Fall has always been a favorite time of year in my family. It is a time when we get to visit the apple orchards, pumpkins patches, corn mazes, and go on a hay ride. These are some fun events that most families can do, depending on what is in your area.
We have been blessed to live close to many places that offer such fun events. However, even if such events are not close to your area, there are many fun things that you can do to get the family in a festive fall mood.
Growing up, I found myself dreading the end of summer and all of our fun outdoor events while I had to trade in time for the indoors at school. My mom knew that and worked hard to bring a festive fall spirit to the house. This made the transformation one that we were able to look forward to. Fall was more than just school starting. It was a time when we got to decorate the house, take some fun trips, and bake fall goodies. This is something that I treasured and have made sure to carry on in my family.
To begin with, here is a list of a few things that we do to decorate around the house:
- Put out the fall tablecloth (it is amazing how much that can change the mood!)
- Place out reusable pumpkin and scarecrow decorations
- Have the kids collect some leaves that have changed colors and make a collage to display
- Leaf art! (more on that in a moment)
- Some outdoor fall decorations in the garden to greet us each time we come home
These are really simple fixes that can spruce up any house. The costs came in the first year we purchased the items, but since they are all reusable, we do not have to worry about the cost anymore. To add to the benefit, we did not even need to spend over $20 for all of the super cute decorations.
Once the decorations are up, we start to do little projects. The young kids love to create leaf art (as I mentioned above). It is very simple, and they love it! All you have to do is let them find some leaves of various sizes and shapes. Place under a sheet of plain paper and have them use the side of a crayon to rub the pattern onto the paper. It is amazing to watch their eyes grow in fascination, no matter how many times they do it. Even the older kids can join in and get a little fancier with color blending.
And the favorite event of all: pumpkin carving. When we go to the pumpkin patch, the rule is, if you pick it, you have to be able to carry it. This prevents the little ones from trying to stick with the biggest pumpkins they can get their hands on. It also makes for a great photo opportunity to see each child with their pumpkins of various sizes and shapes that they picked out themselves. Once we get home, they can create any pattern into the pumpkins, usually beginning by drawing out the pattern first. We have had everything from the traditional jack-o-lantern smile faces to airplanes and tractors. The great part about it is that each child gets to truly feel like they own their pumpkin and are proud to display it.
Finally, you can’t forget about their tummies. For fall snacks I like to have some pumpkin pie, spiced cider, or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on hand for the family. Everyone eats them right up. Perfect to get in the fall festivity spirit.