Activities To Do In Fall: A Complete Bucket List

(Last Updated On: September 8, 2020)

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love the way the leaves turn shades of red, orange and yellow. The way the cool air hits my face and best of all pumpkin spice everything. Today I have put together a bucket list of activities to do in the fall. I hope you enjoy some or all of these fun autumn activities with family, friends or even solo.

#1 – Go Leaf Peeping

Seeing the fall foliage at peak is one of my favorite activities to do in the fall. Growing up in Vermont, a state that prides itself on beautiful fall foliage, I suppose it is in my blood.

Whether you live in a place that is optimal for leaf peeping or you can get somewhere by taking a day trip, this is a fall activity that is fun for the whole family.

But if you can’t see pretty leaves changing in person a fun option is a virtual leaf foliage drive! That’s right, virtual. The website Trip Savvy rounds up a list of twelve places that offer free web cam streaming of the fall foliage.

#2 – Sip a Pumpkin Spice Latte

What is fall without a quintessential Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? Every year patrons get excited for this delectable drink to become available on the Starbucks menu. It has turned into quite the cult following.

Sipping a pumpkin spice latte instantly brings back fun fall memories of years past.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

#3 – Adorn Your Home In Fall Decor

Time to take out those fall home decorations from your basement storage bin and put them on display. From the spooky Halloween themed lights and blow-up lawn ornaments to the subtle autumn wreath, decorating your home internally and externally will instantly get you in fall spirit.

Fall berry wreath I put up about 5 years ago.

#4 – Activities to do in the Fall: Rake Leaves & Jump In Them

Whether you have kids or not the thought of raking up leaves for the sheer joy of getting to jump in them is one way to make this fall weekend chore more enjoyable.

My dog Merle standing on some pretty leaves.

#5 – Visit an Apple Orchard

Apple picking is both fun and delicious. I enjoy the act of walking through a picturesque apple orchard just as much as I do eating the apples.

Another added bonus to getting local apples from a nearby orchard is that you are supporting a local area business. Its a win-win!

In Oregon, where I currently live, I enjoy going to the Draper Girls Country Farm in the Mt. Hood national forest.

In Vermont where I grew up and also spent some time living for three years again after college with my husband, we enjoyed picking apples from Adams Apple Orchard.

#6 – Make A Halloween Costume For Your Pet

There are so many fun Halloween costumes for pets these days. But its really fun to create your own costume. Its okay if it is not your original idea. The fun part is creating it. Making a Halloween costume for your fur baby is one of the fun activities to do in the fall.

About three years ago I created a simple beanie baby costume for dog Merle. I picked this because it was very simple and she doesn’t like wearing clothes typically.

Our neighborhood had a fun dog trick-or-treat event and she proudly wore her beanie baby costume to get dog treats.

My pup Merle in her beanie baby Halloween dog costume

#7. Bake An Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie, it doesn’t get much better than this. I love the scent of sweet apples baking along with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg floating through the air. It truly is one of the best aromas come fall season.

For one of the best apple pie recipes, I turn to the great Martha Stewart. Check out her Old Fashioned Apple Pie recipe here.

For the perfect pie crust recipe, check out my post here.

#8. Time For Fall Fashion

I love sweater weather! Fall is time to bring out your flannels, puffer vests and fall boots.

Me and my mom in St. Johnsbury, Vermont sporting our fall fashion

#9. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch is the perfect outing for the family or for a date. Enjoy strutting through all the pumpkins scattered through the field until you find the perfect one.

Most of the time pumpkin patches also have fun activities going on such as hay rides and tasting hot apple cider or cider donuts.

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#10. Get the Crockpot Out

Fall is the perfect time to make meals in the crockpot. We are transitioning from lighter summer fare and instead craving homemade warm meals. Make cooking a meal in the crockpot a fun activity for the kids by having them help chop veggies and measure spices. Here are 10 of the best crockpot recipes that are easy to make and perfect for fall.

#11. Visit A Corn Maze

A corn maze is a great way to embrace the fall season. A lot of farmers have decided to turn their corn fields into a fun maze at the end of the harvest season.

The news outlet USA today ranked the top 10 best corn mazes in the country back in 2018. So if you live in the United States, chances are there is an awesome corn maze for you nearby.

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#12. Visit A Haunted House

During the month of October, the fall focus shifts to the spooky and haunted nature due to the Halloween holiday. To embrace all things creepy visit a haunted house in your area.

This could be one of those staged haunted houses where you walk through a haunted house with actors dressed as ghosts and Frankenstein. Or it could be taking a tour of an actual haunted house or building.

I once took a haunted underground paranormal tour with my mom and stepdad in Seattle about four years ago. That was really fun.

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