It’s finally fall! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are getting crisper, and the lattes are getting pumpkin spice-ier. If I tried to list off all the reasons I love fall, we’d be here all day. I will say, however, that fall is the perfect time for some family fun. There’re pumpkin patches and hayrides and so many more opportunities to make memories with the ones you love. I’ve compiled a list of my absolute favorite, super fun, mostly free (!) fall adventures. I encourage you to try them all to get the most out what has to be the BEST time of year!
Going to the pumpkin patch always makes me happy. The beautiful colors, gorgeous photo-ops, and picking out the BIGGEST pumpkin are the epitome of fall. A day at the pumpkin patch is certainly a day well spent. You can find your local pumpkin patch here or check your local newspaper.
Snuggling up with your love on a hayride never gets old. It’s such a simple thing that always makes me smile. What can I say? I’m a sucker for cuddling. Whether it’s a haunted hayride or a classic ride through a corn filed, give it go. You won’t be disappointed.
This one is so easy! Grab a blanket (and a snack) and just go outside. You can lie on your lawn, on your roof, on the bed of a pickup truck. The less light around, the better. The hubby and I love to find a back road out in the country and just stare at the sky. It’s absolutely breathtaking how many stars you can see. For an even cooler experience, check out the SkyView app. That’s not an ad, I just like it that much.
Everyone thinks that summer is the time for outdoor fun. Summer is great but it’s just so hot! Unless you want to pass out from heat stroke, you have to wait until dark to do anything outside for long. That’s yet another reason why I love fall. It’s perfect for getting outside. The air is just cool enough to sit outside by a bonfire with friends and tell stories and laugh and ooh! Marshmallows! It’s the perfect time to roast marshmallows too. Yummy! Count me in.
I am a lover of coffee shops. Whenever I move somewhere new, I always try to find the coziest little coffee shop around. The atmosphere in a local coffee shop is beyond compare. There’s always good music and the most delicious aroma coffee beans. Around this time of year, it’s amazing to just sit down, enjoy a warm beverage and relax. Take a friend (or meet a new one there!) and just talk about anything and everything. Hours can go by and you won’t even notice.
Fall presents so many opportunities to act like a kid again. There’s leaves to crunch, puddles to jump in, and perfect weather to get outside and play some football. Whether you’re brave enough for tackle or just want to stick to two-hand touch, grab some friends and get out there. A little competition is always fun. Plus, it’s a fun way to get some exercise.
My husband and I have always loved the drive-in, but it’s been a huge life saver since I had the baby. We’d definitely be super behind on all the new movies without our local drive-in. If you’ve never been to a drive-in before, I HIGHLY recommend it. They’re slowly going extinct, which is a shame because they’re honestly better than the movie theater. You get to see 2 movies for the price of one, you can sit in the comfort of your own car, you don’t have to worry about movie talkers (unless you bring one with you) and you don’t have to sneak snacks in! If you’re not sure if there’s one near you, here’s a list of drive-ins in America.
Ahhhh. The great outdoors. There’s nothing like it. Breathing in fresh air and feeling the sun’s rays on your skin is unparalleled. Everyone can benefit from spending a little more time with Mother Nature. Camping is the perfect way to do that. You can watch the sunrise, get some hiking done, go fishing, roast marshmallows over a campfire. There’s so much fun to be had outdoors. Just do it. Go camping. You’ll be so glad you did. I went camping for the first time ever and I LOVED it. Read all about it here.
Pumpkin carving is actually a new fall favorite of mine. I finally got the opportunity to carve a pumpkin for the first time last year. It was so much fun and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on it all this time. If you need some inspiration, check out my “Fall” board on Pinterest.
Scary movies are great pretty much anytime of year but, fall is without a doubt the best time for scary movies. You can snuggle up with your boo thang and get the crap scared out of you cause what’s not fun about that? Need some inspiration? I got you covered. Check out the 31 Days of Scary Movies list here.
High School Football Games
Even though I’m no longer in high school (thank god) for some reason, I still love high school football games. I guess because they’re so young and passionate about their sport it’s humbling and heartwarming to watch. Plus, it’s a cheep way to enjoy a football game in person that isn’t your nephew’s pee-wee game.
Fall means nothing but football season in a lot of households. Whether it’s college football on Saturday or pro football on Sunday night, there’s nothing wrong with a little good ‘ole American football. Even if you know nothing about football, pick a team and cheer them on. You’d be surprised how into you get. Oh and GO CARDS!
