If you have a good pumpkin patch around you, there will be so much more to do there then just picking out a pumpkin. Ours offers hayrides, pony rides, apple cider, caramel apples, a tire swing, a small corn maze, and delicious fall produce.
Another local pumpkin patch has much of the same but also has a pumpkin fantasy land with dozens of character painted pumpkins and pumpkin ice cream. Seriously you can’t go wrong with a pumpkin patch!
Go Apple Picking:
Every year the kids and I put on our jeans and boots and make our way to a local orchard. It’s so much fun picking out apples and then taking them home to cook with. We make apple pies, cinnamon applesauce, and cinnamon apple dessert.
There is nothing better then an apple fresh picked off of the tree! Bonus points that the kids learn that food does not just come from a store shelf.
Have A Photo Shoot:
Every fall we take family photos. I just love the colors choices available in the fall. We’ve gone to a family farm, a sunflower field, a couple public parks, and a state park. It’s so nice to see the kids grow from year to year.
I find a photographer that gives me the rights to the photos so I pay for the session and then print them myself. A couple hundred dollars each fall is well worth the family memories I get to keep forever.
Ride In A Combine:
We live in a farming community and every year we are lucky enough to hop up and take a ride in a combine. The kids love it! If you know someone, don’t be afraid to ask. Farmers spend hours upon hours in the combine harvesting each fall. It can get pretty mundane.
Most of them love to share their passion for farming with the little ones, and some company can help the task go a bit faster. Don’t forget to bring them a drink and a snack. I promise if you fill their bellies they will be glad to have you back for a ride next year!
Create A Gratitude Tree/Pumpkin
We always create a gratitude project, to remind not only the kids but myself on all of the things we have to be grateful for. We have had a lot of hardships over the past few years, but even so, we are truly lucky to have a roof over our heads, a support system, and most of all each other.
Our favorite projects have been the gratitude pumpkin, and gratitude tree. I think the kids enjoyed the tree more because it was more of an art project to put together, but mom like the pumpkin because it was prettier and less of a mess. Either way, find a way this fall to get your family thinking about all of the things we still have to be thankful for!
These are just a few of our Fall family traditions.