As the seasons transition from the blistering heat into crisp cool weather, what better way to start a new season than to fill it with fun festivities? Fall is the time for pumpkins galore, sweater weather, all things spiced, Halloween décor, and family fun. While the coronavirus pandemic has pushed us inside, the autumn season is the perfect time to practice social distancing and get out of your indoor rut. And who doesn’t want to get outside and see the leaves change? To get in the spirit of fall and the holiday season, here are some of our favorite outdoor activities to fill your days with fun.
Carve pumpkins with the family
Kick off spooky season with pumpkin carving! Grab your friends and family and showcase your best designs for the neighborhood to see. This can be a messy process, so grab some newspapers or paper towels and gather outside to prepare to gut out some pumpkins. Best part? You have pumpkin seeds left over to roast for a future snack!
Roast marshmallows around the fire
What better way to remind you of childhood camping trips and nostalgic fall days than making a s’more by the fire? Grab your sticks, graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows for a cozy fall evening and queue up your favorite campfire music or tell spooky ghost stories.
Decorate your porch for Halloween
Pumpkins, gorges, and flowers oh my! Change up your front porch to match the season at hand. Assorted pumpkins and cheesy front door mats will put you right in the season’s mood. Check out this blog for more porch décor ideas!
Check out a local farmers market
For fun fall recipes, check out your local farmers market for fresh ingredients for your favorite meals. Perusing through the fruits and vegetables on a beautiful autumn day will be the breath of fresh air you need. This is also a great way to help out your local vendors during this time.
Visit a pumpkin patch
What feels more fall than visiting a local pumpkin patch and marveling at the season’s favorite vegetable. Here you can find the best pumpkins to decorate your front porch, carve out jack o’lanterns, or baby pumpkins for table décor. Many pumpkin patches also offer other outdoor activities to keep you entertained. Hayrides, hay mazes, photo ops, and animal petting barns are just a few of what today’s pumpkin patches have in store for you. Don’t miss out on this fun-packed activity!
Social distance picnic in the park
Grab your blankets and picnic baskets and find your favorite park to plop down and picnic with your best pals. Fill your baskets with the best fall treats like pumpkin bread, apple pie, and spiced cider. Bring a Frisbee, football, or games for more activities to enjoy the outdoors. If you are uncomfortable going to the park, try your own backyard picnic! Click here for more ideas with backyard picnics.
Get out of the house and get active with nature! Most cities have hiking trails on the outskirts, if not in the city. Explore the outdoors and try out hiking trails near you. Hiking is a great way to get exercise and see beautiful scenic views of the countryside. You’ll be feeling refreshed and accomplished after this nature-filled activity.
Another way to get out into nature is camping! Find your favorite camping spot or local camping grounds around your city and enjoy a night under the stars. Build a fire, roast marshmallows, and tell stories in the fresh air with you friends. Don’t have a campground near you? Pitch a tent in your backyard! It will feel just like you’ve gone away for the weekend.
DIY outside movie theater
Sad about closed down movie theaters and looking for a way to experience the big screen? Hang a sheet and grab a projector and create your own movie theater outside! Watch your favorite movies while enjoying the fall weather. Grab chairs, pillows, popcorn, and candy and relax in your new outdoor movie theater with the family.