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Fun Fall Bucket List

two women stretched out in fall leaves

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning brilliant colors, the air is getting cooler, and people are preparing for bonfires and apple butter. What better way to enjoy the fall than with a bucket list of fun activities?

So grab your spouse, kids, or friends and check out fun ideas that should be on your fall bucket list. Which will you try first?

Apple picking

Apple picking is a great activity for the whole family. Bite into some right away and store the rest for later for apple pie or apple cider. Apple picking is also a satisfying way for kids to get outside and for the whole family to get some exercise.

The younger set will have fun exploring the tree farm and playing in their hay wagon while also learning about different types of trees and plants. Plus, apples are a nutrient-dense, high-fiber snack for all ages.

Go pumpkin picking and carving

Fall is pumpkin time! So, pick up some pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. If you’re feeling ambitious, carve your own jack-o’-lanterns and use them for Halloween decorations. Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition and an easy, fun activity for the whole family. All you need is a pumpkin, a sharp knife, and a little creativity.

If you don’t feel comfortable free-handing the carving, tape a stencil to the top of your pumpkin and use it as a guide as you cut. You can also make your own stencil by drawing a design on paper with a pencil or pen, then tracing over it with a black marker, so that the lines are visible when they transfer onto the surface of your pumpkin.

If you don’t want to spend time creating elaborate designs by yourself, use a pumpkin carving kit. These kits come with templates for all kinds of cute shapes

(like pumpkins), as well as step-by-step instructions on how to use them.

You could also make pumpkin lanterns by painting pumpkins with white paint, letting them dry, and sealing them with a clear coat. Don’t forget that unpainted pumpkins are a healthy food, rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant. So, celebrate the nutritional benefit of pumpkin by making a batch of pumpkin soup!

Throw a fall-themed party

Autumn can also be party time. Decorate your home with fall decorations such as gourds, corn stalks, and pumpkins, and invite friends or family over for a fall party complete with a fall-themed menu (pumpkin pie, anyone?), games, and crafts. Play Halloween music while decorating cookies or make a batch of apple cider donuts. Bonus points if you have an outdoor fire pit where everyone can gather for s’mores.

Take a hayride

Hayrides are a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and fresh air, soak up vitamin D, and obtain all the other benefits of spending time in nature. They’re also a great way to bond with family and friends while enjoying an outdoor activity that can take place almost anywhere. Bring Fido, too!

Visit a corn maze

A corn maze is a field of corn modified to form a puzzle. To solve the puzzle, you must find your way through the maze to the end. Usually, there are signs along the way that will help you decide which paths to take.

Navigating through a corn maze is fun for all ages. The whole family can enjoy getting lost in a corn maze together. Finding your way out of a corn maze is a great bonding experience. You can also compete or try to beat your best time.

Online, you can find websites dedicated to helping people find local attractions such as corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and more.

Go on a nature walk

Nature walks can boost the mental and physical health of your entire family. What are the benefits of a fall nature walk?

• The fresh air can help you breathe better, sleep better, and reduce stress.

• They’re a fun way to exercise while enjoying your surroundings.

• It’s a way to meet new people and socialize with friends or family members.

• If you’re feeling down, spending time outside can lift your mood.

Try taking a nature walk with the whole family first thing in the morning and watch the sun come up as you stroll. In the fall, the main benefit, of course, is viewing the beautiful changing leaves.

Visit a haunted house

Haunted houses offer a chance to get scared and scream, but it’s also an opportunity to test your bravery, which is something everyone should do at least once in their lives. Even if you don’t like horror movies and think they’re too scary, haunted houses are more fun than frightening.

How can you find one? Search for haunted houses on Google or Bing. Type in “haunted tours” and “haunted houses” and see what comes up. Also, look for events that include haunted attractions. If you live near an amusement park, check their website for Halloween events.

Take advantage of local resources too. This is a great way to find out about private homes offering tours for the night of Halloween.


Hopefully, these ideas give you inspiration for your fall bucket list. Whether you want to spend time with loved ones or just need a change of pace, there are plenty of exciting ways to have fun this autumn. There’s nothing like enjoying fun seasonal activities with friends and family. What is your favorite activity to do in the fall?


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