Fall is a great time for so many cool activities. It’s not super hot out, but not too cold yet. The leaves are changing and nature is looking more beautiful than ever. But to make fall even better, we’ve compiled a list of awesome fall activities that will keep your mental health spirits high and give you some ideas not just for Self-Care Sunday, but self-care everyday.
Jumping in the Leaves
This is a fall classic, something we look forward to every post-summer season. Who can resist jumping in piles of leaves and hearing the crunch? With a hot drink waiting inside after an afternoon outside, there’s nothing like it. *This activity does not have an age limit*
Steps for the best leaf jumping experience:
- Get a rake
- Rake all the leaves
- Make the pile as high as you can
- Run towards leaf pile
- Jump in leaves
Outdoor Music Festivals
One of the best parts of Autumn in Fredericton is the Harvest Jazz & Blues festival. This festival is full of amazing music, street performers, and never-ending foodtrucks. If you're not close to Fredericton, be sure to check out other festivals in your area - even if you don't get tickets, it's just as fun walking around the streets when something like this is going on!
Another great fall activity is apple picking! Being outside is awesome, but spending the day at the apple orchard is even better. And there’s nothing more delicious than biting into an apple fresh from the tree. If there's a local apple orchard in your area, we highly recommend it!
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! They’re the quintessential *fall* symbol – and we love them! If you've never been to a local pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin, you have to go. As much fun as going to your local spot in town for a great pumpkin is, why not take it up a notch? Make a day trip out of it by packing up the car and having a picnic on the way.
Getting lost in a corn maze is a lot more fun than it sounds. Get your family and friends together and take a trip to these life-size puzzles. If you're the competitive type, this might be the perfect fall activity for you! Come up with a prize between your group, and make sure to plan time for hot apple cider afterwards.
Build a Scarecrow
If you've ever driven through the country in the fall, you’re bound to see a funny looking figure in a garden. Scarecrows are notorious for their name, they might not be scary to us, but they’re pretty scary to the crows and other animals looking for a snack in Old McDonalds’s garden. You can make your own with a few household items & give it all the custom scary touches you desire.
Learn how to make your own scarecrow here.
Alright, we know what you’re thinking. Halloween? Dressing up and going out trick or treating? I’m way too old for that. Not true.
Okay maybe if you go knocking on doors around the neighborhood you won’t get any candy, but grab your friends and have a costume party! Fill some bowls up with candy, make some spooky drinks and make a prize for the best costume! The fun doesn't have to stop once you're *grown up*. Another great alternative is a scary movie night. Grab a blanket and have a scary Halloween themed movie marathon. Bring on the popcorn!
Rake Leaves for Your Neighbors
This feel good fall activity will definitely boost not just your spirits, but someone else’s too! Raking leaves for the lovely folks around your neighborhood is a good deed that you can never go wrong doing. You’ll get a great workout, and hopefully a chance to get to know your neighbors better.
Apple cider, apple pie, pumpkin pie, candy apples, turkey dinner. Fall means good food and drinks; hello Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. There’s so much of it. You can bake so many things and have leftovers for days. Break out your grandmother's cook books and recipes, grab some friends and family and cook all the things. Maybe even have a bake sale and donate the money to a local charity. No recipes handy? Here’s a few great ones we love:
Written by Kelsey Schroeder