20+ Fun Things to Do in the Fall: Fun Cheap or Free Edition!

Sep 24, 2021 | Family Time, Lifestyle

It's fall, y'all! So let's pumpkin spice things up, eh? We've rounded up the ultimate list of fun things to do in the fall, so keep on reading.

family walking through the park in the fall, from Fun Cheap or Free

The sweaters, the bonfires, the pumpkin, the apple picking, Halloween, Thanksgiving…what's NOT to love about fall?! These cooler evenings lately are giving us all the feels, so we decided to sit down and write a little love letter to fall.

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Does fall get in a little crazy in your house, too? Well, don't forget to stop and smell the cider! Without further ado, let's dive right into our list of fun things to do in the fall. Don't worry; none of these will break your bank. We've got free and cheap options your whole family will love!


fall bucket list printable, from Fun Cheap or Free

We know that fall calendars can fill up in a flash between school, church, work, and all the extracurricular activities. But the next time you have a free weekend or evening, you'll have options galore. Check out these family-friendly fun things to do in the fall, and go make some memories:

  • Complete the Fun Cheap or Free Fall Bucket List – Snag our epic free fall bucket list printable and make the most of the season. We're talking haunted houses, pumpkin carving, drive-in movies, and more!
  • Find Local Activities – If you've ever wondered how to find fun things to do near you, then wonder no more! Learn how to find all the best free and affordable family-friendly events in your area.
  • Cheer on Your Local Team – Taking the whole family to a college sporting event can cost an arm and a leg, but most high schools sell tickets for $5 or less, so get dressed up in the school colors and go have some Friday night fun!
  • Have a Family Photo Shoot – If professional photography isn't in your budget, hire a student who's looking for portfolio material, or set up the timer on your camera and go to town with some candids! The fall leaves make the perfect backdrop.

These activities are fun for the whole fam, but what about mom and dad? Next up: let's talk about fall-friendly date ideas!


couple biking on a fall date, from Fun Cheap or Free

Take advantage of the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the season! Here are some date night ideas to check out:

Whatever you do, don't forget to keep the romance alive! Cozy up by the fire, make some new memories, and prioritize spending time together. Your future self will thank you.


homemade caramel apple, from Fun Cheap or Free

Who's hungry?! One of the best parts about fall is the food, and we've got some recipes you need to try. Whip one of these up for date night or family movie night and enjoy:

  • Caramel Apples – Bring the fall festival home! Try our easy caramel apple bar ideas.
  • Copycat Starbucks Fall Drinks – Those fancy hot cocoas and pumpkin-flavored drinks are delicious, but $5 several times per week? No thanks! Check out our copycat Starbucks recipes and save a few bucks.
  • Pumpkin French Toast – Speaking of pumpkin, add this pumpkin French toast recipe to your family's fall bucket list!
  • Homemade Cinnamon Rolls – Savor the smells and flavors of these crazy good homemade cinnamon rolls.
  • Apple Ring Pancakes – Going apple picking? Make some apple ring pancakes!
  • Slow Cooker Apple Crisp – Still have apples left? This slow cooker apple crisp smells divine and it's so dang delicious.
  • Crockpot Chili – Nothing says fall like a big pot of soup, and this easy chili made in the slow cooker is perfect for feeding the masses!
  • S'Mores – Start a backyard fire, grab a hoodie and roast some marshmallows. No yard? No problem. Try our microwave s'mores recipe.

Now that we've piqued your sweet tooth, why not talk about Halloween? We've got some ideas that will help you make the most of the spookiest season.


kids wearing Halloween costumes, from Fun Cheap or Free

Whether you live for the candy, the costumes, or the parties, we have SO many Halloween ideas for you to check out:

We love the holidays around here, and on the heels of Halloween comes every foodie's favorite feast, so let's talk about Thanksgiving!


fall Thanksgiving feast on table, from Fun Cheap or Free

We don't know who needs to hear this, but don't save your Thanksgiving prep for the last minute! Seriously, we'll all blink, and the big feast will be here, right? So, take the stress out of the season with these posts that are here to help you prep for the best holiday ever:

  • How to Save Money on Thanksgiving – If you're on a tight budget, you can still put together a feast fit for a king! Check out these game-changing tips and grab a free printable that will help you save time and money on Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Try a New Recipe – Want to start some new food traditions? Round up the kids and try your hand at a new Thanksgiving recipe.
  • Stress Less With These Make-Ahead Foods – Enjoy your Thanksgiving just a bit more this year! These make-ahead holiday foods will help take the stress out of the season.

By the way, if you're looking for creative ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers, then look no further!


Hopefully, these ideas will get your wheels turning and help you plan a fall full of fun memories!

What's your favorite thing to do in the fall? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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Happy fall, y'all!


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