Fun things to do in the Fall for families, couples, with friends! Use these unique and creative autumn ideas to create your 2021 autumn bucket list and make the most of this harvest season!
Ahhh…Fall! Do you look forward to it all year too?
We need to soak up as much of the season as we can, while it lasts. This year I decided to make a Fall bucket list, and wanted to come up with a bunch of ideas so you can create one too!
These bucket list ideas are perfect fall activities for couples, kids, or to enjoy during any precious alone time you have.
I’ve also included indoor AND outdoor fall activities, so you have plenty of autumn ideas for every kind of weather.
👉 Be sure to check out the bottom of the post, where I’ve created a fall bucket list template for you!
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107 Fall Bucket List Ideas
Indoor Fall Activities:
1. Eat donuts and apple cider
There’s something about the combination of those warm donuts and that cold cider that is just paradise.
2. Carve pumpkins
Hone your skills with this Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Kit
3. Make homemade caramel apples
4. Create an autumn craft
Check Pinterest for some fun (and easy) fall craft ideas.
5. Make a fall cocktail
6. Fall movie night
Nothing puts ya in a fall mood quite like a classic fall movie. Check out my list of the best fall movies here!
7. Make apple-themed baked goods
Such as apple cake, bread, or crisp.
8. Perfect your soup, chili, or stew recipe
Check out these Easy & Delicious Slow Cooker Soups. for inspiration.
Host a ‘soup buffet’ night for an easy, cozy way to entertain.
9. Make a Fall bouquet
Buy or pick fresh sunflowers, mums, or dahlias to make your home more festive. Or buy faux floral from your craft store and reuse it year after year.
10. DIY Halloween costume
Prepare for Halloween early by making your own Halloween costume.
11. Decorate your home for Fall
Deck out your fireplace mantel, kitchen, and living room with cute pumpkins, garland, and burlap.
Here are 15 Free Fall Printables you can print out, throw in a frame, and update your decor on a budget!
12. Open your windows
It may seem really basic, but letting in that refreshing crisp Fall air can really put you in a good mood.
13. Light Fall candles
I have such a weakness for scented Fall candles! This candle from Bath & Body Works is my all-time favorite.
14. Knit a scarf
This new hobby will keep your hands busy, and provide you warmth all winter.
These easy knitting kits make it far simpler than you’d think!
15. Create a Fall wreath
There’s just something special about creating your own homemade decor.
Here are 25 easy DIY autumn wreath tutorials to get you started.
16. Make a pumpkin recipe
Consider trying a pumpkin soup, cupcake, bread, pancake, or roll recipe.
Or DIY a Starbucks drink at home for much cheaper than buying one!
17. Wear a blanket scarf
Nothing completes your Fall outfit quite like an amazing blanket scarf like one of these.
18. Visit a haunted house
Or make one of your own in your garage, yard, or basement.
19. Go on a weekend getaway
Take full advantage of the beautiful Fall season by enjoying a weekend getaway to a new (or your favorite) destination.
20. Warm apple cider
Cozy up with some hot apple cider as you visit with friends, or relax with a good book.
21. Host a Fall party
You could even go old-school with festive Fall activities like bobbing for apples.
22. Begin planning for the holidays
Take your family Christmas photo, create a holiday budget, or make a gift recipient list.
23. Start Christmas shopping
Spread the shopping (and the spending) over several months by starting early.
You’ll thank yourself come December, when things are most hectic.
24. Cook with seasonal ingredients
Autumn ingredients, such as all the different squash varieties, brussel sprouts, or sweet potatoes make dinnertime feel festive.
25. Roast pumpkin seeds
Save the seeds from when you carve pumpkins.
Clean the gook off, toss with 1-2 tbs of olive oil and 1-2 tbs of your favorite seasoning, and bake in a single layer at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes.
Garlic powder and salt make them savory, and cinnamon and sugar make a sweet treat.
