15 Fall Activities to Enjoy Now!

Next week is Halloween and you know what happens the day after. The Christmas season quietly descends upon the earth. Stores explode with decorations and Santas replace skeletons across neighborhood lawns. But for now, take a moment to enjoy some of these 15 fall activities!

1. Go Apple Picking!

The fresh air will do you good and the activity isn’t too taxing.

Ripe Red Apples in Wooden Bucket


Check with your local orchards to find out what’s currently available on the trees. In our area, Granny Smith and Pink Lady are ripe for the picking.

Green and Red Apples in Enamelware Pot


2. Take a Leaf Peeping Walk

Get outside while you still can and enjoy a walk along a colorful trail or sidewalk.

Fall Activities - a walk along a tree-lined street


Is there anything more enjoyable during the autumn season than colorful leaves crunching under your feet?

Fall Activities - Autumn trees on nature path


3. Gather Dried Flowers and Grasses

While you’re out taking a leaf peeping walk as part of your fall activities, be sure to gather dried flowers, grasses, and other bits of nature. Make a pretty arrangement with them for a centerpiece or vignette.

Centerpiece of Dried Wheat in Burlap Sack


4. Press Leaves for Artwork

Remember lugging out a few volumes of an encyclopedia to press leaves? You can still enjoy this favorite of fall activities and then display the leaves in glass frames.

Colorful Fall Leaves for Craft Projects


Pressed Fall Leaves - Art for the Window


5. Make a New Recipe with the Earth’s Harvest

Try a new fall recipe. Shop a local farmer’s market to find what’s in season. They might even share a favorite recipe with you!

Fall Apple Tart


The newest recipe I’ve tried this season is Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili.

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili for Vegetarians

6. Make a Fun Display for Trick or Treaters

It’s not too late to embellish a porch or walkway for the little goblins that will soon be visiting you!

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Man


If you’re not the crafty type – make a pumpkin stack. Cut off the stems of the bottom pumpkins to better balance the stack.

Trio of Stacked Pumpkins


Or simply line small pumpkins up the steps to the front door.

Pumpkins Lining the Stairs to Front Porch


7. Dine at an Outdoor Cafe

It will soon be too cold to dine al fresco if you live in a northern climate. Wear a sweater or light coat and enjoy lunch, dinner, or a glass of wine on the patio of your favorite restaurant.

Outdoor Cafe in the Fall


8. Hang a Pretty Wreath on Your Front Door

If you’re feeling creative, make your own fall wreath or buy one locally. Your wreath will beautify your home through Thanksgiving (no need to rush Christmas, right?).

Pretty Fall Wreath on a Red Front Door


9. Take a Drive in the Country

Hop in the car and find a new country road to explore. When I was a kid we’d head to Parke County, Indiana, to enjoy the Covered Bridge Festival during the fall season, driving from one covered bridge to the next. But any tree-lined country road will do!

Country Road in the Fall Season


10. Read a Spooky Story

Maybe I’m a kid at heart, but I enjoy haunted house stories and films this time of year. I just finished watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and highly recommend it!

Reading a Book by Candlelight

11. Enjoy a Bath by Candlelight

Normally I don’t like the shortening of days that comes with the season, but I try to find fall activities to enhance enjoyment of earlier nightfall – like a bath by candlelight.

Vintage Claw Foot Tub - Bath by Candlelight


12. Visit a Local Vineyard and Winery

Grapevines in an Autumn Vineyard


I feel very fortunate to live just 5 miles down a country road from a vineyard and winery. Even though it’s Illinois, all of the wines at Acquaviva are pretty amazing.

Glass of Red Wine - Fall Activities

13. Make S’mores with Friends and Family

I’m a bit of a s’mores snob. I only eat them now if they’re made with homemade marshmallows. They are so much better that way!

Make S'Mores

14. Enjoy the Beauty of a Fall Sunset

Fall sunsets seem more brilliant than any other time of year.

Fall Sunset Against a Tree


15. Go Moon Watching

Head outdoors and enjoy a glowing full moon. It’s almost as spectacular as an autumn sunset.

Full Moon in Autumn

What other fall activities do you like to enjoy?


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  1. Love the fall trees in your photos. Lots of good suggestions listed. Thanks.

  2. Inspiring post! I was outside on my deck earlier today, thinking I should make a cup of tea and sit out there before tomorrow’s wind and rain. . . And now I’m going to do just that! Hope you are able to enjoy this beautiful day, too.

  3. I used to go to the Covered Bridge festival as well. I have not been in five years or so, but I used to enjoy it with my Mother or my BFF.
    We live in the woods surrounded by beautiful trees, mostly yellow, but when the sun comes or or goes down, the light through the trees is breathtaking! Call is my favorite season!

  4. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thank you Jennifer i just got back from a week with my cousins doing a few of those things, the drive was three hours and beautiful. We enjoyed evening outside, long walks and funny stories.

  5. Great ideas – and absolutely beautiful photos !!

  6. Jennifer,
    Thank-you I really enjoyed this, and the pictures were lovely. Out of curiosity, do you make your own marshmallows?I haven’t had much success with them.
    Have a good day,

  7. great ideas jennifer. Sharing on a future weekending post (either this weekend or next)! xo laura

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