a big pot to eat. So invite some friends over to enjoy it with you. Do you have a favorite recipe? I'd love for you to share it in the comments below!
Roast marshmallows and make s'mores around a fire
I've already done this about three times this year because s'mores are so good. If you don't have a fire pit, find a friend that does and line up a time to roast some marshmallows! It is a great time for conversations and the weather doesn't get any better for a fire! Need an invitation? Check out ours here.
This maybe doesn't fall under "fall activities" but Halloween is in the fall, so it should count too! If you don't have any children, perhaps find a family to go with, because trick-or-treating alone as an adult probably shouldn't happen. But if you have kids, trick-or-treating can be so fun! I'll let you decide how to let your children consume all those treats...
Watch a spooky movie
I don't actually watch scary movies, because nightmares... BUT there are a lot of Halloween movies that aren't actually that scary (Hocus Pocus) that work here also. So find a Halloween themed movies, or a scary movie if that is your thing, pop some popcorn and enjoy. If you are in town, I know a great local popcorn company!
Invite friends over for a pumpkin dessert
Seems like these days there is pumpkin everything. So if you need a break from pumpkin, you could always use those apples you've picked! But the point is, make a dessert and invite some pals over to enjoy it!
Go to the park and swing
Because when was the last time to were on a swing set? It's fun.
RAKE LEAVES (AND JUMP IN THEM)
Raking leaves isn't actually that fun, but it needs to be done. So you might as well make it fun by jumping in the pile once it is all done. Also, you could be a real pal and volunteer to do it for a neighbor. If you are looking for more yards to rake, mine is always open as well :)
Bake a pie
I realize some people bake pies all year long, but I feel like fall is really when I get the urge to bake a pie. This year my husband keeps talking about baking an apple cobbler. Is that even a thing?
Spend an afternoon unplugged
I'm borrowing this from the Winter List, because I think doing it twice a year is an okay thing to do. And it shouldn't be too hard to do with all these fun activities to fill your time!
Invite friends over to play cards
I rarely play games. I actually enjoy watching other people play games way more than actually playing them myself. But I am certain there are some fun card games out there somewhere. I used to play QUIMS growing up. Have you ever played? I don't even remember the rules, but I do remember having a fun time!
Read a book you haven't read in years
I love to read but I rarely reread books. Pick up a book that you haven't read in years and see if it is as good as you remember. Or maybe pick up a book you've been wanting to read for years. Now is a great time to start it!
MAKE A BIG POT OF SOUP
It is finally soup season again! Sure, you can eat soup in the summer, but it isn't as good. This is one of my favorite recipes -- Chicken Butternut Squash Quinoa Stew. I can't wait to fix it again this fall and you should try it out too!
GO FOR A HAY RIDE
I haven't been on a hay ride for YEARS and I don't even know if people still do this. But I went on MANY hayrides growing up, so lets bring them back! Find a friend with a trailer, load that baby up with some hay bales, and drive around a big field. It is more fun than it sounds!
MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR
Thanksgiving may only be one day during the year, but we can be thankful all fall! So make your list early and keep adding to it throughout the season. That way when Thanksgiving rolls around, you will already be cultivating a thankful heart. Maybe even try to write done one thing you are thankful for every day this season!
Send a card in the mail to a friend
I obviously love snail mail. So here is a friendly reminder that you should send more of it! It is so much fun to receive mail that isn't bills! Also, there are some really great cards being produced these days. Head to a local store or hop online and browse some of the beautiful cards out there!
Go through a corn maze
Are there corn mazes everywhere, or is that just a thing in central Missouri? Either way, you should go through one! I bet they have one somewhere nearby. If not, come to Columbia, we have a great one! It is fun to get a big group together and see who can make it through the fastest!
Get your Christmas card ordered!!
Go ahead and beat the last minute rush and get those Christmas cards ordered this fall. That way you will have time to address them and mail them and everyone will get them BEFORE the new year! Check out our Etsy shop for the printable options or contact us to request custom cards!
Watch You've Got Mail
You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies. I can't not watch it if it is on TV. And it just screams fall! What are some of your favorite fall movies? Let me know in the comments below!
BUY A MUM
Mums just scream fall. So head to your local nursery or hardware store and buy a mum or two to plant on your porch this season. It's sure to be a beautiful welcome to guests as they come into your home all fall long!
Hug a pumpkin
Not really-- but this picture was too cute not to share... We all feel this way about fall, don't we?!