Crisp weather, gorgeous foliage, pumpkin everything — fall is a season with pops of color and an artsy attitude. From carving pumpkins to picking apples, here are 10 fall activities to make the most of this vibrant time of year.

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Search for the perfect pumpkin

Autumn would not be autumn without the spirited orange fruit that defines the month of October. There’s nothing like adventuring into a pumpkin patch to find your perfect future jack-o’-lantern. Big, small, or even green, there are no wrong answers here!

Make a jack-o’-lantern

Once you’ve plucked the best pumpkin from the patch, it’s time to get creative. Carving or painting your pumpkin is lots of fun, and it’s the ultimate way to make your house Halloween ready. From jolly to spooky, the messiness is all worth it! Carving bonus: pumpkin seeds (for eating or planting).

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Pick a bag of fresh apples

Celebrate harvest time by picking a bag full of crispy apples. Visiting a pick-your-own farm is a refreshing experience and is one of those fall activities you can do with family and friends. You’ll make memories and have fresh fruit for days!

Bake a pie at home

In an environment bursting with pumpkins and apples, it’s difficult to not be inspired. Fall is a wonderful time to bake pies, from the iconic apple and the festive pumpkin to sweet cherry and juicy blueberry. There’s a season of flavor waiting to be tasted!

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Go on a leaf-peeping adventure

Whether you have a colorful view from your own backyard or have to travel to see nature’s shades of style, foliage is the epitome of fall. Whether you walk through the woods or take a drive to a scenic overlook, autumn sights are naturally breathtaking.

Venture through a corn maze

Getting lost in a corn maze can make for an exciting family adventure! The rush of excitement as you search for a way out is exhilarating and spooky in all the right ways.

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Get spooked in a haunted house

It’s OK to be a scaredy-cat around Halloween time! From sneaky zombies to snickering witches, screaming and running through a dark haunted house is a thrill. Are you brave enough to lead the way?

Watch your favorite scary movie

Fall nights, especially those that creep closer to Halloween, were made for cozying up with a warm blanket — or the person next to you — and watching your favorite horror flicks. From ghosts and vampires to skeletons and monsters, it’s such an appropriate time to spook yourself silly!

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Enjoy fall-themed foods

No doubt about it, fall is the season of flavor. From stews, soups, and chili to candy apples, fruit pies, and roasted corn along with a warm mug of cider or steamy hot cocoa, no other time of year can compete in this category. To top it off, there’s nothing in this world like a delicious Thanksgiving feast that includes mountains of mashed potatoes

Send gifts to loved ones

Celebrate the season by sending thoughtful gifts to your family and friends! Shop our fall collection for festive autumn gifts, including colorful flower arrangements, classic centerpieces, home décor gifts, and delicious food that will warm their hearts.


Nicole DiGiose is a lifestyle writer who serves as an editor and writer for 1-800-Flowers. Previously, she's been published in Electronic Products, EE Times, Chilled Magazine, and local newspapers based in her hometown.

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