18 Fall Activities for Frugal Family Fun
Make lasting memories with all the changing season has to offer while sticking to a budget.
Have a fall movie night
Choose one of these lovable Halloween movies for kids. Serve popcorn with candy corn mixed in and hot chocolate or warm apple cider to drink.
Get your fill of corn
Take a spin in a corn maze, or buy some locally grown corn while it’s still in season. Spice things up with one of these unique grilled corn recipes.
Decorate your house
See how many uses you can find for pine cones
They’re everywhere in the fall, so it’s good that pine cones are so versatile. Paint them, put them in a bowl for an instant centerpiece, or make your own scented pine cones. And find out the best places to spot fall foliage in America.
Roast pumpkin seeds
If you’re carving pumpkins, you’ll have tons of unused pumpkins seeds, especially if everyone in your family carves one. Simply wash them, toss them in olive oil, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Here are some free pumpkin carving stencils.
Camp in your backyard
Take out the tent and spend a night under the stars—and just steps from indoor plumbing. If it’s too cold, build a fort inside and sleep there for the night.
Make thankful turkeys
Make a paper turkey by tracing your hand on construction paper and cutting it out. Write one thing you’re grateful for on each finger. Then go around and have everyone share what they wrote. You can also use the turkey hands to answer other questions, like five things you’d take with you on a desert island or five places you want to visit anywhere in the world. Here are 10 ideas for a fun fall getaway.