50 Simple Fall Bucket List Ideas (plus free printable!)
Are your brimming with excitement about the fall season as much as I am? As I’m sure is the same for many of you, fall is my absolute favorite season. I mean, who doesn’t love pumpkin spice lattes and cozying up in flannel shirts? But as we all know, the season can go by way too fast. I’ve created this list of 50 simple fall bucket list ideas to give you inspiration to slow down this autumn and enjoy all that the season has to offer. Plus, get a free printable fall bucket list for you to fill in your own ideas at the bottom!
Aside form celebrating the smaller pleasures of fall, I also love the feeling it gives me. Everything feels a bit calmer, simpler, and slower. Jam packed summer schedules give way to cozy nights curled up by the fire, slow afternoon walks through crisp leaves, and an air of excitement about the approaching holiday season.
Autumn is also a great time to begin anew. I don’t know about you, but whenever fall approaches, I feel a pull to slow down, focus on what’s important, and set new goals and priorities for myself and my home.
With this refreshed perspective, I have decided to start being more intentional about how we spend our time and incorporating more new experiences into our lives. So often, my husband and I end up doing the same activities over and over again...because we haven’t prioritized doing anything new!
My hope is that by creating a seasonal bucket list, we will incorporate more new experiences into our lives. Now, this list doesn’t have anything too crazy or luxurious on it… just some simple and inexpensive things we plan to do to fully celebrate all the fall season has to offer.
I’ve brainstormed 100 things you can add to you fall bucket list below to help you celebrate the season. Please drop me a note below and let me know what your family is looking forward to doing this fall!
1.Visit an apple orchard
Find a local apple orchard with this directory. Scroll down the page to select your state and then county.
2. Make apple pie
Find a great recipe here from Lil' Luna
3. Make pumpkin pie
Find a great recipe here from Live Well Bake Often
4. Go on a hayride
Find a local hay ride with this directory. Scroll down the page to select your state and then county.
5. Use seasonal vegetables
Find what's in season for September and more here from A Healthy Life for Me
6. Visit the farmers market
Find your local farmers' market with this directory
7. Visit a haunted house
Find a local haunted house with this directory
8. Jump in a pile of leaves
9. Make pressed leaf art
10. Host a bonfire
11. Go on a scenic drive when the leaves are changing
12. Make pumpkin bread
Find a great recipe for pumpkin bread with maple icing here from Domestic Rebel
13. Harvest herbs
Click here for a great tutorial on harvesting and preserving herbs from The Garden Glove
14. Make banana bread
Try this recipe for cinnamon crunch topped banana bread from Coco & Ash
15. Celebrate Oktoberfest
Find a local Oktoberfest event with this directory
16. Host a Halloween Party
Find Halloween Decoration Inspiration here from Buzzfeed
17. Tour a winery
Find a local winery with this directory from Go-Wine
18. Visit flea markets and antique stores
Find a local flea market with this directory
19. Begin a gratitude journal
20. Plan a murder mystery party for Halloween
Check out this beautiful 1920s glam-themed murder mystery party from the Every Girl
21. Visit a pumpkin patch
Find a local pumpkin patch with this directory. Scroll down the page to select your state and then county.
22. Visit a sunflower garden
23. Make caramel apples
Learn how to make gourmet caramel apples with this post from Taking Care of Monkey Business
24. Watch Hocus Pocus
25. Knit a cozy blanket
Learn how to make a beautiful chunky knit blanket in under an hour here from Hairs out of Place
26. Begin a gratitude journal
27. Make a hot toddy
28. Try mead (a honey-based alcoholic drink)
29. Visit a corn maze
Find a local corn maze with this directory. Scroll down the page to select your state and then county.
30. Make hot chocolate
Try a twist on a classic favorite with this recipe for S’more Hot Chocolate from Blissfully Domestic
31. Make simmering potpourri
Try this fall scented potpourri from Hip Mama’s Place
32. Plan a cabin getaway
33. Plan a special meal to make for Thanksgiving
Get fresh inspiration for Thanksgiving appetizers here from Woman’s Day
34. Carve pumpkins
Find over 200 pumpkin carving patterns here from Family Fresh Meals
35. Roast pumpkin seeds
Find 6 spice variations here from Wholefully
36. Decorate your home with fall touches
Find beautiful and simple fall decor inspiration from Posh Pennies
37. Light fall candles
Or try making your own chai-scented candle in your microwave with this tutorial from Lemon Thistle
38. Host a fall harvest party
Get menu inspiration with these 40 fall entertaining recipes from Country Living
39. Attend a football game
40. Take a scenic hike in a local state park
Find your local park with this directory from The National Park Service
41. Try a new soup recipe
Find inspiration with this list of 25 fall soups from The Girl who Ate Everything
42. Take family photos with the changing trees in the background
43. Begin planning/making DIY Christmas gifts
Get gift inspiration with this list of 25 DIY gifts people will want from It’s Always Autumn
44. Attend a local fall harvest festival
Find a local fall harvest festival with this directory. Scroll down the page to select your state and then county.
45. Roast marshmallows
46. Make a fall wreath
Try this easy DIY fall wreath tutorial from To Simply Inspire
47. Plan a family game night
48. Create a fall-themed table setting
Find fall tablescape inspiration here from Designing Vibes
49. Listen to an acoustic playlist
50. Take a cooking class
Are you ready to start making your fall bucket list? Download the free printable below to write down all the ways you plan to celebrate the season! I would love to hear what you are most excited for this fall in the comments!