Fun Fall Activities

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Growing up in the Northeast, I think I've experienced every possible variation of fun fall activities that one person could ever possibly experience! Of course, when I became a Mom, I did the same exact things with my kids too. They loved them each just as much as I did! This tells me that the list I'm about to share with you is worth sharing!

There are some things that you could probably do anytime of the year. It just doesn't feel right unless you're doing it at that exact time of year that the rituals are meant to be repeated. So with that, we patiently wait until the weather is just right, the colors are perfectly blended and the atmosphere is exactly right, and where it's supposed to be!

Fall Landscape

When the stars perfectly align, allowing us to partake in the rituals most of learned as children, eagerly passing them onto our children.

Here's a list of 7 fun fall activities that I grew up doing each and every year with my parents. I have carried on the tradition with my kids, who will eventually carry each and every tradition onto theirs. I hope you find something new and exciting on this list to try with your family!

7 Fun Fall Activities

#1. Visit an Apple Orchard

There's always so much more to do at an Apple Orchard than just picking your own Apples fresh off from the tree limbs! Although that is always the main purpose of our visits, there's always hay rides, petting zoo's, fresh hot Apple Cider, baked goods and often times even crafts. Always be sure to leave with at least one bushel of Apples, because you'll need them as move down the list!

Although that's always the main purpose of our visits, there's also hay rides, petting zoo's, fresh hot Apple Cider, baked goods and often times even local, handmade crafts. Always be sure to leave with at least one bushel of Apples, because you'll need them as move down the list!

#2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins are available at so many places this time of year. You can stop to this corner store or that one. You could even get your seasonal pumpkins at the grocery store! However, if you've never visited a pumpkin patch, I highly suggest visiting one this pumpkin season! In most cases, the prices for the pumpkins are better when buying them directly from the grower. Not to mention, depending on where you go, sometimes you see miles of pumpkins! You can catch a ride through to the furthest reaches of the pumpkin patch on a mimic hay ride too. My kids always took choosing their pumpkin so seriously while at the pumpkin patch! There's nothing like cutting the pumpkin straight off from its vine! The kids all leave with a sense of pride that picked the best pumpkin! Plus, they always have plenty of baking pumpkins,

Fun Fall Activities

Plus, they always have plenty of baking pumpkins, gourds, and other fall home decor for sale for Mom's as well. It could be your one stop fall shopping experience! Plus, you'd build a valued family tradition, similar to that of picking out your Christmas tree!

#3. Attend a Fall Festival

If you didn't (or can't) make it to either the Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch, the next best thing is attending a Fall Festival! At least in my area, there are plenty planned throughout the state! Essentially, you can experience much of the same experiences here as you could at the Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch, only everything is pre-picked and purchase ready of course. I've never attended a Fall Festival that didn't have hay rides, complete with horses and all! Fresh apple cider, fresh fall baked goods, contests, local merchants selling handmade products and so much more! The scenery only adds to the festivities, making your experience that much more enjoyable!

At least in my area, there are plenty planned throughout the state throughout the fall season! Essentially, you can experience much of the same experiences here as you could at the Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch, only everything is pre-picked and purchase ready of course. I've never attended a Fall Festival that didn't have hay rides, complete with horses and all! Fresh apple cider, fresh fall baked goods, contests, local merchants selling handmade goods and so much more! The scenery only adds to the festivities, making your experience that much more enjoyable!

#4. Make a Scarecrow

Raking the leaves doesn't have to be considered a chore, or even a dreaded task! You can make it a fun and enjoyable experience for your entire family.

Have your kids each pick out a complete outfit (you do the same) from a pile of older clothes that no longer fit. As you rake the leaves into piles, you can pause every now and again to JUMP right in the middle of the pile! I don't know what it is, but there's something special and freeing about jumping into a huge pile of fluffy, freshly fallen fall leaves! They tend to engulf you as you land, so you may need to re-tidy your pile before moving onto the Scarecrow stuffing party. But that's okay, that's what making something that's usually a chore, fun is all about!

