Need some festive ideas for you fall bucket list this year? You’re at the right place! The season is changing and as a southern California resident I’m so ready for these fall activities.
I love that the mornings have been getting a little cooler so that I need a light sweatshirt when I leave the house. I’ve been missing my cozy flannel tops and soft hoodies, and I’m so ready to get out my fall candles and curl up under a blanket with a good book.
Another reason I love the season changing is that it’s a perfect time to try new things, change up your routine, start new habits, and set new goals, so I’m going to share 50 fun activities to do this fall for your autumn bucket list. This list is perfect for adults, teens, and kids!
There is a FREE fall bucket list printable at the end of this post for you!
If you’re wanting to reset your life during this season, I have a lovely post about how to do a fall reset that you may find helpful! If you enjoy journaling, here are 25 journal prompts for fall. And if you need some self care, here are 12 ways to create a fall self care ritual.
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Fall Bucket List Ideas for 2023:
1. Bake Apple & Pumpkin Pies
Warm apple pie is so good in the fall! If pie isn’t your favorite, how about an apple caramel cheesecake? Yum!
2. Take Long Walks in the Rain
3. Get Cozy by the Fireplace
Sitting by a roaring fire with a warm drink and a good book or tv show is the best. A good fall show is Only Murders in the Building. It’s weirdly cozy for a show about murder. If you haven’t watched it already, put it on your autumn bucket list too.
4. Jump in a Big Pile of Leaves
This is a great activity to make you feel like a kid again. If you have your own kids this is a wonderful way to make good memories with them—also trick them into raking up the leaves.
5. Roast Marshmallows & Make S’mores
Whether you roast your marshmallows in a bonfire, fireplace, or just over the stove, making S’mores is a delicious fall activity. A great hack is to use fudge striped cookies instead of graham crackers and pieces of chocolate.
6. Read a New Book
Curling up with a good book while the fire crackles and rain patters on your window is so lovely. Try this list of 18 Books About Witches, see if your friends want to start a fall book club.
7. Burn Yummy Fall Candles
I almost always have a delicious fall candle burning in the autumn. Every year I head over to Bath and Body Works to pick up my favorite scents: marshmallow fireside, pumpkin apple, pumpkin pecan waffles.
8. Go to a Pumpkin Farm
Is it even fall if you don’t pick up a pumpkin or two? Get outside and enjoy the fresh air as you find the perfect pumpkin.
9. Sip Hot Apple Cider
10. Drink Hot Cocoa
Make a fancy cup of hot chocolate this fall with whipped cream, marshmallows, and any other toppings you like!
11. Have a Candlelit Dinner
Have a special dinner by candle light, whether you’re with a partner, friend, a pet, or having a nice night by yourself. Make it special and enjoy a good meal without any distractions.
12. Make a Fall Playlist
Make a new playlist to get you through the season. Maybe it’s mellow and melancholy, or make one with spooky Halloween themed songs.
13. Decorate the House for Fall
My favorite things about the fall and winter seasons is decorating the house. Pumpkins, fluffy blankets and festive pillows in autumn colors, ghosts and witches, etc. In October I wrap some purple, orange, and green lights around the stair banister and use a plug-in timer to have it come on the evenings.
14. Decorate With Nature
You don’t necessarily have to buy a bunch of decor to give it an autumn vibes. You can go outside and find things to decorate with. Put colorful leaves in picture frames, place pine cones in glass vases, display fall produce in pretty bowls. etc. Look on Pinterest and Youtube for more creative ideas.
15. Go for a Scenic Drive
When the leaves change color go for a drive someplace pretty and take it all in.
16. Watch Halloween Movies
Make a night out of watching your favorite Halloween movies. Invite some friends, make spooky snacks, and cuddle up on the sofa.
17. Carve or Paint Pumpkins
I am personally terrible at carving pumpkins, but it’s still fun to do! Painting is also a good option if you aren’t so good with those terrible knives that come in pumpkin carving kits.
18. Bake Cookies
Have a day of baking cookies, and then maybe take some to a neighbor or friend.
19. Buy a New Pair of Fuzzy Socks
20. Visit a Haunted House
If you like being scared visit a haunted house in your city!
21. Put Your Summer Clothes Away and Get Out Your Fall Clothes
It’s time to put away your summer gear and get out your cozy cardigans, flannel shirts, and boots! I love bring out my fall wardrobe each year.
22. DIY a Pumpkin Spice Latte
Here’s a quick video on how to make your own pumpkin spice latte.
23. Make Homemade Chili
Try some homemade chili recipes, once you’ve found the perfect one have your own chili making contest with friends or family.
24. Go Apple Picking
25. Make a Daily Gratitude List
Fall is a time when we think about things we’re grateful for, so make it part of you routine. A daily gratitude list will go a long way towards making you a happier person.
26. Rent a Cabin in the Woods
If possible, take a weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods. You can go with your partner, friends, or even have a great time by yourself.
27. Make a DIY Halloween Costume
Finding the perfect Halloween costume is great, but making one yourself is even better!
28. Go Through a Corn Maze
29. Take a Hay Ride
30. Do a Photo Scavenger Hunt
Gather your friends and family, then split into groups and go on a quest to find fall related things around your neighborhood. Take a picture of each thing on your list and whichever group finds them all first wins.
31. Learn How to Knit a Scarf
Ok, this one definitely isn’t for me, but if you’re a crafty person try knitting a scarf! Maybe you’ll be so good at it you can make a bunch as Christmas gifts. Check out Youtude for tutorials.
32. Make a Fall Wreath
33. Make Caramel or Candy Apples
34. Build a Scarecrow
This is a great fall activity to do with kids. Browse Pinterest for ideas and then head to the craft store for supplies.
35. Make Your Favorite Fall Soup
36. Go to a Fall Festival
Fall festivals are great because it’s not too hot or too cold, and you can usually check a few activities off your fall bucket list in one go!
37. Camp In Your Backyard
Camping in the backyard (if you have one) is great because you don’t have to drive anywhere and a clean bathroom is just a few feet away. Roast marshmallows and hotdogs, tell spooky stories, and if you have a movie projector you can watch a Halloween movie!
38. Create a Cozy Reading Nook
39. Bake Pumpkin Bread
Or if you aren’t keen on pumpkin, banana bread is always amazing.
40. Tell Ghost Stories at a Bonfire
41. Make a Fall Floral Arrangement or Tablescape
Look around outside and see what you can find to make a diy fall floral arrangement. Collect colorful leaves and pine cones, and maybe even use fall produce to make a pretty tablescape.
42. Have a Game Night
A game night is the perfect activity for cool autumn evenings when you don’t feel like going out. Get out the old favorites that you loved as a kid.
43. Take a Cooking Class
A cooking class is a great fall activity. You can learn a new recipe or skill with a friend or your partner, and then later you can wow people with a delicious dish at a holiday gathering.
44. Go to a Drive-in Movie
45. Visit an Escape Room
46. Make Apple Butter
47. Make Donuts
48. Host a Friendsgiving
Get together with your best friends for great food and good company.
49. Go Stargazing
On a clear night sit outside with some blankets and see what constellations you can find.
50. Send Gratitude Letters
Write letters to people you love, telling them all the things you appreciate about them. It will make their day!
Related: Free Summer Bucket List Printable
I hope you’ll try some of the fun activities on this autumn bucket list! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing, crisp cool air, drinking hot cider, wearing scarves, warm cherry pie with vanilla ice cream on top, and fall decorations!
What are you most looking forward to doing this season? Check out the fall reset guide.
Here is your free fall bucket list printable!