Whether it’s getting together with friends, or getting out into nature, there are tons of great frugal and fun fall activities to take part in this season. The best part is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of autumn. Enjoy these 10 frugal and fun activities with your family, friends, or significant other this fall.
Apple picking is fail safe, frugal, and fun fall activity which is great as romantic date or a fun family outing. Find out the closest location where you can pick your own apples this fall, and get a head start picking out your favorite recipes for apple butter, apple pie, apple dumplings, or apple crisp. Nothing tastes quite as good as a fresh baked dessert straight from the orchard.
Haunted Hay Rides
Nothing gets you ready for Halloween like a haunted hayride through a spooky cornfield or forest, with the cackles of witches and howls of werewolves sounding in the distance. Especially if you go on a date, use the terror of the experience to sit extra close to your partner.
Bob for apples, sip on hot-spiced cider, and munch on pumpkin cookies. Have a potluck style party and encourage your friends to bring a fall-themed dish or dessert.
Bon fires are great fun in the cool, autumn evenings. Grab your favorite hoodie and cozy up to the fire while you roast marshmallows, drink hard cider, and spend a fun, fire-side evening with friends.
Visit your local amusement park for a terror-filled night of rollercoasters and haunted houses. If there are no haunted evenings near you, plan a costume-party and enjoy an evening of anonymity while partying behind a mask. Use the occasion to try out all of those great Halloween themed snack recipes you have been meaning to try off of Pinterest.
Visit a Corn Maze
No matter how old you are, trying to find your way through a maze of corn never gets old. Have a contest with your friends to see who can find their way out first.
Hike Through the Changing Leaves
Take a Saturday to take a hike and enjoy the changing colors of the leaves. It’s usually fairly easy to find trails near your home so you don’t have to travel far to take a beautiful hike.
Carve or Decorate a Pumpkin
Carving pumpkins isn’t just for little kids anymore. Download and print a free pumpkin carving pattern to seriously impress your friends and family. Turn your pumpkin into art for your kitchen counter or a ghoulish face for your front stoop. Or you can switch it up and create some beautiful no-carve pumpkins this year with paint, beads, bling, and other scraps of art and craft materials you already have around your home.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Make sure to save those seeds from when you carve your pumpkin. Just rinse the seeds in a colander to remove any stringy pumpkin goop, spread on an oiled pan, and coat the seeds with your favorite seasoning. Bake until light brown for the best, inexpensive fall snack, which is also conveniently high in magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Bake with Pumpkin Spice
Nothing fills your home with the smells of autumn quite like a pastry or dessert baked with pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice cake or pumpkin spice biscotti goes great with that pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.
Get creative with those Pinterest recipes for a ghoulish snack table or fill your home with the scents of baking pumpkin, spices, and apples for a more sophisticated party. There are endless ways to enjoy frugal fall activities. Don’t let a tight budget prevent you from having great autumn-themed fun this year.
How do you celebrate fall?- Kayla