Go to the Park
When’s the last time you went to the park? It’s probably been way too long. The park isn’t just for joggers and kids. Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit at the park and watch the leaves fall. Birds are chirping, kids are laughing, and you feel like you could sit there for hours. Everything seems to just slow down when you’re sitting at the park. Just take a moment to appreciate the things around you. You won’t regret it.
Nice long walks in the brisk autumn air are what dreams are made of. Leaves crunch under your feet. Cool wind blows against your face. The trees are morphing into bursting blossoms of red, orange, and yellow right before your eyes. What’s not to love? Grab your coat and some tennis shoes and take a hike!
Honestly this is something I have yet to do and it’s driving me crazy. I’ve always wanted to go apple picking but for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to it. I hope to correct that this fall. If you’re unsure if there’s an apple orchard near you, a quick Google search should do the trick. If not, don’t be scared to ask around.
Jump in a Pile of Leaves
When the leaves start to fall it’s a beautiful sight…until you have to rake them all up. It took my husband and I over 2 hours to rake our whole yard last year. It was exhausting to say the least. One thing that made it worthwhile, though, was being able to do a giant cannon ball into the leaves. Yes, we had to do a little bit of cleanup after, but it was SO worth it. Live a little.
Watch the Rain from Your Window
As simple as it sounds, you’d be amazed how soothing it can be watching raindrops sliding down a window pane. On a cold, rainy day just grab a cup of cider, your favorite pair of fuzzy socks and set up shop next to your window. I love to pick two raindrops and see which one makes it to the bottom first. I’m a child at heart, I confess.
Wear a Halloween Costume
Next to Thanksgiving, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. I love dressing up and I think little kids in costumes are the absolute cutest things. Last year was my sons first Halloween and he dressed up as a pumpkin. I spent the whole day just MELTING. Even though I’m married with a kid, I still have worn a Halloween costume every year for as long as I can remember. Dressing up is just fun, especially when you actually put thought and effort into your costume and it turns out awesome. Go to a Halloween party, enter a costume contest, or just stay home and hand out candy. Just wear a costume. Why the hell not, right?
Bake Pumpkin-Flavored Anything
Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Blondies, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Waffles
You get the point. For some inspiration, check out my Pinterest board here.
Make a Blanket Fort
I’m really coming for your inner child here! Get all the blankets and all the pillows and make a fort. You can read in the fort. You can sleep in the fort. You can even…
Watch 13 Nights of Halloween
…in the fort. See what I did there? 13 Nights of Halloween on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) is a tried and true tradition in most American family homes. If you’re unfamiliar with it, for 13 glorious nights, Freeform plays nonstop Halloween movies. The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Haunted Mansion, and The Addams Family are just to name a few. At the very least you need to make sure you watch Hocus Pocus at least once. We all know it’s the BEST Halloween movie.
For a full schedule of 13 Nights of Halloween, click here.
Make All The Soups
Fall is awesome because being able to make soup is a lazy girl’s dream. You just throw what ever you want into a pot and forget about it. For some inspiration check out my Recipes board on Pinterest or give this yummy chili recipe a try.
Haunted corn mazes are soooo much fun. If you’re into getting the pants scared off of you, that is. No matter how much you tell yourself that none of it’s real you still manage to scream like a little kid. It’s ok. Happens to the best of us. Check here for haunted houses near you or here to find more haunted fun in your area.
Have a Photoshoot
Autumn leaves are the perfect backdrop for pictures. The colors are beautiful. The weather is nice. The lighting is always perfect. They don’t have to be anything fancy. Just grab your camera and take some pictures. If you have a photographer friend, ask them to take some pictures for you. Photography students at your local college are always looking for new muses to practice with and they charge little to nothing. Get out there work it! Besides, we both know that Facebook profile picture is way old.
Read a Good Book
There’s so many good books out there but not nearly enough time. As life gets busier, we forget to make time for things like reading. Make the time. Read that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Make the time.
Festival season is upon us. Oktoberfest and the like all come out to play. No matter how small your town is, there is guaranteed to be some kind of fall festival. If you’ve never been, definitely check it out. There’s normally food, art, and generally music. Most of the time they’re free too. Check your local newspaper to see what festivities are coming to your town.
