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30 Fun Fall Bucket List Ideas for Your Family

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What are some fun ideas to add to my fall bucket list?

So it might not officially be fall, but I’m ready! I’ve slowly been incorporating my long-sleeved shirts and sweaters into my wardrobe.

This is the first year my little guy will be big enough to run and play in the leaves, so I started making a fall bucket list of all the things we have to do to make this season so special. And since I was already making a list, I decided I would share it with you!

So many of the ideas listed here can easily become a yearly tradition for your family, so try them all and find what you love.

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What should I do this fall?

There are so many things to do in the fall, and the best thing is you get do them all in your favorite scarf, sweater and boots!

Fall is a great time to get out of your house with your kiddos and experience the beautiful colors, wonderful smells, and amazing, tasty food and beverages of the season.

I’ve rounded up the 30 things you need to add to your fall bucket list this year, or just print ours and check it off as you go.

What should I put on my fall bucket list?

Fall Bucket List: Celebrate Fall Ideas

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1. Attend a fall festival

Fall festivals are a great way to get in the spirit of the season and check a bunch of things off of your fall bucket list while you’re there.

Most festivals have music, good fall food, and a pumpkin patch. If you’re lucky, you can find one that offers hayrides, a corn maze, and pumpkin painting as well.

2. Visit a pumpkin patch

First thing that comes to mind in the fall is pumpkins, so make sure you visit a pumpkin patch.

Whether you’re just taking photos or are selecting the perfect pumpkin for carving, nothing says fall like a day at the pumpkin patch. Maybe you can find one that offers hot chocolate or apple cider. (YUM!)

3. Go for a hayride

So this one kind of ties in with that trip to the pumpkin patch, since you will most likely get to take a hayride out to the pumpkin field.

But if not, don’t let that stop you from finding another way to sneak in a good old-fashioned hayride. Many local farms offer fall hayrides.

4. Go apple picking

Maybe pumpkins aren’t your thing. Then I suggest a day of apple picking.

Usually, you get a bucket to fill at your own pace as you make your way through the grounds. Many offer other activities as well. And best of all, you can enjoy your own homemade apple pie!

5. Get lost in a corn maze

It was 35 years before I entered my first corn maze and let me tell you: I was impressed.

This is not just some hay bale maze you can easily find your way out of. Corn mazes can be acres deep and lots of fun for you and your kiddos to explore.

Fall Bucket List: Pumpkin Ideas

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6. Pick a pumpkin

Since visiting a pumpkin patch is already on your fall bucket list, make sure to pick your favorite pumpkin while you’re there.

Kids will love finding their favorite in a sea of golden pumpkins, but don’t be afraid to get one for yourself (mom and dad). Once you have kids, you get to experience everything through their eyes, so don’t forget to have a little fun of your own while you’re at it.

Oh, and if you didn’t make it to a pumpkin patch this year, pick out some pumpkins at the grocery store. You’re going to need them for the next couple ideas on your fall bucket list, and they are great to decorate with outdoors.

7. Carve a pumpkin

Get a pumpkin, a pumpkin carving kit, and some inspiration. Then get to work!

Grab a blanket to give your little ones a front row seat to the pumpkin carving event or get your older kiddos in on the fun. And remember to save those pumpkin seeds for a roasted treat later.

8. Paint a pumpkin

If your kids are smaller or if you have some artists in your family, you may have more fun painting pumpkins.

Get some pumpkin paints and let your creative juices flow all over your pumpkins. Get inspiration from your favorite movie, Halloween character, or create a gratitude pumpkin.

Fall Bucket List: Nature Ideas

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9. Play in leaves

My son has enjoyed playing with leaves since he was 15 months, so I’m super excited to rake up piles of leaves for him to jump in this fall.

And if I’m being honest, I’m excited to jump in some myself. Leaves are great for sensory development, and just an all-around good time.

Related: 21 Ideas If Your Baby Hates Tummy Time

10. Build a bonfire

It’s the last days of good weather, when the nights are just starting to get crisp and cool. And it makes for perfect bonfire weather.

Grab a blanket, some hot dogs and marshmallows, and spend some time catching up and keeping warm by the fire.

11. Go for a fall drive to see the leaves

The best thing about fall has to be the changing leaves, so it’s a perfect way to spend time with your family.

Pack everyone in the car and head to your favorite green spot: a park, a lake, or anywhere in the country. Pack a picnic lunch or some hot chocolate for an even more enjoyable trip.

12. Go camping

It’s the last time this year to get in a camping trip before the cold weather makes it impossible.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of camping (I know I’m not), you can always throw up a tent in your backyard, prepare a bonfire, make some campfire foods, and still have access to a bathroom.

13. Take a nature hike

As the leaves fall off the trees, it makes it easier to walk through the woods.

Find a local trail, so as not to get lost. Then pick up some leaves along the way to identify and press into a book. Or look for pinecones to create a fun, fall craft. Or just enjoy the time outside enjoying nature and your family.

