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Fall Bucket List: 100 Fun Things To Do This Fall 2024

Hey there, autumn enthusiasts! And welcome to my Fall Bucket List: 100 fun things to do this fall! (2023 edition)

Before you know it, Summer will be in the rearview, and it will be time to embrace the crisp air, vibrant colors, and cozy fall vibes! Yay!

And the way I look at it, it’s never too early to plan fun activities for Fall!

Whether you’re a lover of all things pumpkin, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys the magic of the season, I’ve got an incredible lineup of fun things to do this fall!

Let’s dive in!

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Ultimate Fall Bucket List: 100 Fun Things to Do This Fall

1. Visit a local pumpkin patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch is one of my all-favorite fall activities in the cooler fall weather!

We love to dress up in cozy sweaters in fall colors and head to a local farm for the day. There is endless fun to be had for all ages!

Beyond go pumpkin picking, most pumpkin patches offer a wide array of fun fall activities:

Pumpkin Picking: Select the perfect pumpkin for the perfect jack-o-lantern or fall decor.

Hayrides: Grab a hot apple cider or hot cocoa, jump on a hay ride through the farm, and enjoy the fall foliage and cool, crisp air.

Kids activities: Adventure through a Corn maze and the petting zoo. Then, there’s face painting, pumpkin carving, and various fall craft stations for all ages.

Yummy Food: Enjoy delicious food, roast marshmallows, and buy fresh fall produce to take home.

2. Stock up on Pumpkin Spice Everything!

Stocking up on everything pumpkin and spice is the perfect way to kick off the autumn season! From pumpkin spice candles to coffee creamers and much more, this iconic flavor and aroma encapsulate the cozy and festive spirit of the season.

It’s never been more important to start Christmas shopping early! And it feels so good to get a jump on wrapping everything ahead of time, too!

4. Organize a Bake Sale

Bake sales are one of the oldest and most traditional ways to fundraise for a school, team, church, or other organization.

Check out this article about organizing a bake sale here.

5. Go on a Family Bike Ride.

Cycling is one of our favorite outdoor activities in the fall! Bike riding together as a family is a great way to bond outdoors and makes exercise fun for all!

6. Organize a Neighborhood Block Party!

Block parties are a great way to get everyone in the neighborhood together and meet new people!

Read this article to plan and organize a block party!

7. Get a Headstart on that New Year’s Resolution

Why wait for the New Year to start a new habit or to set new goals? Get a head start and reap the benefits of practicing new healthy habits now!

Related article: How to Make a vision board for the new year

8. Go Ice Skating with the Kids or for Date Night

Why not go ice skating? Ice skating is a great way to get into the fall spirit! Plus, it’s a great workout!

Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s nothing like gliding across the ice. And if you’re worried about the kids falling, don’t be – most rinks offer skate aids that can help to keep balance.

9. Play backgammon.

We love to play backgammon at our house! Cuddle up by the fire and play backgammon with your favorite someone. And don’t forget the hot cocoa!

10. Carve Jack o lanterns

Carving pumpkins for Halloween is always a family affair! We make a night of it, complete with a scary movie marathon playing in the background.

We love this pumpkin carving kit, and we use it year after year!

Don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds for roasting. Here’s a step-by-step guide: how to roast pumpkin seeds to get you well on your way.

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11. Put up a Thanksgiving Tree

I just love a Thanksgiving tree! I put up a Thanksgiving tree every year. It helps to start the holiday season off with a bang!

12. Learn to Meditate

Meditating has many benefits, including better sleep, less stress, and better focus! I have a couple of meditation apps with guide meditations and sleep mediations that help my meditation practice.

Related article: The Benefits of Daily Meditation

13. Have a Campout in the Backyard

Camping out overnight in the backyard is so much fun. Having a backyard campout is fun for the kids when they have a sleepover!

14. Make Gratitude Jars.

Making gratitude jars is a fun craft you can do with the whole family. Check out this resource for step-by-step instructions.

15. Stock up on Fall Candles

Autumn means cooler weather, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice, and fall candles!

We buy our fall candles at Bed, Bath, and Body Works (White Barn) when they have their sale twice a year. My favorite fall candle of all time is pecan waffles.

