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13 Nostalgia-Inducing Fall Activities

There’s more to fall than just visiting a pumpkin patch or going apple picking. With so many different things to do during the fall, where do you begin? Here are some awesome, nostalgia-inducing fall activities to do by yourself, with friends, your significant other or your family!

  1. A Scavenger Hunt: There’s nothing wrong with a group of adult friends competitively ransacking through your backyard to find lots of different odds and ends! Make sure to include photos of the different items that your friends are looking for, and include a couple of gift cards or other items that they can take with them when the hunt is over. Don’t forget to include a special prize for the winners!
  2. Host a Scary Movie Marathon: Get everyone together for a night full of frights! Let your friends know ahead of time what movies you all are going to watch in case they’ve already seen them or want to make sure it’s not going to be too scary for them. Curl up on the couch with a couple of cozy personalized blankets, bake some sweet movie treats and settle in for a night full of screams and fun!
  3. Take a Horseback Ride: The fall foliage is beautiful to experience from horseback! Reach out to your local barn and see whether they offer guided tours down nearby nature trails. It’s a great way to experience nature, and having a guide will make sure that you don’t get lost.
  4. Embrace Soup Season: While fall is quickly becoming known as “Pumpkin Spice Season,” real fall lovers know that Fall = Soup Season! Whether it’s tomato, chicken noodle, Brunswick, she-crab or roasted butternut squash, there’s a soup out there for everyone. Many soups can be made in the crockpot, so you can toss all the ingredients together in the morning before heading to work and finish it up when you get home.
  5. Go to a Haunted Corn Maze: Instead of the traditional haunted house, why not switch it up a bit and go for a haunted corn maze? It’ll still remind you of the nights you and your friends tried to get through a haunted house, but there’s the addition of a whole new experience by going through something you haven’t done before. Some aren’t scary during the day, so feel free to bring the kids first, get the lay of the maze and then come back later with friends or your spouse.
  6. Spend the Night Somewhere Haunted! If the idea of not going to a haunted house this year just doesn’t sit right with you, kick it up a bit by spending the night in a haunted hotel! A quick Google search of haunted hotels near you or a phone call to your local tourism office should produce some spook-worthy results. Depending on the rumored stories, you might want to leave the kids at home with Grandma for this one.
  7. Host a Flag Football Game: Get the family together for a day full of flag football and food! Turn the whole thing into a potluck, and host a competition among your family to see who makes the best taco dip. Don’t forget to give the winner a gift, such as a fun personalized cutting board! That way, everyone participating has an incentive to make sure they bake the best dish.
  8. Have a Family Photo Shoot: Prep for the holiday greeting cards by having a fall family photo shoot. Grab Mom, Dad, Grandma and the dogs to ensure the whole family gets involved. Don’t have everyone close by? Have a virtual photo shoot. Send out an email with a link to a video conference and dress code. Then, make sure to switch the camera so all the participants are included on the screen and take a screenshot of everyone smiling at their cameras! Don’t forget to do a silly photo, perfect for all the kids who lose patience and focus quickly.
  9. Get a Head Start on Gift Shopping: Nothing is worse than realizing it’s two days before Christmas and you still haven’t gotten the kids their presents. Browse online stores for great fall deals and start stocking up now on gifts to give everyone before the holiday craze hits!
  10. Host a Halloween Party: Invite a small circle of friends and family to your house for an intimate Halloween party. Get as spooky as you’d like, or keep it family-friendly! Either way, Halloween parties are something you probably grew up with, so it will be fun to host one with your friends and their kids. It’ll make everything feel full circle for you.
  11. Attend a Festival: A lot of rural areas host Fall Festivals, complete with bobbing for apples, chili cook-offs and square dancing. Do a quick search for Fall Festivals happening in your area and make plans to attend. Purchase your tickets ahead of time because the organization sponsoring it sometimes gives you special perks, such as a goodie bag with items from all the sponsoring businesses or an extra row or two of tickets to use when playing games. Take a look at the itinerary of all the events happening and pick the ones you and your family want to attend so that you have a plan beforehand.
  12. Knit a Blanket: Knitting a scarf is so last year, right? Instead, challenge yourself to knit or crochet a blanket this fall. You can either keep it for yourself or give it to a friend or family member for Christmas. If you decide to give it as a gift, that’s more of an incentive for you to not only complete it on time, but make sure it’s done right.
  13. Perfect Your Apple Pie Recipe: Everyone needs their own specialty pie recipe. Why not let yours be apple pie? Find a variety of different recipes and look through them to see if you like any of them, try baking a few and then use pieces from each recipe to create your own.
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