Erin is a writer and content creator from Georgia, United States. She loves coffee, books, and puppies.
As summer comes to a close, it can be difficult to say goodbye to the warm weather, light evenings, and beach excursions, but autumn brings with it a whole host of new possibilities. Each season is special, and to enjoy fall to its fullest, we must follow its lead and adjust our routines to make the most of the unique sights, smells, sensations, and events that come with the arrival of autumn. Below is a list of 100 simple and easy ways to enjoy and engage with the calendar's final season.
Fun Fall Festivities and Awesome Autumn Activities
1. Have a bonfire in your backyard or light your fireplace.
2. Go for a walk and step on some fallen leaves. Crunch!
3. Enjoy the season's favorite hot drinks—coffee, apple cider, green tea, and hot chocolate!
4. Enjoy cozy clothes as the weather gets cooler. Dig out your sweaters, scarves, and soft socks.
5. Plan for Halloween and other fall festivals. Decorate, dress up, cook, or participate in other ways.
6. Visit a local orchard and harvest some apples.
7. As temperatures drop, spend more time inside with family. Play checkers, chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, or other board games. Have a movie marathon. Create a scavenger hunt to find some candy. Give the children some clues to help them discover their treasure.
8. Go for a drive to a wooded area and photograph the fall leaves.
9. Go shopping for winter coats. Check out thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army for some awesome deals.
10. Visit a pumpkin patch. Choose large ones for Jack-o-lanterns and small ones for decorating around the house.
11. Go hiking to enjoy the fall scenery.
12. Curl up under a tree with a blanket and read a really good book. Watch the colorful leaves fall as you cozy up to a brilliant story.
13. Warm up with your favorite hot meals—soup, chili, macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and baked potatoes all taste great in the fall.
14. Attend football games or watch them from home.
15. Go on a hayride.
16. Wear fuzzy blankets over your shoulders while you watch TV or putter around the house.
17. Enjoy the season's favorite pies. Pumpkin, apple, and pecan are on the top of my list.
18. Go shopping for Christmas decorations. Many stores already have them stocked at the beginning of the fall. Take advantage of the aisles being less busy and get into the spirit of the season a little early.
19. It's cuddle weather! Cuddle with a loved one, a pet, or a stuffed animal.
20. Make some autumn-themed sugar cookies. Sugar cookies are usually reserved for the winter holiday season, but they can also delight friends and family during autumn.
21. Grab some rakes and clean up the fallen leaves. Make sure everyone has a turn to jump into the pile before bagging them up.
22. Purchase whole cloves, poke them into an orange, and attach a loop of ribbon (use a glue gun or tie the ribbon around the orange). Use it as a Christmas ornament or just a fragrant decoration for any time of the year.
23. Pick your favorite leaves and create crayon rubbings (this is a great activity for children).
24. Visit a craft festival with your family or friends. It's a great way to celebrate the season and find some unique holiday gifts.
25. Bake pumpkin or banana bread.
26. Buy fall-scented candles—apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup, and caramel are among my favorites.
27. Gather old clothes and straw or raffia to make a scarecrow for your yard or porch.
28. Plan your summer garden early. Plant some bulbs that will bloom once the weather is warm again.
29. Trick or treat with your kids early (or late) inside your home. Create stations within various rooms. Put different kinds of candy in each one. Have a costume contest afterward.
30. Relax in a coffee shop and try one of their seasonal drinks.
31. Visit a farmer's market and choose some vegetables or fruits you can use for your Thanksgiving dinner.
32. Participate in a charity walking event. October is breast cancer awareness month; it's the perfect time to walk for a cause.
33. Check out yard sales and estate sales and find highly discounted fall and winter clothes, antiques, potential holiday gifts, and miscellaneous keepsakes.
34. Go to your local bakery, buy something warm, and enjoy a break from the crisp, fall air.
35. Make an autumn wreath. Use a glue gun to attach fallen leaves, twigs, flowers, and other seasonal items to a simple craft-store wreath.
