36 fall activities for kids that are unique and unforgettable

Fall is probably the best season for active kids. Cool weather begs them to play outside, harvest draws them to farms, and Halloween looms, leaving the spooky fun all season long. But it doesn’t have to be all about heaps of leaves and forced hikes – as fun as they are. It’s a season that asks you to stretch your activities and try something new. Here is your inspiration.

  • Build a fire out of nothing. Tell ghost stories around him.
  • Make a leaf mandala.
  • Collect the leaves, then store them by wrapping them in newspaper and leaving them between the pages of a heavy book for a week or two until they are dry. If not, place them between two pieces of waxed paper and iron them. The wax will retain their color.
  • Go for a family bike ride before it gets too cold.
  • Carve a turnip. Legend has it that pumpkin carving dates back to the Irish, who carved turnips and placed them near doorways to scare away spirits.
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  • Watch a “scary” movie from our list of movies that won’t give kids under 10 nightmares.
  • Decorate with stretched cotton “cobwebs”.
  • Make butterbeer. (Optional: Add a shot of single malt to your.)
  • Get lost in a corn maze.
  • Try to rub the tombstone. Go to a cemetery, look for the oldest tombstone you can find. Place a sheet of paper on it and color it with a pencil. Watch the words appear.
  • Go in search of pretty fall berries.
  • Make skeleton leaves by soaking them in washing soda and gently peeling back their outer tissue to reveal the leaf’s intricate veins.
  • Make a bird feeder out of a pinecone, peanut butter and birdseed: find a pinecone, tie a string to it, brush it with peanut butter and roll it in birdseed. Then hang on a tree and watch the birds make their way to town.
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  • Go for a hike, but instead of just forcing them to climb the biggest mountain you can find, watch out for animal tracks. Bonus points if you award them to imaginary animals.
  • Build your own fog machine.
  • Build a fort outside.
  • Resume trimming.
  • Learn all the Harry Potter spells (by watching the movies, of course).
  • Go apple picking. Divide into teams and have a Choppedstyle contest to see who can make the best apple dessert with a weird ingredient.
  • Make a shrunken head decoration from a dried apple.
  • Plant some apple seeds.
  • Try rubbing the leaves. Place a leaf under a sheet of paper, doodle on it, and watch the leaf shape appear.
  • Run a cider or hot chocolate stand.
  • Host a pumpkin carving contest. Bonus points for accessories.
  • Toast the leftover pumpkin seeds.
  • Encourage children to birdwatch by spotting birds that fly south for the winter.
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  • Have a picnic at a local park.
  • Build a scarecrow.
  • Make chili.
  • Pick up the acorns.
  • Make wind chimes out of sticks.
  • Try a ouija board.
  • Make lollipop-shaped ghosts. Simply wrap the top of a lollipop in a tissue, attach a ribbon or rubber band to the base of the pop, and draw two eyes with a black marker.
  • Cut a pineapple. It’s like carving a pumpkin but with funky hair.
  • Go camping. If you drive to your destination and set up camp away from others, this is the rare form of vacation where the risk of transmission is low.

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Sally J. Minick