16. Road Trip!

Fall is the perfect time of year to take a road trip!  A scenic drive up to the mountains to see the beautiful fall foliage is a perfect way to spend the day!

Plan a weekend getaway or a day trip. Find somewhere two hours away and head out. Go explore new territory.

Stop and have breakfast or lunch on the way. And don’t forget a road trip fall playlist!

17. Listen to an Audiobook or a Podcast

There are so many Podcasts available today. And the good news is that they are all free! Check out this article on the best podcasts for road trips.

18. Plant Fall Flowers

Depending on your location, planting autumn flowers is a fun family activity and will brighten up your entryway or patio for the holidays.

We live in Arizona, so fall is the perfect time to plant mums, marigolds, and more! And don’t forget, fall is the perfect time to plant bulbs for spring flowers!

This article is a great resource for what to plant in the fall season

19. Start a Dream Life Journal

A dream life journal is a journal focused on dreaming up your best life!

What are your biggest dreams for your life? What are the action steps to make your dreams come true? What are your goals for the year? The next five years?

A Dream life journal is a place where you can brainstorm your dreams and where you can set personal goals to make those dreams for your life come true!

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20. Have a Fancy Fall Picnic

Heading to a local park for a fall picnic is a delightful way to embrace the season. The cool weather and vibrant fall foliage create a picturesque backdrop for an outdoor feast.

Consider packing gourmet sandwiches, a hearty autumnal soup in a thermos, and a spiced apple cider.

Don’t forget a rich pumpkin pie or a caramel apple tart for dessert. Lay out a plush blanket, enjoy the crisp air, and savor the fall flavors amidst he beauty of Autumn.

21. Start a Jigsaw Puzzle

As the temperatures drop and outdoor activities become less appealing, diving into a jigsaw puzzle is one of those indoor fall activities that is relaxing, but it also challenges the mind and offers a sense of accomplishment upon completion.

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22. Make Mulled Wine.

Mulled wine is unbelievably easy to make, even on a weeknight, and fills your home with holiday fragrance. Check out this recipe here.

23. Take a Thanksgiving Dinner Cooking Class

During the fall season, many cooking stores offer classes on how to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and even pumpkin pie for dessert!

Check out this online class for more information!

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24. Make Pine cone Bird Feeders

Making pinecone bird feeders is easy and fun! All you need is pinecones, twine, peanut butter, and birdseed. I would also suggest working on paper plates.

Related article: How to Make Pinecone Bird Feeders

25. Clean out the garage.

Cleaning the garage doesn’t sound fun, but it is rewarding!

Fall is the best time to clean the garage and get things in order before the weather gets cold and the holiday madness starts.

You will be glad you did it!

26. Bundle up and go Stargazing

Bundle up and go stargazing. I don’t know about you, but I always feel a sense of wonder when I see the vast array of stars, and I can’t help but feel grateful for the beauty of nature.

Whether lying in your backyard or on a blanket at the beach, gazing at the stars is a great activity that’s sure to please.

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27. Have a Garage Sale

Fall is the perfect time to have a garage sale! The weather is still nice, and it’s nice to declutter and put some extra cash in your pocket before the holidays!

Related article: How to have a successful Garage Sale

28. Have a Nature scavenger hunt

A nature scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to celebrate a fall birthday or special occasion while enjoying the outdoors.

Whether in a local park, forest, or even your backyard, it’s one of those fall activities that can be shared with all ages!

29. Eat Candy Corn.

A Fall season without candy corn is like a day without sunshine! I look forward to candy corn all year long.

And! You can make so many yummy and fun things with candy corn!

Check out these candycorn recipes for more inspiration!

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30. Rent a cozy cabin at the Grand Canyon

Visit the Grand Canyon!

Located in northwestern Arizona, this natural wonder is one of the most popular national park in the United States. 

With the cooler weather and fall colors of the season, you’ll want to add a weekend getaway to the Grand Canyon to your autumn bucket list.

Here is a link to some amazing cabins at the Grand Canyon.

31. Attend a High School Football Game

Let’s hear it for football season!

Both of our sons played high school football. We watched them play for years and wouldn’t trade those games for the world.

There’s nothing like spending Friday nights at a high school football game. It’s fun to bundle up in team colors and cheer for your team and favorite players!

