It’s October and temperatures are falling, the leaves are changing color, and autumn is definitely in the air. This is my favorite season. I just love all the fall colors. Here are some fun, yet frugal, ways to celebrate fall.
Take a brisk walk. There’s nothing like going out in nature for some exercise. Find a path, a park, or even a tree lined street and just walk. Take in the fall colors. Talk with your spouse. Chase your kids while they ride their bikes. Just enjoy being outside.
Play with your kids in the leaves. This is one of my favorite fall activities. My family makes a day out of raking up the leaves into big piles. Then we all take turns jumping in the leaves. We have some great pictures and some great memories.
Visit a pumpkin patch. This is an annual tradition for us. Every year we head off to one of our local pumpkin patches to enjoy the activities. For a minimal fee, we go on wagon rides, run through corn mazes, climb haystacks, and pick pumpkins straight from the patch. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s also a great way to support your local farmers. Usually there is fresh locally grown produce for sale as well, so you can pick up some inexpensive locally grown vegetables while you’re there.
Bake a Pumpkin Pie with fresh pumpkin. Sure, it’s much easier to bake a pie with the canned stuff, but there is nothing like pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin. Let your kids help, and make a day of it. If you don’t know how to cook a pumpkin, here are some great instructions. I used this method last year, and it worked really well. Enjoy the aroma of the pie as it bakes. Then enjoy eating it together as a family.
Roast pumpkin seeds. Use the seeds from your pie pumpkin for roasting. First clean off all the pumpkin by rinsing the seeds under cold water. I just throw the seeds in a colander in the sink and rub the seeds between my hands as the water runs over them. Let the seeds dry. Then coat them in melted butter and add salt or any other herbs you like, spread them on a cookie sheet, and bake them at 325 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. I usually stir the seeds once or twice during baking. Now you have a healthy, frugal, and very fall-ish snack!
Make apple cider. There’s nothing that says fall like hot apple cider! It smells wonderful, too! There are several recipes for apple cider at Allrecipes, or you can just heat up bottled apple cider if you want something easy.
Go to a high school football game. I’m not a huge football fan, but there’s just something about sitting in the stands, cheering for the home team. Maybe it’s high school nostalgia, but I just love the cool crisp air, the crowds, and listening to the band playing the fight song. And most high school football games aren’t that expensive. So grab your family and some friends, and head out to watch the big game on a Friday night! It will be like you’re back in high school again!
Whatever you like to do, make sure you get out and celebrate the fall season! Slow down for a while and enjoy family, friends, and autumn’s beautiful colors. It needn’t be expensive, and the memories will last forever.
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