Family Matters: 50 fun family activities for fall

Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:19 - Written by JENNIFER FLANDERS

It may be hard to believe it, but fall officially starts this Friday.

The year is nearly ¾ over! But the remaining quarter packs lots of potential for making great memories, if we’re intentional about doing so.

Make a list of the activities you don’t want to miss, then check them off as you go. Drawing a blank? Here’s some of our family’s favorite things to do during the fall season, plus a few new things we plan to try this year.

1. Visit a farm

2. Attend a fall festival

3. Go for a drive through the country

4. Admire the changing colors (head to the Northeast for the best displays)

5. Change batteries in your smoke alarms

6. Stage a family fire drill

7. Read Pilgrim Stories

8. Build a bird or squirrel feeder

9. Go to the State Fair

10. Compete in a creative arts competition

11. Play Scrabble

12. Attend a high school football game

13. Host a shoe box stuffing party for Operation Christmas Child

14. Go on a scavenger hunt

15. Make homemade granola or trail mix

16. Go to a drive-in movie

17. Take a family photo

18. Find your way through a corn maze

19. Plant bulbs for spring: tulips, daffodils, etc. 

20. Watch a cranberry harvest (if you can’t see it in person, check YouTube)

21. Write a thank you note and mail it

22. Pass out candy and tracts to trick-or-treaters

23. Invite a lonely college student for Thanksgiving

24. Sing praise songs around a campfire

25. Feast as Pilgrims and Indians

26. Make popcorn balls

27. Clean house with all the windows open

28. Rake leaves

29. Watch Dan in Real Life

30. Jump in a leaf pile

31. Run a Turkey Trot of 5K

32. Carve a pumpkin

33. Build a bonfire

34. Start a leaf collection

35. Work a jigsaw puzzle

36. Go mountain biking

37. Roast pumpkin seeds

38. Pick apples at an orchard

39. Watch Martin Luther

40. Sing A Mighty Fortress

41. Learn the Five Solas

42. Bake a pumpkin pie

43. Visit a science museum

44. Go to a pumpkin patch

45. Bake an apple crisp

46. Read D’Aulaire’s Columbus

47. Make cranberry sauce

48. Camp out under the stars

49. Make s’mores

50. Shell pecans


Jennifer Flanders has always been an avid list maker. For a free printable copy of this one, visit