Autumn is my family’s favorite time of year. The weather is cooler, the trees look beautiful, we break out the spooky Halloween and Day of the Dead decorations, it’s football season, and we go gaga for Apple Cider Donuts. (Man, I love a good donut.)
We have some fun family traditions in the fall that we all look forward to each year. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend with your family, consider one of these activities. Who knows maybe it will become a new tradition for your family.
1. Fall Foliage Drive or Bike Ride – Traditionally we have love to grab the map and drive through our local forest preserves or if we are feeling adventurous we take the drive the Fall Foliage routes in Wisconsin to see the most amazing colors on the trees. If we are lucky, we’ll find an orchard or fruit stand to grab apple pie and other tasty fall treats. Google Fall Foliage Drives and see what comes up for your area. This year we are totally into biking so we’re going to grab our bikes for our drive up to Wisconsin and bike through the forests for a new experience. Read my tips on how to plan a family bike ride.
2. Visit a Pumpkin Farm – Nothing says Fall like a trip to a pumpkin patch. We have some fun local pumpkin farms that have games and a petting zoo for little ones. It’s a great place to take a photo of your kids for the Christmas newsletter! The colors are outstanding. Now that my kids are a little older, we like exploring the corn maze at night by flashlight. Spooky!
3. Leaf Piles – It is amazing how much fun you can have with a leaf pile. We’ve built mazes and forts and of course taken turns diving into the leaf piles. Everyone gets a rake and we try to see how big we can make our piles. The sound of crunching leaves is so fun!
4. Crafting & Decorating for Halloween – We take decorating for Halloween very seriously at our house. We want to have the most festive house on the block. We go crazy decorating both inside and outside the house. I like to spend time with the kids making a new Halloween decoration or treats for their Halloween parties every year. It’s time we get to spend together creating, talking, and connecting. You can see some of our Halloween decorations that I’ve made with the kids.
5. Organize a Neighborhood Trick or Treat Procession – Trick or treating is so much more fun in a group. Our neighborhood started a Trick or Treat Procession a few years ago where everyone would meet and walk together. Our procession had wagons full of snacks and hot chocolate, more wagons to pull the young ones who get tired after 3 blocks, dogs on leashes in costumes, and plenty of cameras and video cameras to capture the fun. While trick or treating as a family is fun … why not multiply that by inviting 3 or 4 families? Now, the adults can have a blast walking around too.
What Fall traditions does your family look forward to every year?