Pumpkins, falling leaves, crisp breeze – it’s no mystery why fall is a favorite time for many! To help you make your season one for the Memory Books, here’s 20 ideas for your fall bucket list.
1. Apple picking
This has quickly become one of our favorite fall traditions! If you live near an apple orchard, add this activity to your list. It’s fun for the whole family, but little ones will especially have a blast picking and tasting apples.
2. Pumpkin patch
Queue all of the fall nostalgia. There are few fall-ish things better than going on a hayride to pick out your pumpkin fresh from the patch!
3. Pick out or make a Halloween costume
At Tessera, we’re all about keeping it simple. So if for you, that means heading over to the Halloween Store with your child to pick out their costume, go for it! Itching to show off your creative side? Check out these adorable DIY costume ideas!
4. Trick or treating
The ultimate Halloween tradition! Make sure to check when your city’s trick or treat time is so you don’t miss out on the fun.
5. Go on a nature walk
We all know that walking is good for the mind and body, but when you get to see the changing colors of the leaves, it’s even better!
6. Ghostly crafts
We love doing footprint art for younger kiddos! Create as many ghost prints as you’d like using your child’s foot, white paint, and black card stock. When the prints are dry, use a Sharpie to add eyes and a mouth. Then cut out the footprint, punch a hole in the top, and string twine through to create a garland. Better yet, add the prints to your Memory Book or a Halloween Kids Journal!
7. Decorate the house
What better time for an interior refresh than the changing of the seasons?! Enlist your kids’ help to hang fall garlands, create fall centerpieces (you can use objects you found on your nature walk such as pine cones, feathers, acorns, etc), or decorate the front porch with gourds!
8. Paint or carve a pumpkin
Another classic fall activity! Carving a pumpkin may be better suited to older kids, but for younger kids, pulling out the seeds is a great sensory activity. If they’re not about the slimy mess, painting a pumpkin is just as fun!
9. Find a fall festival
Hello, hayrides, apple cider, and corn mazes! Fall festivals are a great afternoon activity with plenty of opportunity to take photos for your Memory Books.
10. Visit a local farm
Depending on where you’re located, farms often have a lot going on in the fall! Many farmers will grow specialty items such as sunflowers, gourds, and you-pick apples or produce. It’s a fun afternoon activity that supports your local farm and will tire the kids out in the process. Win-win!
11. Disney Halloween classics movie night
Remember those Disney classics we grew up watching? Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion … These are all on Disney+! What better way to kick off the season than with some good ol’ nostalgia?
12. Make a spooky treat
The perfect addition to your movie night. How cute are these spooky rice krispie monster bites by Two Sisters?
13. Break out the Crockpot
Is there anything better than walking into the kitchen to smell a simmering meal in the slow cooker? Even if you’re still experiencing warmer temps, you can welcome the idea of cool fall weather with a Crockpot meal. The best part? Slow cookers mean minimal effort on your part! We love this unique recipe from Moms with Crockpots. It’s chili with a twist!
14. Go on a scavenger hunt
Changing seasons mean there are lots of new things to find! We love this fall inspired scavenger hunt by the Printables Fairy. After the hunt, add these printables to your Memory Book with photos of your kids for a sweet snapshot of your fall fun!
15. Have a bonfire
What better way to kick off the beginning of the school year and cozy fall nights ahead?
16. Speaking of cozy … pick out your next fall read!
We love curling up with a good book when the temps start dropping. Whether you pick a thriller, a mystery, or a good crime fiction novel, there are many books to get you in the spirit of Spooky Season! Head to your local library for lots of great recs for you and the kids.
17. Have a mystery game night
Get in the spirit of the season with games of mystery and disguise! We love Guess Who? for little kids, Clue for bigger kids, and Unsolved Case Files for adults.
18. Watch a football game
Nothing says fall more than the start of football season! Even if you’re not a fan of the sport, football is a great reason to invite over friends and warm up some appetizers. Does your family have a favorite team? Encourage the kids to get in on the fun with a Favorite Team Kids Journal!
19. Visit the zoo
Ever noticed that the animals at the zoo are kind of lethargic during the summer? Cooling temps = the perfect time to see animals in action!
20. Throw a kid friendly Halloween party
A party is a fun way to create memories worthy of documenting for your family or childhood keepsake books! With the unpredictability of the last few years, we got creative when celebrating holidays with our little ones. One year included a post nap-time Halloween party complete with costumes, pin the bone on the skeleton, mummy bowling, and lots of spooky music on Spotify.
We hope this list helps you create a memory-filled fall! Don’t forget to capture them all with a Memory Book from our collection, and tag us at #TesseraMemoryBooks on Instagram to share!