Picnics in the park are good any time of year, but fall picnics are perfect weather to enjoy some lunch outside. Pack a lunch or pick up some food and head outside for some sunshine yummy food. Don’t forget your blanket!
DIY Fleece Blankets
Speaking of blankets, check out this super easy DIY fleece blanket tutorial. It’s perfect for picnics, fall cuddles, and so much more.
Sometimes you need to just get lost. Hop in your car and just drive. You don’t need a destination, but a full tank of gas is always helpful. Take the long way home. Go down a road you’ve never been before. If you’re lucky you may even find a hidden gem that you never even knew about.
Family Game Night was a staple in my household. We weren’t big on board games, but we played things like UNO, Catchphrase, and Pictionary. Grab your family or some friends and host a game night. For some adult fun, try Cards Against Humanity or Jackbox.
Fallify Your House
From orange and yellow wreaths to scented candles, there are a million and one ways to bring a little bit of fall magic into your home. Pumpkin scented candles, fall displays, leaf garlands, and temporary stickers are just a few ideas. Head over to my Pinterest page for some more ideas.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting pumpkin seeds is a must after pumpkin carving. Pumpkin seeds make a tasty snack after a long day of carving. Why not enjoy the fruits of your labor?
Long drives are the perfect time to really appreciate the autumn foliage. Plan a day trip to a pumpkin patch or event within driving distance. Living in Georgia, I look forward to hopefully making a day trip to Helen to see the “charm of Bavaria, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Doesn’t that sound like a dream?
Enjoy a Hot Apple Cider
Apple cider is a fall favorite of mine. Between its warmth and natural sweetness, it just can’t be beat. I’m a strong believer that fresh apple cider is the reason apples are ripe for the picking in fall.
Order a Pumpkin Spice Latte (just do it)
I know some people are a little leery of the pumpkin spice latte, but there’s a reason that us “basic b*tches” love them so much. They’re freaking delicious! It’s like drinking fall in a cup. Even if you hate it, at least you can say you did it.
Jump in a Puddle
I honestly should just go ahead and list all the rain activities. Jump in a puddle. Have a long kiss. Go for a run. Take a rain nap. Listen to the rain. Be one…with the rain. Do it all. Love it all. Feel it all. Fall is the time. Rain is your friend.
Snuggle by the Fireplace
Like I said, I love me some snuggles.
Have People Over
Even if you’re not up for game night or a bonfire, it’s still nice to have some company. Whether you’re just drinking apple cider talking about politics or watching Grey’s Anatomy with a bottle of wine, enjoy spending time with your loved ones. You’re never too old for a play date.
Here’s yet another delicious fall treat. Caramel apples yummy and easy treat to make when your sweet tooth gets the better of you. I tried out this recipe from Delish and they were SO good! My husband had me make another batch the very next day. They’re very easy to make and take only a few minutes to finish. I’m confident that anyone can make these. Give ‘em a try. They’re more than worth the effort.
If you have a bike, a leisurely ride around your neighborhood is a great way to get out and take advantage of the autumn weather. Hit up your favorite trails or find cool new riding spot. Be sure to take your camera with you because you never know what interesting things you may see.
Open the Windows
Whether it’s in your car or in your home, opening your windows makes a hell of a difference. There’s nothing like fresh air and a brisk fall breeze. My husband and I love to keep our windows open at night. It’s a great excuse snuggle up close to keep each other warm.
Bake Your Neighbor a Pie
‘Tis the season to be thankful and to give. Why not bake your neighbor a pie? I know it may seem a bit old-fashioned, but I’m from the south and I don’t see anything wrong with a little hospitality. We live in a world that could use some more small acts of kindness. Do your part. Be the change.
The farmer’s market is fully stocked this time of year with all kinds of farm fresh treats. Pumpkins, apples, corn, squash, and so much more await. Head over to your local farmer’s market now and don’t forget to pick a seasonal Mum to decorate your porch!
Horse Back Riding
Fall weather comes in clutch, yet again, to assure you can fully enjoy a fun outdoor activity. Horseback riding is so much fun and if you’ve never done it before, I highly recommend it. Horses are majestic creatures and nothing frees your spirit more than going on an adventure on one of man’s first means of transportation.
What’s on your fall bucket list? Let me know and send me pictures! Don’t forget to subscribe to That Damn Newsletter for more fall fun 🍂