Fall Bucket List Ideas.
Ahhhh fall! My favorite time of year. It’s the perfect fresh start as school begins, the air turns crisp, and we get to enjoy a bountiful garden harvest. There are also so many fall activities for families making the season perfect in every way!
With fall just around the corner, we decided to share some of our fall bucket list ideas. Hopefully they will help you and your family find some fun, frugal things to do together.
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Fall Activities For Families
Check out our favorite fall bucket list ideas below. These will make fall fun, while staying in budget!
1. Have a Bonfire
Fall is the perfect time for a bonfire. Invite some friends over for a backyard bonfire, or head up to the mountains and enjoy a large fire together in the forest. Make sure to bring some marshmallows to roast! Enjoy snuggling under a blanket and the fresh crisp air.
To keep the bonfire extra frugal friendly, skip all of the smores toppings and just roast marshmallows! They only cost $1/bag and are so tasty when melty.
2. Go Apple Picking
Fall is a great time to buy apples for a low price. Check out your local farmers market for cheap apples…or better yet go pick them yourself at a u pick apple orchard! This is a great activity to get your whole family involved in.
There isn’t much better than spending a day in the orchard picking apples, at least for me!
3. Carve Pumpkins
What’s Halloween (or fall) without a carved pumpkin??? Buy a few pumpkins from the store (or grow your own) and spend time together as a family being creative as you carve pumpkins.
You don’t even need to buy the carving kits in the store. Just print out a few free templates from the internet and use your kitchen knives for carving. Frugal for the win!
4. Fall Scavenger Hunt
Another perfect fall activity for families is to go on a fall scavenger hunt. This can be done in your neighborhood, a nearby forest. or a local park.
Just use a brown paper bag (or whatever you have at home) to collect different colored leaves, acorns, pine cones, etc. You might want to make a list of specific items to look for to have a common goal while hunting!
5. Fall Crafting
Fall is the perfect time for crafting! As the weather cools down, spend some time inside working on a craft together as a family.
Check out this super easy Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin. It’s the best project for both crafters and non-crafters, and it turns out SO cute!
6. Attend a High School Football Game
What’s fall without some football! Make you would enjoy being a part of the community by attending your local high school football game. There is just something special about the cool fall air, bright Friday night lights, and the energy of a crowd.
Plus, tickets are usually really cheap making this a great fall activity for families!
7. Make Applesauce
Have you ever had homemade applesauce? It is so much better than store bought! My kids look forward to it every year, and I love making it!
Making applesauce be a very big process, but it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon together as a family. Plus, there is just nothing better than the smell of sweet apples and cinnamon in the house. It makes me happy!
Be sure to grab this applesauce maker and apple corer/peeler/spiralizer. They both make the applesauce process much easier, promise, game changers!
8. Go to the Pumpkin Patch
Spend a fun family day at the pumpkin patch. It can be so fun walking around the pumpkin patch while looking at all of the different colors, shapes, and sizes of each pumpkin.
To make the experience a little cheaper you could choose to buy just one pumpkin as a family to share together.
9. Go On a Hike
Fall is the perfect time of year to get up in the mountains and enjoy nature with a hike. You could even 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 Something
Is there anything better than fall baking??? I think not! Spend time together in the kitchen baking some fun fall treats.
Here are a few of my fave recipes to try: Grandmas Famous Banana Bread Recipe or Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe.
- Related: Mels Home Cooking Recipe Book
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
On the first day of fall each year I buy a box of Apple Cider for our family to enjoy. My kids love this simple tradition!
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.
Most corn mazes will offer daily deals, so be sure to look out for “buy one get one free” or “family discount” days. Last year we went on bring a pet day and received a discount.
14. Paint a Pumpkin
Don’t like carving pumpkins? Consider painting one instead. You could paint a funny face on it or even make a pretty design, the sky’s the limit!
15. Dip Apples in Caramel
Making caramel apples is a fun fall activity, but can get a little messy! So, I love to buy apples and caramel for dipping instead. It’s much 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
One of our favorite fall bucket list ideas is treats! Because treats just happen to be my love language!
There are so many delicious goodies you can make during fall. Pumpkin cookies and apple pie are a couple of favorites at our house. My kids always request these Monster Rice Krispie Treats. They are perfect for Halloween time and sure to be a huge hit!
17. Go On a Hay Ride
Hay rides are so much fun and the perfect fall activity! Look at your community events and find a place where they might be offering hay rides. They are usually only a few dollars per person.
18. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
After carving pumpkins, be sure to save the seeds for roasting.
All you have to do is wash the seeds and place 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
Does your community have a farmers market? Spend a day as a family browsing the different booths.
Farmers markets are a fun place to taste a few samples, listen to some good music and maybe buy a treat or two. It makes for a lovely morning out, without having to spend a lot of money.
20. Plant Fall Bulbs
Fall is a great time of you to plant a fall flower bulbs in your yard. When you plant them in the fall you will be rewarded with beautiful flowers in the spring, which is such a fun treat to see! My favorite bulbs to plant each fall are tulips and daffodils.
21. Watch Football at Home
Invite a few friends over to watch a football game together on TV. Ask everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert so you can eat while enjoying the big game.
22. Watch a Halloween Movie
Another fun fall activity for families is to watch a Halloween movie together. A few good family friendly Halloween movies are: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, The Haunted Mansion, Casper, and Hocus Pocus.
Fall is such a magical time of year, but it doesn’t have to be expensive! I hope a few of these fall bucket list ideas helps you to have a wonderful fall with your family!