Every year I create a seasonal bucket list full of activities for my family. As a mother of two young children, I often feel a little overwhelmed and this list helps me remember to actually DO all the fun ideas and make memories together during the fall season.
I fill our list with a few great projects like adding to our creepy village and lots of easy, achievable ideas, as well as making homemade trail mix, pulling out favorite books for fall kids, and even something as simple as listing “Monster Mash,” what my children love!
No matter what phase of your life you are in, making the most of every season and making memories is a big goal. This list is a reminder to make time for small activities during the season. Click here to download your Fall Bucket List!
Advantages of a seasonal bucket list.
- It’s a simple reminder. Time flies by, especially with young kids, and it can be hard to remember to make time for all of the cute ideas you pinned on Pinterest. This list makes it easy for you as you cross a few things off your list every weekend!
- Using the list allows you to do a wider variety of activities instead of using the same ideas over and over.
- For parents, knowing that you are creating lifelong memories and childhood magic is the greatest benefit of all (who wants to cry with me – I feel sentimental!).
Hacks for a seasonal bucket list
- Store all of your supplies at once! Whether you’re snapping up frozen cake batter for the freezer or stocking up on craft supplies, everything you need for the activities can be gotten on a shopping spree and kept close at hand.
- Let your family members choose activities so everyone can do what is most nostalgic for them.
- Repeat all of your favorite activities from last year. You create traditions!
- I like to put 3-4 large activities on my list (picking apples or making a large craft, for example) and the rest of my list is smaller activities that we can incorporate if we have an hour before nap or an hour before dinner.
- Above all, make it easy for yourself. It should be fun and not cause a lot of pressure.
Mega list of ideas
Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Go to a Pumpkin Patch.
- Make a scary craft.
- Go picking apples.
- Play Monster Mash
- Make caramel apples.
- Treat yourself to a candlelit dinner.
- Jump into a pile of leaves (my children’s favorite).
- Make chilli.
- Buy autumn candles.
- Regard Hocus-pocus (Fill the list with all of your favorite Halloween movies for kids, adults, or both!).
- Decorate your porch for Halloween.
- Make pumpkin pancakes.
- Drinking cider on the porch.
Okay, you have the idea! Personalize the list by adding your favorite autumn nostalgic activities. Be sure to add things that are specific to your city or region and things that you enjoyed as a kid.
Frequently asked Questions.
The purpose of this list is solely to make fun family memories. It’s normal not to do every single point, so take that pressure off of you!
No. But feel free to edit the text before you print it out and change it to “List of ideas”!
Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Kelly.