Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? 20+ Ideas To Get You Started

organizing family activities for the fall
Create a fall bucket list for you and your family.

'Tis the season for a starting a gratitude journal or attending a fall festival with your family.

Summer ended with a busy September month for us.  From weddings to birthday parties to fellowship time to birth time for friends and family.

My summer bucket list was a real help in filling in activities for the family (and primarily for our toddler son).

Now it's October.  But it's not too late to write up a list for one of the busiest season in our house.

Fall is my favorite season.  

The temperature drops...I get to layer some of my outfits...and the holiday season is around the corner. It gets busy.

A bucket list helps me avoid some of the stresses of holiday planning. 

The bucket list will also become part of our yearly family activities for the fall.  

autumn planning bucket list
What do you like about the autumn season? 

  • Visit a pumpkin patch or take a tour of a local farm
  • Go trick-or-treating (at the mall or other locations --  for toddlers)
  • Attend a fall festival at church
  • Teach the value of volunteering by signing up for service (Thanksgiving event, etc.)
  • Shop at a local farmers market
  • Attend a city event  (craft show or gardening workshop, etc).
  • Visit a winery (adults only!) September is California Wine Month
  • Visit a petting zoo
  • Go to a park and fly a kite or feed the ducks!
  • Listen to a choir or see a fall show
  • Take an autumn drive
  • Go bargain shopping: from back-to-school to gifts to holiday outfits
  • Sign up for a fall 5K or do a family fall walk/hike
  • Find a location and do a family photo shoot ( in a leaf pile, etc.)


  • Honor and discuss holidays such as Veterans Day, etc.
  • Put together costumes for Halloween
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Bake cookies, a pie, or muffins with seasonal ingredients (pumpkin, squash, apples, etc.)
  • Drink seasonal coffee specials (pumpkin latte anyone?)
  • Watch holiday movies
  • Make s'mores just because!
  • Create some fall crafts (leaf art, wreaths, etc.) or make handmade gifts
  • Decorate with family for the holidays
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Host a dinner party or potluck (fellowship, couples, family, holiday theme, game night or football)
  • Play music that reminds you of fall (symphony, carols, holiday, etc.)
  • Plant a seed in the garden (or, in our case, in our container garden!)

It's your turn! When you write one up, think of the family traditions you've cherished or wish you had. Write. Print. Post.  Repeat yearly :)

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