Fall is a time to celebrate! From the pumpkins to the beautiful changing colors to the tricking and the treating, it is an opportunity to spend some quality time together as a family. Below we’ve listed a few ideas to help you celebrate fall as a family, and hopefully help you create a few new family traditions and memories to last a lifetime.
Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate fall with your family:
Decorate Your Home
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s totally up to you. Make it as fancy or simple as you wish. You can purchase pumpkins to set out. Or you can look online for fun decorating projects that utilize things that you have around the house. Just having your home decorated, with even just a few fall accessories, will get everyone in the fall spirit.
More to Fall For: Let the kids help! Incorporate fun kid friendly fall decorations that will blend with your more traditional décor. Kids love to create all sorts of arts and crafts. Do a little research and come up with a few fall themed ones that you can do as a family. Make a scarecrow for the front yard, a wreath for the front door or a paper mache masterpiece for the mantel.
Have a Backyard BBQ or Bonfire
Take dinner outside, while there are still plenty of evenings where you can gather as a family in the backyard. Whether you’ll be lighting the grill or a bonfire, both are great ways to celebrate fall. There are several different activities that you can create around a fall backyard gathering. Families can tell stories, roast marshmallows, make smores, gaze at the stars or just sit back and relax in the company of your loved ones.
More to Fall For: Invite friends and neighbors over and plan a few fun activities. Play a game of flag football, plan a scavenger hunt, play flash light tag or hand the kids a rake and let them gather up as many leaves as they can to jump in.
Decorate Pumpkins Together
One of the best parts of fall is piles of pumpkins! After a visit to the local pumpkin patch, you’ll be ready to trick out your prime picks. Gather the fam for a fun night of carving and decorating pumpkins. It’s a great way to celebrate the season and prepare for Halloween. And, don’t forget to keep the pumpkin seeds to roast now or later on.
More to Fall For: Host a pumpkin carving or painting party and invite family and friends. Provide carving tools, paint supplies and plenty of newspapers. Hold a contest for the best pumpkins and award prizes.
Another favorite of fall is creating delicious comfort foods. Use the apples you picked at the orchard and work together to bake the best apple pie or make caramel apples. Pull out Grandma’s Butternut Squash Soup Recipe or other family favorite. This is a great opportunity to work as a family in the kitchen and cook or bake together.
More to Fall For: Host a chili or soup cook-off and have people bring their prized recipes in crockpots. Guests can vote on their favorites and enjoy a great fall comfort food.
Trick or Treat Together
Halloween is a wonderful time to show off your creativity and spooky side. Plan a Halloween gathering and encourage guests to come in their best costumes. Enjoy meeting neighbors and finding new friends in your neighborhood when you head out to trick or treat as a group.
More to Fall For: Host a trick or treating pre-party. Provide the main dish and ask guests to bring a side. You’ll want to make the party festive, but keep it simple and easy. The kids will be wound up and won’t want to delay the main event of trick or treating.
How do you celebrate fall as a family? We’d love to hear!