And I love, love, love football snacks!

32. Try Wordle

Do you Wordle? If you haven’t tried Wordle, it’s high time you do!

Wordle is a FREE once-a-day word game available online via The New York Times.

I do my Wordle puzzle every morning as part of my morning routine. Our entire family and many of our friends are hooked!

Give Wordle a try , and let me know in the comments what you think.

33. Buy a New Planner for the Up Coming Year

What can I say? I’m old school. I still like a paper yearly planner. I love planning my year, month, week, and days-writing it down and planning.

And I love to make lists for my lists. 🙂

Making lists and planning my time helps me to process my goals and schedule.

34. Jump in a Big Pile of Leaves!

When did you last play in a big pile of fall leaves?

It’s so much fun! And it is a great photo opportunity for your socials! Just sayin’.

35. Make an Apple Crisp.

Do yourself a big favor. Get some fresh, yummy apples and make yummy apple crisp this weekend.

Apple Crisps are simple to make and, in my book, the best comfort food dessert on the planet! Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream and the caramel sauce!

Need an Apple Crisp recipe? This apple crisp recipe is the bomb!

36. Do a Digital Detox

There are so many benefits to doing a digital detox. Limiting screen time opens up so much free time to enjoy more of what life offers!

There are plenty of things to do that don’t require having your face in front of a screen. Read a book, take a walk, do a craft…, and start tackling your fall bucket list 🙂

Related article: Why a digital fast is a good idea

37. Make a Fall Craft with the Kids

Let’s hear it for fall crafts!

From pine cone bird feeders to gratitude jars, not to mention all the Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts ideas out there- you will never run out of artsy-craftsy projects to do with kids of all ages this autumn season!

38. Visit Trader Joe’s

Raise your hand if you love Trader Joe’s?! Raise both hands if you love Trader Joe’s even more during the Fall Season!

If you haven’t experienced Trader Joe’s in the Autumn, I suggest you head over to your nearest TJ location ASAP.

They’ve also got it going on regarding pumpkin spice, cinnamon, maple, etc.

You can also find Fall pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. I love the white pumpkins and the gourds the best!

I loved this article: 30+ Trader Joe’s finds this fall.

39. Host a Pot-Luck Football Party

I love having family and friends over for Sunday football! It’s easy to throw a Pot-luck football party because everyone brings something.

Invite your guests and bring them an appetizer, a main dish (like chili), a side, or a dessert.

I also ask our guests to wear their favorite team colors, and sometimes, we do a football pool to make the day extra fun.

If it’s a playoff game or the Super Bowl, go all out and decorate. Especially if the Seahawks are playing! 🙂

40. Host a chili cook-off party

A chili cook-off party is a perfect fall event.

With cooler weather, the warmth of chili brings people together, sparking friendly competition and creating lasting memories.

It’s a fun way to taste different chili variations and celebrate the season.

For tips on hosting, check out this chili cook-off guide.

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41. Buy your Christmas cards.

I still love to send holiday cards to loved ones near and far. When the kids were younger, I included a family newsletter and photo.

Whether you prefer traditional designs, funny themes, or personalized photo cards, a vast array of options are available.

I love the holiday cards at both Hallmark and Minted.

42. Have a Family Christmas card photo taken

Fall is the best time to have family photos taken! The weather is cool and crisp, the leaves are beautiful, and the light is golden.

And you can use your family picture for your Christmas card! Two birds, one stone.

43. Make hot spiced Apple cider.

Making hot spiced apple cider is perfect for a chilly fall day.

As the temperatures dip, there’s nothing quite like the warmth and comfort this drink provides.

Whether you’re curled up with a book, gathered around a fire with loved ones, or simply relaxing, sipping on hot spiced cider is a quintessential fall bucket list idea that soothes the soul and delights the senses.

This is the best hot spiced cider recipe!

45. Roast pumpkin seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds is a delightful autumn tradition.

After carving pumpkins, my husband enjoys salvaging the seeds, seasoning them, and roasting them to crispy perfection.

The result is a nutritious and tasty snack with a nutty flavor enhanced by your choice of seasonings, whether simple salt or a mix of savory spices.

46. Make Smores!

There’s nothing like a warm, crackling fire on a crisp fall evening!

