When the weather has started to cool down, but hasn’t quite shifted to winter weather yet, it can be great time of year to be outside. Depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere, this can be a time to enjoy the middle ground between summer heat and winter cold. Along with that, it’s a time to enjoy the unique aspects of fall.
I was thinking of some ways that we’ve had fun during the autumn season in the past, as well as some other possibilities for doing new things as well. The idea was to figure out ways that the season can be enjoyed, while spending very little. Here are 10 low-cost, frugal activities that people and families can enjoy the fall.
- Take a drive to see fall colors. The changing colors of the leaves is actually big business in a lot of places, with people taking weekend drives to experience the often spectacular colors that only occur for a very short time of the year. While I think that’s actually pretty cool, I’ll try to enjoy it a little bit more frugally. In this case, sometimes you can go for a nice drive close to where you live (depending on locale, of course) and take in the colors. For the cost of gas and putting a few miles on the car, it can be a nice relaxing way to spend a few hours.
- Go apple picking. This has developed into a tradition for us, going each year to pick apples. While it isn’t free, you can always eat the apples you pick! Apples are a healthy snack, and better alternative than a lot of things we might otherwise choose to eat. So, you could have a fun day outdoors, while having something good to show for it later.
- Go hiking. Now, one could do this in the summer too. However, when temperatures have dropped from summer highs, it often becomes much more pleasant and manageable outside. Actually, at least around this part of the country, some fall weather can be truly great for the outdoors. Throwing on a sweatshirt for layering and enjoying a good walk outside provides a great way to get fresh air and exercise.
- Visit the pumpkin patch. It can be fun to start a tradition of going to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin. Then, you can bring it home to carve it and make a jack-o-lantern. Fun for people of all ages.
- Make seasonal food. Hot apple cider sounds good on a cool fall day! Or, perhaps one could bake some apple or pumpkin bread. I enjoy pumpkin pudding, which is actually nutritious and tasty. Yes, this fits into the whole pumpkin mania theme I wrote about it a prior post!
- Build a bonfire. I have a memory of sitting outside on a very cool fall night over 10 years ago, catching up with some old friends over a bonfire. Yes, there were marshmallows there, as well as a few beverages of the grown-up variety. Good times.
- Enjoy Halloween – without excess commercialism. Okay, it’s hard to go without spending money on Halloween. If you have kids, you’ll be getting them a costume that they’ll enjoy. You could always make one, but my kids haven’t had a homemade one – the costumes were purchased. That said, they don’t have to be expensive. The good old days of putting on simple yet fun costume for trick-or-treating can still be had by kids. For grown-ups, it’s fun to go with the kids and chaperone them while seeing how much fun they have. If you’re not with kids, you can always have a Halloween gathering with friends that involves food and drink without breaking the bank!
- Have a movie night. We recently had one of those. Rented 2 movies from the rental kiosk for $2.40 in total. Plus had snacks at home. This was a fun way to enjoy a night at home, staying warm and saving a lot of money compared to going out to see a movie.
- Make something! Now, I’ll admit that I’m not an arts and crafts kind of person. I’d rather spend that time doing just about anything else. But if you’re into crafts and the like, this can a fun time of year for such activities. For me, the “make” something part might be taking pictures outside. The fall offers some unique opportunities for great photos
- Go on a hay ride. This can be a fun activity to enjoy the season outside, and enjoy the company of others who accompany you. I’ve gone each of the last few years.
My Questions for You
Do you take part in any of these fun fall activities?
Are there any others not mentioned that you would like to share with everyone?
What do you enjoy most about the fall?