101 Fun Things to Do This Fall

101 Fun Things to Do This Fall


This fall, I want to cherish each day! I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas for enjoying this beautiful season:

1. Collect and press brightly colored leaves. You could even create a leaf mobile!

2. Watch a high school football game and cheer together! (Loudly!)

3. Create a new door wreath with fall flowers and ribbons

4. Invite friends over for chili night

5. Carve/decorate a pumpkin

6. Go on a hayride

7. Make cards for special friends and mail them *snail-mail*

8. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte or make your own low-fat version with this great recipe!

9. Enjoy a family bike ride

10. Capture breath-taking views from the Blue Ridge Parkway!

11. Try these Top 20 Apple Recipes — Wow!!

12. Start a family gratitude journal

13. Start a family prayer journal

14. Surprise someone you love with a fall-colored mum

15. Tailgate before a football game with friends

16. Visit the pumpkin patch

17. Create a Thankful Tree — love this! This would be great with kids!

18. Collect pine cones and create a beautiful garland

19. Decorate your mantel with fall leaves, twigs, and one of these beautiful FREE printables!

20. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food bank

21. Create a Christmas shoebox for Samaritan’s Purse

22. Go to the library and check out fall-themed books

23. Read spooky “ghost stories”

24. Go to a kids’ soccer game and hand out water bottles to the players

25. Prepare a nature scavenger hunt

26. Roast pumpkin seeds

27. Make pumpkin pies

28. Visit a corn maze!

29. Go on a picnic and have smores

30. Make caramel apples

31. Sponsor a child through Compassion International and write a letter to them

32. Candy corn manicure? So cute and fun!

33. Are you ready for some FOOTBALL… cupcakes???

34. Create a hand-made quilt from scraps of clothing your kids have outgrown

35. Host or attend a fall festival with fun games, crafts, and prizes!

36. Read a novel

37. Read to your children

38. Make crockpot apple cider… mmmm, I bet this smells so good!

39. Make Thankful Rolls — one of my FAVORITE ideas!!!

40. Spend a “offline” day with your family … no cell phones, no internet, no TV, no texting… just family.

41. Give sacrificially to someone in need

42. Create a fall “bucket list” with your family of the top 10 things you want to do this fall!

43. Purge your closets of old clothes that you no longer wear and give them to charity

44. Create a waffle cone cornucopia filled with M&M’s — so cute!

45. Jump in leaf piles and take lots of photos!

46. Make pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon syrup… yummy!

47.Enjoy fun turkey crafts with your children

48. Make these cute and easy paper plate scarecrows

49. Print out these great FREE fall printables for your preschooler

50. Bob for apples!

51. Have a sleepover in the family room and talk late into the night

52. Plan a day at the park with picnic snacks

53. Invite friends over for a football game and serve any of these great game day recipes!

54. Write a “thank you” note to your children’s teachers

55. Bake candy corn sugar cookies

56. Read the story of the Mayflower to your children

57. Visit a local nursing home and ask how your family could volunteer

58. Capture one photo per day (and give your children a disposable camera to do the same!) and create a fall family photo album

59. Start your Christmas shopping early! :)

60. Make pumpkin butter — this sounds SO good!

61. Enjoy a bonfire with friends and family

62. Slow down… after the craziness of summer, enjoy the brisk autumn air, the smell of the leaves, the coolness of evening, and savor each moment…

63. Make pumpkin rolls… my mouth is watering….

64. Invite a new family at church to your home for dinner

65. Fly a kite!

66. Talk about fire safety with your children and take treats to the fire station

67. Pull out the sweaters, wash them up, and anticipate the coziness to come!

68. Make caramel corn

69. Watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” with your children

70.  …. or, watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“!

71. Go for an early morning walk and watch the sun rise on a cool, crisp day

72. Go on a “day trip” with your family

73. Create a list of the top 10 things you love about each of your children … frame and place in their room.

74. Volunteer to babysit for a single mom

75. Host a fall popcorn buffet — this looks like so much fun!!!

76. Visit your child’s class and read a fun book to them

77. Gaze at the stars….

78. Create acorn-filled mason jar candle holders… so pretty.

79. Pray through the Psalms

80. Make a huge pot of homemade soup and enjoy your cozy home!

81. Visit a craft show with friends (great way to get ideas for Christmas!)

82. Bring out the pumpkin or apple candles!

83. Take a photo of your yard or home in the same place every day/week and watch the time-lapse season changes!

84. Think about the “seasons” of life, and write a letter to yourself about what you will savor about this season…. ten years from now, it will be a sweet reminder…

85. Check out this AMAZING list of Thanksgiving crafts!

86. Hold a food drive

87. Pumpkin Spice Cookies… heaven….

88. Did someone say “Crockpot Baked Apples“? Yes, please!

89. Create these fun kids Thanksgiving recipes! This looks like so much fun!

90. Surprise Daddy with breakfast in bed!

91. Stay at late and watch the harvest moon

92. “Edible Eyeballs” cookies — so funny! My boys would love this!

