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Family Fall Bucket List Featuring 28 Days of Fall Activities

Happy Friday! In today’s post, I’m sharing a family fall bucket list I created for my family. I’ve also created a printable of our fall family bucket list. If you click HERE, then you can go straight to the fall bucket list section of this post.


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Happy Fall! Keep reading to get your FREE printable of our family fall bucket list!

How has your fall season been going so far? We have been enjoying the fall family activities in Detroit and the metro area. We even went trick or treating early this year! My friend Tiffany invited us to her church’s trunk or treat event and the kids were SO EXCITED to go!

Aside from Halloween, October is an exciting month for us because Zhen turns 7 in October! That’s all she talks about now. “My birthday! I can’t wait to be seven!”

Remember when you used to get excited about turning a new age? “I can’t wait to be 10. I can’t wait to be 16! I can’t wait to be 21!”

Now it’s completely different. The older you get it’s either: “Wait…how old am I again?” or “Please don’t remind me I’m turning another year older.” Ha!

Zhen’s birthday is on the 30th– the day before Halloween. So as you can imagine, Halloween is also another exciting celebration for us. Zhen pretty much thinks Halloween is HER day. 😉

Halloween birthday ideas
Since Zhen’s birthday is the day before Halloween, we usually have a Halloween theme for her special day. She also loves pumpkin decorations like the cake below.
pumpkin birthday cake
This pumpkin “cake” is actually cupcakes! We had it made at Kroger in Metro Detroit.

HOW TO USE YOUR FAMILY FALL BUCKET LIST

Do your kids love scavenger hunts? Travis makes scavenger hunts for our little ones whenever they go on nature walks. He creates a table and draws pictures of different animals and objects for the kids to find while they are on their walk.

This fall family bucket list I created is kind of like a scavenger hunt. You could turn it into a fun family game by having your kids place stickers on the activities you do through the fall season.

family fall bucket list
Fall flowers are another big thing I love about the fall season! Photo of me with Zhen and Zechariah at Trader Joe’s in Rochester, Michigan (long before Zephaniah came around).
fall family activities
Visiting a local pumpkin patch is one of our favorite family fall activities! Photo of Elijah with Zhen and Zechariah at a pumpkin patch in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE COMPLETING YOUR FALL FAMILY BUCKET LIST!

HERE’S A FUN IDEA:

Once you check off all 28 days, you could celebrate with a fun fall-themed family night. For instance, on the Fall Family Activities List, I have featured “HOST A BONFIRE.”

You could save the bonfire as the last fall activity you do and invite family and friends over for a big, fall celebration!

Eastern Market Detroit
I also love visiting Eastern Market in the fall.
fall family bucket list
Photo of Travis holding little Zechariah. We had went on a nature walk at Belle Isle in Detroit. Zechariah was about 18-months=old in this photo. Sweet memories!

ANOTHER FUN WAY TO CELEBRATE:

Or celebrate completing the fall family bucket list with a trip to the cider mill! You could take the kids to an apple orchard or a cider mill that has a pumpkin patch.

Whatever idea you come up with to celebrate completing the fall family activities, have FUN and make it YOUR OWN sweet family memory to cherish!

family fall bucket list
A few weeks ago, Travis and I took the kids to visit Paint Creek Cider Mill in Rochester, Michigan. They have delicious apple cider and other food goodies.
fall bucket list
Visiting a pumpkin patch also makes a great location for fall family photos! Photo of Zechariah at a local pumpkin patch in Michigan. He was about 18 months old and just adorable! 🙂
family fall bucket list
My sweet little Zhen looking for gourds and pumpkins.

WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR ON OUR FAMILY FALL BUCKET LIST

1. HARVEST FESTIVAL: We attended the D-Town Farm Harvest Festival in Detroit.

2. SPOOKY MOVIE: We started watching Halloween movies in September! Now our family tradition is to watch Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas on Halloween Day/Night. I’m looking forward to that because we go trick or treating and then order pizza and watch spooky movies together!

3. COZY SWEATER: Well, I have this cozy fall blazer that I really love so that counts, right? 🙂 I do plan on getting a few cozy fall sweaters for the kids and me at the thrift store.

FALL VINTAGE BLAZER STYLE
I found a cute fall vintage blazer at The Salvation Army store in Metro Detroit!

4. TRUNK OR TREAT: Last weekend, we attended a trunk or treat event in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

5. BAKE FALL GOODIES: Travis bought a Betty Crocker icing and Pilsbury pumpkin cookies for the kids to make spooky Halloween cookies.

6. COOK HOMEMADE CHILI: This is funny because I just cooked crockpot chili a couple of days ago. CHECK!

7. CHECK OUT FALL-THEMED BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY. Since my little ones are learning about the autumn season and holidays that are celebrated in fall, I checked out a bunch of fall-themed books for homeschool.

8. HALLOWEEN COSTUME: So far, I have bought Halloween makeup to create Halloween looks for events we attend. We also took the kids to Spirit Halloween to browse the Halloween costumes for some ideas.

9. EXPLORE THE FALL COLORS AT THE PARK: We’ve been going on nature walks and we visited two parks so far to explore the fall colors.

Belle Isle Detroit
Photo of me walking at Belle Isle in Detroit
Visiting a local park during the fall is a great fall activity!
Here’s a photo I took at Belle Isle in Detroit.

LOOKING FORWARD TO DECORATING PUMPKINS

One fall activity I’m really looking forward to is decorating pumpkins. I like to buy acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby or Walmart. This year, though, I bought my paint supplies from Arts & Scraps in Detroit. It’s a BIG money-saver for our tight budget!

I HIGHLY recommend visiting Arts & Scraps if you are wanting to create art and craft projects. If you don’t live in Detroit or the surrounding area, then visit your local thrift stores or see if you can find an organization that sells arts and scraps at a discounted rate.

decorating pumpkins
These are our pumpkins from 2017, I believe. We bought them at two different places. We got a few at a pumpkin patch in Sterling Heights and a few pumpkins at Eastern Market.
Halloween pumpkin ideas
I painted a Joe Louis fist on my pumpkin to represent my love for Detroit. Lol!

FAMILY FALL BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE

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FAMILY FALL BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE
Click the fall bucket list image to print out a copy for you + the fam!
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Happy Fall! We hope you enjoy our family fall bucket list! xoxo

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