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2019 Fall Bucket List: 15 Fun Things To Do In Autumn! (+Checklist)

Written by Shelby Torrese

Don’t let fall pass you by without trying these fun fall activities! Our ultimate fall bucket list is guaranteed to help you experience the best things the season has to offer!

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Fall is the most anticipated season of the year. No wonder, it’s the only one that you actually get to enjoy! Winter means heavy coats and holiday scrambling. Spring brings rain and failed resolutions. Summer packs the pressure of having that rockin’ summer bod that we may or may not be ready for.

But fall, fall just gets it! It’s all about cozying up, dressing cute, and eating however the heck you want! I compiled the ULTIMATE fall bucket list for you to enjoy this season. It involves fall activities, fall foods, fall decor, just all-around fall, fall, fall! 🍂

woman apple picking in an orchard

15 Fun Fall Activities


1. Apple Picking

If you’re lucky enough to live near an apple orchard, this classic fall activity is a must. There’s nothing better than picking your own apples, taking that first big, crisp bite, and then bringing a few dozen home with you for endless fall recipes. Homemade apple pie galore!

2. Pumpkin Patch

Everyone loves going to the pumpkin patch. It doesn’t matter if you carve your pick into a jack-o-lantern or just set it proudly on your front porch as decoration. Pumpkins are a fall staple and, if nothing else, taking pictures of your trip to the pumpkin patch should be at the top of your fall bucket list. 

3. Make Apple Cider

Just the sight of apple cider wraps me back up into a plaid blanket, sitting around a bonfire, sipping and laughing with family and friends. Once fall hits, you can find cider just about anywhere. If you’re feeling adventurous after your trip to the apple orchard, though, you can take a stab at your own recipe!

4. Haunted Hayride

Put on everyone’s big girl and boy pants, and go on a haunted hayride! Cuddle up and pack some throat lozenges, because you’ll probably be screaming your brains out! 😂If you’ve never been on a haunted hayride, you can usually find one at a nearby park or fairground. This is one of those fun fall activities that you may only do once, but you’ll be glad you did!

5. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

I know that classic pumpkin spice lattes are on everyone’s fall bucket list. They find their way into every cafe and Instagram feed. I get it, they’re delicious. BUT, they are so chock full of sugar and calories that I’ve been completely turned off by them! Instead, I make my own with this healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe! It’s not difficult, it saves me tons of $$$, and I feel good about drinking it thanks to Super Youth collagen!

Skinny pumpkin spice latte

6. Wear Some Flannel

‘Tis the season, am I right? I personally rock my flannels all year, but it’s much more fitting and festive in the fall. Seriously, as soon as October hits, I get compliments on my flannel shirts and skirts like they’re brand new. I’m like, people, I wore this last week! 🙄If flannel isn’t really your pattern, at least cozy up in a wool, flannel blanket just to get into the spirit of the season!

7. Bust Out The Boots

It’s time. Bust out the boots. No more stressing about whether or not the temperature is cool enough for your favorite over-the-knee pair. It’s fall, the leaves are crunching, and it’s time to let those boots do some walking.

8. Halloween Costume Hunt

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you’re going to be for Halloween. Hunting for a costume can be super fun or mega difficult. I always like to go into my costume hunt with an open mind. I may plan on being a cat (for the 20th year in a row, no lie), but once I spot those perfect vampire teeth, I can’t resist. If you have no idea what you want to be, a fun option is to go thrifting instead! You’re bound to be inspired by the old flapper dresses, sailor hats, and army jackets. 

family halloween costume

9. Freeze Your Summer Fruit

I can’t be the only one savoring every summer strawberry and peach. Instead of consuming as many as I can at every farmers’ market, I take them home and wash them to freeze them! It’s so simple and they’re perfect for smoothies or thawing over warm oatmeal. All you have to do is wash and chop the fruit, let the pieces dry completely, throw them in a freezer-safe bag and then pop it in the freezer! 

10. Bake A Pie

What’s more fall than baking a pie from scratch? Even half-scratch (gotta love premade crust) will cut it! Warm apples covered in cinnamon and spice, or melted cherries doused in Vermont maple syrup, all under a warm buttery crust. Mmm! 

11. Rake Some Leaves

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where colorful leaves cover the ground in fall, grab your rake, breathe in the cool fall air, and get to work! I grew up in sunny Miami, Florida where the trees were always green, and I seriously feel like I missed out. So listen to those leaves crunch as you rake them into a huge pile and then take a big leap into your masterpiece! Pro fall tip: get a video of your leap in slow motion! 

Raking counts as exercise, for the record! 

Family raking leaves

12. Corn Maze

The list of fun fall activities just never ends when you live somewhere where the seasons change! Grab a group of friends, find a local corn maze to weave through, and have at it!

13. Have A Bonfire

A personal favorite of mine, nothing says fall like having a bonfire! The crackle and glint of the flames and all of the bonfire treats that go along with it absolutely screams fall. Peppermint hot chocolate, s’mores, big blankets, yes, please! Make your own bonfire in your backyard, or find a nearby beach or park that has public fire pits available.

14. Make Chili

What’s cozier than a warm bowl of chili? Absolutely nothing. Instead of overdoing the sodium, calories, and fat from restaurant chili, make your own! SkinnyFit has an amazing high-protein chili recipe that is a must for the fall season. It’s your traditional, comforting chili flavor infused with Super Youth Collagen for countless anti-aging benefits. What more could you ask for?!

High-Protein Chili With Collagen

15. Give Thanks

Naturally, I saved the best for last. To me, there’s nothing better than a season that emphasizes gratitude. No matter how much or how little you’re able to give this season, don’t forget to reflect on all you have to be thankful for. Health, happiness, friends & family, life itself–these are all things to be grateful for. Whether you give thanks silently to yourself or you write it down and share it with the world, give yourself a moment this fall season to be grateful for all of the amazing things and people in your life. 

Fall Bucket List Checklist

Here’s a rundown of all the amazing and festive fall activities to take advantage of this year.

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About The Author

Shelby Torrese

Nutrition, Movement & Meditation Coach

Shelby Torrese is a wellness enthusiast (and matcha fanatic!) from Miami, FL. She attributes her love of movement to her mom, a personal trainer, and her love of food to her dad, a farmer. She studied creative writing in college while getting her yoga certification, and went on to pursue fitness and nutrition in grad school. Her go-to advice is, “Balance,” and she is a firm believer that the ocean can cure just about everything.

  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
  • NASM Certified Nutrition Coach
  • M.S. in Human Performance


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