By Jessica SperaUpdated Sep 24, 2021
Nothing beats jumping into a huge pile of freshly-raked leaves.Photo: iStockphoto
Visit any of these awesome apple orchards across Canada with your family—it’s the perfect autumn activity!Photo: iStockphoto
Throw a woodland party or a monster party! There’s no better way to celebrate fall than with a backyard celebration—you gotta enjoy the warm-ish weather while it lasts.
Do your little ones want to dress up as a piñata, jellyfish or even a cupcake? Get a head start on your kids’ homemade Halloween costume with any of these super cute DIY ideas. If DIY isn’t your thing, check out your local costume shop.
Find the nearest pumpkin patch and spend the day enjoying outdoor activities, like hay rides, corn mazes, farmer’s markets and petting zoos. The best part is, you and your bunch can pick the biggest pumpkin to take home and carve for Halloween.Photo: iStockphoto
Carving not your thing? Trade in the knife for a glue gun and some paint, and you can make a tiger, sugar skull or fang-tastic Dracula. Here are some spooky, but super cute, no-carve pumpkins ideas.Photo: Roberto Caruso
It’s time for a little make-believe! Try out one of these 12 face painting tutorials and transform your kid into a zombie doll, a butterfly or even a cute, little lion. Roar!
Curl up with a big mug of maple hot chocolate. Or if you really want to get into the spirit of the season, try our recipe for these cute hot-chocolate pudding ghosts.Photo: Roberto Caruso
It might be too chilly to play outside, so here are some fun indoor games that you can play together. We highly recommend you try Magical Mama (or Papa).Photos: Casey Wiegand via Instagram, Tania K. via Instagram, Stocksy United
Get cozy on the couch and read a new book together.Photo: Tundra Books
Visit a haunted house in your local neighbourhood. Or better yet, get your family into the Halloween spirit and turn your house into one.Photo: iStockphoto
Go on a local nature walk, or visit any of these beautiful spots to take in the leaves changing colour on all of the trees.Photo: iStockphoto
Head out to the mall to get your little one ready for the cold weather ahead. Besides buying fall essentials like jackets and scarves, now is the time to get that snowsuit and those winter boots. Happy shopping.Photo: Erik Putz
Whether you’re hosting a themed party or just want to impress trick-or-treaters, it’s fun to get into the Halloween spirit and decorate your house. And you don’t have to make your house spooky—silly is just as fun.Photo: Roberto Caruso
Seriously, it’s fun. You might think there may not be much to a bucket of water with floating apples, but it makes for a great party game or just a fun activity for the family.Photo: iStockphoto
Prevent the battle of who got the bigger piece with these individual mini pumpkin pie tarts. They’re as delicious as they are adorable. If you’re serving a bigger crowd, try this yummy cheater pumpkin pie. It’s OK to cheat sometimes.Photo: Maya Visnyei
Try making any of these adorably festive crafts using odds and ends, just in time for Thanksgiving. It will keep the kids busy while you’re making the feast.Photo: DIY Inspired via Pinterest
Watch kid-friendly Halloween classics, like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Halloweentown or Casper.Photo: IMDb
Make fall trail mix with candy corn and roasted nuts, or get in the spirit of Halloween with these monster doughnuts and skeleton cupcakes.
Invite some friends over, sit around a table and play some spooky games, like Boo Bingo. Or take it outside and play some ghost bowling.Photo: Roberto Caruso
Nothing says autumn like a belly full of chili. Try this make-ahead lentil chili or put a new spin on the classic with tasty chili mac recipe that the entire family will love.Photo: edoneil/iStockphoto
After walking around in a corn maze, you’ll start dreaming of corn. Whip up any of these delicious corn recipes, or throw a few stalks on the BBQ for some good ol’ corn on the cob.Photo: Jodi Pudge
Add pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice to your smoothies, pancake and waffle mix. Or try making your very own maple pumpkin butter.
