The air is crisp, the chunky sweaters are out, and pumpkins are everywhere you turn — fall has officially arrived! And while it seems like it took forever for autumn to get here this year, it certainly won’t hang around long. Make the most of the season by adding these eight fall bucket list ideas to your fall to do list!
Go apple picking – and make some yummy fall treats with your loot!
Nothing says fall more than picking apples. Plus, apples you pick yourself seem to taste better for some reason! Head to a local apple orchard with your friends or family, and get picking. Then, try out a new recipe together! From fresh apple cider to apple cobbler to candy apples, there’s no shortage of quintessential autumn goodies to whip up with the apples you bring home.
Get lost in a corn maze.
Grab your little ones or your besties and get lost in the tall stalks. A quick Google search can help you find corn mazes in your area, and some places even offer night mazes to make things even trickier. Corn mazes are fun for all ages and hilarious for anyone directionally challenged! Pick up a pumpkin spice latte on the way to really get into the spirit.
Have a bonfire and make s’mores.
There’s something so peaceful about gathering around a crackling fire as the temperatures drop. If you’re lucky enough to have a spot in your backyard for a bonfire, this makes for the ideal autumn evening! Roast up some marshmallows for s’mores, and don’t forget to come prepared with your best ghost story.
Paint an autumn inspired masterpiece at Painting with a Twist!
Bring out your artistic side this season by attending a fall event at your local Painting with a Twist. An instructor will guide you step-by-step as you paint pumpkins, fall landscapes, or another fall-themed work of art. Bring your favorite bottle of wine – plus your date, your squad, or the whole family – and we’ll provide the rest! You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind, festive new piece of fall décor to remember the special event.
Snuggle up for a cozy Halloween movie night.
Fall is the perfect time to break out your favorite Halloween movies – whether you’re a horror movie buff who opts for the heart-pounding thrillers or a bit of a scaredy cat who would rather watch that not-so-spooky kids movie for the 100th time. There’s nothing better than putting on your comfiest pajamas, popping some popcorn, and settling in for a movie marathon to celebrate the season.
Enjoy the colorful foliage on a hike.
Even if you hike the same trail year-round, hiking it while the leaves are changing colors is a special experience. Take a solo scenic drive to the woods for a little solitude and serenity, or pack some lunches and bring the whole family to make a day of it! The poet William Cullen Bryant really was spot on when he called autumn “the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
Carve or decorate pumpkins.
Is it really even fall if you haven’t carved pumpkins? Visit a local pumpkin patch and carve up your spookiest jack o’ lanterns to display on your front stoop, or bring out the arts and craft supplies if you have young children and want a no-carve option. Paint, glitter, stickers, googly eyes, and pom poms all make excellent pumpkin accessories, so get creative!
Visit a farmer’s market, and make a warm, comforting batch of chili.
Dropping temperatures don’t just mark the beginning of autumn, but also the beginning of comfort food season! Try out a new chili recipe this fall, and get bonus points if you make it with ingredients from a local farmer’s market. Serve it up with warm cornbread for the ultimate fall meal.
Ready to get the most out of this fall season? Plan a fun, fall getaway with friends at Painting with a Twist! Grab your friends or family, and bring along your best pot of chili, some delicious baked apple treats, or even some cozy, fun cocktails for a night of fall painting. Our studios offer a wide selection of autumn-inspired paintings to get you in the fall spirit. View upcoming events near you, or plan a private painting party with your fall crew for a unique experience that’s just for you!