15 things you should do before fall ends
- Visit a pumpkin patch – Visiting a pumpkin patch is a staple of fall activities! Pick out a pumpkin and carve it for Halloween or make or a #2 and make a pumpkin dessert out of it! This is a cheap (or even free) activity to do with the kids.
- Have some pumpkin – One of the first things I think about fall is pumpkins! They are so big and beautiful, a stable for fall festivities and Thanksgiving is pumpkin pies and pumpkin rolls enjoy a slice before the fall is over. Some things just don’t taste as good in the winter.
- “Play” in the leaves – It may sound like child’s play but you are never too old to play in the leaves! Don’t you want to jump in the big pile of leaves!?
- Go apple picking – Apple picking is another fun and cheap way to do something with the kids (or that special someone) on the cheap. Freshly picked apples taste the best and there are many different ways you can re-use the apples; apple pie, apple cider, apple bobbing etc.
- Prepare for Halloween – Start your decorating, cleaning, party planning and shopping for Halloween early to get the best selections on your needs. Also, don’t forget to shop AFTER the holiday to get hot clearance deals on candy, costumes, decorations and more. Stores will be liquidating these to make room for their Christmas inventory!
- Store outdoor items & prepare for upcoming weather – If you live up north once fall hits it’s time to put away the patio furniture (sadly) store early to avoid sudden weather changes. Prepare and stock up on your outside needs such as; shovels, rock salt, snow blowers, etc.
- Prepare for winter – Stock up one cold weather accessories, stores often discount coats, hats, gloves, etc to get a jump start on the season. This is the perfect time to stock up on cold medicines and tissues for cold and allergies (don’t forget to use coupons to get better deals!) Staying stocked up will help avoid days where the roads are bad or it’s too cold to go outside. You can say in your warm cozy house while the slackers are out beating traffic and long lines in stores!
- Start your holiday shopping NOW! – Beat the crowds, long lines, crappy weather and overpriced items early by shopping in-store or online. Use layaway options if available/needed. (Great way to keep Christmas presents from sneaky little eyes!)
- Get out your favorite cozy blanket – Snuggle up for those cold and long winter days & nights!
- Drink hot chocolate – Best way to warm up after being outside in the chilly weather! Add whipped cream and it’s sure to be delightful!
- Bake something! – Bake some yummy treats for your fall nights! Cookies, cakes, pies. Yum! :
- Have a bonfire – Enjoy the closing of fall with a bonfire to mark that summer is officially over and the long, cold winter days are ahead! Don’t forget to make your s’mores
- Remember what you’re thankful for. – I saw this great idea on Pinterest about creating a “Thankful Tree”. Have a tree that has lost all its leaves and have the kids (or yourself) write 1 thing they are thankful each day on the leaves and put them on the tree.
- Donate any old clothing and accessories your no longer using – Donating anything you won’t be using will give you room for your winter wardrobe and don’t forget about going through the house and sell or donate anything else you don’t want or need to clear up space for holiday gifts.
- Go on a hayride and do a corn maze! – Go on a hayride, view the scenery and enjoy time with family and friends. Don’t forget the corn maze!
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Jacqueline is a busy mom to five children under the age of thirteen. While she's not busy attending to her large family she enjoys writing about organization, crafts, and DIY projects, creating recipes and blogging about her family.