Fall is here! Here’s some ideas from my family to yours to make fall a special time for the family.
Rake and play in the leaves—assuming it doesn’t stir up allergies. After the leaves fall, pile the raked leaves and let the kids and dogs jump and scatter. Of course, you may have to re-rake a bit before bagging or composting.
Watch for slow-moving vehicles. Harvest has begun so motorists need to be watchful of slow-moving vehicles and farm equipment. Make it a safe season for everyone by sharing the road and slowing down.
Make a pot of soup. Chili is especially good on a cool day. Stews are a good way to use up the last of the vegetables harvested from the garden.
Pick apples. October is national apple month and what a fun outing it can be to harvest apples either from your own trees or at a nearby orchard. Some orchards provide entertainment as well as picking opportunities. Use the apples to eat fresh or make apple crisp, apple pie, or apple butter. Be sure to get a candied apple, too!
Search for a pumpkin or two for decorating or carving. There are lots of pick-your-own pumpkin patches and some come with entertainment options, too. Pumpkin carving or decorating parties are a lot of fun for all ages. Carving pumpkins don’t make good pumpkin pie; instead choose a small pie pumpkin for cooking and baking.
Plant mums, bulbs, grass, shrubs, and trees. Fall is the perfect time to plant as the cool days and nights allow plants to settle in without stress. Water thoroughly until the ground freezes. Consider mulching to keep new plantings from heaving during the winter months.
Build a bonfire. The warmth from the fire is so special on a cool night and even more fun when s’mores are on the menu. Be mindful of fire safety.
Catch the football spirit. Take in a local high school Friday night game or play touch football with the kids. Catch your favorite team on TV! Tailgate with friends either at a game or before watching a TV game.
Try out an amazing corn maze. Traversing a corn maze in search of the end or prizes is guaranteed to become a fun and exciting tradition for years to come.
Decorate for Halloween. String up some lights or plug in the fog machine for a festive spirit. Be sure all lights or electrical decorations are UL approved and plugged into GFCI outlets. Add some carved pumpkins and maybe a big spider web.
Watch a scary movie. Nothing sets the scene for Halloween more than a little “fright!”
Take a road trip. Check out the changing scenery in your area as the farm fields go from green to golden brown to harvest empty and the leaves on the trees turn. Or travel to the various parts of the state to see the “colors” at their peak time.
Take a hike. Follow a path through the woods at a state or local park. Hear the leaves crunch and smell the damp fall ground. Pack a picnic to enjoy along the way.
Drink hot spiced apple cider or hot chocolate. It just wouldn’t be fall without cider and hot chocolate to warm up after an outing on a cool fall day or evening. And either beverage really goes nice with a fire in the fireplace!
Take a hayride. Watch local listings for community hayrides.
For more ideas and where to find fall entertainment options, check out Travel Iowa.