Happy fall y’all! Autumn is my absolute favorite season! It’s getting cooler, the leaves are changing, and the best holidays of the year are approaching.
Fall is the perfect time for outdoor family activities and a great time for some cozy, guilt-free indoor time too. So I thought since today was the official first day of fall, I would put together a list of frugal fall family activities that the whole family will love!
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Outdoor Fall Family Activities
Here are some outdoor fall fun your family will enjoy.
1. Pumpkin Patches
Fall is a great time to visit a pumpkin patch and choose the perfect pumpkin for carving.
2. Carve jack o’ lanterns
Carve the pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns. You can design your own or find spooky stencils to carve into your pumpkins.
3. Apple orchards
Visit an apple orchard and take the family apple picking for all the delicious fall baking you can do.
4. Visit a farm
Some farms have fun fall events with pony rides, food vendors, and an entire day of fill with fun things to do. Find a farm near you to make some fun family memories.
5. Trick or Treating
Put your costumes on display and take the kids trick or treating or pass out candy to trick or treaters.
6. Backyard Bonfire
Sit out by the fire pit and socialize with family and friends on a cool crisp fall night.
7. Roast Marshmallows
While you have the fire going, pull out some roasting sticks and roast hot dogs, marshmallows, or make s’mores.
8. Take a walk
Go for a walk and look at the beautiful scenery with all the fall foliage and decorations.
9. Jump in a pile of leaves
Rake all those beautiful falling leaves into a pile and then jump into them. So much fun!
10. BOO! someone
Fill a container with treats with a sign and drop it off at a neighbor’s house. It’s so much fun to drop it off and creep on your neighbors to see how they react.
11. Football game
I was a band nerd in high school and spent almost every Friday night doing the half-time show. So, I love the idea of taking the family to a local high school football game. Bring some blankets and enjoy the game with some concession stand food.
12. Haunted House or trail
Visit a haunted house or trail to get in the spooky Halloween mood.
A hayride is a must for fall. Make sure to go on one when you visit the pumpkin patch or farm!
14. Fall festival, carnival, or fair
Fall is the perfect time to find local fall festivals, carnivals, and fairs to attend. Ride some carnival rides, eat from food trucks, and check out local vendors for a day of fun.
15. Tell ghost stories
Make up ghost stories and tell them to each other. Make sure to do the flashlight under the chin for added spookiness the kids will love.
16. Corn Maze
Find a corn maze to go through. Our local farm does a different themed corn maze every year. We can never make it to the end!
17. Fall scavenger hunt
Make up a scavenger hunt (or find one on Pinterest) and then go on the hunt with the family.
18. Farmer’s market
Visit a farmer’s market to pick up some seasonal produce. It’s fun to go to but also saves you money on groceries!
19. Fall family cookout
Enjoy the cooler weather with a cookout.
20. Play a game of football
Get some friends and family together for a game of touch football.
21. Bike ride
Take a bike ride as a family, or teach the kids to ride with the training wheels off.
Go on a picnic at a local park or even in your backyard.
23. Sunday Drive
Drive around and look at all the beautiful changing leaves.
24. Bob for apples
Fill a bucket full of water and apples, and have some hands free fun bobbing for apples.
25. Backyard camping
Set up a tent and let the kids stay up late to go “camping” in the backyard.
26. Visit an Arboretum
Arboretums are especially beautiful in the fall with all the fall foliage. Find one near you to walk through.
27. Sunflower fields
Sunflowers are my favorite. They bloom in late summer through early fall. Find a flower farm to visit and see their beauty in person.
28. Petting zoo
Go to a petting zoo and feed the animals.
29. Roll down hills
Find a big hill and roll down it! It’s so much fun to watch the kids tumble down the hill.
30. Make a scarecrow
Grab old clothes, newspaper, and a pumpkin to make a scarecrow to put in your front yard or porch.
31. Backyard games
Go outside and play some of your favorite backyard and lawn games.
32. Nature hunt with Google Image
Let the kids outside and find things to Google Image. My kids love to find new plants, bugs, and flowers to look up and learn about.
33. Pine cone art
Pick up some pine cones while you’re on a nature walk, and turn them into fun pine cone art. Here are some fun things to make with pine cones.
34. Watch a parade
Find a local Thanksgiving or Christmas parade to attend. The Macy’s Day parade is a must on Thanksgiving morning!
35. Fall science projects
Show your kids some cool fall science projects. Here are some super fun science activities for fall.
- Ghost Rockets
- Erupting Apple Volcanoes
- Grow Pumpkin Shaped Crystals
- Pumpkin Elephant Toothpaste Experiment
36. Star gaze
Find a cozy spot in the backyard, and look at the stars. See if you can find all the constellations.
