10 COVID-Friendly Fall Activities for Families

by - September 23, 2020

It is officially Fall! Even though it may not feel like fall quite yet in many places, and the fall-like temperatures we're currently experiencing in my town are more than likely not going to stick around, we have finally made it to my most favorite time of the year.

All my favorite things happen in the fall. The weather cools off, the leaves change color, and I get to break out all my boots. All the special fall flavors start showing up in stores, though I'm not much on pumpkin spice unless it's in a pie. Halloween is just around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving and my birthday. It's truly the most wonderful time of the year.

That said, this year fall will undoubtedly look different for many of us. Some time-honored traditions won't happen because of coronavirus, and even those that haven't been canceled will be different from years past. Even with all the precautions in place, there are still plenty of things you can do as a family to get that fall feeling this year. Here are ten of my favorites.

Visit a U-Pick Farm or Pumpkin Patch- There's nothing quite as fun as picking out your own pumpkin to carve or decorate. We've got several to choose from in our area that not only have pumpkins but also boast sunflowers, a corn maze, and animals. You can find one near you through this website: upickfarmlocator.com

Make Fall/Halloween Crafts/Decorations - I am not really a crafty person, especially if it's complicated. But if it involves paper plates, count me in! Here are some fun paper plate Halloween crafts you can try and these easy crafts are great for preschoolers.

Have a Fall/Halloween Movie Marathon - This one is actually pretty easy to do thanks to Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween (see the schedule here), and you can't forget Hallmark's fall lineup (see the schedule here).

Fall/Halloween Read-a-thon - Swap out your usual bedtime stories with a fall or Halloween-themed book. Don't know where to start? Check out this roundup of 31 Halloween Books for Kids.

Go on an Outdoor Fall Scavenger Hunt - Collect leaves, acorns, pinecones, etc. The best part about this activity is that you can do it literally anywhere: your backyard, the neighborhood park, a walking trail...anywhere!

Get Lost in a Corn Maze - Okay, so maybe skip the get lost part, but if a corn maze isn't on your fall bucket list, it should be!

Self-Guided Decorations Tour - Turns out, elaborate yard decorations aren't just for Christmas.

Cozy Up Around a Bonfire - Does anything say fall quite like a bonfire? I'm planning on making good use of our backyard fire pit. S'mores optional.

Make Your Own Fall/Halloween Treats - Alexis loves to help in the kitchen, especially if it involves making something sweet. Here are four recipes I'd like to try this fall: Apple Pie in a Cup, Pumpkin Spice Cake, Halloween Pretzels, and Monster Cookies.

Glow Stick Hide and Seek - This is exactly what it sounds like. Hide and seek with glow sticks.

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