Happy fall, y’all! Although we’ve had glimpses of fall weather the past few weeks, it’s officially autumn today! There are so many things we love about fall from the scents and flavors (hello, pumpkin everything) to the crisp morning air and that euphoric feeling you get at the turn of a new season. There’s just something inherently cozy about autumn that makes us want to wrap up in our comfiest cardigan and drink hot cider. Can you relate?
Every year is a little different, but the one constant we can expect from every fall is that it is fleeting. Summer and winter seem to last so long and fall tends to be a quick little bridge between the two, so we like to make the most out of each and every day of this autumnal season. Make the most of your fall with our awesome (and printable) fall bucket list!
1. Go apple picking
Is there a more quintessential fall activity than apple picking? Apple picking is a fun activity for the whole family. Spend the afternoon walking the orchard, picking apples and riding the hay ride! When you get home, whip up a quick batch of homemade applesauce.
2. Paint pumpkins
Make your own fall décor this year by painting pumpkins! You can get pumpkins from the patch or the grocery store and the rest of your supplies at the craft store. There are so many neat designs you can create from buffalo checks and florals to cable-knit and textured designs. When you’re done, arrange your pumpkins by the fireplace or on your doorstep! This is a great craft for a girls’ night or to do with the kiddos. Get tips for pumpkin painting here.
3. Go to the farmer’s market
The only thing we love more than going to the summer farmer’s market is going to the fall farmer’s market! There is something so nostalgic about sipping hot cocoa while picking up produce (and maybe some fresh pumpkin pastries). Some fall markets even have handmade goods and crafts to add to your fall home décor. The perfect start to your Saturday!
4. Try a new soup recipe
The unofficial start to fall is whenever you make your first slow cooker soup! The moment the weather drops below 70°, we are ALL IN on soup season. Soups are the staple meal of fall — they’re the best comfort food on a chilly day and they make tons of leftovers. Need some recipe inspiration? Here are 15 slow cooker soups for fall! Tip: plan ahead and pick up some of your veggies and herbs at the farmer’s market!
5. Hike with the family
Our favorite kind of family activity is one spent in the great outdoors! Spend your Sunday afternoon going on a family hike. Find a nearby trail (or park) and pack up a backpack with water and snacks for the afternoon. We can’t think of a better way to get a little exercise in while spending time with those we love most!
6. Have a Halloween movie marathon
Whether you’re a scary movie fanatic or not, it wouldn’t be fall without a little Halloween movie marathon! Pick out a few favorites, grab your coziest throw blanket (and yummiest snacks) and dive right in. Here’s a list of kid-friendly Halloween movies to get you started.
7. Make homemade hot chocolate (with a fall twist)
Move over summer lemonade, it’s time for our fave drink of fall to shine! The best way to step up your hot chocolate is to make it yourself. There are so many twists to take your hot cocoa to the next level, but this pumpkin white hot chocolate sounds too good to pass up!
8. Update your family photos
Needing some updated family photos? Fall is truly the best time of year to snap some new family pictures. The gorgeous fall foliage makes the best backdrop for capturing special family moments. We have adorable, coordinating mommy & me options perfect for family photos. Shop here.
9. Bake pumpkin bread
Would it be fall if you didn’t bake pumpkin bread? (The answer is no, it would not be.) Pumpkin is THE flavor for fall and pumpkin bread is the ultimate fall treat. This delicious fall favorite is a crowd pleaser, perfect to enjoy as a family or to gift to friends, family or even teachers! Here is an easy, one-bowl pumpkin bread recipe.
10. Tailgate in your own backyard
Football season may look a little different this year, but you can still have just as much fun tailgating at home! Fire up the slow cooker, whip up your favorite bite-size snacks, set up the cornhole in your backyard and enjoy the best things about tailgating, all from the comfort of your own home.
What fall activity are you most excited about? Comment below!