Have a picnic surrounded by fall foliage
Who says picnics are just for spring and summer? Grab a blanket and head to a favorite park for a festive outdoor lunch (be sure to pick a spot near some changing trees). Pack these classic picnic recipes or your favorite seasonal meals.
You don’t need to live near one of America’s most stunning hiking trails for a memorable hiking experience. Find a trail near you and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. Plus, you’ll all get some well-earned exercise. Even a 15-minute walk has these powerful health perks.
Go on a scavenger hunt
While you’re on your fall hike or during a walk around the neighborhood, challenge your kids to find the most colorful leaf, the biggest acorn, the funniest-looking cloud, and other fall items to hunt for. Winner gets the first piece of pumpkin pie when you get home.
Go apple picking
Visiting a local orchard is a tasty excuse to get out of the house. When you get home, use your pickings to make apple pie, homemade applesauce, or other fall treats. (Check out these apple health benefits you didn’t know.)
Jump in leaf piles
This year, make raking leaves a competition. See who can make the biggest pile, and that’s the one you jump in first.
Make your own Halloween costumes
Spend a day planning and creating your Halloween costumes. You’ll save some cash, and you won’t be limited to whatever costumes are left at the store.
Visit a pumpkin farm
Pumpkin picking is a must in the fall. Firm pumpkins with sturdy stems take the longest to decay, so inspect them before you buy them. (Read more about the health benefits of pumpkin and its power to heal.) Many farms have hayrides and petting zoos, too. Bring a camera to document the family fun.
Carve (or decorate) pumpkins
Once you've picked out your pumpkins, it's time to carve. Cut your prep time in half by using an ice cream scoop to clean out the gunk. Then put your artistic skills to the test. Since carving may not be the safest activity for little ones, there’s always the option of no-carve pumpkin decorating. Check out these other must-have pumpkin carving hacks.
Host a sack race
In lieu of actual potato sacks, use large plastic bags or old pillowcases. Otherwise, tie ankles together and race that way.
Snuggle up for story time
Get in the Halloween spirit with by telling ghost stories, or have your kids make up their own.