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Fall is my favorite time of year and there are so many fun, free or cheap activities to do! I want to share a couple of my favorites with you all so that you too can be inspired to savor the fall season without going bankrupt!
1. Go on a nature walk
The air is cool and crisp. The trees are green and red and yellow. It’s the perfect time to go for a slow, easy walk. Bring a friend a two, grab your dog, leave your phone at home and enjoy being outside when the weather is absolutely beautiful.
2. Have a picnic filled with fall goodies
Now is the time to start cooking and baking tons of goodies. Pack up your favorite soup, some coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, sweet treats, and your trusty flannel blanket and head to the park.
3. Attend a Fall Festival
This is one of my favorite parts about autumn. Fall Festivals are family friendly and always fun for kids of every age! There are hay rides, fun games to play, crafts to be made, and fall treats to eat and drink. In my area, these are usually free or, if hosted by a school, under $5 per ticket.
4. Host a Pinterest Fall craft night with friends
If you are anything like me, Pinterest has come to the rescue in many DIY emergencies and has provided information regarding how to clean up something I have spilled (I am the clumsiest person you’ll meet). Pinterest is also to blame for my obsession with turning my house into a festive wonderland for whatever season or holiday it happens to be. Why not find a few crafts to make and invite your girlfriends over to create them together? This could be a fun bonding time or a potential opportunity for ministry if you invite some of your friends who are believers and along with some with whom you are seeking to share the Gospel.
5. Decorate your house/apartment
This goes along with number four, however, you can definitely go to some fun shops and buy decorations as well. For me, I tend to do this with about half of my decorations because I find some I like on Pinterest, but my craftiness does not extend to the depth that is mandatory for my decorating satisfaction. There is no shame in that either! Why not spend a few dollars to buy an adorable accent that will tie your home together? It can be something as simple as a small pumpkin sign or a burlap runner for your table! Both can be inexpensive, yet perfect for the season.
6. Create and complete a scavenger hunt with friends
Last year was the first year my friends and I completed a scavenger hunt that we created. It was so much fun to go around and take pictures in awkward situations, doing silly things like singing a Christmas carol in a public place.
Here are a few ideas to get you started on your scavenger hunt. Make sure to take pictures so you have proof:
· Collect five bags from local stores
· Get three samples of ice cream from the ice cream shop near by
· Find something with your name on it. (First or last)
· Find three different color leaves
· Try to correctly guess more candle scents than a friend while blindfolded
· Take a picture with a stranger in Walmart
· When driving down the road, pull off to the side and take a picture with your town sign
7. Drink Cocoa as the sun rises or sets
This fun activity is totally free! Sit on your front porch, or in your backyard with a friend or family member, cuddle up with some cozy blankets and sip on some yummy cocoa as you watch the day wake up or go to sleep. Make it even better and use it as a time to praise God for His beautiful artwork and all He has been doing in your life.
8. Go to a bonfire and make s’mores
I spent my summer in England this year on a Cross Cultural Project. I was part of a life group in the church that I attended, and my friends in my life group had never had a s’more. I realized how I had taken these delicious treats for granted my whole life. I now appreciate them more than ever! Are you truly an American if you don’t love s’mores? Let’s ponder that for a moment. Okay, I’m only joking. For me, a fall night is one that consists of friends, a toasty bonfire and endless s’mores to devour all night long.
9. Help with a food drive
This might be my favorite on the list. As it begins to cool off outside, it is only a matter of time before it’s too cold to stay outside for longer than ten minutes at a time. Let’s think about those who are not as fortunate as we might be to stay in a warm home and have daily, hot, delicious meals to sustain us. Find a local food drive and pop into the store to pick up some non-perishable food items. Soups, canned vegetables, and others. You can buy lots of canned foods for under $10 and it will help food pantries provide food for the homeless.
10. Pick pumpkins!
And last, but not least, is a fall favorite - pumpkin picking! This tradition is one that cannot be passed up! Head out to a pumpkin patch, find your favorite, round, plump, orange squash, and take it home! Pumpkins are great because they have so many uses. They can be left as they are, turned into Jack-O-Lanterns, and used in baking! Take a picture of how you use your pumpkin this year and tag us on Facebook and Twitter so we can see!