Once you've all surpassed your leaf jumping excitement, get started with stuffing your old clothes full of leaves. You can tie off the pant legs and arm holes with string to keep the leaves inside. After you finish, set up your new scarecrow family in a neat manner putting your creativity on display! You could even use one of your pumpkins as the head! Or, fill a paper or plastic bag with leaves and draw eyes, nose, and mouth. Get creative! This activity is such a great family activity, you'll be sure to repeat it each year, I promise!

#5. Visit a Corn Maze

Fall is often the time of year that leftover corn crops get put to good use! Many of us use them as exterior home decor, perching them on either side of our porches or mixing them within our outdoor fall displays. Have you ever visited a corn maze? We have! And my, what fun it was! Regardless of how easy you think it will be to find your way to the end, once your deep inside of the twists and turns of the corn maze you get slightly off track! We always have a great time, with laughs and family collaboration. As we work together to find our way out the right exit of the skillfully made corn mazes!

Have you ever visited a corn maze? We have! And my, what fun it is! Regardless of how easy you think it will be to find your way to the end, once your deep inside of the twists and turns of the corn maze you can get slightly off track! We always have a great time, with laughs and family collaboration. As we work together to find our way to the right exit of the skillfully made corn mazes!

#6. Fall Crafts

There are certain crafts that you can only do during the fall months. The first that comes to mind for is making fall wax leaves! You find the most colorful and perfect fall leaf. The only other items you'll need are wax paper (regular cooking type wax paper) and an iron. Place your unique, beautiful, and skillfully chosen leaf in between two pieces of wax paper. Use your heated flat iron to press the two sections of wax paper together (be sure to put something such as a cloth or piece of construction paper between your flat iron and the wax paper to prevent the wax from melting onto your flat iron). The wax in-between will melt, acting as an adhesive. Let it dry for just a few minutes. You can (if you desire) cut around the shape of the leaf while leaving at least 1/4″ of wax paper (so you don't break the seal). If you have a pair of hole-punches, punch a hole in one end and thread some string through to create a beautiful window hanging! This is an easy, inexpensive and fun family activity.

7 Fun Fall Activites

First, you need to find the most colorful and perfect fall leaf. The only other items you'll need are wax paper ( the regular cooking type of wax paper) and a flat iron. Place your unique, beautiful, and skillfully chosen leaf in between two pieces of wax paper. Use your heated flat iron to heat and press the two sections of wax paper together. The wax in-between will melt, acting as an adhesive. Let it dry for just a few minutes. You can (if you desire) carefully cut around the shape of the leaf while leaving at least 1/4″ of wax paper around the edges (so you don't break the seal). If you have a pair of hole-punches, punch a hole in one end and thread some string through to create a beautiful window hanging! Or, even a handmade ornament for your upcoming Christmas tree! This is an easy, inexpensive and fun family activity. The kids will love it! At least mine always did.

Another fun fall craft activity is gathering and decorating pine cones! This gets your kids outside, and puts their exploratory senses in high gear! Once you have the perfect pine cones, you can roll them in Elmer's glue, and then anything you want to decorate them with! We always used things like glitter, confetti, or small beads. You can even follow the same concept as you did with your wax leaves, by adding a bit of string around one of the ends to accent your newest craft as a holiday ornament!

#7. Bake New & Exciting Fall Treats

Have you ever made your own caramel or candy apples? If not, I'd give it a whirl this year!

There are many kits you can buy that come with everything you'll need to make the sweet, candy shell or the gooey caramel coating. They are easy to make, and not all too expensive. (I'll include a link below for you). Most of these kits come with popsicle sticks too, if not, you'll need to get a small package of popsicle sticks. Stick the popsicle stick into one end of your apple, creating a handle to both create and indulge in your newest creation. Line a baking sheet with wax paper too. Once your apple is dipped and covered in which ever coating you choose, let it set on your wax paper covered baking sheet to cool. Once cool, dig in! It always reminds me of a carnival, but better! There's just something about creating our own special fall treats at home! It's satisfying and enjoyable!

If you decide to try anything I've recommended above, leave me a comment! Let me know how you enjoyed it! Or, if theres any special fall family activities that your family does each year, let us know so we can give it a whirl too!

I've included links below to help you find all of the essential items you'll need to get started with your fall family fun activities! Take a look below:

 

 

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