Fall is the time of year to be outside, hands down. Aside from the fact that it’s often the most scenic time in Canada, it’s also a time when communities just tend to come together for fall fairs, park cleanups, and other festive little affairs, offering an easy way for your family to get out and enjoy the season while you still can. Here are nine ways to get outside as a fam this fall, for free.
Check out a fall fair
Apple fests, pumpkin fests, corn fests… most towns have some variation of the standard Fall Fair that takes place in October and offers up an excuse to gorge on apple cider donuts and popcorn and walk around a farm just for kicks. Who doesn’t love a fall fair? Classic fun for all ages.
Go on a ghost walk
If your kids have an undeniable inner ghoul, bring it out with a ghost walk. We’ve rounded up a few of the best in Canada—check them out here.
Check out the full moon (October 27th)
Full moon night is the best night to set intentions for the upcoming month. Set a family intention and watch the magic of the full moon take shape over the month.
Decorate the house for Halloween
Make a day of transforming the outside of your house into a haunted edifice for the spooky season. Get creative—string orange and black lights on trees, stuff a scarecrow for your garden, swap your outdoor lights for black bulbs.
Carve a pumpkin
Carving pumpkins is far from neat work. Spread out some newspaper on the driveway or the back deck and hack a pumpkin into a masterpiece. (Or, for an outside-the-box idea, make a centerpiece out of it.
Make pinecone bird feeders
Attract the birds to your yard with an old school peanut butter pinecone. Simple, messy, and best for fall. Peep Martha’s DIY tutorial for a how-to.
Have a bonfire
Fire up the fire bowl in the backyard and curl up on some lawn chairs with quilts. Roast ‘mallows, tell ghost stories, stargaze. Now that’s a decadent way to spend a fall night.
Head to the last farmers market of the season
Chances are your city’s last farmer’s markets are taking place in October. Stock up on seasonal produce (apples, squash, leeks), and make a seasonal Sunday feast.
Join in a park cleanup
Community parks often hold end of season clean ups that summon the neighborhood out to rake leaves, pick up garbage and do damage control from the busy summer months. Join in and do your part!
What are you favourite fall traditions to do as a family? Let us know in the comments.