Whether you want to spend as much time indoors as possible during the chilly weather, or if you’re an outdoor adventurer, you’ll find plenty of fall activities on this list for the whole family.

Haystack Bowling

Haystack bowling is the perfect fall outdoor game! Line up haystacks on two sides to create a bowling lane. At the end, set up ten bowling pins. For a fall bonus, grab a round pumpkin to use as your bowling ball.

Leaf Hunt

Inspire your kids to get outside, practice a little math and enjoy the beauty of the season with a fall leaf hunt. Create red, green, orange and yellow leaf cards and encourage your kids to find the leaves that match the pictures. By matching colored leaves to their appropriate color on the cards, kids are learning how to categorize items which is a basic math concept for young children.

This is also a good activity for younger kids to practice their counting skills. Have them count the number of each leaf color or the total numbers of leaves.

Branch Mobile

With all the leaves that your kids collected, you can get crafty and make a branch mobile. For this easy activity, grab a branch from the yard and get some thread or string that’s the same color as the wall you’ll be hanging the mobile on. Simply tie the string to the stem of the leaf, and then tie the other end to the branch. You can hang as many or as few leaves as you like from the branch. Easy peasy!

Pumpkin Shadow Box

Take pumpkin carving to the next level with a shadow box.

Supplies Needed:

  • Carve-able craft pumpkins

  • Black card stock

  • Tea lights

  • Clay

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Transparent thread

  • Hot Glue

  • Scissors or exacto knife

Step one: Carve out a large circle on the front of your carve-able pumpkin with a knife.

Step two: Cut out whatever shapes you want to use inside for your scene with the card stock. Try a haunted house, a bat, a jack-o-lantern and a picket fence. They can all be used together!

Step three: With your shapes cut out, place a layer of clay on the bottom of your pumpkin. For the larger items, use popsicle sticks glued to the back to anchor them. Stick your larger pieces into the clay where you want them.

Step four: For the things you want hanging, hot glue a piece of the transparent thread to the back of the item and then hot glue the thread to the top of the pumpkin.

Step five: Place a tea light at the very back of the pumpkin to create a flicker!

Painted Acorns

All you need for this activity is acorns gathered from the yard, paint, paint brushes and varnish. Start by removing the top of the acorn. Then put a small amount of each paint color down on aluminum foil. Roll the acorns in the colors in random directions and let them dry. Then put the unpainted tops back on the acorns. To finish, roll the acorn through varnish to emphasize the color.

Have a Bonfire

A bonfire is a great way to bring family and friends together. Whether you roast marshmallows or tell ghost stories, gathering around a bonfire is a quintessential fall activity. Don’t forget the essentials:

  • Plenty of chairs for guests.

  • A fire extinguisher, just in case.

  • Marshmallows and marshmallow roasting sticks.

  • A guitar for sing alongs.

  • Food. Bonfire go-to’s include hamburgers, hot dogs, a veggie tray, and chips.

  • Drinks. Have a separate table for the kids and the adults.

Visit a Corn Maze

There are plenty of corn mazes to choose from during the fall months. Corn mazes are large puzzles that you walk through. Farms take cornfields and cut paths into them with loops and dead ends. Because the corn is usually taller than you are, it’s easy to get lost!

Have a Picnic at the Park

If you come across a day over the weekend with beautiful fall weather, enjoy it outside with a picnic in the park. Whether you just need an excuse to enjoy the great outdoors, or you’re just wanting to get out and about with family or friends, planning a picnic takes the pressure off of trying to be the perfect hostess; nature is the best hostess of all!

Go Apple Picking

Local orchards are ready to welcome once-a-year harvesters of all ages. Not only does apple picking give you a chance to stretch your legs, but it's a great way to bond with family or friends while you discover where your favorite foods come from.

Bake a Fresh Apple Pie

Just get done apple picking? If you’re looking at the basket full of apples you just brought home wondering what do with them, look no further. Make the most of your bounty and do what anyone would do—if you have a lot of apples, you make a lot of apple pies!

As you can see, fall is one of the best times for activities! The weather is chilly enough that you can throw on a light jacket and enjoy the outdoors, but not too cold that you’re longing for a warm blanket on the couch by the fire. Pick one, or ten, of these activities for a fall you’ll never forget!