There’s no better way to get into the fall season than fall activities! With some creativity, there are endless options for festivities. Enjoy a pumpkin patch in the cooler weather, or check out how to deck your halls with spooky fun. Check out these fall activities below!
If you enjoy a getaway and becoming one with nature, this may be the activity for you! There are a few campsites near Austin including McKinney Falls and Lockhart State Park. But, if you want to venture farther out, you can always look at the other parks at Texas Parks and Wildlife. With many people searching for socially distanced activities, reservations in advance are recommended, found on each individual park’s website.
You can also go hiking at State Parks, or stick to trails near the city. Some Austin favorite are the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. Each has different daily schedules and reservation policies, so be sure to check the websites before grabbing your hiking shoes.
Nothing says “fall” like pumpkin patches! These are fun to visit with friends, family, and little ones. There are a few around the outskirts of Austin such as The Robinson Family Farm in Temple, Sweet Eats Fruit Farm in Georgetown, and Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop. Each has different entry fees, reservation policies, activity pricing, and closing dates so check in on their websites before you head out.
A fall favorite! After visiting the pumpkin patch, you can bring home your pumpkin and carve it however you’d like. Can’t come up with design ideas? Good Housekeeping has some. Fair warning: this might be more of a backyard activity. Note: it is recommended to avoid tainting your pumpkins with harmful chemicals, as the discarded pumpkins get eaten by wildlife.
If you’re brave enough to use your pumpkin “guts” to make pumpkin pie from scratch, you can try your hand with this recipe. If not, there are a variety of pies out there that will have your home smelling like autumn. A great recipe finder is Pinterest and AllRecipes.
There’s no better way to get into “Spooky Season” than with spooky movies! For lighter spook factor, Disney+ has favorites such as Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Haunted Mansion. Netflix has some spookier titles such as Creep or Silence of the Lambs. Amazon Prime has a wider selection, some you have to rent (Beetlejuice) but others available for free such as Midsommar and Hereditary. It may be better to have someone watch some of these with you if you’re easily spooked…
Whether you stick around at home or venture outdoors, we hope these activities help you get a little more into fall! Banana bread was the trendy thing in the spring, so perhaps everyone will bake pies in the next few months. Give it a try!