Fall Bucket List Fun Ideas

Why is a bucket list a good idea?

Did your summer fly by without you noticing it? I don’t know about you but I had ambitious plans for summer. As summer winds down I always feel pressure to cram in those last few fun activities we never quite got to.

Do you feel that way, too?

As a busy mom (all moms are insanely busy, right?) I often struggle to enjoy the fun opportunities around us. I struggle to prioritize making memories, slowing down, relaxing and just being.

Knowing I have this problem I made it my goal to do something about it!

Creating a list I can hang on the fridge and check off is a great way to keep those goals in mind.

A few things to keep in mind as you create your fall bucket list:

My guess is that your family doesn’t look exactly like mine. Your bucket list shouldn’t, either. You’ll want to choose activities that your children are interested in, and things that are available to you locally. You probably have a community facebook group or a city website with a section for local events.

50 Fall Bucket List Ideas:

  1. Visit a local U-pick farm to pick apples
  2. Bake an apple pie
  3. Make caramel apples
  4. Rake leaves and jump in the pile
  5. Build a bonfire
  6. Roast hot dogs and s’mores
  7. Read Pumpkin Jack and learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin
  8. Pick pumpkins at a pumpkin patch
  9. Make a pumpkin dessert from this list
  10. Carve a pumpkin and roast the seeds
  11. Go to a fall festival
  12. Get lost in a corn maze
  13. Go on a hayride
  14. Learn how to press leaves
  15. Start a leaf collection
  16. Make leaf rubbings and take them to the residents at your local nursing home
  17. Build a bird feeder
  18. Take a hike to view the beautiful fall foliage
  19.  Go for a drive in the country to enjoy the colorful fall leaves
  20. Share a pot of soup with a neighbor
  21. Build a scarecrow
  22. Read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and enjoy a little shiver together
  23. Decorate your home and front porch with fall decor
  24. Plant spring daffodil and tulip bulbs
  25. Go rock climbing
  26. Go zip lining
  27. Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  28. Go stargazing in your backyard
  29. Create a scavenger hunt
  30. Make caramel popcorn balls
  31. Fly a kite
  32. Visit a local fall farmers market
  33. Make pumpkin bread
  34. Watch a fall documentary
  35. Go to a drive-in movie
  36. Go on a bike ride around your neighborhood
  37. Learn something new
  38. Read Pumpkin Soup and make some of your own
  39. Make your Halloween costumes
  40. Make a fall-themed lapbook
  41. Jump in puddles
  42. Make a pot of chili
  43. Think of a way to serve your community during the holidays
  44. Light a fall-scented (pumpkin spice, yum!) candle
  45. Make a list of all your blessings
  46. Start your Christmas list
  47. Visit a haunted house (if you dare!)
  48. Donate to a local food bank
  49. Visit a county fair
  50. Enjoy two of our favorite fall story times, Too Many Pumpkins and Cranberry Thanksgiving. Both of them include fun educational activities, crafts and snack ideas to accompany the stories.
fall bucket list for families
Cranberry Thanksgiving Story Time fall bucket list

Now be sure to use your fall bucket list. You can print the list above, or if you want to customize it, you could copy and paste my list into a doc, then give your kiddos a chance to choose their favorite items and create a personalized list. Let your list reflect your families personality, quirks, and interests. Once your list is just the way you want it, print it and hang it on your fridge or in your mudroom, wherever you’ll see it often.

 Having a list on hand of fun activities will take the pressure off of you. No more scrambling trying to come up with something fun to fill an empty weekend or to change the mood of a bad day.

Pin these fun activities for later!


Please share your families favorite fall activities in the comments below. Did I miss any fun ones?

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  1. I want to do so many of these things! It’s been years since I’ve been apple picking or gone on a hayride 🙂 Love it!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I hope you have a terrific fall!

  2. Thank you for these wonderful ideas!! I’m going to use some of them for our homeschool Fall family adventures!!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That’s what we do, too! We use Fridays as our ‘field trip’ day in our homeschool, and we frequently pull our field trips from our seasonal bucket lists.

  3. Great list! I love decorating my porch for fall. This year is my first time putting out mums in Alabama and I already killed them.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Oh, no! You’ll have to try again. I love that mums are perennial and every year they come back bigger and better!

  4. I love love love fall! It is my favorite season but because we live in sunny South Florida we have to travel to experience the full beauty of the season. This is a great list.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Oh, poor you! Although I guess I can’t really feel too sorry for you because um. You. Live. In. Florida. Ha, ha!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That sounds like a great goal. Fall is such a fun season!

  5. This is an awesome list! I have never seen “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, so I will definitely be adding that to my list.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      It’s a fun movie — I hope you like it!

  6. Love everything on your bucket list. We always try to do something new and different every year so will be taking some off of your list to add to ours.

  7. I’m always losing track and running out of time! Lists are a lifesaver 😀 My boys absolutely LOVE flying kites!! They still need a little help but they get so excited watching it over the trees

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I feel the same way — lists really help me keep track of things instead of just wasting time! Have fun flying kites!

  8. I love these ideas! I’ve been so busy thinking about apple pies, I almost forgot about pumpkin bread! Thank you!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      You’re so welcome, Samantha!

  9. I love going for drives to see the beautiful fall colors! These are all great ideas.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Fall is so beautiful! That is one of our favorite traditions, too!

  10. These are great ideas! We always think of summer bucket lists, but theres still just as much things to do in the fall!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Yes, and fall activities are so much fun!

  11. These are such fun ideas! It makes me excited for fall to be here and to get out there and do some of these activities!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I’m already totally in fall mode — we’ve crossed seven things off our list!

  12. Such a great list of things to do this fall. Making caramel apples would be so much fun!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      We love making (and eating!) caramel apples. After we dip them in caramel, I let my kids decorate them with colored chocolate and sprinkles.

  13. I love making seasonal bucket lists. I always want the Fall one to be focused so much on Halloween, but Fall actually goes until December 21 so it CAN include Christmas-themed things too. 🙂


    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That is very true! There are just so many fun fall activities, though, that I keep my fall bucket list mainly fall focused.

  14. My family makes a fall bucket list every year. I love your ideas! I haven’t read all of those books yet, so I’m adding them to my list to read with my children. Thanks!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      You’re welcome!

  15. I was just thinking the other day that I need to make a fall bucket list. These are some great ideas!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Thanks, I hope you have a fabulous fall!

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