Fall days mean the end of summer, but it’s prime for fun family activities. Whether you’re jumping in the leaves, pumpkin or apple picking,  or savoring the sweet smells and tastes of the seasonal harvests – there’s so much to love about autumn!

 Soon fall fades to winter so take advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful foliage with our top list of ideas to try.  

Pumpkin Patches

What’s not to love about the greatest fall activity of all-time: pumpkin picking? (Not to mention – even the youngest family members adore it!) Go on a scavenger hunt as a family through the farm or orchard to find that perfect pumpkin to carve later on that evening.

Even better, most patches also have apple orchards that sell delicious homemade apples, ciders, and pumpkin pies. Make an entire day of it!

Live in the suburbs or small town? There are likely to be pumpkin patches near you. If you live in the city, many local parks will host a pumpkin-themed activity or you can travel to the burbs to the nearest pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch


Attend a Drive-In Movie

Relive the nostalgia and simplicity of seeing a movie at a drive-in theater. Your kids will have the opportunity to catch a blockbuster hit, or a big screen classic underneath the stars. Many drive-ins also allow you to pack your own gourmet popcorn and soda.

Drive in Movie

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Host a Halloween Movie Marathon at Home

Dim the lights and snuggle up under a blanket together for a night of  Halloween classics like Hocus Pocus (1993), Beetlejuice (1993), Casper (1995), and Corpse Bride (2005). If the couch isn’t large enough, consider bringing your sleeping bags and pillows to the party!

family movie night


Haunted Hayrides

Bring your whole family on a horse-drawn or tractor-pulled hayride! Halloween is a great a time to revel in good old-fashioned fun with a “haunted hayride,” where the driver tells ghost tales while you ride into the night.

Following the ride, many sites will  have a bonfire where you can make s’mores and sip hot cider and hot chocolate. Pull up a bale and stay awhile.



Dine Out

Restaurants offer seasonal specialties on their menus like butternut squash, asparagus, apple and pumpkin-flavored dishes, artichokes, arugula, and beets. For budget-friendly family night, grab your Restaurant.com Gift Certificate and select a restaurant in your neighborhood with fall-themed dishes.

family dinner



It’s finally Halloween night! The candy bowl is ready for trick-or-treaters (check!). The kids are decked out in their spookiest ghost and goblin costumes (check!). Now, it’s time take the celebration to the streets! Just remember to check your candy when you get home for any opened items. Also… not too much sugar before bedtime (unless, of course, you want your kids up ALL night… hehe).

trick or treat


What do YOU love most about fall?