5 Family Traditions to Look Forward to Every Fall

Fall is my family’s favorite time of year. We just seem to have the most fun during this Season. You get to break out the new sweaters and jeans, the trees look beautiful, we spend a lot of time planning and decorating for our spooky Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations, it’s football season (Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Bears – Rah, Go Team!), and I try to make every pumpkin recipe that I can find. If you have a great pumpkin recipe, please share it!

We have some fun family traditions in the fall that we all look forward to each year. The kids always help me get out the family calendar and mark the dates, so they can start counting down the days until our fun begins. So, if you are thinking “Hey, we want to have fun too” consider one of these activities. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new tradition for your family.

1. Fall Foliage Drive or Bike Ride – Traditionally we have love to grab the map and drive through our local forest preserves or if we are feeling adventurous we take the drive the Fall Foliage routes in Wisconsin to see the most amazing colors on the trees. If we are lucky, we’ll find an orchard or fruit stand to grab apple pie and other tasty fall treats. Google Fall Foliage Drives and see what comes up for your area. This year we are totally into biking so we’re going to grab our bikes for our drive up to Wisconsin and bike through the forests for a new experience. Read my tips on how to plan a family bike ride.

2. Visit a Pumpkin Farm – Nothing says Fall like a trip to a pumpkin patch. We have some fun local pumpkin farms that have games and a petting zoo for little ones. It’s a great place to take a photo of your kids for the Christmas newsletter! The colors are outstanding. Now that my kids are a little older, we like exploring the corn maze at night by flashlight. Spooky!

3. Baking together in the kitchen – Whether it’s apples, pumpkins, squash, soups, or Halloween treats, we love to spend time together in the kitchen baking and cooking up our favorite dishes or trying something totally new. This year I’m on a quest to find 5 totally awesome soup recipes. Last year we were into Halloween cupcakes and Halloween pancakes. But cooking together allows us to talk and connect over food, which are the warmest memories you can create for your kids or grand kids in my book. Check out my Cooking with the Kids Pinterest Board for some inspiration.

4. Crafting & Decorating for Halloween – We take decorating for Halloween very seriously at our house. We want to have the most festive house on the block. We go crazy decorating both inside and outside the house. I like to spend time with the kids making a new Halloween decoration or treats for their Halloween parties every year. It’s time we get to spend together creating, talking, and connecting. You can see some of our Halloween decorations that I’ve made with the kids.

5. Neighborhood Treat or Treat Procession – Trick or treating is so much more fun in a group. Our neighborhood started a Trick or Treat Procession a few years ago where everyone would meet and walk together. Our procession had wagons full of snacks and hot chocolate, more wagons to pull the young ones who get tired after 3 blocks, dogs on leashes in costumes, and plenty of cameras and video cameras to capture the fun. While trick or treating as a family is fun … why not multiply that by inviting 3 or 4 families? Now, the adults can have a blast walking around too.

What Fall traditions does your family look forward to every year?

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