26. Swap out your closet with fall clothes
Tuck away those summer clothes to make room in your closet for your cozy sweaters and boots.
While you’re at it, you may want to do a quick closet declutter.
27. Make apple butter
Mmm…I love apple butter, especially spread on top of peanut butter on toast or an english muffin.
28. Bake a pie from scratch
Store-bought pies are okay, but making one homemade just tastes better.
Even if you make it super easy by using store-bought crusts!
Plus, it’s just a fun project to do one cool autumn afternoon.
29. Buy some new boots
Amazon has some of the cutest ones I’ve seen, and most of them offer free returns.
30. Bake cookies
Try these adorable fall cookie cutters to make festive fall-shaped sugar cookies.
Or try a pumpkin or cinnamon-flavored variety instead.
31. Put together a Fall puzzle
If you enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles, try one with a beautiful Fall scene.
32. Make Fall potpourri
Here’s a recipe for an easy stovetop potpourri.
33. Enjoy a Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte
Or try making your own at home.
Don’t like coffee? Warm apple cider or a Fall cocktail works too!
34. Decorate for Halloween
Build excitement for Halloween by putting out your decor early this year.
35. Make a Halloween Tree
If you love decorating (and Christmas trees), try your hand at making a Halloween tree. Here’s an awesome example!
36. Eat candy corn
I just have to have a little candy corn every Fall. And those little pumpkins too!
37. Watch Stranger Things
If for some reason you haven’t watched Stranger Things on Netflix yet, Fall is the perfect time!
And feel free to re-watch it if you haven’t seen it in a while.
38. Collect and press Fall leaves
Go on a Fall walk to collect some colorful leaves.
Here’s an easy tutorial for pressing leaves you find.
Wouldn’t it just remind you of childhood and elementary school?
39. Take advantage of your favorite shows back on TV
Fall usually brings about the return of all the shows you missed during their summer hiatus.
40. Read Fall books
Do you have any other suggestions?
41. Cozy up your house
Put out your favorite blankets, throw pillows, and lots of flameless candles.
42. Visit Halloween stores
Even if you don’t buy anything, just visiting Halloween stores puts you in a festive mood.
43. Host or attend a chili cook-off
Fall is quintessential chili season. Have a contest with your friends or family to see who has the best recipe.
44. Use your crock pot
A lot. It’s so convenient and easy, and coming home to the smell of dinner already made is priceless.
And these 15 SUPER easy crockpot recipes require no prep work at all – just dump and go!
45. Attend a craft fair
Craft fairs are such a fun activity to do in the Fall.
I love looking at people’s handmade goods. It’s kind of like Etsy, but in real life.
46. Wear a cozy sweater
After all the summer heat, it’s so comforting on that first day cool enough to put on a sweater.
47. Have a game night
Clue is especially fun to play in the Fall!
48. Write out your Fall Bucket List
Here’s a free printable you can use to make yours!
49. Attend or host a mystery dinner theater
Check out Groupon for discounted tickets to a mystery dinner theater.
It’s like a real-life game of Clue!
50. Pop popcorn on the cob
Did you know you can actually make popcorn from dried corn on the cob? Here’s how!
51. Visit an escape room
This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but escape rooms have those spooky vibes that make them perfect for autumn.
52. Take a class at a local craft store
Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s all offer craft classes. Most are virtual, which means you can attend in your pajamas if you want.
Your local community center might be hosting some DIY craft classes too.
53. Color in seasonal coloring books
The dollar store always carries some Fall and Halloween coloring books.
I keep ours with the Fall decor and bring them out every year.
It’s fun to look back on our previous ‘art.’
54. Polish your nails a dark color
Fall just calls for dark nail polish.
This Wicked one is one of my favorites!
Outdoor Fall Bucket List Activities:
55. Visit a pumpkin patch
You can buy your pumpkins there, or just explore and take cute pictures.
