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Epic Fall Bucket List ideas for Families (free Printable)

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The leaves are changing color and the air is getting cooler – fall is definitely in the air! As we prepare for the fall season, it’s a good time to start thinking about fun things to do with your family. If you’re looking for some ideas, we’ve put together a list of fall bucket list items that are perfect for bringing a little seasonal fun to your autumn. From pumpkin picking to visiting a haunted house, there’s something on this epic fall bucket list for everyone!

As the weather starts to cool down, it can be tough to plan from day to day what to do, or even wear. We’ve included an assortment of bucket list ideas for both indoors and outdoors! That way, no matter what the weather looks like, you’ll be prepared with something fun for your family to do.

Outdoor fall bucket list for families

Autumn is a beautiful time to be outdoors! These fall bucket list ideas are perfect for enjoying the cooler weather and all the wonderful colors of fall foliage.

  • Pick apples–bundle up the family and head outside for a fun day of apple picking!
  • Rake leaves and then play in them–it’s a classic autumn activity that can help you clean up your yard, and make a lot of fun. Don’t forget to jump in the piles once they are big.
  • Hayride–enjoy being pulled by horse-drawn carriages on your next hayride.
  • Canoeing or kayaking–just because the weather is getting cold, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being in the water. Take a quick jaunt around the lake and enjoy the beautiful fall colors.
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  • Fall festival–go to a local fall festival. Our kids school always does a fall festival, but there are many in our area every autumn.
  • Go for a drive to see the autumn leaves–looking for beautiful fall leaves was a favorite activity of my grandmother. It was something that she did every year. Go for a drive to find the most beautiful leaves, and then bring home a small branch to display on her table.
  • Climb a tree
  • Horseback riding
  • Corn maze
  • Bike a scenic trail–this is one of my favorite ways to see fall colors! There is a trail in my city that runs right next to the river and the leaves are gorgeous!
  • Go trick or treating–be sure to take a mom/dad tax!
  • Go target shooting
  • Walk through the cemetery and tell spooky stories
  • Go fishing
  • Bob for apples–add this to a party, or make it part of a family night!
  • Go to spook days at an amusement park–most amusement parks do some kind of spooky/fall themed time.
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Make a scarecrow
  • Start a Boo train with the neighbors–our kids love doing this! You leave a treat for neighbors! It’s fun to see the signs get passed on throughout the neighborhood!
  • Declutter your garage so it’s ready for winter–can you fit your car in the garage when it snows? Now is the time to get it ready!
  • Go on a road trip before snow and ice make driving more difficult!
  • Carve a pumpkin and leave your jack-o-lantern on the porch for Halloween!
  • Walk your neighborhood to enjoy the fall decorations–I love seeing all the cute pumpkins. Makes me nostalgic for my childhood!
  • Go to a pumpkin patch and learn about pumpkins. Short on time? Help your kids learn more about pumpkins here.
  • Do a turkey trot, zombie run, or other fun run as a family.
  • Visit a local farm.
  • Go geocaching.
  • Go to the zoo. Our zoo even does a Boo at the Zoo every October. Check with your local zoo to see if there are any fun events coming up!
  • Go camping before it gets cold. Need ideas for camping with kids? Read: Camping with Kids
  • Buy (or pick) sunflowers. I love growing sunflowers in our garden and then picking them for bouquets during the fall!
  • Go to a costume party or host your own!
  • Visit a pumpkin walk or other harvest festival.
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, food pantry, or even just cleaning up trash in your community.
  • Make a bonfire and eat smores.
  • Visit the farmers market and make it a fun outing! Grab the spiced donuts, check out the arts and crafts, and bring home as much produce as you can carry!
  • Go to a county fair and fill up on fried foods, fun shows, and check out all the local animals!
  • Plant bulbs for spring. It may not sound like the most fun activity, but you’ll love seeing the flowers bloom in the spring.
  • Stargaze–you’ll see different stars in autumn than you would in the spring and summer. Let the kids stay up late and enjoy the stars!
  • Collect acorns. Bonus points if you can show your kids how to turn them into a fun craft!
  • Go to a national park. The crowds will be less heavy during these cooler months, and you’ll see the wonders of nature in the autumn.
  • Go to a haunted house.
  • Go to a football game.
  • Play backyard football as a family.
  • Go for a walk. Grab a sweater and the entire family as you go for a walk around your neighborhood!
  • Go on a walking tour of your city. When was the last time you visited the shops in your local downtown area? With cooler weather, now is a great time to get outdoors!
  • Go hiking on a trail with autumn leaves. Some of my family’s favorite hikes have been in the fall months.
  • Take fall family pictures–family pictures are so fun when you add fall leaves to the scene! Not to mention it’s a great way to be prepared for Christmas cards!

