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12 Meaningful Ways To Celebrate Fall (plus a FREE printable calendar)

For many of us the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice has fallen upon us! One of my favorite parts of fall is making bucket lists. This year I’ve decided that I want others to celebrate this season in a more meaningful way. I love these ideas because they’re not only great if you want to have fun, but it’s also a great way to learn while giving back to your community.

If you’re looking for fall shenanigans that the whole family can enjoy, this list is for you!

Don’t forget to grab a copy of my free printable calendar and a list of a few extra ideas to add to your 30 Days of Autumn calendar before you go! The links are located at the bottom of this post. 

Let’s get started on your fall bucket list…

Host A Pumpkin Sculpture Contest

We’ve all heard of or participated in a pumpkin carving contest. It’s time to change it up a little bit! Challenge your neighbors to decorate their front yard with their very own pumpkin sculpture. Get a panel of judges and pick a winner!  I’ve never done one of these myself, but doesn’t it sound like fun?

Learn About Cranberry Farming

I pretty much love anything that has to do with cranberries. It would be lovely to get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn where cranberries come from. I’ve heard that Oregon’s South Coast has amazing cranberry bogs that allow you to schedule a tour for an inside glimpse. You’ll find that they typically don’t affiliate themselves with big companies like Ocean Spray. Most farmers find their focus on building a community and using sustainable practices that won’t harm the environment while providing organic and raw cranberries to the public. To learn more, check out the video below.

This video was produced by Green Fire Productions. For more information, visit their website.

Visit A Botanical Garden

There’s that feeling of zen associated with botanical gardens. I had the opportunity to visit several of these when my family and I lived in Washington State. It’s a great place to explore and learn about beautiful plants and bugs during days that are too cold to be outside.

Explore Old Architecture Sites

Don’t worry! You don’t have to miss out on fall just because you live in the city. I brag about Washington a lot! That’s because there’s so many wonderful and charming things about it…like Seattle! Sometimes I miss living near and working in the city because on the way to work I’d get to pass by old and historical buildings that have amazing architectural designs. Now I’m not saying you should book a spontaneous trip to Seattle because that’s my thing. You should definitely visit at least once in your lifetime! I’m just saying find what’s unique about your city and explore it!

Be Part Of A Community Garden

Have you always wanted your own garden? Well this is a great way to start one! You’ll find lots of community members here that love providing fresh food for everyone in their neighborhood to encourage healthy living. Plus it’s a great chance to make some new friends as you take on a meaningful hobby.

Volunteer At An Animal Shelter

One of the toughest times for animals that live in shelters is when the weather gets cold. They’re forced to sleep in uncomfortable conditions and there’s a lack of supplies needed to take proper care of the animals. Local organizations seek out volunteers willing to help take care of these animals. No one wants to be alone during the season of giving. Please make a donation to a reputable organization or apply to become a volunteer. You’ll save many lives and find a few best pals.

Find a volunteer opportunity near you by visiting the nOkill Network. They are known for supporting no-kill initiatives and have a great database of animal shelters looking for help.

Give Out Kindness

There’s always someone less fortunate than us out there that could really use someone to lean on. Just doing a simple act of kindness for someone can change their entire life. It’s a simple and great thing to do!

Get A Headstart On The Holidays

Get a head start on the holidays with meaningful gifts you didn’t have to spend money on. Use your creativity and make something from ingredients and supplies you already have available at home. Another option is to support small businesses if DIYs aren’t your thing.

Focus On Your Goals

Now here’s a really great idea! Don’t wait until the new year rolls around. If there’s a goal that you’ve been wanting to accomplish, the time to act is now! Grab a notebook and write down your action plan. Just remember that all good things take time and it’s okay to go at your own pace. Humans are strange beings and we tend to rush everything. We need to slow down and enjoy life.

Play On A Hill

Don’t wait for winter to go sledding or rolling down a hill. The smell of fresh autumn air and crunchy leaves are enough to convince me to relive those silly childhood moments. While you’re buried in a pile of leaves at the bottom of the hill, go ahead and snap a cute fall photo!

Build A Shelter For A Snail

Now that’s a really random and unique idea! I don’t think there’s enough appreciation for all living things. We live in a world surrounded by creatures big and small. Don’t you ever wonder what it’s like to be them? My son is obsessed with snails and he observes them for a long time when he comes across them. He loves them so much that I thought, why not build them their own cozy habitat to dwell in next time?

…okay that’s probably more of an idea inspired by Spongebob and Gary!

Make Homemade Marshmallows

Craving marshmallows? Try making them yourself in different seasonal shapes. It would also make a great gift idea when paired with your own homemade cocoa mix. Here’s a delicious homemade marshmallow recipe by Tracey from The Kitchen Is My Playground to get you started!

Now that you’ve got a few ideas, it’s time to start working on your list!

CLICK BELOW to print your free list of extra autumn activities and your very own customizable 30 Days of Autumn calendar. 

FREE 30 Autumn Activities PRINTABLE

FREE 30 Day Autumn Calendar PRINTABLE

Let us know what you plan to check off your bucket list this season…and who knows? You might even sweeten or spice up someone else’s day too!

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  1. good job sistaaaa!

  2. I love each and every one of these ideas! I have never heard of anyone making a pumpkin sculpture, but think that would be such a fun thing to do! I also did not realize Oregon’s South Coast has cranberry bogs. I am now adding this to my bucket list of things to check out. I will be trying out those homemade marshmallows as well. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Awesome suggestions! My family would enjoy these so much. Thank you!!

  4. I love these ideas. Fall is my absolute favourite for activities with the kids! Great read!

  5. What a great list! Love your idea of a calendar, I had made a Fall bucket list on my site as well, but I love your non-traditional ideas! <3 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Suuuuuch fun ideas, I can’t wait to do all the Fall things with the kiddos.

  7. Daphne' Adams says:

    These sound like awesome ideas and thanks for the print out.

  8. I love this! Any excuse to have marshmallows make me happy!

  9. I loved so many of these ideas. I would love to check out cranberry farming whenever we get to the west coast, but, seeing as we’re here on the east, I think the botanical gardens is more doable for us. I also neve considered making our own marshmallows. I think I might want to give that a try.

  10. These sound like awesome ideas and thanks for the print out.

    1. Erna says:

      Hi Helena!

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the printables 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this!! We are very excited about doing this. Thanks again!

  12. Thank you for doing this. Your work is so lovely and it’s really kind of you to share.

    1. Hi Karen!

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the free printable 🙂

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