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Fall Bucket List for Kids – Free Printable for Family Fun

Fall bucket list - Over 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults for the autumn season! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities indoors and outdoors. Free printable.

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? I’m thinking that you probably have, thanks to the wonderful movie by the same name a few years ago (like eleven!), and its many incarnations all throughout social media.

Just in case you haven’t, the bucket list is supposed to be a list of things you want to do “before you kick the bucket.”

I’ve taken a little different spin on it, creating lists of things for families to do in the season that they’re in, fun things to enjoy before the world moves on to something else, before life changes too much. You can download my winter bucket list, spring bucket list, and summer bucket list, all for families with kids, elsewhere on this site.

Now that fall is right around the corner, I am posting my fall bucket list.

As a full-time working mom and a professional mom blogger, I have to be really intentional about spending time with my kids. If I’m not intentional, our days and weeks would slip by, and I wouldn’t have spent any real time with them.

I mean, we’re in the same house, maybe even in the same room, but I’m writing on my blog or talking to their dad or working at my job, and they’re watching tv or playing Legos or Barbies or Minecraft.

On their own.

If I’m not careful, my kids and I can lead these parallel lives, and I don’t take the opportunity to pour into them at all. Like I said, I have to be intentional about it.

Hence the need for a bucket list for every season of the year. We can choose from the items on the list when we have little pockets of time or as opportunities come up. The lists give us a base, a starting point from which to make our time together fun and rewarding.

As an aside, I am super intentional about scheduling fun. I make sure we do something fun together, all four of us, every single week, no matter what. (Well, unless they go on a weekend trip. Then I plan something fun for just me and Joe.) I have it written into my planner, I save money for it out of every paycheck, and I almost always make it happen.

I have read studies that say children make incredible memories on vacation. We do take vacations, usually one big one per year with a couple of smaller weekends away.

But what if we can build those incredible memories in little bites sprinkled all throughout the year? Would that not add up in their little memory banks to a childhood well spent? I sure hope so.

Here’s what’s on the printable fall bucket list:

  1. Take photos of fall foliage
  2. Make apple cider
  3. Go to a corn maze
  4. Make an apple recipe
  5. Hold an apple taste test
  6. Go apple picking
  7. Go pumpkin picking
  8. Play backyard football
  9. Make a Halloween costume
  10. Go trick or treating
  11. Make a jack-o-lantern
  12. Paint pumpkins
  13. Bake a pumpkin pie
  14. Roast pumpkin seeds
  15. Bake a pumpkin dessert with fresh pumpkin
  16. Host your family for Thanksgiving
  17. Visit a chocolate factory
  18. Go on a hay ride
  19. Rake leaves
  20. Jump in leaf piles
  21. Enjoy a foggy morning walk
  22. Crunch leaves on an afternoon walk
  23. Collect acorns

  24. Make a fall wreath
  25. Visit a haunted house
  26. Go to the county fair
  27. Take a fall foliage drive
  28. Learn to crochet (This is the video I watched to get started.)
  29. Make spaghetti squash casserole
  30. Take family photos for your Christmas cards
  31. Cook dinner in acorn squash bowls
  32. Drink warm apple cider
  33. Tailgate before a football game (This is how my husband won my heart!)
  34. Make cheeseburger soup
  35. Burn a new candle (Honeycrisp apple cider is my favorite favorite!)
  36. Make candy apples
  37. Make wormy apple snacks
  38. Learn the history of Thanksgiving
  39. Roast marshmallows
  40. Make a gratitude jar
  41. Create a craft with beautiful leaves
  42. Eat corn on the cob

  43. Visit a farm
  44. Make beef stew
  45. Hold a family game night – games for non-readers & games for teens & adults
  46. Make tied edge fleece blankets
  47. Play hopscotch
  48. Paint rocks
  49. Hide painted rocks
  50. Go geocaching
  51. Collect food for a food bank
  52. Tell ghost stories
  53. Plan ahead for Christmas and go shopping
  54. Plan your next vacation
  55. Buy your Advent calendar for this year (We love the LEGO ones!)
  56. Stuff a scarecrow
  57. Camp in the backyard
  58. Go horseback riding
  59. Make trail mix
  60. Take your trail mix on a hike
  61. Eat candy corn
  62. Make a leaf scrapbook
  63. Enjoy everything pumpkin spice
  64. Visit a fall festival
  65. Make chili
  66. Build an obstacle course
  67. Create a music video
  68. Start a YouTube channel
  69. Read in a hammock (this is the one we have and LOVE – plenty big enough for 3 kids at one time)
  70. Eat dinner al fresco (you would know that means outside if you read Fancy Nancy)
  71. Paint your faces
  72. Try a new food
  73. Start a rock collection
  74. Do a random act of kindness

  75. Visit a farmer’s market
  76. Sleep with the windows open
  77. Visit a flea market
  78. Make no bake cookies
  79. Watch the sunrise
  80. Watch the sunset
  81. Ride a ferris wheel
  82. Blow bubbles
  83. Hunt for cloud animals
  84. Fly paper airplanes
  85. Go to a museum
  86. Play frisbee
  87. Play hide and seek outside
  88. Visit the library
  89. Make a homemade pizza
  90. Grill a pizza
  91. Go to a free concert
  92. Go on a road trip
  93. Listen to an audiobook
  94. Outdoor scavenger hunt
  95. Photo scavenger hunt
  96. Make a map of the backyard
  97. Glow stick hide & seek
  98. Go to a petting zoo
  99. Make a nature collage
  100. Have a picnic
  101. Make a fall scrapbook
  102. Make applesauce and apple butter
  103. Make cookies shaped like leaves
  104. Go to a park
  105. Build a campfire
  106. Cook dinner over the campfire
  107. Make s’mores
  108. Go for a bike ride
  109. Nerf gun battle
  110. Go stargazing
  111. Do some learning outside
  112. Have a carnival at home
  113. Visit the zoo
  114. Have potato chowder
  115. Learn something new
  116. Make pine cone bird feeders
  117. Make handprint turkeys
  118. Organize a Trunk or Treat
  119. HAVE FUN!

Download the free Fall Bucket List for Kids printable below.


I hope you and your family enjoy my Fall Bucket List! I can’t wait to hear about all the fun apple, pumpkin, and leaf-related things you’ll do from the list!

Fall bucket list - Over 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults for the autumn season! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities indoors and outdoors. Free printable.

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1 thought on “Fall Bucket List for Kids – Free Printable for Family Fun”

  1. This is super comprehensive. What would be cool is if there was a way you could indicate what year you did each of these items. Like have a fall photo album to go with the bucket list. It would be great photos too because of all of the awesome fall colors.

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