14. Prepare a scavenger hunt

Whether it’s fall-themed or holiday-themed, in your backyard or all over your neighborhood, a scavenger hunt is a fun way to get your kids out enjoying the fall weather.

fall bucket list: road through autumn forest

Fall Bucket List: Fall Food Ideas

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15. Have a picnic

Grab a comfy blanket and head outdoors for a beautiful fall picnic. This is something fun you can do right in your own backyard or pack a picnic to take on your fall drive.

16. Enjoy some chili

Whether you make your own chili or have a bowl at one of those fall festivals, chili is a great warm-you-up food.

17. Make s’mores

Whether you have a bonfire or use your microwave, you have to add some s’mores to your fall bucket list for a sweet treat. Let your kiddos stack their own to find their favorite combination.

18. Bake a (pumpkin or apple) pie

Use those pumpkins or apples you picked and turn them into a pie.

Or if you’re not a make-it-from-scratch kind of person, get a frozen pie and heat it up in the oven. The smells are just too wonderful to keep out of your kitchen.

19. Enjoy some hot chocolate

When the cold weather hits hardest, snuggle up and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Have some while you’re picking pumpkins or apples. Throw in a handful of marshmallows. Enjoy it to the last drop!

Fall Bucket List: Holiday Ideas

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20. Find the perfect Halloween costume

It’s not just kids who get to enjoy becoming someone else for a few nights out of the year. Once you find the perfect costume for your kiddos, don’t forget to find one for yourself.

Whether it’s a Halloween party or out trick-or-treating, your kids will be excited to see you dress up as well. This could even be the year you create a family costume.

21. Give Halloween gifts or a boo basket

Gift giving doesn’t have to be just for Christmas or birthdays.

Halloween gift giving doesn’t have to be anything big. A few small items or snacks is all you need.

You could even do a boo basket for your neighbors or co-workers. Get your kiddos to help make some homemade treats to share with someone you love.

Related: 19 Perfect Halloween Gifts for Babies

22. Read some Halloween books

To get your kiddos super excited for the upcoming holiday, read some Halloween books. Check out our list of 35 Spooky Halloween Books for Toddlers.

Related: 30 Delightful Thanksgiving Books for Toddlers

23. Tell spooky stories

The perfect pastime of a bonfire is telling spooky stories. Of course, you want them to be age appropriate.

A great alternative to a traditional spooky story is to have each member of your family tell the next line of the story. That way it’s only as scary as each person makes it.

Related: 13 Super Creepy Things to do on Halloween at Home

24. Enjoy a scary movie

So if you still have small kiddos, you don’t want anything too scary. (Save those for after bedtime.)

Better options for smaller kids would be Nightmare Before Christmas or Monsters, Inc. While it’s not technically a Halloween movie, monsters are Halloween-themed and it’s not a too scary movie for those little ones.

You could even watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, for something short and light-hearted.

25. Prepare for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a busy day, especially if you’re hosting. So take some of that busyness away by preparing early.

Make a list for your meal ideas, guest list, cleaning schedule, and if anyone else is bringing anything.

Get your kids involved by having them make place cards, teaching them how to properly set a table, fold napkins, or even baking pies.

Related: Fun Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Bucket List

Fall Bucket List: Creative Ideas

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26. Decorate your home

I love decorating for fall because you can easily add to those decorations for all the fall holidays.

Put out some pumpkins or mums in some cute planters. Add some cobwebs and ghosts for Halloween. Then some scarecrows and cornstalks for Thanksgiving.

You can put up your decorations as early as September, then just add and remove things as needed.

27. Create a fall craft

My favorite fall craft is making a wreath for the front door. But if you’re a little more crafty, you could knit a scarf or sweater.

It’s also a great time of year to organize your summer photos and create a photo book before the holidays are in full swing. Get your kiddos involved by making a pinecone craft or some artsy fall leaves.

Fall Bucket List: Memory Making Ideas

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28. Plan a fall photo shoot

Whether you book a professional photo shoot or do it yourself, take time to capture these memories with your kids and your spouse. We only get a limited number of holidays and years together with our families, so make the memories and take the pictures.

Take pictures while attending those fall events, while painting pumpkins, while playing in leaves, while wearing Halloween costumes and look back over those memories for years to come.

29. Snuggle under a blanket

At the end of the day, take time to snuggle with your spouse and kids. Whether it’s after your trip to the pumpkin patch or after a rough day at school or work, snuggling under a blanket is a great way to destress for both kids and adults.

30. Take time for self care

With all the to-do lists, the beginning of a new school year, holidays on the way, and checking things off of your fall bucket list, you need to remember to take time for yourself.

Use our list of 25 Uplifting Autumn Self Care Ideas to find something to bring you peace. And don’t forget fall is a great time to teach your kids about self care as well.


There you have it: the 30 fun fall bucket list ideas you can do with your kids. Get out there and have some fun! Don’t forget to get your copy of our fall bucket list, so you can start crossing things off.

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