The fall season is a time to enjoy the beautiful colors, delicious flavors, and cooler weather. Make the most of this beautiful season with these fall bucket list ideas that your whole family will love. Scroll down below for a free printable fall bucket list and a blank template, so you can make your own fall bucket list!
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50 Fall Bucket List Ideas
Here’s a list of fun activities for autumn! Pick out the ones you like or try them all. Enjoy!
1. Visit an Apple Orchard
Apple picking is a fall favorite and there’s nothing better like walking into an orchard and bring home the harvest to make a delicious treat.
Some apple recipe ideas:
2. Autumn Picnic
Wear a cozy autumn sweater, grab a blanket and some delicious food and enjoy the beautiful fall colors in your local park.
3. Make An Autumn Wreath
Collect colorful autumn leaves, acorns, and pine cones to make a fall wreath and hang it on your door.
4. Visit A Pumpkin Patch
Visit your local pumpkin patch and pick out the best pumpkins to decorate the yard, make a Jack O’Lantern for Halloween, and bake a delicious pumpkin treats.
Most pumpkin producers also have hayrides, so the kids will enjoy this fall activity too!
5. Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte
Sure you can pick one up from the big coffee retailers, but making your own is much more fun and you actually create a healthier and version.
And we have an amazing Honey Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe for you to try.
6. Make a Fall playlist
Create a playlist of your favorite music for the fall season and play it in the car, while sitting by the fireplace, reading a book etc.
Here are some of our favorite songs that perfectly capture the essence of autumn:
- September – Earth, Wind & Fire
- Forever Autumn – Justin Hayward
- September in the Rain – Dinah Washington
- Paris in the Rain – Lauv
- Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
- Season of the Witch – Donovan
- Dreams – The Cranberries
- Autumn Almanac – The Kinks
- Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
- Autumn Changes – Donna Summer
- Autumn Sweater – Yo La Tengo
- Harvest Moon – Neil Young
- September Song – Frank Sinatra
- Back to Autumn – Tall Heights
- Moondance – Van Morrison
- Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
- Autumn in New York – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
- October Road – James Taylor
- Indian Summer – Poco
- Falling in Love at a Coffee shop – Landon Pigg
- October Song – Amy Winehouse
- Change of Season – Hall & Oates
- Wake Me When September Ends – Green Day
- True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
- Sunday Morning – Maroon five
- Autumn Leaves – Ed Sheeran
- Moonlight in Vermont – Willie Nelson
- Forever Autumn – The Moody Blues
- Weekend in New England – Barry Manilow
7. Go for a Walk
Take a nature hike and take pictures of the beautiful autumn colors.
8. Jump in a pile of leaves
We all did this as kids and why stop when you’re an adult? Find a pile of leaves and jump in it!
9. Go camping
Camping in the early fall is so magical. Make a bonfire and enjoy a hot fall drink (or 2).
10. Go on a hayride
It’s a classic fall activity that’s enjoyed by the young and old.
11. Gaze at the stars
Check out the moon phases in your area here for any spectacular viewings in the fall season.
12. Make Caramel Apples
Kids will love to help you make caramel apples but practice safety when making the caramel sauce.
13. Go canoeing
Dress appropriately and grab some snacks for a fun afternoon on the water!
14. Host a Game Night
Enjoy a night of board games with family, friends, and neighbors.
15. Go to a corn maze
16.Make a fall craft
17. Make chili
18. Go horseback riding
19. Host a Halloween costume party
20. Visit a harvest festival
Check local listings for any events near you.
21. Make a Campfire and eat smores
Golden brown s’mores and hot chocolate near a campfire is just pure bliss!
22. Watch a football game
Either at home or grab some snacks and go tailgating!
23. Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Head out into town and explore new areas taking in the fall scenery. Don’t forget your camera!
24. Eat a cider donut
Covered in cinnamon sugar. It’s a fall tradition we will not pass up!
25. Take a fall family picture
26. Drink apple cider
Our crockpot apple cider recipe is easy to make!
27. Roast Chestnuts
On an open fire with this chestnut roaster.
28. Get Cozy By The Fire
Grab a book and warm tea or listen to some music.
