Autumn is almost here, and I’m sure many of you are ready to write down your favorite fall bucket list ideas. This time of year often marks the start of much hustle and bustle, from preparing for the school year to holidays and fall sports. In the midst of this business, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the pace of this season. The earth’s colors turn warm, animals prepare for hibernation, and the trees rid themselves of unneeded leaves. Our lives should also slow to match nature’s simple rhythm. This fall bucket list has plenty of simple living ideas for autumn, and I hope you’re able to take some time to enjoy them!
1. Camp by the Campfire
Camping by the campfire is a great way to enjoy cool weather, roast some food, and fully embrace the fall season! Invite others to enjoy some fellowship or use the time to gather your thoughts and enjoy the sound of crackling wood. It truly doesn’t get much cozier than this!
2. Make a Wreath
Welcome autumn into your home by creating a beautiful fall wreath for your front door. First, gather a grapevine wreath base, burlap, chrysanthemums, baby’s breath, and some greenery. I have instructions and details on building your own farmhouse fall wreath HERE.
3. Carve a Pumpkin and Save the Seeds
You can’t say you’ve fully embraced a fall bucket list without carving a pumpkin. I like going to a local pumpkin patch to support a small business and have healthier pumpkin puree and seeds. By saving the seeds, you can eat them after roasting them with olive oil, salt, garlic, and paprika!
Another great way to use your pumpkin harvest is with pumpkin seed oil. Dee, from She Mams with Oils, talks about the benefits of pumpkin seed oil for hair, skin, and overall health HERE!
4. Bake Some Treats
Pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, oh my! The flavors of fall are one of my favorite aspects of the season. You’ll usually find me in full-on baking mode during these months. One of my favorite recipes to make are these warm, moist, cinnamon-glazed Sourdough Pumpkin Muffins. YUM.
5. Go on a Nature Walk or Hike
Lace up your shoestrings and submerge yourself in nature by going for a walk or hike. There’s no better way to absorb the smell of fall and appreciate the changing colors than this. If you don’t live near hiking trails or if the leaves don’t change in your area, a walk in a local park can be equally as beautiful! Even here in Florida, you can tell fall is in the air when the sweetgums turn red and humidity is slightly lower.
While on your walk or hike, take some time to observe the wildflowers, greens, and weeds growing around you. They make for natural and sustainable fall decorations that can be used in your fall wreath, garland, or an autumn bouquet.
6. Plant a Fall Garden
Squashes, lettuce, carrots, and herbs are some of the plants that can thrive in your vegetable garden during these colder months. It’s important to know the last frost date of your location as well as where you’re at on the USDA’s zone map. These two tools will help you determine what plants will thrive in your area, and when they should be planted! For more information, you can read my post on How to Start a Vegetable Garden from Scratch.
7. Make some Candles
Add to the hygge of your fall-decorated home by making your own candles! You’re able to better control the burn time, scent, and healthiness of the candles in your home by making them on your own. I even have a step-by-step guide to making your own Coconut Oil Beeswax Candles.
8. Eat Seasonally
Head to your local farmer’s market and pick up in-season fruits and vegetables to feed your family. Eating seasonally is much healthier and more sustainable than consuming food that’s been imported or grown with the help of labs or synthetic chemicals. It’s amazing how creation works – the plants that thrive in fall provide the very nutrients we need during this season!
9. Enjoy an Outdoor Movie
Whether it be Casper, Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter, or Halloween town, there’s something that makes watching movies extra special when you’re sitting in the great outdoors. Pop some popcorn, make a pot of hot chocolate, and grab some blankets to enjoy an outdoor fall movie!
10. Attend a Small Town Fall Festival
Hay rides, corn fields, cake walks, and fresh popcorn. A small town fall festival is a great addition to your fall bucket list because it incorporates the sights, sounds, smells, taste, and feel of fall – all in one activity! Festivals in larger cities can be stressful, especially with littles, but a small town festival has just the right balance of activity and simple living enjoyment.