5 Fall Fun Activities for the Family on a Budget

October 10, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Entertainment, Family

Itís October! October is filled with plenty of fall fun activities, some of which can get expensive. Last weekend we had family in from out of town and thought it would be fun to visit a pumpkin patch near our home. After checking out its prices, we decided that the almost $70 admission it would have cost us could be spent elsewhere! My kids had just as much fun playing at the park down the street from our house for free!

Fall fun doesnít have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of fun activities that donít have to cost a lot of money. Some are even free! Here are 5 Fall Favorites at the Bayless house:

  1. Apple & Pumpkin Picking
    • Check out your favorite orchard or pumpkin patchís website to find coupons or discount days. The orchard near us allows guests to play in the playground area for free during the week, but on the weekends itís $6 a person! So we spend a lot of time there during the week but never on the weekends!
  2. Host a scavenger hunt
    • This can be a lot of fun too in the fall. We plan to visit one of the local state parks in our area and search for different leaves, acorns, and animal foot prints.
  3. Carve pumpkins
    • This is probably my husbandís least favorite fall tradition, but he puts up with me every year a few days before Halloween. We get our pumpkins from a local farmer, so they are very reasonably priced.
  4. Rake leaves and play in them
    • Last year our neighbors raked leaves in their yard and let my kids play in them most of the afternoon. We were fortunate to have neighbors who didnít care that they had to re-rake the leaves when we were done playing!
  5. Make your own caramel apples
    • I have not tried this yet, but weíre going to this fall with my kids. At $3.50 each at the local apple orchard, making your own is definitely going to be cheaper. There are all kinds of recipes online to make your own caramel apples. Weíre going to try the one from AllRecipes. It uses store bought caramel apples and looks easy enough for me!

    Along with these fall fun activities, October is the month to get stocked up on frozen foods, baking needs, and of course candy for those Halloween trick-or-treaters!

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