As the temperature outside is slowly but surely decreasing, some are sad that summer days are over. Others, however, cannot wait to enjoy the coziness of the fall and everything pumpkin-spice that only this season of the year offers. And with the school year back in full motion, adults are refocusing on what needs to be accomplished before this year is over. There is a limited time left to make memories in 2022! Read through our list of fall activities and decide what might be most fun for your family.
Autumn is also called fall because the leaves fall from the tree. But before they fall, we all get to enjoy the sight of an array of vibrant colors, also known as fall foliage. There are many ways in which you can enjoy this phenomenon of nature. From scenic drive or a hike to playing in the leaves and doing crafts with them. Forest is your best friend this time of the year. It is a peaceful place for mind and body and it offers lots of educational opportunities for little children who can collect leaves and pinecones, as well as learn about nature. And don’t forget that family photoshoot with the fall foliage as a background makes for wonderful Christmas cards.
Everyone deserves to put their feet up once in a while. If your weather app predicts an all-day rain during the weekend, turn it into a lazy one. Wear pajamas all day, ignore housework, and spend the day on the couch where you can take naps and binge watch Halloween themed movies such as Hocus Pocus or Hotel Transylvania. If your children get antsy, suggest making a blanket fort, complete a puzzle or color together. Finish off the lazy day with a family board game championship.
What would be a fall without a backyard bonfire? Plan a small get-together with friends or neighbors and spend the afternoon outside. You can make smores, drink hot cocoa, and even sleep in a tent. What an adventure for the kids! You can sing songs or tell scary stories by the fire. In the evening you can find constellations under the night sky.
Find a farm near or far and enjoy traditional fall activities such as a hay or pony ride, apple or pumpkin picking, and walking through a corn maze. Fall festivals at the farms usually offer a lot of entertainment for all ages.
When you go shopping, take a moment to choose fall-scented candles or essential oils that will make your home smell like fall. Ask children to help you decorate and display their fall artwork around the house. You can create a birdfeeder or knit a scarf together. Smaller children will have a ton of fun if you set up a playdate and let them decorate pumpkins or play with a cinnamon-scented playdough.
Active families shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in charitable fun runs that are typically 5 to 10k long. Going to a college football game is another great way to spend a fall day. Children not only get to see the competing teams, but also bands and cheerleaders, as well as run around and enjoy the fresh air.
Halloween is a popular autumn holiday and so it is unthinkable to not participate in some of the popular activities such as a haunted house, carving pumpkins, and trick or treating. With the rising costs of everything, consider creating your own costumes or face masks this year.
Taste the fall as you bite into a candy apple, leaf-shaped cookie, or drink a pumpkin spice latte. Take the courage to participate in a chili cook-off contest. You can also bond with your children and teach them how to bake an apple or pumpkin pie.
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Andrea Marks is an Army spouse and a mom of two. Her educational background is professional journalism. Apart from writing articles for MilHousing Network blog, she is also an encyclopedic article author for EBSCOhost Research Platform and a devoted SFRG volunteer. At her previous location, Andrea was a volunteer editor for an overseas PCS reference guidebook.