We love to gather family and a few friends for an evening of fun, laughter, and smores!

S’mores are a classic treat perfect for campfires, backyard gatherings, or even a simple night in.

The combination of crunchy graham crackers, melted chocolate, and gooey marshmallows is irresistibly delicious.

Here’s how to make smores:

Gather Ingredients: Lay out the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.

Roast marshmallows: Place a marshmallow on a stick or skewer. Hold it over the fire, rotating until it’s golden brown and slightly melted.

Assemble the S’more: Place a piece of chocolate on one graham cracker. While the marshmallow is still hot, place it on top of the chocolate. Top with another graham cracker and press gently.


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47. Enjoy some comfort food

For me, nothing is better than a steaming hot bowl of soup or chili on a chilly autumn day. It’s a simple pleasures of life. What’s your favorite comfort food?

48. Hang a fall wreath for your front door.

Having a fall wreath on the front door is welcoming. I’ve got a wreath for every season at my house.

The best places to buy fall wreaths are Hobby Lobby and Home Goods.

But if you want to make a fall wreath for the front door, I would check out this awesome fall wreath resource from the Pioneer Women. (I just love her!)

49. Celebrate Oktoberfest

If you love beer, parties, and European vibes, you should visit Oktoberfest in Munich at least once in a lifetime. (Put it on your fall-bucket list!)

Oktoberfest is the world’s biggest beer and folk festival. It gathers more than six million people from around the world every year.

In addition to a huge beer selection, you can enjoy various attractions, such as games, amusement rides, food, music, and more!

You can celebrate Oktoberfest right here in the U.S.

50. Roast Chestnuts on an open fire.

What do you think of when you think about roasting chestnuts? I think about the traditional Christmas song lyrics, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire-Jack frost nipping at your nose….”

Roasting chestnuts is pretty straightforward, and you don’t need an open fire to roast chestnuts-although it sounds like a fun thing to do in the fall and winter seasons.

Click here to learn how to roast chestnuts, and let me know how it goes.

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51. Decorate the Mantle for Fall

Looking for something fun to do this fall? Decorate your Mantel for Fall!

Check out my Everything Fall Pinterest board for a ton of fall decorating ideas.

52. Have a scary movie marathon

My Family loves scary movies! Me, not so much! If you love a good fright-then maybe watching scary movies is a perfect thing for your family to do this fall!

Grab an outdoor movie screen and projector and bundle up outside to watch scary movies. Don’t forget the candy and the popcorn!

53. Make a Fall Centerpiece

If you love the fall season as I do, you will probably want to create a fall centerpiece for your table. Making a fall centerpiece doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

You can decorate for fall using dried leaves and pinecones found outside, or visit your local craft store and pick up some artificial fall decor.

Here is a link to one of my favorite Pinterest boards for Fall Centerpieces.

54. Go to the Farmer’s Market

Autumn is by far my favorite season to visit the Farmers’ market!

It’s a fun, family-friendly outdoor activity where you can enjoy delicious food, purchase fresh produce, and unique handmade items (think Christmas gifts) such as hand-poured candles, homemade salsa, handcrafted jewelry, etc.

Best of all, the market is a great place to support local farmers and businesses.

The National Farmer’s market directory

55. Make a Vision Board

A vision board is a visual representation of one’s aspirations and dreams into a tangible form, offering daily inspiration.

Making a vision board is one of those indoor fall activities that the whole family can enjoy and is a wonderful way to set intentions for the upcoming new year.

Related Article: How to make a vision board + Vision Board Quotes

56. Read a NY Bestseller

Currently, I’m reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid! If you are looking for a good book-I highly recommend anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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57. Plan a trip for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For many families, Thanksgiving is about family traditions. But what about making new family traditions?

Why not plan a trip for the Thanksgiving holiday?

When planning a trip for the Thanksgiving holiday, the possibilities are endless.

Do you want to go to the mountains and enjoy snow and skiing for the holiday weekend? Or maybe you are craving a little vitamin SEA like I am?! Then how about Mexico or Hawaii? Why not?

I love the idea of renting a big house, big enough for the entire family to be together and enjoy some new scenery.

Celebrating Thanksgiving somewhere different every year could become a new family tradition!

