Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. The hot summer days are replaced with a crispness in the air. With color abound, gather the family and take advantage of these fun fall activities. You are sure to love them year after year.

1. Go on a leaf hunt

This is a fun activity that allows for many great photo opportunities. All you have to do is pick your favorite sunny day and head outside. Each child can carry his/her own small basket or paper bag to collect their leaves in. Once home, use the leaves to create colorful art projects. The projects can then be used to decorate your home. What a great way to welcome fall!

Follow the link for fall art projects.  Leaf Stamping

2. Visit some craft fairs

Craft fairs are a great way to support your local community. Artists of all kinds spend hours preparing for these events. I have found some of the most unique gifts at craft fairs and I ALWAYS leave inspired.

3. Take a hayride to a pumpkin patch

This is a family tradition waiting to happen! It is the same idea as going to the tree farm at Christmas and picking out the Christmas tree. Grab some hot apple cider and some kettle corn and hop a ride to the pumpkin patch. Allow each member of the family to pick one out to decorate. I also get a few sugar pumpkins for baking!

Check locally to find a patch near you. Many of these fun family places offer a corn maze too. What a great way to get “lost” one afternoon!

4. Make a scarecrow

This project may sound intimidating, but it is really super simple. Many of the items for the project are probably already laying around your house. Allow each member of the family to create one in their own image to display in the front yard. Your scarecrow family will be fun to come home to!

Follow the link for the full directions. Scarecrow directions

5. Go apple picking

Aside from being healthy, the tastiest apples are the ones you pick yourself. There is an abundance of recipes that can be whipped up using your favorite varieties. Applesauce, apple pie, apple muffins, apple crisp, apple donuts, apple butter, apple cider, caramel apples, should I keep going?

Check online for local orchards near you by visiting your state’s Department of Agricultural Resources or the home site of your town/city.