Indoor fall bucket list fun for families

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Not everyone enjoys being outdoors in the cooler weather. If you’re looking for some fall fun that can be enjoyed indoors, we’ve got you covered! These fall bucket list ideas are perfect for rainy days or when you just want to enjoy some cozy time inside.

  • Make an apple crisp, apple pie, or applesauce.
  • Make soup for dinner.
  • Decorate for Halloween.
  • Watch a movie marathon of scary movies. Our kids love to watch Harry Potter, Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin, and Hocus Pocus!
Hocus Pocus (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy (Actors)
  • Make your own Halloween costume.
  • Eat a caramel apple.
  • Paint a pumpkin. Not sure how? This kit makes it easy for even those of us who aren’t artistic!
Klever Kits Halloween 3D Pumpkin Decorating Kit, Pumpkin Coloring Craft Kit with 10 Animal Designs,…
  • Halloween Value Pack.With this kit, you can create a total of 10 adorable pumpkin faces. The kit features an exciting range of animal designs, including Unicorn, Dinosaur, Cat, Bear, Owl, Puppy, Sloth, Shark, Elephant, and Red Panda. It includes 10 Foam stickers, 12 cans of 30ml acrylic paint in vibrant colors , 3 brushes, 10 sheets of Animal Face Tattoos, 4 glue points, and even a unicorn horn for a touch of enchantment.
  • Ignite Creative Sparks. Ignite your child’s imagination with our Pumpkin Coloring Craft Kit. This kit is designed to inspire creativity and allow kids to design and decorate their own unique pumpkin faces. From magical unicorns to fierce dinosaurs, the possibilities are endless. Watch as their artistic skills flourish and their pumpkins come to life. It’s a fun and engaging activity that will keep them entertained for hours.
  • Craft fall leaf rubbings with crayons, paper, and leaves.
  • Make a crisp or cobbler.
  • Rent a cabin for a weekend trip.
  • Get a fall pedicure.
  • Get a couples massage with your partner.
  • Restock your medicine cabinet so you are ready for cold and flu season.
  • Host a murder mystery party. This kit makes it easy to plan the whole thing!
Murder at The Roller Rink: an 80s Teen Murder Mystery Game | Flexible 4-20+ Players | in-Person &…
  • Interactive Murder Mystery Game: Play as a detective to solve the murder of a new kid at the roller rink in the 80s.
  • Play Virtually or In-Person: Printable game files included for both virtual and in-person play.
  • Host a Friendsgiving dinner.
  • Put flannel sheets on your bed. These cozy sheets look perfect for the cooler fall weather.
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  • COZY AND WARM – This cotton sheets made from ultra-soft and warm cotton flannel, features a fun novelty print in soft colors offers a charming and cozy update to your bedroom
  • ELASTIC POCKET – Our flannel bed sheet comes with all around elastic pocket, the fitted sheet fits up to 12 inches for Twin/TwinXL/Full, and 14 inches for Queen & King size mattresses
  • Get new cozy socks that you can wear with boots (or by themselves)
  • Read a Halloween picture book with your kids. My 3 year old’s favorite right now is this one!
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween: A Halloween Book for Kids
  • Schertle, Alice (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Make a craft.
KATOOM 12 Pack Wind Chime Kit for Kids,Fall Craft Leaves Make Your Own Leaf Wind Chime Decorative…
  • Immerse in Creativity : Let your kids’ imagination run wild with this wooden wind chime kit! The fall craft leaves provide a blank canvas for them to design and color their own unique leaf wind chime.
  • Engaging Educational Experience : Encourage your child’s creativity while honing their fine motor skills! The wind chime kit provides a hands-on,artistic learning opportunity that combines fun and education.
  • Host a party.
  • Take a candy tax from your kids.
  • Try a new pumpkin spice/apple cider dessert.
  • Go on a Halloween Scavenger Hunt.
  • Go on a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Make pumpkin cookies.
  • Participate in a chili cook off.
  • Burn a fall scented candle.
  • Plan for the holidays.
  • Read a book.
  • Wear your favorite sweater.
  • Sleep in!
  • Pull out your favorite cold weather blankets.
  • Put away summer clothes and get out autumn clothing.
  • Donate to a food pantry.
  • Do a fall home cleaning.
  • Cook a turkey.
  • Do a puzzle together.
  • Make a leaf craft.
  • Make pumpkin seeds.
  • Eat a spice donut.
  • Drink apple cider

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    There are so many fun fall activities that you can do with your family! We hope this fall bucket list has given you some great ideas to try out. No matter what you end up doing, spending time together as a family is sure to create lasting memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. Happy fall!

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