58. Put food out for the squirrels.

Speaking of vacations. When we go up to the mountains and stay in the woods, the kids love to put out food for the squirrels. We usually head over to the local Ace Hardware and buy squirrel food.

If you want to feed these cute little critters, check out this article about what to feed squirrels. 🙂

59. Boo or booze your neighbors for Halloween.

Have you ever been booed or boozed at Halloween time? It’s so much fun!

A Halloween boo is a small gift or treat left anonymously by a friend or neighbor, and once you’ve been booed, you’re expected to hang a picture of a ghost on your front door.

This lets everyone know you’ve gotten your surprise.

Check out this article: How to Boo the Neighbors, to learn more!

60. Refreshen Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet is a rewarding fall bucket list item that is best done in early fall.

It involves packing away summer clothes, decluttering, donating unwanted items to charity or a local thrift store, and bringing out your cozy season wardrobe of warm sweaters, boots, scarves, etc.

Packing away summer clothes and other seasonal items is rewarding and makes room for new winter pieces.

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61. Host a Potluck Friendsgiving Dinner.

Friendsgiving is a blend of friend and Thanksgiving and refers to a large meal eaten with friends either on or near Thanksgiving.

How to host a Friendsgiving dinner:

  1. Choose a date for Friendsgiving. ( Maybe the weekend before Thanksgiving?)
  2. Put a guest list together.
  3. Invite friends using an online invitation app like evite.
  4. Plan the menu. ( A potluck is a great idea.)
  5. Have guests sign up for a dish if you’re having a potluck
  6. Ask guests to bring a “beverage of their choice.”
  7. Plan decorations and place settings (how to decorate for Friendsgiving)
  8. Ask a few of your closest friends to come early to help
  9. Pick a playlist and set the mood (candles, twinkle lights, etc.)
  10. Have a blast, and don’t forget to take pictures!

62. Visit a Museum

Visiting a nearby museum is always a fun thing to do when the weather gets chilly.

Our kids loved the children’s museum when they were young; it was always a sure beat for a fun afternoon.

If you are visiting a large city like New York this fall, don’t miss the American Museum of Natural History!

63. Make Something Yummy in the Crockpot.

Fall is all about comfort food! So before you head out for a day of fun, why not put together a yummy dinner in the slow cooker?!

There is nothing like coming home to the smell of comfort food cooking! And the best thing? It’s ready to go when you walk in the door!

I love these comfort food recipes that can all be done ahead in the crockpot.

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64. Get lost in a Corn Maze.

Each autumn, farms across the United States transform their cornfields into interactive mazes, perfect for a fall family outing. There are more than 500 of these mazes across the US.

Many mazes are family-friendly and have petting zoos, picnic areas, and fall treats.

You can also find haunted corn mazes for teens and adults that feel like they’re straight out of a horror movie! No thanks. 🙂

To get a little lost and have a lot of fun, use the maze locator: corn mazes to explore this fall.

65. Learn to Play Chess

Why not try your hand at chess? Chess is a challenging and rewarding game that people of all ages can enjoy.

It’s also a great way to exercise your mind and meet new people. 

Many resources are available to help you get started, including online tutorials and local chess clubs.

You might just surprise yourself at how much you enjoy it.

66. Try Pumpkin Beer

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to visit a local brewery. I love, love, love me some pumpkin beer! It’s so dang good!

67. Get up early and watch the sunrise.

Waking up before dawn to watch the sunrise is like giving yourself a special gift and is a great head start on a perfect fall day!

Watching the sunrise is a beautiful experience worth the early call.

Consider making a thermos of coffee or hot cocoa and enjoy the sunrise with that special someone under a cozy blanket. Sounds nice, right?!

68. Watch the sunset and give thanks.

Here in Arizona, we see beautiful sunsets all year round. Watching a beautiful sunset is one of my all-time favorite things to do.

And did you know that watching the sunset is good for you?! YES!

Check out this article, The benefits of Watching the sunset, to learn more.

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69. Bake Pumpkin Bread.

Baking bread is one of my all-time favorite fall bucket list ideas!

As the temperatures drop, the warmth of the oven and the comforting aroma of freshly baked bread fill the home with coziness.

It’s a therapeutic process that combines the joys of cooking with the anticipation of enjoying a homemade treat.

