The picturesque shades of red and orange, pumpkin spice lattes, the rustling sound of the leaves dancing across the pavement… fall is truly a magical season!
As the temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time to get some fresh air and make the most of this joyful season.
From going on a bird-watching hike, jumping in a pile of leaves, or building a DIY scarecrow, to making your own at-home pumpkin spice lattes, and taking a haunted tour, I’ve come up with a list of fun activities to keep your kids happy, active, and entertained.
1. Get Creative
Get some spooky party favors and hide them in the backyard or around the house. Don’t forget to add a few edible treats, toys, and accessories like Halloween snap bracelets, blood slime, trick-or-treat chapstick, or pumpkin soap. Scavenger hunts are an epic way to get your kids moving. Come up with a few clever clues and send them on an epic Halloween scavenger hunt.
2. Enjoy Nature
Go on a scenic autumn hike with the kids and watch the lovely fall colors in full swing. Explore breathtaking mountain views and let the birds serenade you as you run into all kinds of flowers, plants, deer, and miles of emerald green forests.
3. Collect Pinecones
Fall is the perfect season to collect pinecones, leaves, and acorns to make cute Halloween decorations to put around the house. You can turn pinecones into owls, hedgehogs, Christmas trees, and even bats!
4. Make A Scarecrow
Making your own scarecrow with recycled materials is a fun and easy activity to do on a rainy day. You can dress it up with clothes you’re not using anymore or head to your local thrift store to find overalls, rain boots, a hat, and a plaid jacket. Here’s a fun tutorial that shows the step-by-step process.
5. Leaf Jump
Is there a better way to spend the afternoon than by jumping in a crunchy pile of leaves? An autumnal rite of passage, playing with leaf piles (and jumping on them!) is a simple way for the little ones to stay active and get some fresh air.
6. Get Crafty
After the kids are done playing with the leaves, collect them to make a leaf crown or wreath to hang on your front door. All you’ll need is a paper plate, some glue, scissors, and lots of colorful leaves. Here’s an easy tutorial that’s great for all ages.
7. Make Caramel Apples
Make caramel apples with the kids and share them with your friends and neighbors. Add a little oomph by adding some toppings like popcorn, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and marshmallows.
8. Bake Pies
Have an apple pie baking contest among the kids. You can split the family into groups and try different recipes. Whoever bakes the most delicious apple treat wins a special surprise!
9. Visit a Haunted House
Does your family love a good ghost story? Embrace the underworld by visiting one of America’s real-life haunted houses. Your children will be in awe at the frightening tales of paranormal activity behind these locations. If you can’t afford to travel right now, see if there are any ghost tours in your town.
10. Bring Out The Pumpkins
Do you struggle to find a cool activity to keep the kids entertained for a few hours? Invite a few friends over and have a fun-filled pumpkin carving party! You can also skip the whole carving mess and stick to decorating, gluing, and painting. There are tons of alternative ways to decorate pumpkins that are mess-free and even more creative ways to play with pumpkins as well.
While there are many more activities that you can do, such as visiting fall festivals, keeping kids active and busy in the fall should be no hard feat.