11 fall traditions to start with your kids this year


Now that fall has begun in earnest, it’s time to start marking things off your fall bucket list. You don’t want to miss a single second of seasonal fun, so grab your scarf, throw on your flannel, pull on your boots and let’s get started!

1. Have A Bonfire

Don’t you just love the smell of a bonfire? Nothing says fall like the crunch of crisp leaves under your feet as you build a bonfire for s’mores. Try these clever variations for adult s’mores from The Washington Post, like adding lemon curd or Nutella. Or try this recipe for Pumpkin-Butter S’mores from The Little Kitchen for a truly seasonal delight.

roasting marshmallows photo
Flickr | Colby Stopa

2. Go To A Corn Maze

Remember when that poor couple made national news because they got lost in a corn maze and had to call 911? Hey, those things aren’t always easy to figure out! Bu they’re usually a lot of fun, and perfect for kids and adults alike.


3. Make A Fall Wreath

Updating your door decor is always a fun way to welcome in a new season. And fall makes it so easy. There’s a plethora of natural ingredients you can collect to make your own DIY wreath. Check out some of these ideas from FourGenerationsOneRoof.

fall wreath photo
Flickr | Cast a Line

4. Make Candy Apples

Candy apples are such a delicious way to welcome the season, and there’s a variation to please everyone’s taste buds. These Dirt n’ Worms Caramel Apples from Fresh Mommy Blog will thrill the kids, while Boozy Candy Apples will please the adults.

Fresh Mommy Blog

5. Make Leaf Lanterns

The changing color of the leaves is one of the first signs that fall is here, and it is also one of the most beautiful spectacles of Mother Nature. Bring those gorgeous hues into your own home with DIY leaf lanterns.


6. Have A Scary Movie Party

Who doesn’t love scary movies? Whether it’s a family favorite like “Hocus Pocus,” a truly terrifying film like “Saw” or a classic like “Nightmare on Elm Street,” fall is the perfect time to have a scary movie party. Make themed spooky snacks like Spider Web Cakes or Halloween Popcorn Balls or Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes, then turn turn down the lights, huddle under the blankets and enjoy!


7. Go To An Outdoor Concert

Make the most of the season’s remaining temperate days by enjoying an outdoor concert. Bring fall snacks like this autumn crunch pasta salad and apple cider, and enjoy the music and scenery.

outdoor concert photo
Flickr | audrey stanton

8. Make Your Own Brew

Speaking of apple cider, making your own is fun, easy and a perfect way to keep the kids entertained on a chilly fall afternoon. There are so many clever twists on the traditional cider, such as Pear Cider (recipe here from Pham Fatale), Cranberry Apple Cider (this recipe from Culinary Hill comes together in the slow-cooker) or even Cider Hot Chocolate!

apple cider photo
Flickr | 3liz4

9. Make Soup

Fall is the perfect season for soup-sipping! Soup is wonderful for so many reasons: It’s inexpensive, it makes great leftovers, it’s an easy way to sneak veggies into your kids’ meals and it all comes together in one pot. Try a new fall soup recipe, like Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup (recipe from Beijo’s Events), Homestyle Barley Chicken Fall Soup (recipe from My Food Story), or even Squash Soup…served in Pumpkin Bowls!

pumpkin soup photo
Flickr | Luca Nebuloni

10. Go To A Haunted House

No fall would be complete unless it came with a hearty dose of scares! Check out a haunted house in your area…and get ready to scream!


11. Go Apple-Picking

Find a local orchard near you and pick fresh, healthy produce for you and your family to enjoy. Breathe in that crisp fall air, buy some pumpkin butter or caramel apples and smile.


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