Some fall-inspired bread ideas include pumpkin bread, cranberry-walnut loaf, and Carmel apple loaf.

Each of these captures the essence of fall, making every bite a celebration of the season.

70. Collect Fall Leaves & Pine cones

Collecting fall leaves and pinecones is a fun activity while on walks in the fall.

You can decorate your mantle with fall leaves and pinecones in your fall centerpieces.

There are also hundreds of fun fall crafts using leaves and pine cones.

71. Start a Gratitude Journal

The fall season is the perfect time to start a gratitude journal.

Writing in a gratitude journal helps us to focus on the things in our lives that we are grateful for and not the things that stress us out or are burdens.

Related article: How to cultivate an attitude of gratitude

72. Make Hot Chocolate Bombs!

Hot Chocolate Bombs are a delightful treat that’s taken the world by storm.

They are spherical chocolate shells filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. When placed in a mug and poured over with hot milk, they melt and release their contents, creating a rich and creamy hot cocoa drink.

It’s not just a beverage; it’s an experience, combining the surprise of the “bomb” opening with the comfort of a classic drink.

This article tells you everything you need to know about hot Chocolate bombs and how to make them yourself!

73. Cultivate a Green Thumb!

It’s always the right time to bring some life into your home!

Plants are not only beautiful and add a nice decorative touch to any living space, but plants also help to clean and purify the air.

Don’t have a green thumb? These easy tips for new plant owners will help!

74. Buy New Winter PJs

My husband bought me the best PJs last year for Christmas!

They are the best, most comfy PJs on the planet. They are a tad pricey, but I promise you they feel like sleeping in a cloud.

If you’re looking to splurge on a comfort item for yourself or looking for a special gift for someone you love, go check out Cozy Earth.

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75. Go Wine Tasting this fall season

If you’re a wine lover,then this is a perfect fall bucket list item for you.

Fall often marks the harvest season in many wine regions, providing enthusiasts a unique opportunity to experience fresh vintages.

Engaging in wine tasting during autumn not only broadens one’s palate but also offers a cozy, memorable experience amidst the season’s natural beauty.

Look for a winery near you.

76. Go to a Haunted House.

For many, visiting a haunted house is top on their fall bucket list every year! Visiting a haunted house is a fun and thrilling way to get into the Halloween spirit.

Some people like to go out, get dressed up, and wear scary Halloween costumes.

My husband and our daughters go to a haunted house or “Fright Night” every October. Me? I stay home, take a hot bubble bath, and read a good book.

77. Make Candied or Caramel Apples

Have you ever made candied apples or caramel apples? If not, you’ve got to cross it off your fall bucket list! Making these yummy treats is a fun activity with the kids.

Check out this resource to learn more!

78. Make a Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house during the holidays is a fun activity with the entire family!

You can make gingerbread from scratch or purchase a gingerbread house kit. There are some awesome gingerbread kits available online that look pretty fun!

This is a great place to start if you want to make a homemade gingerbread house

79. Volunteer at a Local Food Bank

Volunteering at a local food bank is a deeply rewarding fall bucket list idea.

As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, it serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of giving back and supporting our communities.

By volunteering, you’re not only providing essential aid to those in need but also fostering a sense of community and gratitude.

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80. Make a Thankful Tree.

A Thankful Tree is a heartfelt craft that symbolizes gratitude.

It typically consists of a tree made from paper, wood, or branches, with leaves added to represent things one is thankful for.

As one of the all-time favorite fall bucket list activities, it not only brings families together in a creative way but also serves as a daily reminder of life’s many joys throughout the fall and thanksgiving season.

Interested in creating your own? Check out this comprehensive guide on how to make a Thankful Tree.

81. Go to the State Fair!

Adding the state fair to your fall bucket list is a must.

State fairs mean yummy food, rodeos, carnival rides, live music, and much more!

Have we ever had a fried Snickers bar? What about a rodeo? Ever been to a rodeo? Want to check out some baby pigs or spend the evening riding carnival rides and eating corn dogs and cotton candy?

That’s what the State fair is all about! State fairs usually start in September.

Click here for a round-up of state fairs in the US for 2023.

82. Make Homemade pumpkin Spice Lattes!

No fall bucket list would be complete without pumpkin spice lattes!

