54 Free Things You Can Do This Fall

Summer has sandy beaches, pools and everything water-related. Winter has snowy slopes, ice fishing and Christmas activities. But what can you do in the fall? The possibilities are almost endless!

The weather isn’t blazing hot nor is it uncomfortably cold. Pesky insects have simmered down...that in itself opens up a multitude of doors! This is an amazingly gorgeous time of year, so don’t miss out on all the wonderful things these magical, colorful months have to offer! Here are 54 things you can do for free this fall.

One

Go see the changing leaves. Especially in the mountains!

Two

Collect pinecones for simple fall decor or crafts.

Three

Have a campfire in your back yard and roast marshmallows.

Four

Take family photos in a pumpkin patch. They'll be perfect for your holiday card!

Five

Have a country hayride in the back of a pick-up truck. Don’t have any hay? Have everyone bring a toasty blanket and pile in!

Six

Grill out while it’s cool and enjoyable.

Seven

Play tick tack toe with candy corn.

Eight

Roast peanuts in the oven. 

Nine

Camp out in the backyard or in the bed of a truck and watch the stars.

Ten

Tell ghost stories outside after dark.

Eleven

If you don’t have little ones, help at a school fall festival so parents with young children can enjoy it with them.

Twelve

Have a living room camp out. If there’s no fireplace, use candles for a make-believe campfire.

Thirteen

Make turkey place card holders out of pinecones, sticks and leaves. They will be perfect for your Thanksgiving table!

Fourteen

Eat dinner outside by candlelight.

Fifteen

Make turkey cookies with Oreos, candy corn, googly eyes and pumpkin spice morsels. Glue them together with chocolate frosting.

Sixteen

Play flashlight tag after dark.

Seventeen

Go on a nice long hike!

Eighteen

Rake leaves into a mountain of fun!

Nineteen

Get free pumpkins the day after Halloween sales at churches and other similar places. Use them for Thanksgiving decor.

Twenty

Search for acorns to decorate or to help the squirrels out!

Twenty-one

Use apple halves and fabric paint to make fall prints on T-shirts.

Twenty-two

Plant flower bulbs to have them ready to bloom in spring.

Twenty-three

Go for a cool-weather bike ride with family and friends.

Twenty-four

Make a family handprint wall art. For a fall touch, turn the hands into turkeys or leaves. Frame it for a priceless keepsake. Canvases aren’t free but they are extremely reasonable at Walmart.

Twenty-five

Collect twigs and glue them together to make a fall wreath. Decorate with other items from nature like pinecones.

Twenty-six

Have a garage sale and make some money!

Twenty-seven

Instead of spring cleaning, do fall cleaning and have everything cozy for the holidays.

Twenty-eight

Carve a pumpkin, roast the seeds and make a pie from the rest! No waste!

Twenty-nine

Make treats for the birds by putting peanut butter on pinecones then dipping in birdseed. Hang them from trees.

Thirty

Watch "It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and eat toasted pumpkin seeds.

Thirty-one

Attend fall festivals, fairs and craft shows.

Thirty-two

Make candle holders from apples. Carefully carve out a hole to secure a candle. Slice the bottom to make it flat and stand securely. Let birds dine on them after use. 

Thirty-three

Make corn cob pipes out of sticks and dried fall corn cobs for your winter snowmen.

Thirty-four

Pick apples. They're great for a snack, pies, cobblers or can some to have a stash throughout the winter months.

Thirty-five

Make caramel apples after your apple picking outings. 

Thirty-six

Make a leaf maze. You can change it up when everyone figures it out!

Thirty-seven

Have a family scavenger hunt for fall items or to find misplaced items.

Thirty-eight

Dip the tips of pinecones in glue, then Epsom salts to have snow-covered winter decorations ready and waiting.

Thirty-nine

Plan a spooky Halloween dinner.

Forty

Roast corn on the grill for a cozy, healthy snack.

Forty-one

Build a scarecrow from nature using corn husks, sticks, straw etc.

Forty-two

Take your dog for a free puppicino while you have your pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks.

Forty-three

Search for the perfect pumpkin!

Forty-four

Watch Halloween movies with a matching treat. Snack on ghost cupcakes, anything “Frankenstein green” etc.

Forty-five

Build a haunted fort for the kids with table, chairs and blankets. 

Forty-six

Make hot chocolate or apple cider in a cauldron crockpot on the patio or deck on a chilly October day.

Forty-seven

Visit Halloween stores to get in the spirit.

Forty-eight

Spray paint old tree branches black for Halloween decor.

Forty-nine

Collect leaves for a Thanksgiving table runner or centerpiece.

Fifty

Make pet Halloween costumes from scraps you have on hand. Even if it’s a simple bandana.

Fifty-one

Top your coffee with whipped cream and real pumpkin spice.

Fifty-two

Help an elderly or struggling neighbor with simple yard work. Leave a small pumpkin on their porch.

Fifty-three

Get creative in your pantry and make some fall treats like pumpkin bread or caramel apple cookies.

Fifty-four

Spread kindness and “Boo” the neighbors with your fresh baked goods!

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