Once the weather finally starts to cool down and the leaves start to change colors, you’re finally in the best season of the year (and luckily the best holiday ever happens in the middle of it)! WELCOME TO FALL! It’s the greatest because there are tons of activities you can do as a family for little to no money – including all of these fun ideas you should put on your autumn bucket list ASAP.

HARVEST APPLES

Check out the best apple trees in your area and pick some beautiful red snacks to eat or harvest and store for a long period of time. After picking the prettiest ones, store them in 30-32 degrees to keep them tasty for a long period of time, roughly 6 months!kidspickingapplescolor1_p

HOST A BONFIRE

Heat up the fire pit for a bonfire with the kids. They’ll enjoy cooking hot dogs and roasting marshmallows for s’mores on a cool autumn night. If you’re hosting a bonfire close to Halloween, it’s sometimes fun to tell ~ghost~ stories. Also, invite your neighbors, family, and friends so more people can enjoy the evening!

MAKE DINNER INSIDE A PUMPKIN

Pumpkins aren’t just for decoration. Serve dinner in a cute carved out mini pumpkin. Try this baked stuffed pumpkin recipe to really hype up the holiday.pumpkin dinner.jpg

VISIT A HAUNTED HOUSE

Kick off the Halloween season with a spooky visit to a nearby haunted house. Be sure to check out the haunted house website or call them before attending if you have younger children or you are easily scared. Some houses have real animals or other extremely terrifying items that are displayed.

LEARN HOW TO KNIT

Nothing passes the time better like learning a new hobby! By Christmas time you’ll be ready with plenty of beautiful homemade gifts! Follow these step by step directions if you’re a beginner learning to knit sweaters for the first time.knit

BAKE AN AUTUMN-INSPIRED TREAT

Even the pickiest eaters enjoy homemade goodies like apple chips and caramel apple grapes. Check out 28 other delicious fall recipes to cook with your loved ones here!

BRING PIE TO YOUR NEIGHBOR

Homemade or store-bought, it really doesn’t matter! This kind gesture will be appreciated by all. It’s a warm and welcoming gift to show someone you truly care or appreciate them. Try these 21 fall recipes to bake and give away.pie.jpg

CARVE PUMPKINS

Challenge your older kids with a pumpkin carving contest. Inspire their creative minds to wonder with a great prize for the winner. Little ones can also get involved by painting pumpkins so they don’t get injured using a sharp utensil.

SIP ON CIDER

Who doesn’t love this delicious idea? While kids drink a booze-free version, serve yummy apple cider mimosas to the grown-ups.

TAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTO

Be sure to take advantage of the mild weather and beautiful colors of the changing leaves so that you have an excellent family photo to send out for the holiday season.camera

ROAM THROUGH A PUMPKIN PATCH

Stop by a local farm to pick your own pumpkins and stock up on gourds and squash for crafts and cooking. Pick some apples out if you spy trees at the farm as well. 

NAVIGATE A CORN MAZE

You won’t have to nag your kids to get outside and get exercise when this fun and seasonal activity is involved. Make sure no one does this activity alone or near dark time. It’s easy to get lost and you never know whose hiding in the corn stalks. 😦

GO FOR A HAYRIDE

Everyone can kick back and relax during a hayride. Enjoy the sight-packed venture with your loved ones. Be sure to bring some hot cider to sip on during chilling evenings!halloween-hayride-clipart-1

TOAST PUMPKIN SEEDS

Don’t forget to save the seeds after carving pumpkins! They can be used for a yummy snack. Be sure to rinse them off and follow this recipe.

MAKE HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Check out these cute family costume ideas that are simple to put together and are worthy of a good chuckle.

RUN A 5K

Autumn months are packed with 5K runs and even shorter road races for family and charities. Check out these upcoming 5K runs in Iowa. This is a fun activity to do and you will definitely get exercise participating.

GO TO A FOOTBALL GAME (OR SEVERAL)

Root for your local or favorite college football team by attending a home game. Enjoy some hot coco if it’s a night game or a chilly afternoon.center-football-player-preparing-to-snap-ball-to-quarterback-clipart.jpg

Happy Autumn!

-Lauren L.

 

 

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