40 Free or Cheap Activities for Fall: Because each season comes with its own unique sights, smells, tastes, touches, and sounds, here’s a list of activities that will tickle all your senses, so you can get the most out of the fall!
40 Free or Cheap Activities for Fall
I’m a major creature of habit, and one of my habitual quirks is that I’m SUPER into seasonal ‘rituals’. Not in a cult-ish sense or anything, don’t worry 😉 I just mean that I have certain habits and activities that I like to make sure I enjoy each season. Where I live in Canada, we (mostly) have all 4 very distinct seasons – though sometimes our weather likes to skip Spring or Fall! – so I have certain rituals for each one.
Being Pennywi$e, I also try to get creative with my activities, and find the ones that are free or cheap to enjoy!
Here I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite free or cheap activities for fall, along with a whole bunch I would also like to try incorporating into my seasonal routine. (I’m a dork, I know). Because each season comes with its own unique sights, smells, tastes, touches, and sounds, I’ve incorporated activities that will tickle all your senses so you can get the most out of the fall. 🙂
40 Free or Cheap Activities for Fall
1) Play in the leaves, obviously!
2) Enjoy a pumpkin spice or cinnamon latte (or both…)
3) Go feed squirrels in your local park, if bylaws allow
4) Take a walk down a leafy street
5) Have a campfire with blankets, hot chocolate, and grilled cheese
6) Host a Halloween party! My friend Rebecca over at Surviving Student Loans has a great post on how to host a Halloween party without breaking the bank. Check it out here.
7) Go on a hayride, or adventure through a corn maze
8) Visit a haunted house
9) Go apple picking
10) Mull hot cider and watch a Halloween favourite
11) Put up fall decorations
12) Walk or drive around your neighbourhood at night to see Halloween decoration displays
13) Check your local news source for a list of the city’s best haunted houses
14) Watch cheesy 70s-80s-90s Halloween movies
15) Host your family’s Thanksgiving, or a friends-only Thanksgiving (what my friends and I affectionately call “Friendsgiving”)
16) Get excited about your favourite shows coming back on cable networks
17) Craft something for free using pinecones, leaves, and/or corn husks
18) Can your own peaches and tomatoes, and freeze veggies and late-season strawberries
19) Make and freeze apple pies for the winter
20) Scope second hand stores for next summer’s clothes (people will have donated summer stuff at the end of the season)
21) Start buying your Christmas gifts to spread out the expense (and hey, you get an excuse to shop, right?)
22) Visit a harvest festival or fall carnival
23) Enjoy the last blast of the harvest at your local farmer’s market
24) Start your Christmas crafts and DIY decorations (but wait until November when the sales are on – remember: Christmas craft supplies have been in the stores since September!)
25) Take some great photos of your family/kids/dog/cat/pet zebra in the leaves
26) Start your DIY Christmas gifts and/or cards
27) Tidy up your yard and put your gardens to bed for the winter
28) Kick-start your workout routine to get you in good habits for the winter when your resolve will be tested by the cold and dark!
29) Make a list and start 5 new habits or routines (fall is a PERFECT time to overhaul your finances and spending habits in the lead-up to holiday shopping season)
30) Make a fall wreath or garland for your house/apartment front door
31) Go to a bath and body or home store and just smell all the seasonal candles – if it’s not in your budget, LEAVE YOUR WALLET IN THE CAR. This is purely for sensory enjoyment! 😉
32) Burn cinnamon and orange essential oil in a diffuser to make your house smell AH-mazing! Or, use my recipe for stovetop potpourri
33) Crack out your fall riding boots and enjoy the sweater weather
34) Volunteer at a soup kitchen or community meal service at Thanksgiving
35) Enjoy your last few bike rides or outdoor runs before the snow flies
36) Carve a pumpkin
37) Make caramel apples
38) Press leaves like when you were a kid! (or do it with your own kids)
39) Try a new soup, stew, or casserole recipe
40) Get a fresh new haircut
Do you have any other ideas for free or cheap activities for fall? Which new ones do you want to incorporate into your routine? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Enjoy those crispy apples and crunchy leaves, my friend. <3
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