Sure, Starbucks makes a good pumpkin spice latte (and I love the eggnog lattes, too!), but it’s fun and easy to make at home.

Here’s a super yummy recipe for you to try!

83. Update your Holiday Playlist.

The holidays need to be filled with good holiday music. I love this Spotify Holiday playlist.

84. Learn to Knit or Crochet.

Fall is the perfect time to learn how to Crochet or knit.

Learn how to crochet or knit; you’ll be crafting cozy hats, scarves, and blankets in no time!

Just think of beautifully crafted gifts you could make for Christmas gifts!

Learning to Knit or Crochet is relatively simple. There are several knitting and crochet classes available online.


85. Make Homemade Dog Treats for your fur babies

I make the best homemade peanut butter dog treats for our dogs! They are super easy to make, and our dog loves them!

Related article: Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

86. Attend a Fall Festival.

Attending a fall festival is a super fun thing to do to celebrate the joys of the fall season.

These festivals, celebrate the harvest and the vibrant colors of autumn. With activities ranging from hay rides, pumpkin carving contests, and corn mazes to live music, artisanal craft booths, and local culinary delights, there’s something for everyone.

This is a great resource for finding the best fall festivals in the United States.

87. Start a self-care routine.

Fall is the perfect time to establish a new self-care routine before life gets so crazy with the holidays!

Make you a priority!

Related article: 26 Ways to Practice Self-Care!

88. Take an Art Class

Why not take an art class and explore your creative side? With the kids back in school, it’s the ideal opportunity to take an art class. 

There are plenty of classes to choose from, whether you’re interested in painting, sculpture, or photography. The possibilities are endless!

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89. Go Apple Picking.

Fall is the best time to go apple picking!

While different varieties of apples ripen at different times, and the climate varies the harvest year, early October is almost always a good time to go apple picking.

Most local farms offer free admission along with fun activities like live music, food trucks, and even crafts for the kids, including how to make apple cider.

While different varieties of apples ripen at different times, and the climate varies the harvest from year to year, early fall is almost always a reliable time to go apple picking.

Click here to find the ten best places to pick apples in the US.

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90. Bake an apple pie!

Baking an apple pie is a timeless and yummy way to celebrate the cozy season of fall.

With a flaky crust and a filling rich with spiced apples, it’s a dessert that’s both comforting and delicious.

Here’sa perfect apple pie recipe to help you get started.

91. Go on a day hike.

Here is your ninety-first fun thing to do this fall!

Go on a day hike!

Hiking is good clean fun, and what better time to pack it up and head out for a day hike?

Hiking is a great way to get light cardio, vitamin D, and fresh air!

Take some snacks and lots of water, wear sunscreen, and whatever you do, make sure you wear the right shoes! Wearing the right shoes with good traction is key to a successful hike.

92. Give blood.

There is always a need for blood. Sometimes, there is an urgent need for blood donations.

Consider adding giving blood to your fall bucket list.

You can visit the Red Cross to learn more about donating blood and platelets.

Want to give blood? There’s an app for that!

The FREE Blood Donor app puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

Find nearby Red Cross blood drives, schedule and manage appointments, complete your RapidPass®, get notified when your blood is on its way to a patient, view results from your mini-physical, and more.

Download the Red Cross app here: for iphone | Google Play

93. Have a mammogram (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!)

Having an annual mammogram can save your life! Learn more here.

94. Host a Halloween costume party.

Halloween is such a fun holiday! Make this Halloween even more fun this fall by hosting a Halloween costume party!

How to host a Halloween costume party:

  1. Set the date
  2. Make a guest list
  3. Send invitations (I love to use evite)
  4. Plan menu
  5. Plan decorations
  6. Organize games
  7. Make a spooky playlist
  8. Plan costumes
  9. Organize costume contest
  10. Purchase prizes
  11. Have fun!

95. Make some Beer!

Brewing beer is fun and rewarding!

There are many different ways to brew beer, so you can tailor your process to suit your personal preferences. 

Whether you like light and refreshing lagers or dark and rich stouts, a brewing method will let you create your perfect pint. 

So if you’re a beer lover looking for something fun to do this fall, why not give home brewing a try? Cheers!

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96. Make a Thanksgiving feast.

Making a Thanksgiving feast is as fun as it is rewarding.

