21 Fun Photos That Prove Fall Is Every Child’s Favorite Season
Whether it’s raking leaves, picking pumpkins, or dressing up on everyone’s favorite spooky holiday, these photos are sure to get your inner kid ready for fall.
Pumpkins for sale
Courtesy Kathy Zivicki
“I don’t remember how many pumpkins we sold or how much money we made, but we sure had a lot of fun. The local newspaper…sent a photographer to take our picture. Some of our neighborhood friends came over to see what was going on, and they happily joined the photo. We were really excited to see ourselves in the paper.”—Kathy Zivicki, Oak Creek, WI, Reminisce October/November 2016
Courtesy Diane Gould
“My three boys and their cousins had a great time playing after my sister raked the leaves into a big pile.”—Diane Gould, Livermore, ME, Country Extra November 2014
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Courtesy Phyllis Y. Guth
“Friends (from left) Sandy, Phyllis, Betty and Molly, enthusiastic trick-or-treaters, get set for their school party in the 1940s.”—Phyllis Y. Guth, Whitehall, PA, Reminisce October/November 2016
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Apple of my eye
Courtesy Arthur Cordeiro
Arthur Cordeiro of Cypress Inn, Tennessee, loves going apple picking with his granddaughter Quinn.—Arthur Cordeiro, Cypress Inn, TN, Country Extra September 2014
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Bouncing through the bales
“On a visit to a Kansas farm, my grandkids and their friends found a fun new way to play in the hay. From left are granddaughter Gracie, friend Lauryn, grandson Cooper and friend Madisyn.”—Shelly Bell, Sapulpa, OK, Country August/September 2015
Courtesy Juda Woods Hamlin
“The autumn aroma of wood smoke still brings me thoughts of pumpkins ripening in the fields and the approach of Halloween and Thanksgiving. The memories evoked by a smell, a sound, a taste, a sight or a touch can gladden the heart….The memory of running barefoot down a path to feed the chickens on a sunny day and hearing the cheep-cheep of baby chicks [summons] a gentler time.” —Juda Woods-Hamlin, Vincennes, IN, Country October/November 2014
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Thankful for family
Courtesy Ali Blumenthal
Gary Richards (holding the ball) and his two brothers always looked forward to seeing their six cousins on Thanksgiving. “Every year,” he says, “the Richards clan traveled from several states to be together at Grandma’s on that special day.”—Gary Richards, Reminisce Extra November 2015
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Courtesy Geri Pollick
“My grandchildren thought it would be funny to hide behind the pumpkins they picked.”—Geri Pollick, New Kensington, PA, Country October/November 2014
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Courtesy James Eleanor Bowers
“My grandson Matthew smiles big as he poses on the porch in his handsome Halloween duds just before he was taken trick-or-treating. He looks so happy, it’s hard to say who had the bigger grin, Matthew or the jack-o’-lantern next to him!”—Eleanor Bowers, Broadus, MT, Country October/November 2015
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Even the chores are fun!
Courtesy Bob Dodson
“Even city kids, like my friends’ son Fisher, enjoy a bit of fall fun in the country.” —Robert Dodson, Colorado Springs, CO, Country Extra November 2014
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I’ll never “leaf” your side
Courtesy Katrina Grover
“Two-year-old Corbin and I had a wonderful time chasing each other around the yard on a beautiful fall day.”—Katrina Grover, Perham, MN, Country Extra November 2015
The harvest crew
Courtesy Adam Boddicker
“All the cousins gathered after a successful visit to the pumpkin patch.”—Adam Boddicker, Lebanon, IN, Country October/November 2016
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Courtesy Kevin Marsh
“My daughters, Madelyn (left) and Autumn, hide inside the 1,674-pound pumpkin that I grew.”—Kevin Marsh, Parker, SD, Country October/November 2015
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Courtesy Lucinda Moriarty
Who knows? Maybe a little magic will turn this little Cinderella trick-or-treater’s pumpkin into an elegant coach. “We host a Halloween party for our grandkids. Annin loved the pumpkin hunt.”—Lucinda Moriarty, East Hampton, CT, Country October/November 2015
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Now you see me…
Courtesy Landun Helms
“My nephew Landun found a leaf pile so big that we could only see his joyful face.”—Lana Gilbert, Waco, TX, Country Extra November 2015
You’ve really grown on me
Courtesy Heidi Brunk
“My boys, Ethan (left) and Bryce, couldn’t stop giggling about these twin pumpkins they found in our garden—the separate pumpkins shared a stem.”—Heidi Brunk, Radford, VA, Country October/November 2015
Snack and a hammock!
Courtesy Patsy Gauthier
This apple tree did double duty for Patsy Gauthier’s granddaughter Willow.—Patsy Gauthier, Suring, WI, Country Extra September 2015
Costume contest champions
Courtesy Jim Crawford
“The teachers at Newburgh Elementary School encouraged all of us students to dress up for the school Halloween party in 1951. First- through sixth-graders would show off their costumes to the seventh- and eighth-graders, who would vote for the grade with the best costumes…The winning class got a big treat—a penny sucker. Back then, Halloween was about kids having fun.”—Jim Crawford, Newburgh, IN, Reminisce October/November 2014
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Pick of the patch
Courtesy Heather Sugart
“My niece, Kelsey, wanted to take all of the pumpkins home, but her favorite was the gourd she could carry.”—Heather Swigart, East Pittsburgh, PA, Country October/November 2014
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Courtesy Cynthia Hodges
“When [my granddaughter] Sidney-Lynn offered to help me in the yard, I suggested that we could rake up some leaves. Of course, it wasn’t all work—we had to make time for play!”—Cynthia Hodges, Havana, Kansas, Country Extra November 2015
Perfect fall day
Courtesy Wende Barker
“After their bus dropped them off, these boys raced home, laughing as the trees led the way.”—Wende Barker, Spokane, WA, Country October/November 2014
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