Enjoy those crisp fall days and the gorgeous colours with a picnic! Keep warm food at the ready with insulated thermoses, or try any of these kid-friendly picnic recipes.Photo: iStockphoto
Whether it’s a colourful turkey made from a toilet paper roll or a simple harvest crown, these fall crafts are perfectly festive.Photo: iStockphoto
Get your family moving and plan a nature scavenger hunt by collecting colourful leaves, pinecones, and other fall-like objects. Bonus: you’ll have a beautiful backdrop. Tip: Use some of the things you find outdoors to make nature crafts.Photo: iStockphoto
After you go apple picking, you have to make apple treats. But baking apple pie isn’t super fun for kids. But they will love making monkey bread!Photo: Roberto Caruso
These candy-corn apples are perfect for October 30th, which is National Candy Corn Day.Photo: IlonaBudzbon/iStockphoto
This is two activities in one! Send the kids out to find the best pinecones and then decorate them anyway you’d like—with paint, sequins, glitter or beads (fluorescent pink, anyone?) This is also a great opportunity to make the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece.Photo: iStockphoto
Go outside, collect some colourful leaves, and use them to make some festive crafts. Make a gorgeous garland, a leaf crown or do a leaf press with crayons.Photo: iStockphoto
For some classic family fun, visit a fall fair in your area. Eat some tasty treats, ride the ferris wheel and hey, maybe even participate in a pie-eating contest.Photo: iStockphoto
Once you figure out the easy way to dig them out, try cinnamon-maple roasted pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack.
Don’t let cabin fever set in on those rainy days; get your family suited up in their most fashionable raingear and jump on in.Photo: iStockphoto
Make a fall bouquet of sunflowers and pussywillows. Use them in a wreath for your front door, or gather them for a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece.Photo: iStockphoto
Plant a windowsill garden so you’ll have fresh herbs throughout the winter, or make this easy terrarium that the kids will love.Photo: Tony Lanz
The cooler weather means it’s time for a big bowl of comforting soup. Slurp on!Photo: Maya Visnyei
Amp up the spook factor in your house with this super adorable cheesecloth ghosts.Photo: Roberto Caruso
Nothing says fall like pumpkins! And these fun puffed-rice pumpkin treats are perfect for making with the kids.
Gather ’round a cozy campfire (or your fireplace) and tell the scariest ghost stories you can think up. To add to the authenticity, roast some marshmallows and make some tasty s’mores.Photo: iStockphoto
Go to a football game, or gather your mini team and play one as a family.Photo: iStockphoto
Test each other with these fun fall facts, or to keep it all-things pumpkin, wow the kids with these interesting facts about pumpkins.Photo: iStockphoto
Gather the troops and some potato sacks and have an epic sack race outside.
While the weather is still warm, pack the kids up, along with your gear, and go to a popular campground, or keep it easy and pitch a tent in the backyard. Enjoy fun camping games, crafts and stargazing to keep the little ones entertained.Photo: iStockphoto
If you’d prefer to keep things indoors, make the coolest indoor fort ever. Grab your sleeping bag, some blankets and pillows and camp out in your living room. Who says you can only camp in the summer?Photo: iStockphoto
Can’t decide on pizza or grilled cheese for dinner? Mash them together in a fun way with this tasty mummy pizza grilled cheese.Photo: Roberto Caruso
Make your very own scarecrow for your backyard or front lawn. Take inspiration from The Wizard of Oz.Photo: iStockphoto
Make popcorn on the stove and smother it with the craziest toppings you can think of. Or, try this tasty Kettle Corn Snack Mix for movie night.Photo: iStockphoto
Apples and pumpkins are everywhere in the fall, but have your kids try something new by slicing up some sweet and juicy persimmons.Photo: iStockphoto
You might think it’s a little early considering you’re still buried in candy and costumes, but this is a perfect time to check that family Christmas card off your to-do list.Photo: iStockphoto
If you and the family are in the mood to be scared or creeped out, then look no further. Check out one of these thrilling Halloween events across the country.Photo: Selkirk Marine Museum