Fall is a beautiful and exciting time of year. In fact, fall is my favorite time of year! I love the cooler weather, the fall harvests, and all of the festivities that come in fall. There is so much to do in these few months that can make for amazing fall traditions each year.
Do you remember your parents taking you to the pumpkin patch or trick or treating? I do and it has been some of my greatest childhood memories. Creating your own traditions with your kids is an important part your family dynamics. Take some time to do things as a family and create long lasting memories together.
Of course the first tradition on this list is to visit a pumpkin patch! What would fall be without pumpkins? If you can find a really good pumpkin patch in your area than there should be plenty to do for the whole family. Choose a pumpkin, go on a hay ride, play games, or even walk through a corn maze. The pumpkin patch is the perfect family tradition to to each and every year.
Fall is the prime season to go apple picking. Find your closest apple orchard and see if they offer apple picking. It can be so much fun to pick your own apples. After you take them home you can enjoy them as a snack or even bake with them. Apple picking is fun for the whole family and a great out door activity to do in the fall.
My girls absolutely love decorating pumpkins. After everyone has found their perfect pumpkin get out the paint, glitter and stickers to decorate them. The kids will have so much fun! If crafting is not your style, carve your pumpkin to show off on Halloween night.
Go on a hike
Nature is so beautiful during the fall. It is a great time to go out and explore the outdoors. The leaves are changing and are starting to fall that it makes for a perfect family tradition. Collect pine cones or colorful leaves to use in a craft project later. You may even see more animals in the cooler weather.
Visit A Halloween store
I don’t know what it is about Halloween stores, but my girls beg us to take them every year. I guess the spooky decorations and exciting new costumes makes for a fun family outing. In fact, we visit the Halloween store several times before Halloween arrives. My girls are always so bummed when the store closes after the holiday.
Decorate for Fall
Decorating for fall can be so much fun and will really set the mood for the season. The best part is that the whole family can do this together. My girls are actually the ones who initiate this every year. Put out pumpkins and gourds on your porch with a fall wreath and welcome mat for an inviting entry. You may even want to make a scare crow together as a family using some of dads old clothes. I remember doing all of that as a kid and it was so much fun.
Bake with pumpkins
Fall is the time of year when it’s all about pumpkin. Pumpkin desserts are so delicious and really fun to make. Get the kids involved in the kitchen to bake a delicious pie or pumpkin cookies. Bake the same thing every year or find new recipes to try. Your whole family will love to be part of this family tradition. After all a big part of fall is the food!
Donate to a food bank
Teach your kids the importance of giving back to your community with this family tradition. Each year hundreds of people are hungry during the holidays. Do your part to donate nonperishable food items to your local food bank for the holiday season. Your kids will love to get involved and they will learn an important lesson.
Go Trick or treating
Trick or treating is a big event that happens every year in fall. I don’t think there is any kid on earth that doesn’t like getting candy. Trick or treating as a family can be a fun tradition to do together. Come up with coordinating themed costumes to dress as and go trick or treating together. It’s a great tradition that your kids will look forward to each year.
Make an opportunity to teach your kids the importance of giving thanks and being grateful for what you have. Use the time to make a craft or activity to show what each member of the family is thankful for. It can be an important reminder to ourselves and a teaching tool for our kids.
Do you have any fall family traditions that you do each year? Or maybe your favorite thing to do in the fall? Tell me about them in the comments!