36. Take a weekend trip to the mountains to enjoy the colorful foliage.
37. Give yourself a makeover. Dye your hair a few shades darker to match the season. Try hues of brown, orange, and red to change up your makeup routine. Purchase a trendy cardigan or sweater.
38. Dedicate a Saturday to practicing new recipes you plan to use for your Thanksgiving meal or other upcoming holiday feast.
39. Create fun crafts that you can use as Halloween or Thanksgiving decoration.
40. Take up knitting or crocheting. It's a wonderful indoor activity for when the temperature starts to drop. Make hats, rags, socks, and mittens for friends and family.
41. Go on a carriage ride with a friend or significant other. It's the perfect way to enjoy the slightly chilled weather.
42. Roast marshmallows over a fire or just pop some in the microwave.
43. Get lost in a corn maze.
44. Buy a leaf or tree guide book. Take it along when you walk to help identify what you're seeing.
45. Plan and sew your own Halloween or fall-festival costumes.
46. Make a pinecone bird feeder by covering a pinecone with peanut butter and birdseed. If a squirrel gets to it first, that's ok too!
47. Take your bike out for a spin, but remember your jacket.
48. Take a stroll on an empty beach.
49. Write a list of things you're thankful for (this can be done with family and friends around Thanksgiving or on any day).
50. Make a scrapbook using all of your summer vacation photos.
51. Head to the local or state fair for some family fun.
52. Stock up on summer and spring clothes. They will be on sale in stores as soon as the fall season arrives.
53. Head to a lake and do some fishing.
54. Arbor Day is in September. Plant a tree to celebrate this special day.
55. Host a murder-mystery party in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
56. Learn how to play the guitar or mandolin. Play your tunes on the back porch and enjoy the chilly air.
57. Buy something with a plaid pattern. It's a classic fall trend. Purchase a plaid shirt or soft plaid blanket.
58. Carry a leather-bound notebook around with you when walking outside. Write some poetry or a story and draw inspiration from the fall scenery.
59. Get some friends together and put on a fall fashion show. This works best in late August.
60. Use wax paper and a heavy book to press some leaves. Use them as bookmarks or decorations.
61. Go on a family excursion to learn how to make maple syrup.
62. Redecorate your home using fall colors, such as red, maroon, gold, burnt orange, mauve, and black. Use throw pillows and blankets to create a cozy atmosphere.
63. Camp in your own backyard.
64. Practice face painting for Halloween or a fall festival.
65. Make an autumn playlist for drives through the country.
66. Paint the fall scenery. You can paint on canvas or unconventional items, such as a saw or an old window.
67. Take your dog out for longer walks now that the weather is bearable. Get some exercise while spending time with your pet.
68. Make a fall collage with leaves, acorns, nuts, and branches. Use a glue gun to attach it to cardstock. Place it inside of a shadowbox for a unique decoration.
69. Learn how to square dance or line dance. Sign up for a class and have fun with your friends.
70. Take a quilting class and sew a quilt full of fall colors. Place it on your bed for the cool nights.
71. Have your last backyard barbecue at the beginning of the fall season. Scatter hay bays around for seating. Place old blankets on top to make them comfortable for your guests.
72. Purchase a small heater in preparation for the winter and to enjoy on chilly nights in the fall.
73. Visit a barn, play with the animals, and run through the fields.
74. Run or jog. You'll be delighted that you can run farther now that it's not blazing hot outside.
75. Make some quick apple cider. If you're running low on time, simply add a little cinnamon to some apple juice and heat it in the microwave.
76. Make some homemade ice cream to complement all the pies you'll be eating.
77. Pick out some trendy school supplies. You and your kids will be excited to work and learn with some fun new notebooks and pencils.
78. Take a swim in an indoor pool.
79. Try bird watching. Buy a guide book to help you with identification.
80. Instead of buying a whole new fall wardrobe, just add a few key pieces to your summer clothing. A long sleeve shirt will go nice with a regular t-shirt over it. Add a vest or scarf for an extra layer. Purchase a single jacket that will go well with most other articles of clothing.
