10 Affordable Fun Fall Activities for Families

For many, fall is about more than pumpkin spice lattes (even though they are great!). It’s a time to get back into a routine, appreciate nature, and come together after the chaos of summer. Kids are busy with school activities, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some fun.

If you need a little help getting inspired for the season, don’t worry we have you covered! Not only are these fall activities fun, they’re also affordable. So whether you’re on a budget or just want to save a little extra to spend over the holidays, these activities won’t break the bank.

Have a Photo Shoot

The colors of fall are what make it so special-golds, yellows, and oranges. What better time to take family photos? Fall is the perfect backdrop for some family portraits. Scout some locations, plan coordinating outfits, and get creative! Pro Tip: You can even use these photos for your  upcoming holiday cards.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Use an afternoon to take a family field trip to a local pumpkin patch. You can enjoy the fall scenery while everyone picks out a pumpkin, then take them home and have a pumpkin carving contest. Winner gets first dibs on the roasted pumpkin seeds.

Movie Night

There are always fun movies that come out around Halloween time. If going to the movies isn’t the most economic way to spend a Friday night, luckily streaming services like Netflix also have a host of fun spooky movies. Pop some popcorn, grab some of the roasted pumpkin seeds, and snuggle up in a fuzzy blanket as you get excited for Halloween.

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DIY Costumes

Rather than simply buying your costumes, make your own and use the opportunity to spend time together and get creative. Get inspired as to who/want you want to be this year, and then get to crafting! Some imagination and a trip to a craft store are all you need.

Make Pumpkin-Flavored Treats

It’s no surprise that pumpkin is one of the best parts of fall, and pumpkin flavored treats are always a favorite! Baking is a great way to spend time together while teaching children cooking skills and math. The best part is eating the pumpkin muffins or pumpkin pie after.

Apple Cider

Sweet treats are clearly a fall staple. Making your own apple cider is a fun and delicious way to spend an evening. Pinterest has tons of easy recipes that you can try at home. Whether you make the trip to an apple orchard yourself or pick up a few staples at the store, whipping up this fall drink will make for a cozy night in.

Affordable Fun Fall Activities for Families

These are just a few of the fun fall activities that your family can do this season. Check out the infographic for even more inspiration. You’ll make lasting memories this fall without breaking the bank.

Do you have any favorite activities? Let us know!

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Alicia Trautwein is an autism parenting coach living in Missouri. She is the creator behind The Mom Kind, a website dedicated to parenting neurodiverse families.  She is one of the head creators behind the #WeLoeveMoms campaign and is also featured in the "Amazing Moms" coffee table book by Hogan Hilling & Dr. Elise Ho.  She shares her expertise along with her experience in parenting children, both with and without autism.

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