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14 Fun Fall Activities

Posted by MoneyKey on September 14, 2015
Pumpkins with smiling faces painted on them

With kids back at school and cold weather approaching, now is perfect time to get out and enjoy the fall season. Planning fun family-friendly activities can be time consuming and expensive so we’ve compiled a list of 14 fun fall activities that are big on fun and light on your wallet.

Apple Picking

Get outside and enjoy the fresh air by taking your family apple picking. This is a great two in one activity; it’ll get you outside doing something active and provide you with healthy low cost snacks.

Bake Apple Chips

Take those fresh picked apples and try this easy recipe for apple chips: thinly slice and sprinkle apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. Line a cooking sheet with olive oil and bake at 225 degrees for 45 minutes or until they’re crispy. Make sure to flip your chips halfway through baking.

Homemade Apple Cider

Another way to use up leftover apples is to make your own apple cider. Here’s how.

Camp in the Backyard

Before it gets too cold, make the most of fall by camping in the backyard. You and your family will still get the outdoor camping experience, but it’ll remove the costs of transportation and the campsite rental fee.


Have a traditional American fun family time at a tailgate. Cheer on your favorite team and snack on inexpensive tailgating classic like hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled corn.

Raking Leaves

Nothing says falls like playing in a big pile of leaves. The best part is, besides the cost of the rake, this activity is free and it’ll get you outside and active in fun healthy way.

 Trace Leaves

This is a low maintenance and inexpensive fall craft. Collect all different kinds of leaves while on a walk through the park or even in your backyard. To make a leaf collage just place a blank sheet of white paper on top of a leaf then trace over it with a colored crayon.

Collect and Paint Pinecones

Another fall craft is to collect pinecones and decorate them. Children can paint, bejewel and get really creative. They can even get more advanced and try making a pinecone hedgehog.

Race Through a Corn Maze

Many local farms will set up a corn maze. This is a classic fall activity that should not be missed. The entrance cost usually is inexpensive (sometimes even free).

Pumpkin Patch

As September turns into October, pumpkins start to come into season. Make it an annual family tradition to go pick pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch.


Now you have chosen your pumpkins, it’s time to make jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. Here are some creative jack-o’-lanterns to try this year.

Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Making jack-o’-lanterns will leave you will a lot of ‘pumpkin guts’. Don’t let that go to waste, instead pick out the seeds and roast them to make a delicious and healthy fall snack.

Visit a Haunted House

For a memorable family outing or date night look around for local haunted houses.

 Scary Movie Marathon

When the weather starts to get colder plan some fun indoor activities. Host a movie marathon with all the Halloween classics or a Halloween theme like a Harry Potter marathon.

Make the most of fall by getting out (or staying in) and enjoying some of these low cost family friendly activities.


Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute financial, legal or other professional advice. For full details, see MoneyKey's Terms of Use.

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