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  • Writer's pictureKirsten Smith

Fun Fall Activities You Can Try With Your Kids on an Autumn Day

Fall is filled with fun activities that you and your children can enjoy together. If you aren’t sure what to do with your kids during the fall months, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll be going over some of the best fall activities for kids here. From fun indoor crafts and baking to outdoor adventures, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the autumn season this year!

1. Visit A Pumpkin Patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a classic autumn activity! Take your kids to the local pumpkin patch or a nearby farm. Then scout out the best pumpkins to bring home. Whether you plan on decorating your front porch, carving jack-o-lanterns, or simply want to do something festive this fall, a pumpkin patch is one of the best ways to spend time with your kids on an autumn day.

2. Attend Your Local Fall Festival

Fall festivals can be found all over the country. These fun family-oriented festivals will be a blast for kids that want a little adventure during the weekend! You can go on hay rides, navigate your way through a corn maze, bob for apples, zip line, eat delicious food, and do tons of other fun fall activities for kids. Just do a quick search online to see when your local town or city is hosting its annual fall festival.

3. Watch a Halloween-Themed Movie

As the weather starts to cool down, you might find yourself spending more time indoors with your kids. Outdoor activities are great for the daytime when it’s a little warmer, but if you need something to do at night, try watching a movie.

My family and I love watching a good fall themed movie! There are a lot of great autumn-themed and Halloween-themed movies to choose from. So, get out your popcorn and your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in! If you need movie ideas, check out this list of fun Halloween and fall movies for kids here!

4. Carve a Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving is a fall tradition that any family can enjoy! From experience, I know carving pumpkins can get a little messy, especially with younger children. This is a great way to get creative and decorate your home with beautiful jack-o-lanterns and cutely designed pumpkins made by your kids! You can find some fun pumpkin carving design ideas here.

5. Make a Tasty Fall Treat

If you're having cravings for sweet treats on an autumn day, why not make some delicious baked goods with your family? The fall season is packed full of festive flavors and mouth-watering desserts. You can even bake some of these treats with your kids.

Baking is a great way to bond with your family and discover the joys of cooking. Some autumn recipes I suggest trying out include:

  • Apple Cider Doughnuts

  • Pumpkin or Apple Pie

  • Pumpkin Bread

  • Maple Leaf Cookies

  • Gingersnaps

  • Homemade Caramel Apples

For more fall baking ideas follow these links. I found some great instructions for kid-friendly snacks here and fall baking recipes at this site.

6. Create Fall-Themed Crafts

I love having fall-themed decorations around my home. In my opinion, the best decorations come from the heart. Think about making some simple but festive-looking arts and crafts with your kids when they get bored or the weather is bad. There are plenty of ways for your family to get their creative juices flowing. You can try some of these fun fall crafts for kids here:

  • Leaf people

  • Fall tree art

  • Handprint turkeys

  • Pumpkin slime

  • Painted acorns

  • Fall Leaf Lanterns

If you need more craft ideas for your kids, try looking at this page that I found.

7. Make Your Own Halloween Costumes

What if you could save money and turn your kid's Halloween costumes into a fun DIY project? With a little bit of imagination and work, you and your kids can make a great costume for trick-or-treating and other Halloween-related activities.

Here are some ideas for easy DIY Halloween costumes you can make with your family this year. There are tons of options available and kids will love making their own costumes!

8. Go on a Nature Walk

Sometimes, I need a break from indoor activities to get some fresh air. Staying indoors is definitely comfortable. I know I love staying inside my warm house, but going into nature can help keep families active, healthy, and happy. Plan a walk at your local park or a national park to really enjoy the natural beauty of fall.

9. Rake Leaves

Most kids aren’t that excited about doing chores, especially chores outside. But, you can make one specific chore a little more fun. Have your kids rake up all the leaves in your yard, then jump into them and watch the red yellow and orange leaves scatter in the air.

You can even collect the leaves you rake and make them into fun fall crafts. My kids like to collect and press leaves into books every year. You can try this activity out too.

10. Decorate Your Home

Kids loves decorating! You can make a plan with them and decide how you will decorate your home for the fall season. Put pumpkins on your porch, haystacks, scarecrows, flowers, lanterns, and other fall-themed items. There are so many fun options to choose from!

If your family is excited about all things Halloween and wants to get started early, go to the store and find spooky items. Kids will have a great time placing graveyards, ghosts, cobwebs, skeletons, and other fun Halloween decorations inside and outside your home.

11. Camp In Your Backyard or In Nature

Camping in the summer might seem like a better idea. Fall camping is actually the best time to set up a tent and enjoy nature with your family. The weather is cooler so you don’t have to worry about overheating. Mosquitoes and other bugs are less likely to bother you, and the scenery of autumn is breathtaking!

For the ultimate camping experience, go to nature park or you can make things easier for yourself and pitch a tent in your backyard.

12. Try Painting Pumpkins

If pumpkin carving is too much of a mess or your kids are too young to handle carving tools, try painting pumpkins instead. Kids can use all kinds of colors to make unique pumpkin designs. They can also put stickers on their pumpkins and use markers if they really want to reduce any messes! Here are a few pumpkin painting designs that I found online.

13. Take Family Photos

I love taking family photos on a beautiful fall day! Consider going out into nature or visiting a pumpkin patch to capture the perfect photo for a family portrait. Kids might not think that this is the most fun fall activity, but you can use these family photos for your next holiday card!

14. Go to The Farmers Market

Your local Farmers Market is a great place to get fresh produce and gather ingredients for a hearty feast. You can even teach your kids about the fall harvest and show them which fruits and vegetables grow during this season.

Stop by various booths and talk to the farmers with your kids. They can ask questions about farming, cultivating crops, and cooking. Farmers' markets are one of the best ways to support your local community and those who farm!

15. Visit A Haunted House

Haunted houses are another fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. I’m not the biggest fan of getting scared, and this activity might not be suited for all children, depending on their age. Families with older kids can visit a local haunted house.

If you plan on bringing your whole family, even younger kids, I suggest doing a little bit of research about the haunted house ahead of time. This way you can make sure it's not too scary. If your kids aren’t into haunted houses, try creating your own haunted house at home as a fun fall craft project.

16. Go to The Bookstore or The Library

Finally, cozy up to a good book with your family this fall. I love going to my local bookstore or the library to find books for my kids. You can even read fall-themed books so your kids can learn more about autumn. Here are a few book suggestions you can try reading with your kids this fall.

Final Thoughts on Fall Outings With Your Kids

Fall is the perfect time to kick back and take the time to really bond with your family. With so many different fall-themed activities to try out this Autumn season, you might not know where to start. Luckily, I talked about some amazing fall outings you can try out in the upcoming months.

I hope you and your family get the chance to make beautiful memories with each other this fall. Hopefully, this blog helped you find something that will work for you and your family!

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