Fun and Cheap Fall Bucket List Activities

Add more than pumpkin spice to your life this autumn.

During the fall season, explore family activities and things to do in the fall that won’t throw your budget off track. Use this fall bucket list to skip the brainstorming and get straight to having the best fall season of your life.


  • Go apple picking.
  • Drive or hike through beautiful fall foliage.
  • Go for a hayride.
  • Go to a pumpkin patch.
  • Get lost in a corn maze.
  • Rake a pile of leaves and jump in.
  • Go hunting for the perfect Instagram photo of fall scenery.
  • Go camping on a crisp weekend while the leaves change.


  • Plant a fall garden of beets, Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, scallions and other fall and winter vegetables.
  • Can and pickle your leftover produce, including figs, beets, celery, turnips and heirloom tomatoes.
  • Have a pumpkin spice latte.
  • Have a bonfire with s’mores and mulled wine.
  • Make caramel apples.
  • Toast pumpkin seeds in the oven. Try different seasonings.
  • Drink pumpkin beer.
  • Whip up some pumpkin pie before Thanksgiving.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Test out a new stew or chili recipe.
  • Brew some apple cider.


  • Embrace your inner artist by creating your own masterpiece pumpkin carving.
  • Spend Black Friday crafting gifts for the upcoming holidays instead of shopping with the crowds.
  • Make a fall wreath out of foliage, berries and twine.
  • Decorate your house with gourds and pumpkins from the farmers market.
  • Knit a scarf to keep you or a loved one warm as the weather changes.


  • Tailgate at a football game.
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest.
  • Have a fall picnic with apples, cheese, cider and beer.
  • Dress in fall colors like red, yellow and purple.
  • Pull out your Ugg boots or indulge in a similar pair of sheepskin booties.
  • Make a fire indoors or in a fire pit.
  • Go thrifting for cozy sweaters to curl up in.
  • Attend a fall festival.
  • Light cedar- and cinnamon-scented candles.
  • Bike through a scenic part of town.
  • Stock up on books from the library to curl up with at home or out in the fall scenery.


  • Spend two months crafting the perfect Halloween costume.
  • Snack on candy corn through all of October.
  • Throw a spooky Halloween party.
  • Spend a night in binging on horror movies.
  • Head to a haunted house — or haunted hayride — with friends.
  • Take a cemetery tour.
  • Get the family together for some pumpkin carving to create jack-o’-lanterns.


  • Start a gratitude journal to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.
  • Make a game of finding the best coupons for cooking a Thanksgiving feast on a budget.
  • Create your own centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

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