Once September rolls around, when the days become shorter and cooler, it’s time to get excited about all those fun Fall activities.
Although summer break is a blast, there is something special about Fall, too. The colorful leaves, spooky Halloween, apple picking, pumpkin spice aromas, and loads of hearty soups. Fall has so much in store for us.
So grab your pumpkin spice latte and favorite sweater, sit back, and get inspired with this list of the best fall activities. Let’s make this Fall the best one yet.
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1. Beautify Your Home With Fall-Themed Decor
Bring the coziness of Fall indoors by adding seasonal touches to your home. Add pillows, fluffy blankets, cozy autumn colors, and pumpkins. Bringing in some seasonal plants and colorful foliage is a great way to get into the Fall spirit. If you have a limited budget, you can find lots of cute Fall-themed decor in thrift stores or craft something yourself.
2. Venture Out for a Scenic Fall Road Trip
Fall leaves are super charming, so why not get out there and enjoy a scenic drive to one of the national parks? Pack up the car with your favorite snacks and drinks, download a Fall road trip playlist, and hit the road. Stop at local farms to pick apples or other Fall fruits along the way.
3. Go Wine Tasting During Grape Harvest
Fall and wine go hand in hand. From August through October, vineyards are lush and filled with ripe grapes. Grape harvest season is a magical time for wine tasting. Many wineries have special festivities and events to celebrate the end of the growing season, so make sure to check them out.
4. Find the Biggest Pumpkin at a Pumpkin Patch Farm
Visit your local pumpkin patch and pick your favorite pumpkins for carving or decorating your porch. They come in many different colors, sizes, and shapes. You can also explore the farm, go on hayrides and say hi to farm animals.
5. Attend a Football Game
From cheering on your high school team during homecoming to tailgating NFL games as an adult, football is pretty much a big part of the Fall. If you’re pumped for football season, you can binge-watch some classic football movies and TV shows too.
6. Throw a Halloween Party
There’s no better way to celebrate spooky Halloween than hosting a Halloween party complete with a costume contest. Invite your friends over for themed games, movies, snacks, drinks, costumes, and lots of spooky fun! It’s time to watch Edward Scissorhands, Adams Family, or some horror movie.
7. Go Apple Picking in a U-Pick Farm
Apple picking makes for a perfect fall activity. Head to a nearby apple orchard and pick all the apples you can handle. Make some delicious apple sauce or experiment with apple-based recipes afterward.
8. Get Some Treats at a Local Farmers Market
Farmers’ markets are a great place to stock up on Fall produce. With so many seasonal veggies and fruits, you can get the freshest ingredients for your Fall recipes. Plus, you can grab one treat or two to satisfy your cravings and support the local food vendors.
9. Try a New Apple Recipe
So you’ve gone apple picking, and now it’s time to put those apples to some good use. There are more apple recipes than I could fit into this post, but some of my favorite ones include apple crumble, apple cider donuts, and apple pie. Once Upon a Chef has a great selection of apple-inspired Fall recipes.
10. Carve a Pumpkin
Nothing says Halloween is here more than carving pumpkins. This is always a favourite fall activity, so get your hands on a pumpkin and carve creative designs of your choice. If you have space in your backyard, you could organize a pumpkin carving contest and let your guests vote for the best pumpkin. Be sure to roast pumpkin seeds afterward for a tasty snack, or throw them in a blender and make delicious pumpkin butter.
11. Go Fall Fishing
Fall can be a great time for fishing. The scenery is beautiful, the lakes are less crowded, and fish are easy to catch. Certain types of fish are more active in the Fall, prepping for winter and building energy reserves, especially salmon, trout, pike, largemouth bass, and walleye.
12. Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte
Who doesn’t love a pumpkin spice latte? But how about making your own PSL at home with just a few ingredients? All you need is coffee, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice. Add a bit of rum or whiskey, and top it off with whipped cream for an extra boost. Mix all the ingredients to get that Fall aroma, and enjoy!
13. DIY Your Halloween Costume
Crafting your Halloween costume is so much fun and makes it more special. Whether it’s a costume for yourself or your family, you can make something original. Get creative with a glue gun and fabric to create the most epic Halloween look ever. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures.
14. Visit Haunted Locations or Abandoned Houses
October is a spooky month. Bring spooky elements to your home, or head out on a spooky adventure. Visit haunted locations or abandoned houses and explore the ghost stories behind them. Check if there are any haunted house attractions in your city.
15. Hop on a Hayride
Hayrides are a great option if you’re looking for fall activities for young kids. You can take it easy and hop on a recreational ride, or if you’re brave enough, try haunted hayrides. In addition, some farms offer night-time wagon rides to enjoy a chilly evening under a sky full of stars.
