COVID Friendly Fall Activities


By Rachel Wells

Fall is officially here. The air is getting crisper, the leaves are turning into every color of the rainbow, and pumpkins are everywhere. This year hasn’t been what anyone expected, and fall will be no exception – but just because we may not be headed to football games or large Halloween parties, there’s no doubt we will find new and creative ways to have fun and make the most of the season!

We have come up with a list of 15 safe activities to enjoy that we hope will give you inspiration for making the most of this fall together.

Have a Scarecrow Building Contest with Neighbors

Organize a scarecrow decorating contest with a few other families in your neighborhood. Choose a day to have everyone go around and look at the scarecrows and vote for categories such as spookiest, silliest, most creative, etc.

Build a Haunted Gingerbread House

Pick up some graham crackers, frosting, candy corn, and other Halloween shaped candies, and see who can create the spookiest haunted gingerbread house.

Decorate Pumpkins

Carve, paint, or use stickers to turn your pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. Spread out the fun and try each of these decorating techniques on different days.

Have a Halloween Egg Hunt

If trick-or-treating isn’t an option for you this year, a Halloween egg hunt may be a perfect alternative. Hide candy filled eggs in the back yard, wait until dark, and grab your flashlights to go on a spooky search.

Visit a Farm or Hike in a New Location and Enjoy the Colors of Fall

The beauty of nature shouldn’t be hard to find, research trails and farms in your area that you have never been to before and spend the day exploring.

Enjoy Fall Inspired Treats

Drink apple cider, make a big pot of chili, bake an apple crisp, or munch of some apple cider donuts. Combine pretzels, nuts, chocolate candies, and candy corn to make a trail mix that looks as festive as it tastes.

Jump in a Pile of Leaves

Does this need a description? Rake a pile of leaves and jump in!

Take an Evening Bike Ride and Look at Halloween Decorations

Head out on a relaxing ride around your neighborhood to enjoy all of the decorations. You can turn it into a scavenger hunt by making a list ahead of time of the things you think you might see (a skeleton, a jack-o-lantern, orange lights, a spider web, etc.), and checking them off as you find them.

Try a Halloween Science Experiment

Balloon ghosts are always a hit. Draw a ghost face on a balloon. Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the balloon. Fill a plastic water bottle with a half of a cup of vinegar. Attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle, and lift the balloon so that the baking soda falls into the water bottle/vinegar. This will happen quickly, so be prepared and watch as your balloon ghost appears!

Write Things You are Thankful For on a Pumpkin

Grab a sharpie and write things you are thankful for on a pumpkin. You can do this each night together at dinner, or leave the marker out so everyone can add ideas throughout the day. Bonus – this can be used as a fun Thanksgiving decoration too!

Watch Fall Themed Movies

Pop some popcorn, pour some hot chocolate, grab a snuggly blanket, and cuddle together while watching some fall and Halloween themed movies.

Host a Family Tailgate Party in the Driveway and Watch a Football Game on TV

Introduce your kids to the fun of a tailgate party from the comfort of your own driveway. Bring out your bags set, football, and lawn chairs, fire up the grill, and bring on the fun snacks.

Play Flashlight Tag or Flashlight Hide and Seek

Once its dark, put on your costumes and play flashlight tag or hide and seek inside or in the back yard.

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

A corn maze is a great activity to work together while maintaining personal space.

Make Fall Crafts

Make a fall themed wreath, paint your handprints into ghosts or pumpkins, or make monsters with candy corn teeth! Fall crafts can be a ton of fun.

COVID doesn’t have to stop us from enjoying the beauty and fun of fall. Whether you are staying home or wanting to head outdoors, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season! 

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