The leaves are falling, the air is getting cooler, and the smell of cinnamon is everywhere, so you may be looking for fun fall activities for families!
There’s something about fall that always makes me feel a little bit nostalgic. Maybe it’s the fact that over the years my family has formed certain traditions.
Some have been around since I was a kid and some I started when I had my own family. Whatever it is, I know that I love fall and there’s no denying it.
There are plenty of activities to do outside and inside and plenty of ways to enjoy the season.
Here are some fun activities that you must do before the season is over.
5 Fun Fall Activities
1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
I actually have never been to a pumpkin patch until I was an adult and had my own children.
I was never interested in going when I was younger (riding on a stack of hay, ew!), but from the time I took my first baby I really enjoyed myself.
I had no clue what I was missing!
Besides the fact that you can pick your own pumpkin, there were corn mazes, a petting zoo, places to buy fresh preserves, and a whole bunch of rides and play areas for the kids.
I also did like the hayrides!
2. Make Homemade Simmering Potpourri
I’m not sure how long I’ve been doing this one, but it’s been years upon years. The smell of cinnamon floating around my house just makes everything better.
I simmer orange rinds, ½ tbsp. ground cinnamon, 2 cinnamon sticks, and ½ tsp. vanilla in 4 cups of water.
I let it simmer for as long as I like and if the water gets too low, I just add more.
The smell is just amazing!
3. Leaf Art
Leaves are all over the ground, so why not use them to beautify your home?
You don’t necessarily have to pick up a pile of leaves and bring them into your house, but there are a couple of ways you can use them in your décor.
You can use the leaves to make prints using paint.
Find a leaf that has a lot of detail. Using a sponge brush, paint the leaf (including the stem) a traditional fall color.
Press the leaf onto a light-colored piece of cardstock, then gently remove it.
Let the print dry before you frame it. You can also make your very own color-tinted skeleton leaves.
4. Make a Candy Apple Bar
This one if my favorite because I am a sucker for sweets!
Have a table set up with all of the toppings and dips that you use for candy apples. You can have anything from chocolate (milk and white) dip to caramel dip to marshmallow fluff.
Include toppings such as nuts, sprinkles, chocolate morsels, and even mini gummy candies. Anything you can imagine, just add it to the bar.
Let everyone in your family choose the apple they would like. Put a stick in the center of the apple and then start decorating.
After the decorating, let everyone enjoy their very own candy apple.
5. Football, Football, Football
Now, this one is definitely my husband’s favorite. Every weekend my husband is all about football.
Whether he’s watching it, outside showing my sons how to play, or making sure that they all have their team shirts cleaned and ironed, my husband just can’t get enough.
Yes, we’ve even had the NFL Ticket on cable, so he could watch every single game on Sunday.
I can watch a couple of games with him, but then I need to get up and do something else.
I finally figured out that I don’t need to be as big of a football fan as my husband to enjoy it.
I just need to find my own way of enjoying it. I’m a big eater, so I realized that I love the football food!
We make cheese balls, cheese dips, veggie platters, meatballs, chicken on the grill and anything else you can think of. Of course, I have to have a chilled bottle of wine (or sometimes rum with pineapple) to go with all of that food.
Once gametime comes around, we have all of our food ready to go!
What fall activities or traditions do you and your family have?