16. Rake Your Leaves and Make a Leaf Pile
It’s time to get the rake out and make a big pile of leaves. Jump in and invite your furry friends to join you. This is one of those fun fall activities for the whole family. Plus, when you’re done, your garden will look marvelous.
17. Take a Fall Hike
When it comes to outdoor Fall activities, a Fall nature hike comes to mind. Explore your local trails with friends and take in the beauty of glorious foliage. Put on a comfy pair of hiking boots/sneakers and get some fresh air in the woods or simply visit your local park to marvel at all the Fall colors.
18. Cook a Delicious Pumpkin Soup
Fall is a perfect time to experiment with all the spices and soup recipes. Turmeric, curry, pumpkin, and chili are all ideal flavors for Fall. The sweetness from the pumpkin balances out perfectly with the spiciness of the curry. And the best part is pumpkin soup is easy, delicious, and quick to make.
19. Start a Gratitude Journal
Fall is also a time of Thanksgiving, so how about starting a gratitude journal? Make a list of all the blessings in your life and things you’re grateful for. There are plenty of printables and beautifully decorated gratitude journals to choose from online.
20. Book a Fall Photoshoot
Pick your favorite Fall outfit, hire a professional photographer, and take some stunning Fall photos. With all the colors of Fall, you’ll have an unbeatable background. Capture all the beauty of the season and have some fun in the process.
21. Bake a Pie for Your Neighbor
Is it really Fall if you haven’t made a pie? How about baking one and sharing it with your neighbor? To make it extra special, add some other Fall flavors, like cinnamon and nutmeg. This kind gesture is sure to wow your neighbor. Besides, giving feels good.
22. Make a Bonfire and Roast Marshmallows
Gather your friends together and host a bonfire complete with s’mores and a crackling fire pit to celebrate the Fall season. Enjoy the outdoors and keep warm around the fire. Good food and good company are a winning combination to a successful bonfire party.
23. Drink a Hot Cider
On a cold Fall day, nothing beats a hot cider drink. Mix up some orange peel, lemon peel, clove, cinnamon sticks, and, of course, apple cider, and you have a winning combination. The only thing missing is a warm blanket and a movie.
24. Rewatch Your Favorite Halloween Movies
Immerse yourself in a spooky season by enjoying your favorite classic Halloween movies. Have some popcorn, grab a cozy blanket, and make it an event. It’s the perfect way to spend a Fall evening.
25. Prepare the Ultimate Thanksgiving Cheeseboard
If you love good cheese, Thanksgiving might be a perfect opportunity to prepare that incredible cheeseboard you’ve always dreamed of. It’s not only a feast for the eyes but also for the belly. Plus, it gives your guests something to nibble on while the turkey is cooking in the oven.
26. Burn a Cozy Fall Scent Candle
When it comes to cozy decor, the more candles, the better. Try some signature Fall scents, such as pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, or vanilla. You can even find unique candles with fallen leaves and woodfire scents.
27. Hang a Pretty Wreath on Your Front Door
Whether you live in a house or apartment, one thing is for sure: your front door will look more festive and inviting with a Fall wreath. You can find plenty of options in the shops or make one yourself. This way, you can customize it to your own taste. Make this fall activity a family event, or invite friends over for everyone to make their own custom wreath.
28. Stay at a Cozy Cabin With Fireplace
Book a cabin in an area with lots of foliage and a fireplace, and you’re in for a fantastic Fall getaway. Get cozy reading a book by the fireplace, play board games with friends and family, or simply enjoy walks in the woods.
29. Wear Your Favorite Fall Outfits
While Fall trends come and go, cozy Fall sweaters never go out of fashion. Cooler weather means it’s time for layers. Find your favorite knit sweater that’s easy to pair, and you’re all set for the season.
30. Go on a Ghost Tour or Visit an Old Cemetery
Ghost or cemetery tours can give a captivating insight into the city’s history and tales of ghosts and crimes. And there is no better time to go on such a tour than in Fall around Halloween. The crispy air, the darkness, and the mysterious atmosphere add to a spooky experience and makes this one of the best options for fall activities.
31. Take a Dip in Hot Tub or Sauna
Taking a dip in a hot tub is always a good idea, but especially when temperatures start to drop, the warm water and bubbles feel extra nice. Add a sauna to the mix, and you’ll have a wonderful Fall day.
32. Craft Some Fall Decor for Your Porch
Lanterns are a great decor piece for your porch or doorstep year-round, but for whatever reason, they work especially well for Fall. Around Halloween, you can also carve a few pumpkins and craft little ghostly friends.
33. Have a Fall Scavenger Hunt
Write a checklist of Fall items that can be easily found almost anywhere, and take your kids on a special Fall scavenger hunt. Let them search for mushrooms, twigs, acorns, fallen leaves, pine cones, and more. It’s a fun way to learn about nature and spend quality time together.
