Social Distancing Fall Bucket List for Families

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As the weather cools and the leaves start turning their beautiful autumn colors, many families will be looking for ways to spend quality time together, enjoying everything that the fall season has to offer. Here are some fun things families can do during the next few months while keeping socially distant.

Have a Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Give everyone a pumpkin and see which family member carves the most creative pumpkin design. If you have young children, they can paint their pumpkin instead of carving it. (Try glow-in-the-dark puffy paint on the pumpkins and amaze the kids when they discover them glowing at night.)

Go on a Nature Walk

Take a walk together on a local nature trail and gather items you find as you walk. Once you return home, you can make a collage with the items found on your walk or help your children make leaf rubbings.

Host a Halloween Movie Marathon

Let everyone in your family pick out their favorite Halloween movie to watch and have a spook-tacular movie marathon. Don’t forget the popcorn and the warm blankets to cuddle under!

Make a Scarecrow

Gather up some old clothes and stuff them with newspapers or hay to make a scarecrow to display in your yard.

Rake Leaves into a Big Pile and Jump in Them

Turn the yard work chores into an afternoon of fun by raking the leaves into a pile and then letting the kids jump in them. Encourage your children (and those young at heart!) to make “leaf angels,” just like they make angels in the winter snow. Then enlist everyone’s help in raking all the leaves back up afterward.

Go Apple Picking

Head to an apple orchard and pick apples with your family. Once home with your bushel of apples, let your kids help find a recipe for an apple snack you can make together. My kids love homemade cinnamon applesauce made in the slow cooker, but you can also make apple pies or another delicious treat.

Have a Fall Bonfire

Spend an evening outside around your fire pit and tell spooky Halloween stories as you make your last s’mores of the year.

Explore the Colors of Fall

Take a bike ride through a forest preserve or go for a drive through a wooded area to enjoy the beautiful changing leaves.

Have a Family Costume Party

Dress up in costumes, eat spooky treats, and dance around your living room to songs like “Monster Mash.”

Many of the large fall events that families traditionally love attending might be canceled, but, as you can see, there are still lots of fun fall activities that families can do together this autumn season.


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