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Fall Family Fun

From football to festivals, make memories this fall.

Fall is many people’s favorite season of the year. The air is crisp and cool and the leaves are changing color—not to mention all the pumpkins, football games, and Halloween. Before fall turns into the cold of winter, make time to enjoy the outdoors, take advantage of the many activities going on in your community, and create memories together as a family.

Here are nine ideas to get you started.

1. Fall Festivals

Many schools put on elaborate fall festivals as fundraisers. Even if your kids don’t attend the school, the festivals can still be a fun family outing. From carnival games to face painting, chili cook-offs to bake-sales, and petting zoos to auctions, you’re bound to enjoy your time.

2. Football Games

Whether it’s a peewee, middle or high school, college, or professional football game, make plans this year to take the family out for a night of cheering and excitement. Bring blankets to bundle up in if it’s chilly out and bring extra money for popcorn, candy, or hot dogs.

3. Pumpkin Patch

Many local farms offer families a fun way to spend a day. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin. Kids of all ages enjoy choosing the pumpkin of their own size and color. Some farms also offer other activities such as cow trains, corn cannons, and pig races. See if there’s a farm in your area to visit next weekend.

4. Corn Mazes

Looking for something new and different? Try a corn maze. Find your way through a maze trail cut out of dried stalks of corn. Should you turn right or left? Answer questions correctly to know the way to turn. Kids and adults enjoy the challenge of reaching the end of the maze without getting too lost.

Teenagers and adults who like being scared may enjoy a haunted corn maze at night. Get spooked as you make your way through the maze in the dark.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. - George Eliot

5. Hiking

Cooler temperatures and beautiful changing leaves make fall the ideal time of year to go hiking. Take a trip to a nearby national park and find a trail that matches your family’s fitness level and ability. Waterfalls, historic landmarks, and scenic overlooks make for great hiking destinations.

6. Visit Craft Fairs

Fall is a popular time for local artists to sell their goods at craft fairs. Mom will especially enjoy the crafts, but the whole family is bound to find something that catches their eye. Whether you’re on the hunt for jewelry, custom artwork, furniture, purses, or clothes, it’s fun to see what creative things people can make.

7. Carve a Pumpkin

Maybe you’ve never tried to carve a pumpkin, but this is the year. Adults should do the actual carving, but kids love to help design the face and clean out the slimy seeds. When it gets dark, set a small candle inside and see how the kids’ faces light up to see their jack-o-lantern smiling back at them.

8. Camping

Wonderful memories can be made on a family camping trip. Pack up the tent, sleeping bags, and bug spray and head to the great outdoors. Roast hot dogs and make s’mores, gaze at the stars, and tell stories around the fire. Getting away from the noise of the city, technology, and the busyness of life is bound to do everyone some good.

9. Make Crafts

Turn off the television and take away the devices, because it’s time for the kids to make fall crafts. Collect pretty fall-colored leaves and iron them between two sheets of waxed paper to hang in the window, paint a small pumpkin, make a wreath with fall décor from the craft store, or paint a picture of a fall scene. The options are endless and who knows what mom will end up saving as a keepsake!