Do you have a fall family bucket list? We've never made one before now but I thought this year, it might be kind of fun. Full disclosure: we don't really have fall in Texas, although we like to pretend that we do. Sure, we have pumpkin patches and girls in sweaters sipping pumpkin spice lattes…only it's a gazillion degrees here well into October and those girls wearing sweaters are…well, sweating! But sweltering hot temps or not, fall is still here, there, and everywhere and here are some fun ideas for your fall family bucket list, no matter where you live.
25 Fun ideas for your fall family bucket list
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
I hate carving pumpkins, I'll just put that out there. I hate the smell of the pulp and getting all of the seeds and “pumpkin guts” on my hands. I do like pumpkin seeds, or, as we call them around here, pepitas. You know, I have never roasted pumpkin seeds from one of our pumpkins, though. We always buy our pepitas at the store. I know my kids will really like this so we're going to give it a go this year. We'll be trying this recipe this year!
Visit a Corn Maze
This is is super-fun site….just enter your zip code and it will bring up the corn mazes in your area. Check it out HERE.
My husband always does a great job carving pumpkins. I always enjoy seeing what he creates but this is so out of my wheelhouse it isn't even funny. I don't have the patience for that kind of detail work, but if you do, this might be a fun project to tackle. Learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro HERE.
Bake a Homemade Pumpkin Pie
I'll admit to being a Mrs. Smith's girl but I'm sure there'd be a huge sense of accomplishment (AKA mucho bragging) if I managed to turn out one of these homemade beauties. If you want to give it a try this year, this homemade pumpkin pie recipe is great!
Rake Leaves and Jump in the Pile
Yes, you have to rake them again, but the kids have so much fun with this one.
Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch
This website lists pumpkin patches by state.
Go Apple Picking
This website lists places where you can pick your own apples by state
Make a Festive Fall Wreath
I swear, this is the year where I'm going to have something fall-like on my door. There are a lot of cool designs on Pinterest and if you go into any craft store this time of year, there is plenty of inspiration for fall decor. I love the simplicity of this awesome fall wreath. It looks easy and non-intimidating.
I love this craft. It's so simple and the way she's gone with one color scheme throughout is so chic. Check it out HERE for yourself.
Go to a Football Game
I live in Texas, so to say high school football is “a thing” here is a colossal understatement.
Bake Pumpkin Bread
Is there anything more delicious than pumpkin bread? Give the recipe a go and let me know your thoughts!
Make Candy or Caramel Apples
These are made with Milk Duds instead of regular caramels. How yummy does that sound? Your kids will love helping with this delicious recipe, too.
Make Your Own DIY Halloween Costume
Save some serious cash and make your own Halloween costume this year. I tell you all about how to do it HERE.
Tell Ghost Stories
If your kids can handle a little bit of scary, this site has an awesome collection of stories that's perfect for this time of year.
Have a Bonfire
There are very few things in the world that are better than sitting around a fire with your friends and family.
Make Homemade Chili
If you love chili, this is the recipe for you.
Learn to Crochet or Knit a Scarf
If learning to crochet or knit sounds a little ambitious, check this little gem of an idea out. It's a cute little scarf woven with a makeshift loom made of straws.
Make a Craft from Leaves
I love this simple craft idea and we're already saving our milk jugs to use. We don't have the pretty russet and golden leaves where I live but we'll improvise.
Have a Budget Halloween Party
We had a sort of spur of the moment Halloween party for our boys last year and I'm pretty sure we're going to do it again. This post has some great ideas if you're looking to save money. We didn't spend much money on our party, either, so I know you don't need to be extravagant to have fun.
Collect Acorns and Pinecones
There are a lot of live oaks in our area and my kids love collecting acorns. I've thought about painting them gold and putting them in a mason jar with a pretty ribbon.
Mums on your front porch always look so inviting. Get the down low on how to get that look HERE.
Decorate Your Front Porch
Speaking of mums on your front porch, here are some other great ideas for even more decorations for the front of your home.
Make Homemade Apple Cider
My husband LOVES apple cider. We've been buying a powdered mix for years that we doctor with spices and cinnamon sticks. How fun would it be to surprise him with a batch of homemade? This recipe looks like a stellar one!
Go on a Hike and Take Fun Family Photos
We don't have near this level of fall scenery but this is one that's on our must-do list this year. We have our hiking spot all picked out – we've just been waiting on some cooler temps to be able to go. I love the photo inspiration in this post!
Take a Hayride
Is it even Fall if you don't get to take a hayride?
Boo Friends and Neighbors
I've been on the receiving end of being booed and it's so much fun. I sort of dropped the ball on paying it forward but now that my boys are a little older, this is the kind of thing they'd really have fun with. Find out how to join and play along HERE.
Make a Fall Coloring Book
I'm not sure what I did before the internet had free printable coloring pages for me to download. This site has some really cute fall and Halloween pages.
Make Halloween Toilet Paper Tube Crafts
I LOVE toilet paper tube crafts. They're so easy. The materials are cheap so you're not worried about being painstakingly perfect. Here are some adorable Halloween craft ideas – I love the mummies.
Make an Autumn Lantern from a Mason Jar
This craft is so unique and fun. Did I mention easy as well?!
Make a Button Pumpkin
One word…adorable. You'll love how cute and fun this button pumpkin craft is.