Fall is such a beautiful time of year, the weather cools down and the leaves change color. The pumpkins start coming out: from decor to food.
Sometimes it can seem like you have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun, especially as a family. That doesn't always have to be the case though!
Here are 10 Fun Budget-Friendly (Or Free) Fall Family Activities!
1. Bake Halloween or Fall Cookies!
Nothing says fall more than baking cookies! Try out these 30+ Halloween Cookies from Country Living for inspiration. If Halloween cookies aren't your cup of "cookie" tea, try out 30 Best Fall Cookies also from Country Living. If you're looking for great cookie recipes that you can tailor to your own fall cookie cutters depending on your taste, just try any of the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten's cookie recipes.
2. Cook Pumpkin Soup Together
Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin, what is more fall than that?
If you are looking to roast your own pumpkins, you can try The Pioneer Woman's Pumpkin Soup. If you really want a delicious, but much easier option (using canned pumpkin puree) try this Pumpkin Soup recipe from Food Network.
3. Decorate Together
Decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest season, or just fall in general can be a ton of fun. Decorating as a family can be even more fun!
Children typically just want to be included and help you out, even with the small things. Whether it is going through decorations or placing decor onto the table, it is a great way to spend time together and have some extra little hands helping you in the process.
4. Go To A Pumpkin Patch
Whether you are looking for Halloween pumpkins to carve, paint, or decorate, or just some pumpkins to add to your Thanksgiving table, going to a pumpkin patch can be a blast!
We know though, pumpkins at pumpkin patches can get super pricey and there are some better budget ideas. So, you can buy one "family" pumpkin at the patch and get the children's pumpkins at your local grocery store, Target or even Trader Joe's...where full size pumpkins are only $2.99!
5. Paint Your Pumpkins or Decorate With Stickers
Of course you can always carve your pumpkins, but a great budget-friendly and safe option for children of all ages is to paint your pumpkins or even use stickers. There are some great options on Pinterest including cool designs, and glow-in-the-dark paint.
6. Make Fall Cake Pops
Here are some Halloween cake pops, Pumpkin Cake Pops, and Dark Chocolate Brownie Pops from Ree Drummond, aka, Food Network's Pioneer Woman. Whether you want Halloween decorations, or just a pretty fall cake pop idea, you can mix and make these tasty fall treats as a family.
7. Bake Fall-Inspired Cupcakes
Get your recipes, choose some pretty or festive fall cupcake liners, gather your ingredients and bake together. You can have your children help you measure, mix or decorate your fall cupcake creations. Here are a few fall cupcake recipes for you to choose from:
- Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting from the Barefoot Contessa
Want to make muffins instead? Try The Pioneer Woman's Moist Pumpkin Spice Muffins
8. Play In The Leaves Together
This one is tried, tested and approved, and best of all it can be free! Nothing says autumn quiet like beautiful foliage and the seasons/leaves changing. Grab your warm and extra padded clothes, go right in your front yard or for a quick country drive and jump right into the leaves. Take pictures to capture the memory.
9. Make S'Mores
S'mores are traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. If you've never made them here is a link with multiple ways to create your s'mores.
10. Bake Pies Together!