The Ultimate Fall Frugal Bucket List for Families

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Ahhhh fall!  My favorite time of year.  A fresh start as school begins again, the crisp fall air, and a bountiful garden harvest.  There are so many fall activities making the season perfect in every way!  With fall just around the corner, we decided to make your fall bucket list of everything we wanted to do this season.  Here is what we came up with!  As always, everything is either free or frugal!

1.  Have a Bonfire

Invite some friends over, or head up to the mountains, and have a bonfire.  Roast marshmallows, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy the fresh crisp fall air.

2.  Go Apple Picking

Fall is a great time to buy apples for a low price.  Shop your local farmers markets, or better yet go pick them yourself at a u pick apple orchard.  This is a fun family activity and the prices are always fantastic!

3.  Carve Pumpkins

What’s Halloween (or fall) without a carved pumpkin???  There is no need to buy the kits from the store, just use some kitchen knives and print out a template from the internet.

4.  Fall Scavenger Hunt

Use a brown paper bag to collect colored leaves, acorns, and other fun nature finds.

5.  Fall Crafting

Have a craft day and make a few fun crafts.  You can even invite some friends over to join in the fun.  You might enjoy making these simple Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkins or these No Sew Trick or Treat Bags.

6.  Attend a High School Football Game

Enjoy some community spirit at your local high school football game.  There is just something about the cool fall air, bright Friday night lights, and energy of a crowd to make it officially feel like fall.

7.  Make Applesauce

I love when my house smells of cinnamon and sweet applesauce.  It just makes me happy.  My kids love getting involved in the kitchen and helping me whip up a few batches of applesauce.  I have a few of my favorite canning tools listed in my Amazon Faves.

8.  Go to the Pumpkin Patch

Have a family day at the pumpkin patch.  We love walking around and looking at all of the different colors and shapes and sizes of each pumpkin.  To make it cheaper, just choose one pumpkin for the entire family to share.

9.  Go On a Hike

Fall is the perfect time of year to get up in the mountains and enjoy nature.  Make a day out of it by packing a picnic!  I love seeing the beauty in the forest as the leaves are changing color.

10.  Bake

Is there anything better than fall baking???  I think not!  Here are a few of my fave recipes to try:  Grandmas Famous Banana Bread Recipe or Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe.

11.  Play in the Leaves

Rake up a big pile of leaves and then have some fun jumping into them!  This is the perfect way to get your kids to help with the work…and then celebrate with some fun!

12.  Drink Apple Cider

Warm up some apple cider and sip it around the fire.  Turn it into a new family tradition for the first day of fall each year!

13.  Go to The Corn Maze

Go to your local corn maze and get lost!  Try it both during day time and night time for different experiences.  Look for daily deals to save on costs.  Our local corn maze has “buy one get one free” days and “wear a costume to get in free” days.

14.  Paint a Pumpkin

Don’t like carving pumpkins?  Consider painting one instead.  Paint a funny face on it or even a pretty design, the sky’s the limit!

15.  Dip Apples in Caramel

You can make your own caramel apples, but I always prefer just buying some caramel and dipping the apples right into it!  Less work and you can control how much caramel goes on each apple (the more the better in my opinion!).

16.  Make a Fall Treat

There are so many fall goodies to make.  Pumpkin cookies or apple pie to just name a few!  My kids personal favorite though are these Monster Rice Krispie Treats. They are perfect for Halloween time.

17.  Go On a Hay Ride

Look at your community events and find a place where they are giving hay rides.  These are usually only a few dollars, but such a fun fall family activity.

18.  Roast Pumpkin Seeds

After carving pumpkins, be sure to save the seeds for roasting.  We like to wash them and put them on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle with seasoning salt.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Easy and so so tasty!

19.  Go To The Farmers Market

Walk around the farmers market and enjoy the large bounteous harvest.  Taste a few samples, listen to some good music and maybe buy a treat or two.  It makes for a lovely morning out.

20.  Plant Fall Bulbs

This is the ultimate lesson of delayed gratification.  Have your kids help you plant fall bulbs (my favorite is tulips), then anxiously await all winter for them to start popping out of the ground.  It’s such a fun celebration of spring coming!

21.  Watch Football at Home

Invite friends over to watch the football game together.  Ask everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert so you can eat while enjoying the game.

22.  Leaf Art

Have fun with this easy activity for all ages.  Collect a few leaves, lay them down on the table and place a paper on top.  Gently rub a crayon on the paper and watch as the leaves begin to make shape.


What are a few things on your fall bucket list!  I would love some more ideas!!

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