37. Go fishing
Grab your fishing poles and find a lake to go fishing at.
Take the family on a treasure hunt with the geocaching app.
Fall is a great time to mulch, plant bulbs, and trim trees and bushes. So, put the kids to work and update your landscaping.
40. Family pictures
Get a friend or extended family member with some photography skills to take fall or Christmas photos of the family.
41. Pokemon Go
Download the Pokemon Go app and go Pokemon hunting with the family.
Indoor Fall Family Activities
The entire family will love these indoor activities for days that you need to stay inside.
42. Roast pumpkin seeds
Save the pumpkin seeds from carving, and roast them. They are a tasty treat.
43. Make homemade Halloween Costumes
Decide what you want to dress as for Halloween and make your costumes. Homemade costumes take a little time but are unique and fun to design.
44. Halloween movie marathon
Cuddle up on the couch and have a Halloween movie marathon! Some favorites in our house are:
- Hocus Pocus (don’t forget to watch Hocus Pocus 2 coming out at the end of September!)
- The nightmare before Christmas
- The Corpse Bride
45. Make caramel apples
Make caramel apples and decorate them with sprinkles, candy, and icing.
46. Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin pie is essential for fall! So, grab one from the store or make your own. Don’t forget the whipped cream!
47. Eat Halloween candy
Eat that Halloween candy. We have a Mommy and Daddy Tax here in our house!
48. Make popcorn with all the fixings
Make stove-top popcorn, and top it with butter, caramel, or any other toppings you like!
49. Thanksgiving party
We don’t do a traditional Thanksgiving since we live away from family. So, we throw a Thanksgiving party with different food every year. We put up our Christmas decorations and tree and have a day full of fun.
50. Apple cider
Sip some warm apple cider, and make sure to get some apple cider donuts too!
51. Paint pumpkins
Get some mini pumpkins and let the kids paint and decorate them.
Visit the library and see what fall activities they’re having. While you’re there, check out some books about autumn and the upcoming holidays.
Find out if your bowling alley offers times where you can bowl at a discounted rate.
Check out some of the free local museums in your area.
55. Make your own pizza night
Use premade pizza dough (or make your own) to make personal-size pizzas; everyone can add their toppings.
56. Donate to a food bank
Donate food to a local food bank or church.
57. Volunteer at a food shelter
Volunteer at a food shelter and help others in need.
58. Make cards for nursing home residents
There are many people without families in nursing homes. Make Thanksgiving and Christmas cards for the residents. You could also make small gift bags to give to them.
59. Blessing Bags
Make blessing bags filled with blankets, socks, gloves, water, non-perishable snacks, toothbrush, toothpaste, and more to give out to the homeless when the opportunity presents itself.
60. Color fall pictures
Get a fun fall coloring book or find some free fall printables on Pinterest, and have a coloring session.
61. Make cookies
There are all sorts of fun cookies you can make this fall. Pick up some already made ones and decorate them in a fall theme, try new recipes from Pinterest, or make your favorites.
62. Hot cocoa
Cozy up on the couch and drink some hot cocoa. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
63. Build a fort
Grab some blankets and pillows and build an epic fort to hang out in.
64. Fall decluttering
Put the family to work and tackle some much-needed decluttering after a busy summer. Go through the house and get rid of anything you don’t use. Make sure to go through clothes as you get out your fall/winter wardrobe and get rid of anything you don’t want or doesn’t fit. You can donate it or have a yard sale to make some extra cash.
65. Popsicle stick art
Take a trip to the Dollar Tree and pick up some popsicle sticks and craft supplies. Then, let the kids make popsicle stick crafts. Here are some fun things to make:
66. Make a Christmas list
Christmas is just around the corner! This is the perfect time to write and mail those letters to Santa!
67. Face painting
Watch a Youtube tutorial and practice face painting. Your kids will love this!
68. Grateful list
Each night at dinner, everyone goes around the table and says one thing they are thankful for. Decorate a poster board, and write it down to keep a running list through the season.
69. Nature crafts
Find some fun fall crafts to do. Here are some that my kids enjoy.
- Leaf rubbing
- Nature collage
- Painting Acorns
- Rock Painting
70. Make an apple pie
Apple is another fall favorite! Pick an apple pie up at the store or make a homemade one with the kids. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
71. Rice Krispy treats
Make Rice Krispy treats in the shape of pumpkins or leaves. Decorate them with icing and sprinkles for extra fun!
72. Decorate your front porch
Decorate the front porch with fun Halloween or fall theme decorations.
