Put on your coziest sweater, grab a blanket scarf, and get ready to buy every pumpkin in the patch, because it’s finally fall. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, fall doesn’t officially begin until the first day of the autumnal equinox (this year it happens on September 23), but we’ve been ready for sweater weather and fall foliage for months.
Now that the season is actually here, we’re sharing our ultimate fall bucket list. It’s full of all the quintessential fall activities you can’t miss—like hayrides through the pumpkin patch—as well as ideas for new fall traditions to start, like helping a local food bank prepare for winter. You can even download our free fall bingo card to check off each item as you go.
1. Go to a Pumpkin Patch
Gourds, apple cider, and hayrides—it just wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch! Whether you’re there for the memories or to pick the best pumpkin for carving, this is one fall tradition you just can’t miss. If you’re looking for something even more extravagant to do with the family this year, check out one of the most amazing pumpkin displays around the country.
2. Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
Now that Starbucks’ classic Pumpkin Spice Latte is back in stores, it officially feels like fall. A hot spiced drink is completely necessary this time of year (whether the leaves have started falling or not!) and we can never say no to a splash of pumpkin. Hit the local coffee shop for your daily dose of pumpkin spice or make your own PSL at home!
3. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Gather your crew of family and friends and team up to see who can make it through the corn maze the fastest. Some pumpkin patches offer miniature mazes (which are great for kids!) but look for local farms or larger mazes in your area to get the full experience.
4. Roast Marshmallows
There’s something about crisp fall evenings that makes us want to gather around a warm fire and roast marshmallows. You don’t need a fancy fire pit or a big bonfire—just invite a few friends and fire up the backyard grill! Of course, you’ll want to stock up on all kinds of chocolate and graham crackers too so your guests can make their own delicious s’mores desserts.
5. Eat a Caramel Apple
There’s not a better combination than warm, gooey caramel and crisp, crunchy apples—and this fall treat is almost as fun to decorate as it is to eat! Make one of these 13 scrumptious caramel apple recipes or try these marbled caramel apples.
6. Donate the Summer Clothes You Never Wore
As you transition your closet from sundresses to sweaters, take stock of what you have. Any spring and summer clothes you didn’t wear this year can go right into the donate pile—that way, they can be worn by someone else rather than taking up extra storage space. Before you plan a dropoff, review these 5 helpful tips for donating to Goodwill.
7. Pick Apples
Going to the pumpkin patch is about as “fall” as you can get, but a trip to a local apple orchard is also a must-do. Before you go, read up on the types of apples so you know exactly which ones to pick for all the irresistible apple desserts you’ll be making this season. Plus, orchards are usually a great place to snap a family pic so you can get the Christmas card photo checked off your list.
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