(Pumpkins tend to be a lot pricier there then at the grocery store or local farmers market.)
56. Plant fall flowers
You could plant mums, or tulip and daffodil bulbs that will turn into beautiful flowers come spring.
I love seeing them pop up above the ground as a beautiful first sign of spring.
57. Visit Greenfield Village
If you live anywhere near Michigan (or will be visiting), you must check out Greenfield Village.
It’s a one-of-a-kind outdoor living history museum that should definitely be on your bucket list.
And every year they hold Hallowe’en Nights events that are a must see.
58. Have a bonfire
Smores are a must for any bonfire!
Try these marshmallow roasting sticks to make life easier. And try swapping out the traditional version for different kinds of chocolate or graham crackers.
Ghost stories could be a fun addition as well.
59. Leaf peeping
Take a scenic drive and absorb the beauty of all the leaves changing color.
These Fall Foliage Train Tours in New England sound heavenly.
60. Walk in the woods
Walking through the woods is a peaceful way to spend time year-round, but Fall is particularly magical.
You’re just never too old to crunch the leaves.
61. Attend a football game
College or professional football games are certainly enjoyable, but don’t ignore the games at your local high school.
It’s so fun to see the kids’ enthusiasm, and a whole lot cheaper too!
62. Tailgate at home or a game
Whether you’re going to a game or not, tailgating is a fun and tasty way to get that Fall feeling.
And tailgate food is delicious by its very nature.
63. Go apple picking
Apple picking is such an iconic Fall activity.
You can go with a small group and split the bushel so no one ends up with more apples than they can use.
64. Visit a Fall or harvest festival
Many towns have festivals in the autumn that you can attend.
They might have festive food, music, craft fairs, and activities for the kids.
65. Go on a hayride
Even though hayrides can be a bit messy, they just make you feel like a kid again.
66. Visit a corn maze
Many pumpkin patches and apple orchards also offer corn mazes.
Some are more intense than others, and may not be ideal for claustrophobic folks.
67. Decorate your front porch
Make your home look welcoming and festive with some bales of hay or corn stalks and pumpkins and mums.
68. Go antiquing
You can find some great home decor or gifts at antique shops.
Here are 27 Genius Thrift Store Shopping Tricks to try on your next trip.
69. Fall photo shoot
Grab your camera or cell phone, and take some photos of the scenery or your loved ones.
Or hire a local photographer for a family photo shoot.
70. Rake leaves and jump in
Raking leaves is one of those necessary chores, but make it fun by jumping in the leaf piles before you bag them up.
And kids and dogs sure love to play in them!
71. Touch football
Have an impromptu game of touch football with friends or family.
It’ll make a memorable day and some fun photos!
72. Dog costume parade
Any type of costume parade would be fun, but dogs in costumes? C’mon : )
Search for one in your area, and if you don’t see one, consider hosting one!
73. Go horseback riding
Consider fulfilling your horseback riding dreams this Fall.
Just imagine strolling through the gorgeous autumn trees.
74. Visit a Renaissance Fair
Does anyone know why Renaissance Fairs are only in the Fall?
Whatever the reason, it is definitely a fun thing to put on your Fall bucket list.
75. Run a 5K
Especially if it’s Halloween themed!
I did one a few years back, and there were zombies and monsters jumping out at us in the woods. So fun!
76. Make a scarecrow
Even if you don’t have crows to scare off, it could be a fun project, and would make a good decoration for your porch or yard.
77. Attend Oktoberfest
You could travel to Germany in late September, or make it easy on yourself and find an Oktoberfest festival in your area.
78. Visit a Farmers’ Market
If you haven’t been to a Farmers’ Market yet this year, add it to your list!
The seasonal produce and harvest decor are totally worth it.
79. Go canoeing or kayaking
I think canoeing is even more enjoyable in the Fall.
Much cooler, no bugs, and scenic views.
