40 Fall Family Activities :: A NOLA Bucket List for Fall

Fall has arrived, so bring on the boots, scarves, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, football and all the Fall activities. Here are 40 fun family activities to celebrate the season:

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch
  2. Carve pumpkins
  3. Roast pumpkin seeds
  4. Paint pumpkins
  5. Set up Fall sensory bins with items like dried beans, corn kernels, straw, leaves, mini gourds, acorns, pine cones, oats, or anything Autumn themed or colored
  6. Make pumpkin muffins
  7. Go apple picking. While there are not any pick your own apple farms in Louisiana, there are a few in MS within a 4-5 hour drive if you want to make a day (or weekend) of it.
  8. Drink apple cider (or Apple Cider Old Fashioneds for the adults)
  9. Bake an apple crisp
  10. Bake apple chips
  11. Make applesauce
  12. Make caramel apples (or apple slices and caramel dip)
  13. Purchase a variety of apples and conduct a taste test
  14. Bob for apples
  15. Make apple stamps
  16. Go on a hike (collect leaves for #17 and pinecones for #18)
  17. Make leaf rubbings
  18. Paint pinecones
  19. Go on a hay ride
  20. Visit a haunted house (or Scream Park’s Kids Zone)
  21. Visit a corn maze
  22. Watch a Halloween movie (like Hocus Pocus or Casper)
  23. Visit a farm
  24. Visit a farmer’s market
  25. Make a scarecrow
  26. Corn painting
  27. Make a hand print tree
  28. Make a gratitude tree
  29. Make a pot of soup or chili
  30. Go camping (or yard camping, or indoor camping)
  31. Get pumpkin spice beverages (or make your own)
  32. Plan (or make) Halloween costumes
  33. Go on a picnic
  34. Play in a pile of leaves
  35. Watch a football game
  36. Light an indoor or outdoor fire
  37. Roast marshmallows on your fire
  38. Find some colored leaves. Here, in Southeast Louisiana, this task can be harder than it sounds, but I’m partial to the few trees that turn bright yellow in Audubon park.
  39. Attend a Fall Festival or Halloween event
  40. Take a family photo (for holiday cards, if you’re into that) 

What are your favorite Fall activities or traditions?

Shannon lives in Central City, New Orleans with her husband, Jeremy, and three sons, Noah, Eli and Zeke. She left a career in Human Resources to take on her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she and her husband founded a non-profit called Bastion Resources with the purpose of inspiring others to live a life of intimacy with God. Shannon is passionate about creating community and engaging in meaningful conversation around the dinner table. Recently, she created The Intentional Daily Journal to help people live with more purpose and clarity, which is available for purchase on Amazon. In her free time, Shannon enjoys all types of fitness, trying new restaurants, reading and discussing books with her book club, coffee dates with friends and hanging at the park with her family. Shannon is constantly creating new healthy recipes and sharing them on her blog Dinner Done by 9am.


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