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28 Fall Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

Enjoy every minute of the crisp autumn season with these must-do activities.

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Pick your own produce

Head over to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch to bring home produce you literally handpick. Not only can you enjoy your tasty takings, but it’s a great bonding activity for kids and grownups alike. Find out where to find the best pumpkin patch in every state.

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Visit a farmers’ market

Heading to a local farmers' market is one of our all-time favorite fall activities! People often consider this one a summer outing but there are still a few months left to enjoy seasonal, locally grown food from a farmers’ market. Bring your pickings back, and get creative with apples, beets, leeks, parsnips, and mushrooms—all of which are best in the fall.

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Make caramel apples

Autumn is apple season, making it the perfect time to enjoy some sweet, sticky caramel apples. Invite some friends over, and set up a dipping bar with crushed peanuts, granola, white chocolate chips, and more. If you prefer dipping slices to whole fruits, use this simple trick to keep apples from browning.

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Play in the leaves

Raking your backyard will seem like much less of a chore when you turn the work into prep for fall activities like barreling full force into a pile of leaves. Even if you don’t have kids, let your inner child out while diving into the soft leaves.

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Cozy up your house

Get in the mood of the season by making your home décor cozier as the air outside turns brisk. Drape a fuzzy blanket over your sofa, and add some mustard yellow or sienna throw pillows. Check out these tips for decorating your bedroom for fall.

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Make leaf art

Gather the prettiest fallen leaves, then press and varnish them to make them last. Mount your pressed leaves in frames for a pretty, autumn-inspired artwork that you’ll want to keep up all year.

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Watch a scary movie

Fright night gives you an excuse to turn off all the lights while you huddle under a blanket for a scary movie date. We bet your partner won’t mind you cuddling close during the most suspenseful parts. Or read some of these creepy true stories that happened on Halloween.

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Nosh on Halloween candy

You might be too old to trick or treat, but you’re definitely not too old to enjoy sweets. Steal (just a few!) pieces from your kid’s stash, or stock up with a big bag during the post-Halloween markdowns.

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Carve a pumpkin

Get your creative juices flowing by decorating a pumpkin. Stick with the traditional jack-o’-lantern, or carve a unique picture into your squash with these 31 pumpkin carving stencils. If knives make you nervous, decorate yours with paint instead, or try your hand at these 11 genius hacks for carving a jack-o'-lantern.

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Roast pumpkin seeds

Don’t throw out the seeds from your jack-o’-lantern. Clean off the major chunks of pulp, toss them with oil or butter and seasonings, then bake them at 300°F for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll end up with a tasty, fiber-rich snack that you can enjoy alone or throw into soups and salads for a bit of crunch.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest