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A walk through nature during fall is a great way to enjoy the cooler temperatures, changing leaves and bright colors. While out on your walk, you can collect fallen leaves to use for artistic leaf rubbings; or grab a few pine-cones to create homemade bird feeders with. There are also tons of fun crafts you can make with acorns, so be sure to bring home a few of them, too!
Fall is apple season, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting an orchard and picking your own apples? PickYourOwn.org can help you find a “You Pick” location near you. After your family trip to the orchard, you can use the apples you picked to make delicious cider, applesauce, apple butter, caramel apples, or of course, homemade apple pie!
A visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins is a classic fall activity the entire family will enjoy. Be sure to take a camera, as a pumpkin patch is a great spot for fall family pictures! Once you’ve picked out your gourds, why not have a family pumpkin-carving party? You could also make delicious from-scratch pumpkin treats, like this homemade pumpkin pie!
You’ll often find that local farms begin to offer hay rides or create elaborate corn mazes around this time of year. These are great places to take the family for a day full of fall-themed fun. Some farms offer a “haunted” version of their hayrides and mazes when the sun goes down. If your kids are older and good with scares, consider bringing them along for this spookier activity! MazePlay.com can help you locate a corn maze close to you.
Kids of all ages will enjoy curling up on the couch and having a Halloween movie marathon. There are a multitude of family-friendly Halloween movies to choose from, including classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! and Hocus Pocus; and newer films like Hotel Transylvania and Disney-Pixar’s Coco. Check out this list for movie suggestions, and be sure to pop a big bowl of popcorn to enjoy while you watch!
As the weather gets colder, more people are in need of shelter and a hot meal. Fall is a great time to remind your family how important it is to give back, and a great way to do this is by volunteering together at a soup kitchen or similar organization. Research local charities near you looking for volunteers and spend a few hours helping those less fortunate. Feeding America’s Food Bank Locator can help you find one!