Fun Fall Bucket List Ideas to Finish the Year Off Right

Is it that time of year already? Yes, Fall is here! The first day of Fall is September 22nd.

Fall signifies a fresh start. It’s the season when everything starts to slow down. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and we’re spending more time inside. 

So let’s take advantage of all the amazing things the Fall season has to offer with this Fall bucket list – even if it isn’t your favorite season!

What Should I Put on My Fall Bucket List

You should put things on your Fall bucket list that bring you joy but also allow you to get things done and be more productive. 

So while we’re enjoying the outdoor fall activities, let’s not forget about the things we need to do to finish off the year right or the things we need to take care of at home.

         Fun Things to Do in the Fall

Set End of the Year Goals

With only three months left until the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish by the end of the year.

Here’s how to set and achieve your end of the year goals:

  • Write a list of things you want to accomplish. These should be small, manageable goals.
  • Create a plan of action for each goal. Check off each action as it is completed.
  • Celebrate every accomplishment!

Switch Out Home Decor

Redecorate your home to match all the changes that come with the Autumn season.

Fall decor ideas for outside of your home:

  • Add a seasonal wreath to your door. Create or buy a Fall wreath with this color combination: orange, green, brown, and red. You can also change out the wreath for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • Place some pumpkins in your garden, down your walkway, and on your porch or patio.
  • Place some string lights around your home. Especially around your doorway and in your bushes.

Fall decor ideas for the inside of your home:

  • If you have a fire mantel, decorate it with candles, small pumpkins, and flower wreaths.
  • Place a Fall themed centerpiece in the middle of your dining table. 
  • Update your living room with a new rug and by adding a new throw blanket and pillows to your sofa.

Fill Your Home with Fall Fragrances

Who doesn’t love a good-smelling home? If you want the aroma of Fall to float through your home, try out some scented candles and potpourri. 

Some great scents for candles this time of the year are pumpkin spice, sandalwood, and vanilla.

You can also add some cinnamon sticks and cloves to your potpourri.

fall scented candle in front of pumpkins

Pull Out Your Fall Wardrobe

With the Fall season comes cooler weather. It’s time to pack up your summer clothes and pull out your Fall wardrobe. Here are some tips and ideas to keep you warm and cute this fall:

  • Look for clothing staples in neutral colors like brown, gray, nude, and black.
  • Layer with sweaters. Try fitted sweaters or cozy sweaters. Or even ugly sweaters if that’s your thing.
  • Boots are your best friend.
  • You can never go wrong with blue jeans. They go with everything. I prefer a darker wash in the Fall.
  • Don’t forget your accessories. Add scarves, gloves and earmuffs to your wardrobe.

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Say Yes to Toasty Drinks

Who doesn’t love a warm, toasty drink on a beautiful Fall morning? I know I do. It completes my whole morning. Some yummy drinks to try this Fall: 

  • Apple Machiatto – Starbucks released this new drink this fall, and I’ve already tried it. It’s delicious!
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte -Visit your local coffee shop to try this seasonal and very popular latte or create your own one at home.
  • Tea – Steep a tea of your choice. I usually prefer Earl Grey Tea, and I like to enjoy it with heavy cream, Sugar free vanilla syrup, and Stevia.
  • Hot chocolate – Everyone loves hot chocolate! Throw in some marshmallows to make it extra tasty.

Appreciate Nature

Enjoy the crisp air as you take a scenic drive to explore the outside that has now turned into a colorful palette of red, orange, and brown. Take a walk and enjoy the scenery.

an assortment of items to make fall crafts

Try some Fall Crafts

Since you’re going to be spending more time inside, why not try some arts and crafts at home?

Knit a cozy blanket. Buy some yarn in Fall colors and create the masterpiece that will keep you warm in the winter season.

Make a dreamcatcher. You’ll need some feathers, string, a hoop, and beads. Check out tutorials to get you started.

Celebrate Halloween 

You can’t have Fall without Halloween. It’s such a fun holiday filled with candy, costumes, and pumpkins galore.

Here are some ideas for celebration so that you can have a Happy Halloween!

Binge-watch horror movies. I know not everyone likes scary movies but this girl does! And Halloween is the perfect time to binge-watch all your favorite horror movies or TV shows. If you haven’t seen any good ones lately, check these out

  • The Fear Street series
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • His House

Visit a haunted house. If you want to take your Halloween experience to another level, go to a haunted house for some live-action fear.

Dress up in a costume. Visit your local costume store or jump online for ideas to create your own amazing costume this year. 

Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a comforting holiday to spend time with your family and friends. Invite them over and have each of them bring a dish, and feast together.

 It’s also the perfect reminder to be appreciative of what you have. If you need some help figuring out what you’re thankful for, try listing one thing you’re grateful for every day for the next 30 days.

Give to Those in Need

This Autumn is a great time to focus on giving back to your community. Gather up some non-perishables and donate them to your local food bank. Here are a few items you could donate:

  • Granola bars
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats like tuna, salmon, or vienna sausages
  • Water, tea bags, or ground coffee

You could also bake cookies and drop them off at a shelter.

Eat Pie and Ice Cream

Did someone say sweet potato pie? It’s so popular during the Fall and one of my favorite desserts. 

Pop a slice of sweet potato pie in the microwave for about 15 seconds and top it off with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s so delicious- You can thank me later!!

Some other delicious pies to try this season are apple pie and pumpkin pie.

Go to a Football Game

Even if you’re not a football fan, going to a game is a great thing to do in the Fall. Especially if you’re attending with your friends and family. 

The atmosphere at a football game is electric. You can’t help but take on the energy and the excitement from all of the fans.

Be sure to grab some snacks right before half-time to beat the long lines!

Fire Pit Fun in the Backyard

Invite your friends over for some quality time outside. Sit around the fire pit and take turns telling your best ghost stories. 

Be sure to have hot chocolate and smores available just in case someone wants a snack.

pumpkins at a pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Are you craving more outdoor time? Visit a Pumpkin Patch for some all-in-one fun time. Here are some things you do at the pumpkin patch:

  • Pick pumpkins
  • take pictures
  • visit the gift shop
  • feed the animals
  • complete a corn maze
  • go on a hay ride

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are a great way to get the whole family involved. Come up with a themed list of items to find and spend some time trying to find everything on the list.

Items to include in a Fall scavenger hunt: pine cones, orange leaves, red leaves, acorns, and a squirrel

Items to include a Halloween scavenger hunt: pumpkin, spider, candy, costume, and a bat

Items to include in a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt: turkey, corn, dining table, sweet potato pie, and a parade

What’s on Your Fall To-Do List?

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about what’s on your Fall bucket list. Hopefully, this list has given you some inspiration to get through the rest of the year. 

What goals are you trying to accomplish by the end of the season? Are you going to redecorate your home? Maybe even participate in the Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities. Think about all of your favorites Fall activities.

Whatever you decide to do this season, I hope it’s a lot of fun.

Happy Fall!

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