93. Decorate your front porch for fall

94. Tackle an outdoor project before winter!

95. Make homemade applesauce in the crockpot — this looks easy and delicious!

96. Enter a race!

97. Know of someone who can’t go home for Thanksgiving? Open your home to them!

98. Play hide and go seek outside with your kids

99. Find a good mystery to get absorbed in on “spooky” nights….

100. Create a beautiful fall centerpiece

101. Start a daily journal of the best part of each day…. and remember to cherish every single day, even the not-so-great ones…


What would you add to this list? What are you most looking forward to this fall?



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  • http://www.amylearns.com Amy Tilson

    What a great list Melanie! I’m going to print this list off and bookmark this post for the links. I would add going for a walk in the woods or on a trail, like the Virginia Creeper Trail to crunch leaves. Jumping in raked up leaves is a must do for me, too.

  • http://www.triplebraidedlife.com Brenda @Triple Braided

    Melanie, I love this! Summer used to be my favorite holiday, but now I think it is fall! :-) Thank you for sharing this list!!

  • Chris

    “36. Read a novel”

    You forgot “WRITE a novel”! November is National Novel Writing Month. :o)

  • Emily Witenhafer

    I absolutely love these ideas! Im only 20 and i dont have kids yet but i do lots of babysitting/nannying. I also love your ideas about inviting new families from church over for dinner or spending a whole day with the family without internet etc. I am definitely going to bring some of these ideas to my family =)

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  • http://claybabies.blogspot.com/ Erin

    Hi Melanie!! What a wonderful list you made of fall activities. I love the season and love the ideas you presented. I feel honored to be included (Top 20 Apple Recipes) on your list.

    I am a brand new blogger, by the way, and love what you have done with your designs. I’ve got you bookmarked for when I’m ready to take the next step. =]

  • http://thepleatedpolkadot.blogspot.com melissa @ the pleated polka dot

    this is an awesome list. thanks especially for the link to the apple stuff!! fall is a sweet season and i plan to soak it all in using a bunch of stuff you suggested!

  • http://jenniferdawnmclucas.com Jennifer Dawn McLucas

    This is such a great list Melanie! I want to do all those things too!

  • http://www.dirt-and-pearls.com Emily

    I love this post!! I am favoriting it so I can refer back to it later this Fall when I need some good family activity ideas. Some great ideas!!

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  • http://www.mail4rosey.com Rosey

    This time of year is great for just a bunch of the reasons you listed, and we LOVE going to the corn maze! Happy Fall!

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  • Linda White

    So many fun Fall ideas, makes me want to try some of them! Love the acorn mason jar candles! Cant wait to bake up some pumpkiny desserts!

  • http://www.theholleyherald.com Aisha Holley

    I’m going to make blankets for my children.

  • Lisa Brown

    Already signed up with email and RSS feed:
    email: frangiepani at hotmail dot com
    RSS feed with my yahoo reader via email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com
    Love the ideas you have listed.

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    • Melanie

      YES! Absolutely!!! :) In fact, if you’re already signed up, you’re already entered to win :) I’ll update the post… great question! Thank you!

  • http://heresmycuplord.com Ginger Wade (@heresmycuplord)

    Hmmm… I am going to hijack some of your ideas. So glad I subscribed, looks like I may actually have to do some of those things I’ve pinned myself.

  • stephanie rowe

    i love the going for a walk to look at the leaves, and we like to watch scary movies on spooky nights! thanks for the great ideas for fall!! this will certainly get us into the fall mood!

  • cheryl

    We always take pictures of our kids in the fall by an old barn, apple orchard, colorful trees, etc

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  • http://www.whenwelistentotrees.com/ Charyn Gant

    Really great list of things to do. Thanks for compiling it!