It’s fall y’all! I don’t know about you guys, but fall is one of my favorite times of year. I love it when the weather finally cools down and we get a break from the oppressive heat and are able to just enjoy a cool breeze and temperatures that only reach the mid 70s. To me, that’s just heavenly.
However, this year has not been the typical one we’re used to, and even fall activities are going to have to adjust thanks to this pandemic we’re living in. Luckily, there are some great fall activities in a pandemic that you can do safely, while still enjoying all that the beautiful fall weather has to offer.
- Let the little ones trick or treat on Halloween around your house. Set it up like an Easter egg hunt, let the kids get all dressed up in their costumes and send them out in your yard and around your house to find candy! It’s a great way to let them burn off that Halloween excitement, without sending them trick or treating which could spread the virus further. End the night with a jack-o-lantern shaped pizza and some Monster Mash dancing! You can make the pizza yourself or have it delivered.
- Visit a pumpkin patch during non-peak hours. Pumpkin patches can tend to be really busy, so this one is all about finding the right time to go, and that may mean a few trips out there before you can actually go pick some pumpkins. But if you wear a mask, and socially distance, then you and the kiddos should be safe and can snag some good pumpkins for carving.
- Family pumpkin carving night! There’s nothing more fun than putting on some spooky Halloween music, and carving pumpkins together. It’s one of my favorite fall memories, we used to go to my uncle’s and we would all have our pumpkin templates and roast the seeds, and eat caramel apples. It was great, and you can do the same thing at your house! Roasting pumpkin seeds is super easy, and all you have to do is order a couple of pumpkin carving kits in your next grocery order.
- Have a cornhole night. Make a cute charcuterie board, and spend the evening outside in the cooler weather. As long as you have a little bit of yard, you can easily set up some cornhole and make a fun night out of it. To make game night even better, get some other games too, like a small disc golf set or even a giant jenga set. It’s perfect for families, couples, and roommates who just want to get out of the house for a little bit.
- Have a fall movie night outside. Set up a projector screen (or a white sheet), some blankets and chairs, pop the popcorn, pour the apple cider or hot chocolate, and snuggle in for some of your favorite fall movies. Hallmark channel has adorable fall romances or you can stick with some Halloween classics like Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown (both of which are available on Disney+).
- Get a PSL on the way to a nature walk. Being outdoors is refreshing, and as long as you have a mask on hand in case you run into others, it can be a very safe activity during this pandemic. Snag yourself a PSL from the drive thru and then get your hiking boots on. Whether you prefer a more leisurely walk through the park or you have some good trails nearby, spend a couple of hours outside in the cooler weather. It’ll be a good reset for you after a long summer inside.
- Bake some pumpkin goodies! Pumpkin is actually a really healthy addition to your snacks and desserts, and luckily, there are a million recipes out there. From pumpkin bread to pumpkin zucchini muffins, which you can find here, you can even make pumpkin cookies! Apples are another delicious fall treat, especially if you aren’t a big pumpkin fan. From apple cookies to apple ciders and even apple bran muffins, lots of baking can be done.
- Decorate for Halloween. I personally love decorating for Halloween. As a kid, it was always a big deal to decorate the house and rig up some tricks for my mom and brother when they got home later that day, and now I don’t do as many tricks, but I still love putting up the decorations. There’s something special about this time of year to me, and not even a pandemic can ruin decorations.
- Make your own decorations. I get it, money is tight, and decorations are expensive. So make your own! Using an orange t-shirt and a roll of toilet paper, you can make a little pumpkin for the season or you can use some leftover tulle from another project and make a wreath. You’ll be entertaining yourself with some crafts and saving money!
- Have your own concert. I used to go to concerts a lot during the fall, usually several within three months, and this year is not the same with no concerts to attend. So make your own. Play your favorite music station, set up an area outside with your favorite drinks and a chair, and just relax, listen to the music, and unwind. Is it the same? Absolutely not. Can it still be a fun night out in the fall weather? Yes!