With the pandemic, gathering in large crowds for fall festivals, corn mazes, and pick-your-own produce is not an ideal option for most of us. However, that doesn’t have to stop us from celebrating the change of the seasons. Here are a few must-haves for your fall bucket list this year.

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Activities

a family gathers around an outdoor fire pitBuild a Fire

There’s something so cozy and special about being around a fire on a crisp, cool autumn night. And now, there are so many portable fire pit options, it doesn’t matter where you live—you can have a family fire night wherever you are!

a map of the constellations during the autumn months

Go Stargazing

It may be news to many that autumn is actually the ideal time for stargazing. It gets darker earlier, but the temperature is still comfortable. Plus, you’re able to see both the “summer stars” before they go and the “winter stars” as they’re arriving.

planting bulbs in the fallPlant for Spring

Autumn is the ideal time to get started on having a blooming yard when spring hits. Do your future self a favor and get the whole family’s hands digging and planting plants for next year.

a family goes biking in the fallBike or Drive Through the Colors

There are only a couple of weeks when the changing colors of fall are in full force. Dedicate some time for the whole family to take a drive or hit a local bike trail to soak the beauty in.

Snacks

pumpkin seedsPumpkin Seeds

CLASSIC. Having savory pumpkin seeds to snack on at a moment’s notice is peak fall.

Caramel apple slicesCaramel Apple Slices

This was clearly thought up by a parent—kids will never eat the entire caramel apple. Cut them into slices and everyone can top it with their preferred treats.

Pumpkin JuiceHarry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice

Just like orange juice is an everyday staple for us muggles, Harry Potter fans know that Pumpkin Juice is the wizard equivalent. Contrary to most typical fall beverages, this one is iced but delightful all the same.

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Crafts

leaf stampsReal Leaf Stamps (with Markers!)

The cheapest and most versatile craft you’ll find. All you need are some (green) leaves from your yard, markers, and whatever canvas you want to stamp leaves onto. Have the kids make cards for relatives, or simply new pieces of art for your walls.

leaf crownsFall Leaf Crowns

This is a two-part activity for the kids. First, making crowns out of brown paper bags (grocery or lunch) and colorful leaves. Second, dress-up and make-believe games with their new costume creations.

leaf mason jar candle holdersAutumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder

Light up your backyard or windowsill with these festive decorations. Mod podge real or fake leaves onto mason jars and you and the kids will create some lovely ambiance in the leaf colors of your choice.

pumpkins covered in leavesNo-Carve Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins can be (A) dangerous for kids and (B) super messy. Skip both of those and opt for painting and covering your pumpkins with leaves and other pretty autumn foliage you can find. They won’t be scary, but sometimes that’s a welcome change.

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