Over the last few years I decided to stop celebrating Halloween. As a Christian, I believe it serves us no purpose. (Ephesians 5:11)
But ever since I’ve had my daughter, everyone is so excited to dress her up and take her trick-or-treating. With this being my first Halloween as a mom, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I am going to explain to her that we don’t celebrate Halloween without making her feel like a complete outcast lol.
Nevertheless I have a few years to worry about that. For now, I’m more focused on finding Halloween-free ways to celebrate one of the prettiest times of year! So I’ve curated some fun, affordable, and family-friendly Fall activities!
1) Be blessed & pumpkin spice obsessed
It’s Pumpkin Spice and everything nice season. Turn on the fireplace, light some candles, and have some family baking nights! These pumpkin spice recipes are a fun way to celebrate Fall & usher in some much needed family time. (PS: pumpkin spice cupcakes will be your fave.)
2) Get apple cider from a local farm or apple orchard
Fresh apple cider is SO good and SO slept on. Not only does this give you a chance to support your local farmer‘s market, but also get those cute Fall pics that everyone wants. Leaves, hay, apples, pumpkins—the whole Fall vibe in one place.
3) Fall movie nights at home
Everyone talks about Christmas movies, but nothing beats cozying up to Netflix and fall vibes. Hot local apple cider and your pumpkin spice snacks were just made for fall movies/TV. Here are some of my favorite (family-friendly) things to watch to get in the Fall mood:
- Pumpkin Pie Wars (or any seasonal Hallmark movie for that matter)
- Any Thanksgiving episode of Friends (“The One with the Rumor”) is my personal favorite. Who doesn’t love Brad Pitt?
- Seasonal Netflix movies
4) Drive-in Movies
If you search hard enough, you’ll find that many states do have drive-in movies or outdoor movie nights! These are typically hosted in the Summer, but many continue into the first week of October. If you’re in the DMV area, Union Market and The National Harbor host Fall movies throughout the season.
5) S’mores over a bonfire
Who said that bonfires are only for the summer? If you have a backyard, this is a super affordable and fun way to bond this Fall. If you don’t, some local farms offer bonfire packages. Here’s one in the Maryland area: Butler’s Orchard.
6) Have a picnic in the park
If weather permits, a cozy fall day is perfect for a picnic in the park. These are best when it’s not too cold but warm enough for you to be comfortable outdoors. The leaves make the perfect backdrop for lunch, cider, apple cider doughnuts, or even a PSL.
7) VISIT A PUMPKIN PATCH, OF COURSE.
Did you really think you’d read a Fall activity guide without a pumpkin patch? Of course not! This one is self explanatory. Fall was made for pumpkin patches. Periodt.