60 Best Things to Do in the Fall With Your Whole Family

You'll want to add all of these fun ideas to your bucket list.

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As much as we all love summer (we'll miss you, grilling parties!), it's safe to assume you’ve also been counting down the weeks, days, and hours until the first day of fall. Before long, you know you'll be Googling "fall activities near me" and looking for the best things to do in the fall! Well, look no further—we've done the hard work for you!

Here, we've rounded up the absolute best seasonal to-dos that you'll want to prioritize this autumn. Between hayrides, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes, you and your family have plenty of ways to stay busy in the weeks ahead. Make the most of autumn and enjoy all that comes with it—the crisp air, cozy atmosphere, and apple cider doughnuts—thanks to these fall bucket list ideas for all ages. Outdoorsy folks will want to consider a hike, camping trip, scavenger hunt, or peaceful morning walk, while those who prefer to take the less strenuous route will enjoy a foliage train ride or scenic drive down an open country road.

Let’s not forget about all the glorious fall food either! As soon as September starts, it's time to fire up the oven and make way for the best seasonal creations, from pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread. No matter how many outings, crafts, or recipes you manage to get through, prepare to have an absolute ball this fall.

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Swap Scary Stories

In the spirit of Halloween, take turns reading kid-friendly short stories outside by the fire or under the covers with a flashlight. Spark creativity by encouraging family members to make up their own.

SHOP GHOST STORIES

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BRIAN WOODCOCK
Mix Up Your Seasonal Apple Recipes

Love apple pie, but looking for something a little more outside-the-box to wow your crowd with this year? These pie-spiced apple fritters pack the same (albeit even sweeter) flavor and only take 30 minutes to make. Read: Apple pie has officially met its dessert match.

Get the recipe.

SHOP DUTCH OVENS

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Take a Camping Trip

Escape the grid and soak up the crisp, fall air from a nearby campsite. Bonus: You'll have a primo view of the gorgeous changing leaves.

SHOP CAMPING TENTS

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Aaron Colussi
Plan a Backyard Dinner

Enjoy one last outdoor hoorah before temps start to drop past the point of no return and dine al fresco with your family. Cover each chair with a plaid blanket to keep cool, then set the mood with cozy candles and a hearty feast.

SHOP OUTDOOR BLANKETS

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Go for a Hike

Pack a few bags, bundle up, and make a day trip to a local forest this fall. Little ones will have a blast exploring new territory, especially if there's a spectacular aerial view waiting for them at the end.

SHOP HIKING BOOTS

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BRIAN WOODCOCK
DIY an Outdoor Fall Festival

Can't make it to a fall fair? Set up your own at home for a fun-filled weekend afternoon, complete with a gourd ring toss, pumpkin knock-down game, and fun prizes for all.

SHOP MINI PUMPKINS

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Jump in a Huge Pile of Leaves

The best way to make raking leaves less of a chore? Promise your kids a chance to dive right into the biggest pile in the yard—after which you'll need all hands on deck to pack them up into trash bags.

SHOP RAKES

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BRIAN WOODCOCK
Host a Bewitching Halloween Party

Invite all your guys and ghouls over this October 31 for a spook-tacular Halloween celebration. Keep things far from kitschy with a DIY broom chandelier, which you can hang Mason jar candles from using black twine. Shred a black linen tablecloth for extra eerie flair, then add black furniture, candlesticks, and votives.

SHOP BLACK TABLECLOTHS

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Map Out a Scavenger Hunt

Ready, set...scour! Find a printable scavenger hunt online, then set out on a nature walk and see how quickly you can cross everything off the list. For bigger groups, you can even break into teams and add some friendly competition.

SHOP BACKPACKS

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Natural Beach Living
Use Corn Cobs for Crafting

While you prep dinner, let your kids have fun with leftover corn. Once you've removed the husk, they can paint the ears different colors and roll them over paper for some refrigerator-worthy fall artwork.

Get the tutorial at Natural Beach Living.