34. Can Your Fruits and Veggies
Fall means harvest, from beets and broccoli to cabbage and cauliflower. You can pickle veggies, turn fruits into jams or prepare sauerkraut. The internet is full of recipes for beginners, so why not give some of them a try this Fall? They can last for years if sealed properly.
35. Put Together a Puzzle
Long gloomy days are ideal for spending more time indoors. To make it more fun, dust off some old puzzles or buy a new one. Whether you opt for a 1000-piece or 500-piece one, it’s an entertaining way to pass the time and stimulate your brain. Much better than staring at the screen all day.
36. Build a Scarecrow
Who said scarecrows are only for farms? So have some Fall fun and build a scarecrow in your own backyard. All you need is a few pieces of clothing, a bit of hay, and a long stick. You’ll have an adorable decoration in no time. It’s also an extra fun fall activity to do with kids.
37. Go Mushroom Picking
Mushroom picking is a great way to explore nature and get fresh ingredients for delicious mushroom soup or risotto. Fall is a season for mushroom picking, but make sure you go with someone who knows well the local woods and which mushrooms are edible, or do your research before setting off. There are also plenty of foraging classes you can sign up for.
38. Listen to the Song “Autumn Serenade”
The classic song “Autumn Serenade” evokes the feeling of Fall in no time. Put it on while enjoying a cup of hot tea or getting ready for a cozy night in, and it’ll instantly put you into a Fall mood.
39. Thrifthunt for a Cozy Vintage Sweater
Visit your local thrift stores, and you can easily find a comfy sweater for a fraction of the price that will keep you warm even on the chilliest of nights. A vintage knitted pullover, a big cardigan, or a tartan blazer are the perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe.
40. Wear Boots and Jump in Puddles
Who said puddles are only for kids or dogs? Grab a pair of rubber boots and take a stroll by the river or lake. Jump in the puddles, splash around, and channel your inner child. Get messy and have fun.
41. Feed the Birds and Squirrels
Fall is a time when birds and squirrels prepare for the colder months ahead. You can help them by putting out some nuts or seeds for them to enjoy. It’s a simple act of kindness that will bring joy to the animals and you too. After all, who doesn’t like watching happy birds or squirrels?
42. Make a Hearty Bowl of Chili
Chili is healthy, flavorsome, and comforting and pairs perfectly with cold Fall days. The spiciness will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, your house will smell amazing. You only need a few simple ingredients to put together one delicious bowl of chili. Check this hearty pumpkin chili recipe for some inspiration.
43. Attend a Fall Festival
Fall festivals are some of the most fun activities in Fall. You will surely have a blast from traditional harvest fests with scarecrows and pumpkins to Oktoberfest celebrations with beer gardens and live music.
44. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea
Take a break from your busy day and enjoy an afternoon tea. Brew some of your favorite tea, lay out a plaid tablecloth, and make it special by adding scones, jam tarts, or other fall treats. Chai tea mixed with spices, such as cardamom, clove, and cinnamon, could be the perfect pick for a crisp Fall day. Invite a few friends and enjoy the cozy feeling that comes with sipping a cup of hot tea. It’s a classic fall activity.
45. Go Out for Dinner and Try a New Pumpkin Dish
Pumpkin risotto, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin pizza, or pumpkin tiramisu? And maybe even a pumpkin lager? The choice is yours. Fall is the best time to get obsessed with pumpkin flavors. Visit your favorite restaurant, order something new, or get creative and cook a new pumpkin dish at home.
46. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Getting lost in a corn maze is a fantastic fall activity. You’ll have a lot of fun looking for your way out. Head to a corn maze near you and get ready for an adventure.
47. Plant Seeds for the Coming Spring
Fall is a good time to prepare for spring by planting seeds. Many plants and veggies don’t mind waiting in the soil during winter. You can plant onions, garlic, brussels sprouts, peas, radishes, and more. This way, you’ll be two steps ahead and have something to look forward to when all the snow melts away and nature starts blooming again.
48. Celebrate Beerfest With Pints
Celebrate the coming of Fall by raising a pint of beer and toasting to good health. Beerfest is all about drinking lots of beer, good music, and good food. Many craft beer fests take place in Fall, around September/October. For some good laughs, watch the 2006 movie Beerfest starring Jay Chandrasekhar.
49. Read a Good Book on a Rainy Day
What’s better than sitting near the window with a good book and listening to the sound of rain? A cozy blanket, stretchy sweatpants, fuzzy socks, hot tea, a good book, and no obligations for the rest of the day. That’s what reading on rainy days is all about. It’s one of my personal favorite fall activities.
50. Eat a Caramel Apple
Do you have a sweet craving? How about making homemade caramel apples? It’s easy, and you don’t need many ingredients. All you have to do is prep some melted caramel and dip your apples in a bowl with chopped nuts or chocolate chips. Yum!
