Except for Halloween and Thanksgiving Day, the autumn season constitutes one of the most depressing times of the year for most families. Your spouse and kids are always melancholically peering out the window, the trees are gradually losing their healthy green foliage, the weather is growing colder and colder and the rain never seems to stop pouring. Although it is pretty difficult to think positively under these circumstances, here are a few suggestions of activities that can ease the transition to the winter season when you can enjoy the falling of the first snows, go sledding, build snowmen and have the first snowball fights of the year.
1. The right time of the year for an apple picking contest
If you live in the proximity of a farm or orchard, then you can always take a trip there and see whether they organize apple picking sessions for the public. Considering that most assortments of apples ripen during early or mid-autumn, this is the best time to organize the excursion. While it is fairly true that you can also get the ingredients for the seasonal apple pies from the store, knowing that you and your family members have handpicked all of the apples will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. Not to mention healthier and more delicious!
2. Gathering the most important decoration/seasonal treat: pumpkins
Pumpkin made jack-o-lanterns are the trademark of the autumn season, particularly around Halloween. Just like in the case of apple picking, you can visit a local farm and gather your very own carving pumpkins. Be sure to acquire a few extra practice pumpkins and have at least two for each family member, in order to make sure you get the carving right. Moreover, don’t forget that the pumpkin seeds are edible and, with the proper roasting recipe, they make an excellent addition to the seasonal apple cider.
3. Visiting a local fall festival
Many cities organize fall festivals where local entertainers, merchants and craftsmen exhibit autumn related merchandize/shows on the streets that are closed for vehicle traffic. This is not only a great way to back up local businesses, but you can also partake in incredibly engaging activities and events for free. So why spend your time moping about the cloudy weather?
4. Going to see a high school football match
If you can’t really afford expensive tickets to the major football games of the NFL – and everybody knows that good seats cost an arm and a leg – local high school football matches constitute an excellent alternative. Go see how your old high school team is doing this year! And, on a side note, it can become a tradition that will continue for years as your kids grow up and join the high school football team.
5. Playing in the leaves in your backyard
While some consider the falling leaves that gather on the lawn a nuisance, you can choose to view them in a positive light. Sure, there will be some raking to do, but rather than leave them in sacks on the curb, you can arrange them in neat little piles and jump onto them, just like you would with the snow you’re so anxiously awaiting. Alternatively, if you have the time and patience, you can start a leaf book of collages and make a tradition out of collecting leafs from the trees in your yard every year. Think of all the memories they will evoke when the kids are all grown up and out of the house.