80. Bike ride on scenic trail
Riding your bike is another great way to take in the gorgeous Fall colors.
81. Art Prize
Art Prize is an international art festival and competition that takes place every year for 19 days in September in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The art spans many city blocks at over 150 different venues, and is free to attend.
82. Go on a picnic
Grab your favorite plaid blanket (or any blanket) and enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner outside.
This lovely picnic set has everything you need!
83. Go camping
Camping isn’t just for summer!
In fact, campgrounds aren’t nearly as crowded, and you won’t have to deal with the heat or bugs if you go in the fall.
84. Hot air balloon ride
Imagine rising up above the colorful trees. What an experience that would be.
85. Tour a winery
Try visiting a vineyard or tour a winery. Many have free or inexpensive samples.
Take advantage of the earlier sunsets and clear, crisp air and go out and gaze at the stars.
Since Halloween and Thanksgiving take place in the Fall, of course I had to include some fun ideas for celebrating them as well.
2021 Halloween Ideas for your Bucket List:
87. Learn the Thriller dance moves
Throw on a YouTube video walking you through the steps!
88. Scary hayride
A nice variation from a haunted house.
89. Go trick-or-treating
Even if you don’t have a child, it’s fun to walk through the neighborhood on Halloween night and seeing everyone out in their costumes.
90. Create and listen to a Halloween playlist
91. Pass out treats on Halloween
I’ve started handing out little bags of chips instead of candy the past couple years, and the kids love it!
Bags of popcorn would be another fun alternative.
92. Halloween scavenger hunt
There are tons of free Halloween scavenger hunt ideas online, or make up your own.
93. Halloween gingerbread house
Gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas. Try your hand at making a spooky one for Halloween instead.
94. Have a Halloween movie night
Here’s a list of the best family-friendly Halloween movies if you’re watching with kids.
Ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving:
Since Thanksgiving is in the Fall, I thought I’d include some festive ways to celebrate that too.
95. Send ‘grateful for you’ notes or cards to friends and family
Or change it up and send Thanksgiving cards instead of Christmas cards this year.
96. Make a list of what you’re thankful for
Nothing reminds us how lucky we are more than listing out all the blessings in our life.
97. Celebrate Friendsgiving
If Thanksgiving day is dedicated to your family, pick another day and have a Thanksgiving potluck with your friends.
98. Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and snack on their Friendsgiving meal: Two slices of buttered toast, pretzel sticks, a handful of popcorn, and a few jelly beans.
99. Eat a classic Thanksgiving meal
Forget your keto diet and eat all the carbs : )
100. Make a wish with the wishbone
If your turkey has a wishbone, you simply must make a wish!
101. Thanksgiving movie night
Believe it or not, there are actually some really good Thanksgiving movies.
102. Watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
There’s just something so fun about watching the Macy’s parade on TV on Thanksgiving morning.
103. Look through newspaper ads
While you’re watching the parade, flip through the giant Thanksgiving Day newspaper full of Black Friday ads and deals.
104. Create a Thanksgiving craft
Find one on Pinterest or YouTube, or create your own.
It’s fun for all ages.
105. Black Friday shop
Whether you stay up all night to get the best deals, or shop online introverted-style, there really are some unbeatable savings to be had.
Just don’t forget to go through Rakuten for cash back if you’re shopping online!
106. Volunteer somewhere local
While volunteering is important all year long, it’s easier for us to remember to give back during the gratitude season.
107. Pass along a giving plate
Start a new Giving Plate tradition with family or friends.
The recipient keeps the plate, then fills it up and passes it along to someone they know, and so on.
Go forth, and fill your 2021 bucket list
I hope you enjoyed these 107 ideas for your 2021 Fall bucket list!
Try to take full advantage of the beautiful autumn season, and be sure to make time for the activities that only come around once a year.
Creating a bucket list is just a good way to ensure that you’re always making memories with your loved ones.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
What’s on your fall bucket list this year?
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