Check out this super easy recipe using Werther’s Original caramels!
51. Collect Chestnuts
One of the best autumn activities for kids is collecting chestnuts from the ground. They can be so fun to play with for kids or be used in recipes. Roast them with butter and herbs and add them to your salad.
52. Go Horseback Riding
Whether you’re a pro or a complete newbie, Fall can be magical for horseback riding. The leaves will add beautiful scenery to your ride. Plus, it’s a good way to get some fresh air. Depending on where you live, there could be horseback riding courses or tours available. If you are looking for the ultimate fall activity, head to a dude ranch and be a cowboy for a week!
53. Take a Relaxing Bath With Epsom Salts
Pamper yourself and take a relaxing bath. Epsom salt is great for detoxing and calming down your muscles. Add some essential oils to your bath water, light some candles, and you’re sure to shake the cold out of your bones.
54. Curl up in a Blanket and Watch a Movie
Sit back and relax with a good movie on a cold evening. Make it even better by having some popcorn and hot chocolate nearby. Choose an old classic or pick something new. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a great time doing these fun fall activities for couples.
55. Buy a Funky Umbrella
Rain doesn’t need to be boring and gloomy. Buy a funky umbrella that will brighten your mood and make people smile on the streets. Choose an unusual color or pattern and enjoy a rainy stroll outside.
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57. Host a Pajama Party
A pajama party can be a year-round activity, but it’s especially fun in the Fall. Invite your friends over and let everyone wear their warmest PJs. Cook some comfort food, watch a movie, or have a pillow fight battle.
58. Try a New Pizza Flavor
Long nights and more time spent indoors can mean only one thing. Pizza! Try something new and explore Fall-inspired pizza toppings. From sweet potato to butternut squash, the options are endless.
59. Make Bookmarks With Leaves
Get crafty and make bookmarks out of Fall leaves. Collect some beautiful, colorful leaves, paint them, and press them on your bookmarks. You’ll end up with lovely-looking bookmarks for yourself, or you can use them as a gift.
60. Try a New Fall Shade of Lipstick
Try some new lipsticks with different shades of Burgundy, orange or brown. They will look great with your Fall wardrobe and make you look fabulous.
61. Camp and Tell Ghost Stories
Camping in the Fall season is a fun fall activity for the entire family. There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery with no cell phone signal to distract you. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to share ghost stories around the campfire that will send shivers up your spine.
62. Have a Family Board Game Night
Family game nights are a fantastic way to bond with loved ones and catch up on quality time. From classics like Monopoly, or something more modern like a video game tournament, you can’t go wrong here. Ready, set, play!
63. Fly a Kite
Pick a windy day and fly a kite. Let the wind take it away in the sky and watch its colorful pattern against the gray clouds. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and have fun with your kids at the same time.
64. Bake a Pumpkin Bread
Homemade pumpkin bread is Fall’s favorite staple. The moist texture and pumpkin spice flavor are irresistible and will make your home smell heavenly.
65. Go on a Bike Ride and Admire Fall Colors
Hop on a bike and take a ride to your local park. Wait for a sunny day to take in all the gorgeous Fall colors as you go. Or better yet, rent some e-bikes, pack a picnic, and go leaf peeping.
66. Spend a Day in an Amusement Park
Theme parks are fun any day of the year, so take advantage of the last open days before winter kicks in. Many amusement parks have special Halloween-themed events. For example, Silverwood Theme Park turns into Scarywood around Halloween, complete with scary zones, spine-chilling haunted attractions, and thrilling rides.
67. Head to Your Local Ski Resort
Ski resorts have some fun fall activities during their shoulder season. Hop on the chairlift to go on a hike and get a bird’s eye view of all the gorgeous fall colors in the mountains. Or if you can’t wait to hit the slopes, check out this list of ski resorts that open the earliest in North America.
68. Give Out Candy to Trick or Treaters
Dress up in a Halloween costume and become the favorite house in the neighborhood where all the kids are looking forward to getting their treats. You can’t go wrong with Kit Kat or M&M’s.
Fun Fall Activities
One thing is sure; there is no shortage of fun Fall activities to try. Moreover, most of them are free or very budget-friendly.
So by now, you should have plenty of ideas and inspiration to keep you busy and bring some cheer during the Fall months.
Whether it’s something outdoorsy like a bonfire or a cozy night in with hot cider and a movie, this ultimate Fall activity bucket list will keep you entertained for the entire season.
Casandra Karpiak is a travel writer and owner of Savoteur. A Toronto native with Danish roots currently residing in British Columbia, her travel writing has been seen on The Associated Press wire, MSN, FOX, CBS, NBC, Entrepreneur, 24/7 Wall St, Times Daily, and many more. When she’s not traveling, she can be found at hockey arenas all over BC cheering on her two young sons.