10 Ideas to Spice Up Your Autumn
The time has finally come to tackle those favorite fall activities we all love, and it’s the perfect time to come together and enjoy them with family and friends.
With fall comes a great mix of warm and cool weather, and getting outside is a must. Enjoy time outside exploring during the day, and then grab a blanket and get cozy around a fire at night. Here are a few ideas – some new, and some tried and true – for that fall to-do list of yours.
One of the best parts of fall is the apples. Head over to your local orchard and have fun picking apples as a family. While you’re there, enjoy some ice-cold apple cider and maybe even some apple cider donuts. Then take your pickings home to make your own apple sauce, apple pie or apple crumble.
Corn mazes are all the rage these days. They keep getting bigger, better and more creative. Some people prefer scary mazes, but the ones you can get lost in for hours without being scared half to death are just fine too. If you take kids, keep them close or maybe grab a megaphone before you go, just in case. However you like your corn mazes, this is a great fall activity to do as a family. Look up a museum or farm nearby to see what they have to offer.
Nature Scavenger Hunts
The crisp fall weather is great for exploring, and why not add a little challenge to it? Print off a great fall scavenger hunt list, pack some snacks, and pick your favorite trail to search on. One list for the family will do just fine, but take pictures with your finds to make it a little more fun. You could even make this a yearly tradition and put all the photos together in a memory book.
Just like apples, it’s the time of year for pumpkin everything – pies, lattes, rolls, muffins, and don’t forget those pumpkin seeds. When this time of year rolls around, there’s no limit to what you can do with pumpkin, so have fun with it.
Another fall must-do is pumpkin decorating. Head to your favorite pumpkin patch and pick a few pumpkins of various sizes. Look for pumpkins with unique shapes and interesting markings. Bring them home and have at it. Get creative with carving, painting and adding accessories.
If you don’t already know what this is, you are in for a real treat. It’s like treasure hunting but close to home, and while the treasure might just be documenting your name on a tiny piece of paper and putting it back, this is fun for everyone. Download a geocaching app and begin your hunt. This is something fun to do that’s a little different, and provides a good time for the whole family. Sometimes there are hidden gems very close to home.
Spring and summer are not the only times to hike. Fall is actually ideal with its cooler temperatures. Pick a state park to explore together as a family. Take in the gorgeous, changing scenery while enjoying a little outdoor exercise.
Sit Around the Campfire
What’s a better way to stay warm on a cool fall evening than sitting around a fire? Add some wood to your campfire, and sit out this fall roasting marshmallows and creating unique versions of s’mores. Add to your evening around the fire by telling ghost stories while wrapped in blankets.
Fall Foliage Drives
The leaves on the trees in the fall are just the best, and while there are some locations that may have more vibrant colors than others, there’s an amazing amount of beauty to be found in the trees this time of year. Challenge yourself and keep a count of how many different colors you can find.
Lastly, start your very own thankful jar. Decide how often you want to write down what you are thankful for. Try jotting down notes every day for the month of September or October, and then pull your notes out and read them for Thanksgiving. Write down events, memories or even small treats you enjoyed. It’s a sweet and easy way to remind yourself that it’s a wonderful life, and to enjoy the little things.
Hopefully this gives you a starting point for fall activities to try with the family. Take in as much as you can and have a great, safe and fun-filled fall!