73. Game night
Pull out your favorite board games and have a family game night. We love to play:
74. Visit a Halloween store
Get ideas for Halloween costumes and decorations to make by visiting a Halloween store.
75. Blessings bucket list
Make a list of good deeds you want to do during the Thanksgiving season. Make a cute printable on Canva (it’s free) and cross off the good deed when you do it.
76. Homemade Christmas gifts
Save money and have a homemade Christmas with your extended family. My family did this one year, and it was so much fun! Some ideas are:
- Homemade vanilla extract
- Homemade seasonings
- Jams & Jellies
- Wood Pallet Signs
- Chocolate-covered pretzels (or anything else!)
77. Video game marathon
Pick some of your favorite video games and have an all-day (or weekend) video game marathon!
78. Christmas movie marathon
Get in the Christmas spirit and have a Christmas movie marathon! Some of our Christmas favorites are:
- The Santa Clause series (don’t forget to watch the show coming out on Disney+)
- Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Home Alone 1 & 2
79. Homemade ice cream
Pick a flavor and make ice cream. You can make ice cream in a bag or get an ice cream maker. Both are a ton of fun!
80. Marshmallow fight
Grab a couple of bags of giant marshmallows and have a marshmallow fight.
81. Make hot chocolate bombs
Find a recipe on Pinterest for hot chocolate bombs. They would be a great homemade Christmas gift!
82. Make fudge
Perfect your fudge-making skills. Also, another great idea for a Christmas gift!
83. Cuddle by the fireplace
Cuddle up by the fire and enjoy some good conversation.
84. Read a book
Cozy up on the couch and read a book series. We have plans to read the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series (or at least I do).
Adult Fall Family Activities
Here are some fun activities for when the kids are in bed, you want a date night, or you’re having friends over.
85. Wine tasting at home
Grab a couple of bottles of different wine and have a wine tasting at home.
86. Celebrate Octoberfest
Visit a store that allows you to create your own 6-pack and try some different craft beers. Then, make your own beer flights and have a beer tasting session at home.
87. Make fall-inspired dinner together
Choose a nice fall-inspired dinner, prep and cook it together after the kids go to sleep.
88. Make a fall-inspired cocktail
Save money and make fall cocktails at home. Here is a couple to try!
89. Coffee date
Get a pumpkin spice latte with some friends and enjoy some “me time.”
90. Renaissance fair
Find a renaissance fair to attend. Makes sure to dress up for the theme.
91. Day Trip
Explore your home state and take a day trip while the kids are in school!
92. Mulled wine
Make mulled wine and invite friends over to enjoy with a homemade charcuterie board.
93. Ghost tour
Get spooky and go on a ghost tour.
94. Go ugly sweater shopping
Go to a thrift shop and find an ugly sweater for each other. Bonus points if you find a matching ensemble!
95. Drive in movie
See a movie at the Drive-in if you have one locally. If not, you can invest in a screen and projector and have a movie night in the backyard.
96. Learn a new skill
Take the opportunity to learn a new skill. Find tutorials on youtube and teach yourself how to sew, can, or make home repairs.
97. Axe throwing
Axe throwing is a fun date night; you can get all your frustrations out without committing a felony!
98. Walk on the beach
The ocean is just good for the soul. If you live near the beach, consider a day trip. It’s a perfect time to walk the beach, look for shells, and enjoy!
99. DIY project
Find a project you can tackle by yourself or as a couple. Painting a room, refurbishing a piece of furniture, or some weekend home repairs can be fun.
100. DIY wine and painting
Wine and painting classes are so fun but expensive! Pick up some wine and have your own painting date night with some Bob Ross on Youtube.
101. Treasure hunting
Go to a yard sale, flea market, antique store, or thrift shop to find some fun treasures for your home or to flip!
102. Find a new place to eat
We love to find little hole-in-the-wall places to try. It’s usually the best place to eat. So, do some research and find somewhere (that’s not a chain) to have a dinner date.
103. Fondue night
Find a cheese and/or chocolate fondue recipe and give it a try with all the yummy things to dip in it!
104. Date night at Costco
Drop the kids off at Grandma’s (if you’re lucky to have them near), and take a trip to Costco. Make sure to grab a cheap dinner at the food court!
105. Binge-watch a tv show
Cuddle up in bed and binge-watch a tv show after the kids go to sleep. You’ll actually be able to follow a tv show uninterrupted!
Take a day just to do nothing! If you can drop the kids off somewhere, do it! Then just relax!
Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Whether you want to be indoors or outdoors this fall season, make sure to pick some of your favorite fall activities to enjoy with the family.
What kind of fun things do you do during the fall? Leave a comment below!