SHOP FOAM PAINT BRUSHES

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Visit a Local Pumpkin Farm

All of the best pumpkin farms and patches offer so much more than fresh picks these days. With hay rides, corn mazes, food markets, and more, they're a one-stop shop for autumnal activities.

SHOP CARVING KITS

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Brian Woodcock
Eat Apple Cider Donuts

Pick up a dozen at your local farmer's market or find them at a nearby apple orchard. You can also put your baking skills to the test and make 'em right at home.

Get the recipe.

SHOP DONUT PANS

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Brian Woodcock
Carve Pumpkins

Light up your porch or walkway with this jack-o'-lantern, or get creative and dream up your own design.

Get the tutorial.

SHOP CARVING KITS

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Charles Schiller
Make Homemade Caramel Apples

Take a cue from your cravings and cover your fresh apples in anything that sounds yummy, or follow one of our favorite easy recipes, which feature peanut butter, marshmallows, coconut flakes, Oreo cookies, and more tasty toppings.

Get the recipe.

SHOP LOLLIPOP STICKS

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Complete an Autumn Craft

Forage your backyard, pantry, or craft closet for supplies and use whatever you find to create one of these cute crafts.

SHOP WREATH FORMS

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Plant Fall Flowers

Give your garden an autumn makeover by filling planters and flower beds with fall favorites. You simply can’t go wrong with mums!

SHOP PLANTERS

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Make Fall Sangria

Cider, caramel, cinnamon, apple, and more! These tasty sangria recipes feature all the best fall flavors and make the perfect cocktail for fall parties.

SHOP PITCHERS

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Host a Backyard Bonfire

Enjoy the last few nice nights before winter arrives with a backyard bonfire. Just think of it as another excuse to snack on some s'mores!

SHOP SKEWERS

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Brian Woodcock
Bake an Autumnal Treat

Use fresh finds from your local farmer's market or apple orchard to make apple-flavored cakes, pecan pies, and more.

SHOP CAKE PANS

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Go on a Leaf-Peeping Train Ride

Take in the changing leaves and crisp fall air on a relaxing fall foliage train trip. There are several across the country that are perfect for fun day trips and family excursions.

PLAN YOUR TRIP

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PAUL COSTELLO
Tailgate at a Football Game

Make game day a real party with yummy eats and snacks.

SHOP DRINK DISPENSERS

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Whip Up Homemade Soup

Sharing is caring! Whip up a big batch soup recipe to serve to extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Get the recipe.

SHOP SOUP POTS

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Brian Woodcock
Make a Autumn Arrangement

Whether you have time to decorate every room in your home, or simply want to add a small festive touch to your dining room table, there are plenty of autumnal decorating ideas you can squeeze in this season.

SHOP WOOD SLICES

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Craft Your DIY Halloween Costume

Thanks mostly to Pinterest, there are so many cute and clever DIY costume ideas out there for women, kids, families, and more. Want to make friends laugh with your costume this year? You'll love these punny options.

SHOP FABRIC SCISSORS

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Host a Movie Night

Get in the spirit of the season by watching a quintessential fall movie. For date night, stream flicks like When Harry Met Sally and for family affairs, watch The Blind Side or one of the many Harry Potter movies.

STREAM NOW

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Go Apple Picking at a Local Orchard

There's nothing like the fresh taste of fruit picked right from an apple tree. Serve up creative takes on classic recipes such as apple ring pancakes or cheesecake-stuffed baked apples.

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Decorate Your Porch with Fall Flair

Take a cue from this rural Colorado farmhouse filled with fall decorating ideas and let your neighbors know how excited you are for the season with a porch covered in festive fall decor.

Get the tutorial.

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Alison Gootee
Craft with Fallen Leaves

Put fall leaves to use as a crafting material for fun seasonal DIYs, like these foliage-covered pumpkins.

Get the tutorial.

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Open the Windows to Let Crisp Air In

Autumn is a breath of fresh air—literally.

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Take a Fall Foliage Drive

As trees come alive with fall colors, take a drive down an open country road just to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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