29. Decorate Your Mantel for Fall
See these Fall Decorating Ideas for some inspiration!
30. Throw a Friendsgiving party
If you haven’t seen your friends in a while throw a Friendsgiving party. Cook a meal together and catch up!
31. Plant bulbs for next Spring
Plant bulbs in fall if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers in Spring.
32. Eat Candy Corn
Passing out candy corn to trick-or-treaters has been a tradition for over 100 years! Get a bag of Brach’s and munch away!
33. Bake Pumpkin Bread
Just the smell of crusty pumpkin bread makes your mouth water! We love this recipe by Paula Deen.
34. Make a Scarecrow
They make a great decoration for the porch or yard. All you need is some old clothes, straw and a stick to make your own.
35. Have a Movie Marathon
36. Check out the Halloween Decorations in your Neighborhood
People start decorating for Halloween as early as the last week of September. Go sightseeing and pick the best-decorated houses and yards in your neighborhood!
37. Visit a Farmer’s Market
Support your local farmers and shop at the farmer’s market. Most markets offer fun things to do for kids as well, so it’s a nice break for them too.
Check the Farmer’s Market Directory for your local listings.
38. Make a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey with all the trimmings, cranberry sauce, glazed carrots, potatoes, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Yum!
39. Burn Fall Candles
Anything pumpkin spice is good in our opinion!
40. Knit or crochet a Scarf
You’ll find some great tutorials on YouTube!
41. Take a Fall road trip
And enjoy the fall scenery. Don’t forget a camera and your fall playlist!
42. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds are not just delicious, they’re also a great source of vital minerals like magnesium and zinc and they’re easy to make too!
All you need is a cup of pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon of oil, salt, pepper, and any seasoning of your choice.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an oven tray with a baking sheet.
Mix the seeds with the oil and spices and spread them onto the baking sheet.
Bake the pumpkin seeds for 20-25 minutes stirring them every 5 minutes or so.
43. Drink hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is a fall/winter favorite! Great for when you’re reading, sitting in front of the fire, or after a long walk.
44. Decorate your house for fall
Decorate your home with DIY fall decor or shopbought.
45. Host a Thanksgiving party
46. Watch the autumn sunrise and sunset
Autumn sunrises and sunsets are beautiful with those gorgeous golden rays on colorful leaves. And it’s free!
47. Make a Gratitude Journal
You can use a dedicated gratitude planner or a beautiful notebook to write down things you are grateful for every day.
48. Learn how to preserve and can fall harvest foods
Whether it’s from your own garden or the local farmer’s market, preserving and canning is a fun and important skill to learn.
Check YouTube for a lot of videos on canning and preserving.
49. Decorate your House for Halloween
And the yard too of course! These animated Halloween decorations really scare up the place!
50. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving parade started in 1924 and is the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade. Watching it live on the streets is amazing, but watching it on the TV with loved ones is actually better!
51. Create a fall Reading List
Make a list of your favorite (new) books and resolve to read one every week.
52. Create Fall nail art
Find inspiration on Instagram or YouTube. Alternatively, you can paint your nails in typical fall colors such as burnt orange, copper, and gold for an easy makeover.
53. Wear a cozy Sweater
Dress up in (ankle) boots, a cozy fall sweater, and head outside!
54. Make homemade applesauce
This is so easy to make and you can freeze any leftovers in the fridge for months!
55. Visit a haunted house
When was the last time you went to a haunted house? Check here to see if there are any near you.
56. Host a movie night
Make popcorn, warm drinks, and snuggle up on the sofa. The closer to Halloween the scarier the movie!
57. Buy sunflowers
Those gorgeous yellow flowers are an instant pick-me-up!
58. Take a bike ride
And check out the autumn colors. You can collect leaves, acorns, and pine cones to use for DIY fall decorations at home!
Fall Bucket List Printable
We hope you enjoyed our fall bucket list ideas and are ready to embrace and enjoy the autumn season. Below you’ll find a printable version of the fall bucket list. There’s also a blank template so you can create your own personal Fall To-Do list.
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