Your Fall Bucket List Is Here — 15 fun things to do when the temperature drops

There’s no better time to get organized than when the weather starts to shift. Cooler temps and quiet mornings are filled with inspiration to spend some time thinking about those things that you want to make sure your partner, friends, and family does this fall before the craziness of the holidays kicks in. It’s time to dust of the fall bucket list!

You know, the apple cider/jumping in leaves/hay rides kind of things that never get old or cheesy because they’re just so darn awesome.

Building those memories for your friends and family, but as any fellow parent or event planner out there can attest — it takes major planning and intention to make sure they actually happen. It’s not always easy, between the school, work, sports, and busy schedules that can so easily take over our lives.

Our solution works just as well for summer, spring, and the holiday season as it does for fall? A weekend bucket list.

When the bliss of a free weekend stretches before us, instead of whiling it away just hanging out or watching movies (though there’s nothing wrong with that once in a while), we can seize the day and have an adventure in our hometown. Hopefully, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, we’ll be feeling like this guy and walking around with all the cozy feels — keep scrolling for our family Fall bucket list:

Visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze.

Get lost in the corn maze, take home pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, play corn hole, snack on kettle corn, and take lots of adorable photos. It’s a quintessential fall bucket list activity that can rarely be topped. It’s worth it! Just be sure to wait until late October when things have cooled down a bit so we don’t all get cranky spending hours in a cornfield.

Check out a local cidery or winery.

Most are kid-friendly, and you can enjoy an afternoon spent sipping on delicious local brews. Fall is the harvest season, so it’s the perfect time to get a look at a gorgeous vineyard. Can’t make it to the countryside? Find a tasting room near you.

Take an evening stroll collect leaves.

There’s just something about collecting leaves that just gives you the thrill and excitement to start off the Autumn season with. You press the leaves and put them into a photo album to always remember your fall bucket list. Even though you might take loads of morning walks, there’s something really novel and fun about going for an evening stroll around the neighborhood — the excitement is next-level.

Rake up crunchy leaves, then dive right in.

Turns out, it just doesn’t get old.

Carve pumpkins with grandparents.

Pumpkin carving has been kind of a last-minute attempt — and honestly felt like kind of a pain. As kids, we never really appreciate what a major task carving a big pumpkin can be until you grow up and have to do it myself. This year, you can set aside an evening and invite your parents and friends to have pumpkin carving as the main event — roast some seeds for snacks, and take the time to relax and enjoy the process.

Volunteer at a local animal shelter or sanctuary.

The cooler weather makes it the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities. Walking dogs that are in need of homes or helping out on a local farm sanctuary is a great way to instill the importance of community service in kids that also happens to be incredibly fun.

Take a road trip to a small town.

Climbing into the car, turning up the radio, and driving down country roads with dappled sunlight filtering through turning leaves is such a Fall fantasy. A road trip with the kids during Autumn season feels like a perfect weekend adventure to explore small towns (hiking, antique hunting, and maybe even hit up a winery). Let us know in the comments if y’all have visited or have any favorite towns!

Cook a meal using your favorite Fall ingredients.

Fill your kitchen with the scents of the season. Pick up some seasonal produce at your local market and whip up a warming, delicious, comforting dish that everyone is sure to love.

Host a Soup & Wine Sunday.

Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, invite a few friends to come over on a Sunday evening for a big pot of soup, crusty loaf of sourdough, and a good bottle of Pinot. Entertaining doesn’t get much easier (or cozier) than that.

Pick up a new book to enjoy this season.

Whether you love memoirs or are looking to lose yourself in one of the best new novels of the year, few things are better than cracking open a book by a roaring fire.

Family game night.

Add a deck of cards, Jenga, a new puzzle, and a big pot of apple cider (oh, and popcorn) to your fall bucket list. Family game night, sorted. Woo!

Treat yourself to a new Fall sweater.

Few things are as cozy and warm as a delightful new fall sweater to traipse around town in. While you’re at it, stroll around your neighborhood shops and enjoy the crispy weather. Are you a wool or cashmere kind of person? I’m a little bit of both.

Pumpkin bread decorating with friends and kids.

Who on earth doesn’t love a fresh-from-the-oven loaf of pumpkin bread? Instead of making and gifting all your friends loaves this year, feel free to invite them to come over one Saturday with their littles for a baking afternoon. You can bake the loaves in advance, then give everyone little bags of cream cheese frosting so they can decorate their own to take home.

Watch a classic Fall movie.

Curl up with your cuties and throw on one of your old faves: You’ve Got Mail, Coco, and more are at the top of our list!

Visit a local museum of natural history.

Check out the new exhibitions, revisit beloved old favorites, and enjoy an afternoon spent soaking up some knowledge.


We would love to hear in the comments what fun Fall things you all have on your lists this year!

Stay safe, healthy, and live life to the fullest.

Xoxo, Messycafe.


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