50 Fall Bucket List Ideas


Are you ready for this?!?!? Here are 50 items to help you create your own fall bucket list!

So, grab some cozy slippers, pull on a soft plaid shirt, grab your pumpkin spice latte and let’s dive in!

1. Decorate your mantle for fall 

2. Jump into a pile of leaves! 

Better yet, rake a neighbor’s yard for them and before bagging it all up, jump in them! 

3.  Roast chestnuts

Bonus points if it’s by an open fire. 

4. Take a road trip and enjoy the beautiful changing leaves.

Emily Bronte wrote, “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

5. Throw a Friendsgiving.

6. Bring a fresh baked pie to your neighbor.

7. Go apple picking at an orchard.

8. Carve a pumpkin. 

9. DIY a pumpkin spice latte! 

Try this recipe!  

    • 1 Cup coffee or espresso shots
    • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • Pumpkin Purée
    • Pumpkin pie spice
    • Vanilla extract
    • Maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
    • Steam milk and pumpkin purée together then add the other ingredients and enjoy!

10. Do an autumn-themed puzzle. 

11. Visit a local pumpkin patch. 

Long Neck Pumpkin Farm and Colorado Pumpkin Patch are our favorites! 

12. Attend a Fall Festival.

13. Host a board game night.

14. Plant Fall flowers.

15. Bake Pumpkin everything! Bread, waffles, pancakes, cake, etc. 

16. Go on a hay ride. 

17. Visit a Farmer’s Market.

18. Roast pumpkin seeds.

19. Get spooky and visit a haunted house. 

20. Make a scarecrow.

21. Have a scary movie marathon. 

22. Go hiking at a state or national park.

We love Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon Open Space and Ute Valley Park

23. Hang a handmade wreath on your door.

24. Make a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

25. Burn fall candles and create a fall playlist. 

26. Watch the Macy’s Day Parade.

27. Open all the windows and air out your house with Colorado’s crips Fall air.  

28. Sit around a bonfire with friends.

Roast marshmallows and enjoy homemade hot chocolate! 

29. Camp out in the living room and watch classic movies.

30. Cuddle up under a cozy blanket and start tackling your book list.

31. Run a 5k or go on a bike ride with family and friends. 

32. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. 

33. Hang up some twinkling lights and get your hygge on!

Here are 3 simple ways to hygge with your family!

3 Easy Ways to Hygge with Your Kids

34. Go star gazing and wake up early for a sunset. 

35. Pack a picnic to eat at a local park.

36. Go on a fall hike or on a long walk. 

Immerse yourself in the present and use all five senses to enjoy the outdoors. Ann Drake said, “I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.”

37. Make DIY Halloween costumes. 

Maybe throw a Halloween party?

38. Take a family photo for Christmas.

39. Volunteer at a food bank. (Like Springs Rescue Mission)

40. Knit your own scarf and sweater. 

41. Go horseback riding. 

42. Make a gratitude list.

William Cullen Bryant said, “Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

What makes you smile? What are you thankful for?

43. Visit the zoo.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the highest zoo in America! 

44. Camp in your backyard. 

45. Take your workout outdoors!

46. Eat seasonally.

Broccoli, pumpkin, winter squash, turnips, apples, carrots and cauliflower all grow in the Fall!

47. Start a spooky book club.

48. Try your hand at art and make a Fall themed craft or painting. 

49. Warm up with some homemade soup or chili! 

50. Sleep in, take hot baths, curl up in front of the fireplace, watch a great show, simply relax and be fully present in this season. 

Final thoughts…

J. L Carr wrote, “The first breath of autumn was in the air, a prodigal feeling, a feeling of wanting, taking, and keeping before it is too late.” I love that!

There is a sense of urgency to soak in the beauty and colors of fall before winter arrives yet, fall also beckons us to slow down and enjoy its beauty. St. Augustine describes beauty like this, “as a plank amid the waves of the sea.” Beauty is life saving, it rescues, it heals, it enchants, and reminds us of the goodness of the world.  

Colorado is wild, rugged and beautiful. Spacious skies and purple mountain majesty, is real and true! We are lucky to live in this city. 

I hope this fall you slow down, create space to soak in beauty and allow it to fill your soul. So when winter comes, you can invite change with a full heart.

Cheers to a new season, one of change, of beauty and of enchantment. 

Let me know what items you check off your bucket list! 


Guide to Fall with image of Garden of the gods in Colorado Springs