50 Simple Fall Bucket List Ideas (plus free printable!)

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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!

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