Family Fall Bucket List

By Rebecca Eanes

Fall has arrived! I've compiled a list of 40 of my favorite fall family activities. Enjoy!

1.   Visit a corn maze.
2.   Go on a hay ride.
3.   Rake up a pile of leaves and jump!
4.   Visit a pumpkin patch.
5.   Carve, paint, or decorate pumpkins.
6.   Bake a pumpkin or apple pie from scratch.

7.   Visit an apple orchard and go apple picking.
8.   Cuddle up with hot chocolate and popcorn for a family-friendly Halloween movie.  Try Hocus Pocus, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, or Ghostbusters.
9.   Make leaf art.
10. Make caramel apples.
11.  Go for a bike ride through a trail of beautiful autumn trees.
12.  Visit the library for fall-themed books and read them at bedtime.
13.  Plant bulbs that will bloom in the spring, like tulips.
14.  Go to a local football game.
15.  Bake and decorate pumpkin or leaf-shaped cookies.

16.  Camp out in your backyard, roast marshmallows and tell stories.
17.  Get creative and make costumes for the family.
18.  Take a hike and let the children take photos of interesting things they see.
19.  Gather old blankets, sheets, and towels and donate them to your local animal shelter.
20.  Make a dream catcher to catch those spooky dreams!
21.  Dance in the rain.
22.  Donate to a food bank.
23.  Make pinecone bird feeders.
24.  Do a family photo shoot outside.

25.  Have a mini fall festival at home with games, crafts, and small prizes.
26.  Go on a backyard scavenger hunt.
27.  Visit a haunted house or haunted trail, if you dare!
28.  Start a gratitude journal for your kids as we enter a season of thanksgiving. This will help them be thankful year around.
29.  Jump in puddles.
30.  Go on a leaf hunt.

31.  Get the kids in the kitchen and make homemade chili.
32.  Make leaf rubbings.
33.  Dress up and go trick-or-treating.
34.  Have a family picnic under the changing trees.
35.  Gather pine cones and make them scented by placing them in sealed plastic bags with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. 

36.  Make homemade applesauce in the crock pot.
37.  Decorate the house for fall using some fall crafts the kids make.
38.  Bob for apples.
39.  Make a thankful tree out of construction paper and have the kids write what they are grateful for on the leaves.
40.  Make fall crafts.

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Rebecca Eanes is the author of The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting and co-author of Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide for Putting Positive Parenting Principles into Action in Early Childhood. She is the founder of and creator of the Facebook community Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. ??Through her Facebook community and website, Rebecca reaches thousands of parents daily with the message that connection trumps coercion and love is most powerful motivator. She does not claim to be a parenting "expert" but writes parent-to-parent with the hope of inspiring others to create peaceful homes through positive parenting.

She is the grateful mother of two boys.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

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