Goodbye summer and hello fall! Hope you and your family had an amazing summer, filled with lots of sunshine, vacations (or staycations), and lasting memories. I know I did! Another amazing summer on the books! Check!
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I love fall because it isn’t ninety degrees out and you can enjoy being outdoors without being eaten up by mosquitoes. Not to mention, it’s just a fun (and beautiful) time of year because of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall break.
So make the most of it because there are a lot of fun activities that are inexpensive or even free! You’ll be thanking me later as you’re budgeting for all the holidays that December brings.
Check out these 15 must do frugal fall activities that you and the whole fam will enjoy!
15 Frugal Fall Activities
Enjoy the cooler weather and the falling leaves by taking the whole family camping.
Your family will love getting out of the house and experiencing something a little different than your typical family vacation. The kids will feel like they’re on an adventure in the great outdoors.
But if it’s your first time camping then I’d recommend borrowing or renting gear like tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. Camping can be a whole lot of fun but it’s also not for everyone.
If you aren’t ready to take it to the campgrounds yet, do a trial run in your own backyard. It’s even cheaper than going to a campsite and the biggest perk of all is that you can sleep in your own bed, which is a definite win-win in my eyes.
Have a backyard campfire
Relaxing by the fire is the perfect way to wind down after a long week and celebrate the weekend.
It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your family and friends without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to pick up some hotdogs and s’mores so everyone can cook their own dinner and dessert over the fire. Cheap and easy!
If you don’t have a fire pit, don’t worry! Build your own by following one of these affordable DIY fire pits.
Visit a pumpkin patch
Nothing screams fall more than visiting a pumpkin patch.
Find one that also has other fun activities for the family like hayrides and corn mazes.
After having all that fun, don’t forget to pick out the perfect pumpkin to take home with you.
Carve the pumpkins you got from the pumpkin patch.
Have your kids scoop out the slimy pumpkin guts and put it to the side so you can roast the pumpkin seeds afterwards. They can also help draw on the design before you put your carving skills to work.
If carving pumpkins are not y’alls thing, then decorate them instead! I’ve seen some awesome designs and sayings that look even better than most carved pumpkins. Check out these cute pumpkins for inspiration. All the cuteness without the mess!
Make pumpkin volcanos
Make use of any mini pumpkins you had from Halloween and Thanksgiving and try this fun pumpkin experiment. Your kids will feel like a mad scientist as they get their learn on.
Go on a bike ride
People usually think about summer when they think of riding bikes. But fall is the perfect time to because the cool weather will make you want to stay out for hours.
Try biking at a park that y’all have never gone to before. You’d be surprised how many trails and parks are in or near your community.
Bake and decorate cookies
Decorating cookies aren’t just for the Christmas season anymore.
Any excuse to eat cookies, right?
Have a fall scavenger hunt
Fall is the perfect time to have a scavenger hunt because there’s so much to see around this time of year.
It’s a great way to encourage getting outside and walking. Not to mention that the kids will be entertained for hours.
Make apple cider
Fall is a wonderful time to sit outside and sip on some “homemade” apple cider. Make it for a holiday party or really any outing during the fall and winter.
Some may want to make their apple cider from scratch, but if you’re pressed for time, make this super easy crockpot apple cider. No one will know the difference.
Go apple picking
Picking your own apples is a fun experience in itself. But most orchards have other fun activities for the kids too.
Don’t know what to do with all those apples? Make an easy apple crisp of course!
Make caramel apples
Another yummy way to use up the apples from the orchard (or from the store) is to make caramel apples.
If you’re having a Halloween party, these spooky black caramel apples will be a hit!
Make hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is the perfect drink on a cool night. Everyone loves drinking a cup of hot cocoa with all the fixings (marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and caramel drizzle on top) while sitting by the fire or watching the stars.
Start a fall garden
Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean the gardening has to stop. Start your fall vegetable garden.
New to gardening in the fall? Use these fall gardening tips to make the most out of your garden.
Decorate the house with fall crafts
Decorate your house for the fall. There are so many cute fall decorations you can DIY.
If you have little ones, keep them busy with these kid-friendly fall crafts.
Have a Halloween themed dinner
Halloween is such a fun time for kids and adults. Make it last a little longer by having a Halloween themed dinner a week before or after Halloween. This way you can get more use out of those cute costumes.
What are some of your awesome frugal fall activities that have been a hit with your family?