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πŸ‚ 26 ideas for fall traditions and fun for the whole family

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 10, 2023

Fall tends to be a great time of year many of us love because of the cooler weather, the changing trees, and the multitude of fall events that keep our weekends full of fun.

If you're in search of ideas to make this season special for your family, we have an alphabet of ideas for you!

Apple Picking
Check out our Tips for Choosing the Best Apples and where to go to pick your own

Try our Snickerdoodle Blondies — it will warm up your house and make it smell oh-so-good!

Fall is the perfect time of year for camping! And we've got 10 Tips for Camping with Kids.

The best time to see the leaves change color in Colorado is mid-September to mid-October. Try one of our favorite leaf-peeping drives to view Colorado's famous shimmering aspens.

Explore a Museum
A cold or rainy fall day is the perfect time to explore that museum you've been meaning to take the family to see. Visit on an SCFD Free Day to enjoy free admission!

Fall Festivals
Because they're so much fun... and often free! Look for the (πŸ‚) on our calendar!

Ghost Stories
Pull up chairs around a backyard campfire for some spooky Halloween stories.

Haunted House
Boo! The 13th Floor, named one of the scariest haunted houses in the country, opens for the season on September 15.

Invite Friends 
Gather together (in person or virtually) for a soup or chili potluck and exchange recipes. Make a family favorite or try something new, like a big batch of Pumpkin Chili.

Rake up your leaves and then jump into the pile. It's so much fun, you won't even mind the extra work!

Kite Flying
Blustery fall days are the perfect time to get out the kite.

Long Walks
Explore your own neighborhood or try one of our recommended Kid-Friendly Hikes.

Make Your Costumes
Everybody gets to dress up with our 13 Family Costume Ideas!

Neighborhood Movie Night
Make it extra special — and social distance! — with these fun DIY Backyard Movie Party Cars for kids!

Head to a local Oktoberfest festival or make your own! Your menu can include Bavarian pretzels, Bratwurst, German potato salad, and Apple Strudel for dessert! Prost!

Carve them. Decorate them. Bake with them. Love them.

Quench Your Thirst
How about an Apple Cider Float?

Roast Marshmallows 
Warm your bones around a campfire or your backyard firepit on a chilly night.

It's a fun and easy family project: Take some old clothes and stuff them with hay or newspapers to make a family scarecrow as part of your Halloween decor.

Tailgate in Your Driveway
Hanging outside with neighbors before the Broncos game is always a good time.

Unplug for a Day
Turn off the electronics, ignore the TV, and leave the phone behind to spend a beautiful fall day completely tuned in to your family.

Visit a National Park
Did you know fourth graders and their families can visit national parks for free through the Every Kid Outdoors program?

Glue real or artificial autumn leaves onto a Styrofoam circle. Or jump ahead and start preparing for Thanksgiving! This DIY Turkey Wreath is simple and absolutely adorable too!

"X" marks the Spot
Create a fall treasure hunt for your kids with a Halloween surprise at the end! Teens and tweens will love this Photo Scavenger Hunt (with FREE printable)!

Spend a lazy Saturday at home cuddling on the couch, watching movies, and maybe even curling up in bed for a lovely midday nap.

A fall visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or Denver Zoo is always a treat, and the animals tend to be more alert and active in cooler weather!

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