21 Things to Do This Fall

I’m falling for Fall, once again. Every single year I fall more in love with the Midwest change of season. I’ve lived a lot of places, but I really don’t think there is anywhere more beautiful than being in the heartland during autumn.  

I didn’t want to forget anything this year, so here are my 21 Must-Do’s During the Fall:

  1. Pumpkin Patch: I recommend finding a ‘pick your own’ pumpkin patch. We have one local to us that requires some elbow grease, but you’re able to walk away with as many pumpkins you can fill in your wagon for $30.
  2. Apple Picking: Sure, it’s a little cliche… but if you don’t have apple picking photos, did you even do autumn?
  3. Visiting the Zoo: Seeing the Columbus Zoo decorated for the fall is so fun! Plus, the cooler temperatures seem to be more comfortable for the animals. We love visiting the zoo at this time of year.
  4. Hayride: Most pumpkin patches also offer hayrides… I think this is a must-do. My kids love hoping on a tractor for a short little ride around the farm.
  5. Boo a Neighbor: You could always “booze” a neighbor if you don’t have kids. You can find “You’ve been Boo’d” signs online. Print one out and then visit your local Walgreens or Dollar Store to snag some fun, festive activities, candy and decorations. Drop off the bag full of goodies on your friend’s doorstep…. don’t forget to be sneaky about it. Guessing who the boo-er is, is half the fun.
  6. Decorate your Front Porch: Grab some pumpkins, corn stalk, hay. Head out to Party City or the dollar store and get some bats. You can also decorate your front door with some Kraft paper and a sharpie. We had so much fun decorating our front porch this year! Check out this post for some inspiration.
  7. Paint Pumpkins: I prefer painting pumpkins to carving them. Cleaner and easier in my opinion.
  8. Halloween Movie Nights: We’ve done this every Saturday night this season and loved it! Make a festive soup, plan an activity, create a cocktail… invite a few friends over or keep it small to just your family. Then take turns picking the Halloween movie of the week. Don’t forget to pop some popcorn and grab a few blankets to cuddle up with.
  9. Try a New Soup Recipe: There is nothing like soup in the fall. I could live off soup, but my kids and husband would probably protest. I still use the fall season as a great excuse to serve up some savory soups. This is my favorite seasonal soup.
  10. Fall Cocktails and Mocktails: My kitchen has become an experimental lab, as the kids have helped me come up with some really fun fall mocktails this season. Here is a blog post with a few recipes: Click Here and Here. If you’re looking for something simple, Apple Cider and caramel vodka is also a fan favorite!
  11. Horseback Riding: Last year, through a homeschool outing, I took the kids horseback riding and they absolutely loved it. Google local horse farms in your area and see if they offer riding for kids.
  12. Visit a Covered Bridge: Ohio is full of covered bridges and in the fall they are magical! If you have covered bridges in your area, I highly recommend making a trip. Be sure to tell your kids the history of covered bridges and why they built them all those years ago!
  13. Go for a nature walk/ hike: There is nothing more beautiful than exploring nature during the fall season. Seeing the leaves change colors and eventually fall is such a special time of year for kids, and for me! We like to explore the local parks that have creeks and hiking trails. Be sure to have your kids pick out their favorite fall leaves for the next item on my list.
  14. Collect leaves for projects: There are so many fun art projects you can do by collecting beautiful leaves in the fall. You can also use those leaves for science experiments! Once you collect your leaves, here are a couple of my favorite projects: Click here!
  15. Visit your metro parks: When you decide to take your nature walks, try to explore different parks. We have a lot of Metro Parks in Central Ohio so we try to pick a different one every time we go out. There is one directly across the street from our neighborhood that we tend to always fall back on when we are pressed for time, but if you try to explore different parks in your area, your kids will complain less and find more excitement in your outings.
  16. Visit a small town in your area: The last couple of years our family has taken short (2 hours or less) excursions to visit small towns in Ohio. It’s super fun hitting the open road to explore new destinations, support the local economy and visit their best parks. If there is a visitor’s bureau, don’t forget to drop in before you set out on your adventure.
  17. Trick or Treat: We like to get as much use out of those costumes as we can! Try to find a local trunk or treat or church fall festival to go above and beyond your neighborhood trick or treat.
  18. S’mores night: We do this almost every weekend! Sometimes we invite some neighbors, sometimes just us. If you have a fire pit or something similar in your backyard, grab a blanket and warm cider and cuddle up by the fire for s’mores. This is an Ireland family favorite.
  19. Football Weekends: Most Saturdays, if we aren’t at a sporting event, you will find our family crowded around our TV set watching football games. Saturdays in the fall are my absolute favorite. Jeff is home from work, I typically make a soup or appetizers and we watch game after game after game while the kids play and we toss the football with them. I know I will look back on these years with fond memories of Football Saturdays in the fall.
  20. Take Fall Family Photos: My husband complains about these every single year, and every single year he is so happy we did them, or maybe he’s a great actor. You don’t have to hire a professional photographer for these either. In fact, this year I’m going to scout out the prettiest trees, watch the forecast for a sunny afternoon / evening and set up our self timer. Be sure to grab at least one photo with your entire family, one with you and your kids, one with you and your spouse and individual shots of the children. We have cherished these photos… and they can double as your Christmas cards.
  21. Make a Thankful List: This is something I try to practice with the children on a daily basis, talking about what we are thankful for… but I think it’s even more important around the holidays. On November 1st, we plan to create a list of 31 reasons why we are thankful. We then will read each one on that particular day and reflect on why we are thankful for our blessings.

What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

 

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