There is nothing like planning a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration for family and friends.

Want to know how to make a Thanksgiving feast that is sure to make history books?

The pioneer woman does it again with these 40 Thanksgiving menus.

97. Make Mosaic Stepping Stones

I love making your mosaic stepping stones with the kids!

Not only do you get to spend some time outdoors in the crisp fall air, but you also end up with a beautiful and unique piece of art for your garden or for a Christmas gift for Grandma and Grandpa!

Making mosaic stepping stones is pretty straightforward and a great way to get crafty with the kids and create lasting memories.  

Check out this resource for more information.

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98. Go Shopping on Black Friday

Going shopping on Black Friday is a must-do fall bucket list item for avid holiday shoppers.

As the biggest shopping day of the year, it offers unbeatable deals and discounts, making it the perfect opportunity to snag holiday gifts or treat oneself. 🙂

The thrill of finding bargains and the festive atmosphere makes it an exciting tradition that many eagerly anticipate as a hallmark of the season.

Do you brave the crowds on Black Friday?

99. Host a Game Night with Friends

Hosting a game night with friends is a great way to spend time with friends and family. You can make your game nights simple or get as extravagant as you’d like.

Check out this great article about how to host a game night for step-by-step instructions.

100. Make Apple Chips

Making apple chips is a delightful way to enjoy the season’s bounty.

These crispy, naturally sweet treats are delicious and a healthier alternative to store-bought snacks.

They’re a simple yet satisfying way to celebrate the season’s flavors and make for a fun kitchen activity for the whole family.

This is the best recipe for apple chips!

Ultimate Fall Bucket List: 100 Fun Things to Do this Fall (2023)

And there you have it, folks!

I hope this fall bucket list has ignited your excitement and inspired you to make the most of this wonderful season.

From pumpkin patch adventures to indulging in warm apple cider, there are endless opportunities to embrace the beauty of fall.

Whether you choose to explore the great outdoors, channel your inner chef with seasonal recipes, or gather with loved ones around a crackling bonfire, the magic of autumn is waiting for you.

So grab your cozy sweater, put on your favorite boots, and dive into a season filled with laughter, warmth, and cherished memories.

Enjoy every moment, and have an absolutely fantastic fall!

XO, Christine

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I’ve been keeping it real since 1963. 🙂

I’m a child of God, a wifey, mama, grandma, full-time creative, domestic engineer, and self-care enthusiast.

I am obsessed with all things makeup and skincare and love getting my hands dirty out in the garden, my art room, or in the kitchen, whipping up something yummy for the fam.

I’m always down to chat and love collaborating with other creatives and brands alike!

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  1. Great post chock full of fun activities for fall. I especially love #68. The sunset and sunrise here in Tucson is spectacular in the fall. Visiting from Connect & Cultivate and will pin this post.

  2. This just gave me so many great ideas! I absolutely LOVE Fall! Also love how some of these will also take care of my to-do list like those Christmas card photos! Thank you for taking the time to out this together. 🙂

  3. Hello Christine,
    Loved your 100 Fun Things To Do. My favorites are Make a fall centerpiece & bake pumpkin bread. I don’t have a recipe but I’ll make one up.
    I was a caregiver for 15 years until my husband died recently of Parkinson”s. So fun is something I really need right now. It’s so dear to my heart because I haven’t seen much of it in the last years. While he was ill I wrote a book called ART & CREAKY BONES that helps encourage older people to begin painting or writing or any creative past time that scientists say will keep them healthier and help them live longer. Creative activities also are a great way to make new friends and stay socially active. And it’s a wonderfully satisfying aid to anyone who is lonely. My book received 6 awards for Aging, Inspiration and Art, so I
    would be very pleased if you would read it. It’s a colorful art book that seems to give people a lot of pleasure. Thank you so much for your lovely blog.
    All the best, Sheila Reid

    1. Sheila! I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I cannot imagine. You have been through so much and wrote a book in the process?! I can’t wait to check it out. I’m headed over to your website now. Thanks so much for sharing. It means the world to me. XO

    2. Hi Sheila. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I cannot imagine. I want to check out your book! Sounds right down my alley! Can I get it on Amazon? Thanks for stopping by…I hope to connect with you again soon. XO

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