As much as I love summer and already long for those hot sunny days we spent camping and boating just a few weeks ago, I absolutely love this time of year. Fall is insanely beautiful here in Upstate New York and it seems to have this way of making everyone feel festive and happy. There’s a crispness to the air that feels so fresh after long months of oppressive humidity — and who doesn’t love being able to pull out cozy sweaters and leather boots from the closet?
This year we have a whole bunch of things we want to do with the kiddos before winter arrives and we’re shuttered indoors for many months on end, which got me thinking how fun it would be to make a family bucket list for fall! It’s so easy, you don’t have to spend a lot of money, and it encourages you to find fun little ways to really embrace the season as a family. Click through for the ultimate family bucket list for fall!
Make a Family Bucket List for Fall 1 of 11
From apple picking to pumpkin parties, check out 10 fun ideas for the ultimate family bucket list for fall!
Go Apple Picking 2 of 11
Apple picking is a longstanding tradition for we Upstaters, and it's just so much fun! Gather the kids or a band of friends and spend an afternoon collecting your favorite apples at a local orchard. (And don't forget to get the kids involved making applesauce and pies once you cart them all home!)
Make Homemade Donuts 3 of 11
Donuts are one of those treats that scream fall to me - whether apple cider donuts or those dripping in maple glaze. Yum! I love the idea of making up a big batch of donuts as a family on a Saturday morning. These baked donuts don't require frying, making it a fun task kids can help with!
Get the recipes at The Merry Thought
Plan A Fall Picnic 4 of 11
Picnics aren't just for summer, friends! In fact, fall picnics are usually among my most favorite. Load up a basket with sandwiches and snacks, grab a big fluffy blanket and don't forget to bring a football to toss around. Pick a location with a great view of the foliage and you've got the ultimate fall outing.
Go Hiking 5 of 11
Make a Leaf Garland 6 of 11
Add a dash of fall to your decor by having the kids collect their favorite leaves and fashioning them into a garland by attaching them to a bit of string with clothespins. If you don't live in an area where the leaves fall, whip up this pretty paper leaf garland instead!
Get the how-to at On My Honor
Host a Pumpkin Party 7 of 11
Plan an afternoon visiting the local pumpkin patch followed by an evening pumpkin party! You can invite family and friends over to carve or paint pumpkins BYOP style! (Get it? Bring your own pumpkin! You just supply the apple cider and paint and carving tools!)
Make Pumpkin Spice Latte 8 of 11
Ok, ok, so this one is a bit more for the grown-ups, but I love the idea of whipping up this classic fall treat at home on a chilly fall evening. (Because that's so much more fun than buying it!) While you're sipping away, the kids can enjoy a little hot cocoa with a dash of pumpkin spice or cinnamon.
Get the recipe at Averie Cooks
Have a Halloween Movie Night 9 of 11
Halloween movies are my favorite! Whether as a family or with a group of friends, cuddle up for a night of spooky movies and Halloween treats like this amazing Halloween inspired popcorn. My picks for movies? Why, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus, of course!
Get the recipe for this white chocolate candy corn popcorn at Bakerita
Stock Up on Books 10 of 11
Fall is the perfect time to stock up on books and start a family reading hour once a week! Hit up book sales, secondhand book stores or get a library card. I love the look of this low bookshelf which keeps books at kid-level for enjoying anytime they'd like.
Make Grandparents Fall Care Baskets 11 of 11
With all of that apple picking and outdoor adventuring going on this fall, send a little of the fun to grandparents or family members who live afar with a care basket! Tuck in a few of those homemade treats you've been making as a family, toss in a bag of their favorite coffee and make sure to include the kiddos' new school photo!
See more care basket and gift ideas at Everyday Occasions
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