81. Buy a weathervane or wind chime to fully enjoy the autumn wind.
82. Barbecue sweet corn on a grill.
83. Eat caramel popcorn, desserts with pecans or walnuts, and candied apples.
84. Fill jars with candy corn and give them away as gifts (or save them for yourself).
85. Slow down and take an afternoon nap under the warm covers.
86. Stand underneath a tree and try to catch the leaves as they fall.
87. Bob for apples, oranges, peaches, or even bananas.
88. Bowl outside. Fill empty liter bottles with seeds or corn. Roll a gourd or pumpkin (cut off the stem first) to knock them down.
89. Have a picnic with a loved one.
90. Visit a haunted house or mansion.
91. Many towns have costume parades. Get a group together and go as related characters.
92. Check out a local ghost tour.
93. Head outside at night and gaze at the stars. Make sure to bring plenty of blankets and a telescope if you have one.
94. Fly some kites. The fall wind is perfect for this activity.
95. Host a tailgating party before a big game.
96. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a clothing drive.
97. Research new TV shows for the fall season. Get a group of friends together that will regularly watch a certain show with you. Treat it like a book club.
98. Join the gym or the YMCA. Your "summer self" will be glad you started so early for bathing suit season (remember that you'll be eating a lot on Thanksgiving and the winter holidays).
99. Create luminaries using paper bags, sand, and votive candles. Line your driveway with them for a pretty glow.
100. Spend more time with the people you love, whether that means enjoying the beautiful scenery outside or drinking a hot drink and watching movies indoors. Get creative and think of your own fall-themed crafts, parties, and activities.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 12, 2014:
Amazing! I am finally getting the hang of FALL in Croatia and have adjusted well in keeping busy and occupied. i like the list mentioned here.
f on October 29, 2012:
YW. 'The heavens and the earth declare the glory of God'. Such outstanding colors at this time.
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on October 28, 2012:
f: Yes, I love this season. God is definitely great! Thanks for voting. :)
f on October 27, 2012:
A glorious season of the year; God is great! Voted up.
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 08, 2012:
carol7777: Thanks! It's hard to come up with 100 ways of anything, so I'm glad this met with your approval.
carol stanley from Arizona on September 08, 2012:
Not a bad idea in the bunch. I love your photos and am going to bookmark this for future reading. Voted UP.
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 27, 2012:
mary615: A corn maze is a maze made out of a corn field. It's trimmed to resemble a huge maze that people have to find their way out of. I agree; I like the chilly air of the fall, but I'm not a fan of the freezing winter temperatures. Thanks for reading and voting! :)
Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 27, 2012:
These all sound like so much fun; what's a corn maze??? I like the Fall, but not the cold weather that follows.
Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.etc.
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 19, 2012:
Life and Luxury: Thank you! I enjoy the cool weather also, but I'm not a huge fan of the freezing weather winter brings. Mmm...be sure to save me a slice; haha! That's a great tip. Thanks for commenting. :)
Life and Luxury from South Beach, FL on August 19, 2012:
I love, love, love this hub. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I am a cold weather gal, and the cozy activities you put together here are getting me excited to make my first pumplin pie and homemade decorations. Re #1 on your list: For those folks who don't have a real fireplace, Netflix has a roaring fireplace video on its instant viewing options!
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 08, 2012:
The Stages of ME: It's a wonderful season! It's not too hot and not too cold. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for reading. :)
Kathy Henderson from Pa on August 08, 2012:
FALL is my most favorite season ~ thanks for giving me the visual of that season on this Hot August Day
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 07, 2012:
Mhatter99: Thanks! I would love to visit California, but I've never had the opportunity.
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 07, 2012:
You did it! Congratulations. If you come to SF dancing is very romantic in fall.
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 07, 2012:
mejohnson: Thank you! Mmm...it sounds good to me, too. Thanks for commenting!
mejohnson on August 07, 2012:
Great list. Hot chocolate & banana bread sounds good about now.
Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 07, 2012:
f: Thanks! Haha; well school has already started in my town, so fall has been on my brain for a week now. Thanks for reading!
f on August 07, 2012:
Great hub...but please let us enjoy summer first.... :)