Author Victoria Erikson once wrote: “If a year was tucked inside a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”
We agree and wanted to give you plenty of ideas — beyond our favorite corn mazes and pumpkin patches — to find your family fun this fall.
Here are 10 ideas for fun this autumn:
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1. Host a soup swap
Host an afternoon at your home when neighbors can stop by to swap soups and recipes. Invite neighbors to make their favorite soup and package in to-go containers for easy swapping. Here are a few recipes for inspiration:
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2. Make a fall wreath
This is a great project for little kids — collect freshly fallen autumn leaves, then cut a hole in the center of a paper plate and glue leaves in an overlapping pattern to the plate to create a beautiful fall wreath. Add a ribbon to make it extra special. Want it to last forever? You can find artificial autumn leaves at many craft stores.
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3. Organize a fall fun scavenger hunt
This can be done with your family or invite neighborhood friends to take part too! You can give kids a list of items to find — like fall leaves, pinecones, a cat, a puddle, and more. Or hide objects around your neighborhood or in your yard like painted rocks, tiny pumpkins, fake spiders, and whatever else you can find to fit your theme, then let kids find them! Test your knowledge or learn all about the Shreveport Bossier City area with our locally based scavenger hunt game developed during the pandemic pause!
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4. Let the kids decorate!
I don't know about your kids, but mine LOVE decorating for Halloween. Encourage them to make homemade decorations for extra Halloween cheer. Here are five easy upcycled and recycled crafts for fall you can do at home with kids.
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5. Start a book club
Start one for yourself, or help your kids start one! As the weather gets cold, a book club is a great way for kids (and adults!) to socialize in person or online during the cold weather months. Begin with a book that provides a reading guide — I loved Gretchen Rubin’s "The Happiness Project." You can find a book club discussion guide on her website.
Here are a couple of local clubs you can also join:
- Adult Book Club Saturdays - Benton Library
- Teen Book Club at Mack Memorial Library
- Sabine River Adult Book Club - Logansport Library
- Books & Brews Book Club
- Story Trail Crafts - Red River Wildlife Refuge
- Backyard Books
- Tween Book Club - Benton Branch
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6. Visit — or build — a little free library
Little free libraries are popping up all over! Don't have one near you? Make one for your neighborhood and let your kids decorate it! It's a great way to share books — and clean out your own family's collection of books. Find plans to build a little free library along with a map of registered little free libraries in each state at LittleFreeLibrary.org.
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7. Host an outdoor movie night
Set up a projector to show a movie on your garage or the side of your home and let your neighbors or friends know when it will start so they can bring lawn chairs and enjoy the show too. You could also do a cute craft with the kids and host a drive-in backyard movie night!
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8. Make apple treats
Not only are you guaranteed great memories, but you get to spend some time in the kitchen with the kids! Check out these tasty apple recipes.
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9. Run or walk in a local 5K
Many nonprofits rely on the money they make in races or walks as part of their major fundraising campaigns each year. Since the pandemic, many of those organizations also include a virtual option. Sign up to support a nonprofit your family loves — you can choose how you participate and feel good about giving back and staying active with your family!
- Mission Possible 5/10k and Fun Run - First Baptist Church Shreveport
- 40th Annual FireAnt Festival - MarshallOctober 8, 2022
- HEROES RUN Race Day 2022 - Brookshire Grocery Arena
- All Hands 5K 2022 - The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action CenterOctober 15, 2022
- 🎃 Zonta Halloween Fun Run/5KOctober 29, 2022
- 🎃 Paw Print Sprint & Trunk or Treat & Costume ContestOctober 29, 2022
- Run For Life 5K Fundraiser - Christ Fit GymNovember 5, 2022
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10. Jump in a pile of leaves!
Because you're never too old.
Alicia Marshall is the publisher of Macaroni KID Scranton, Pa.
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