Texas Living

9 Ideas for Fall Fun

By Jennifer Norris 10.5.15

The weather is getting cooler, the days shorter. But don’t let the drop in temperature force you indoors. Grab a light jacket and head outside for these autumn activities.

Backyard movie night. Take advantage of the days getting darker earlier and host a movie night. Rent a projector and screen and lay out quilts and blankets for family and friends. Pop popcorn and enjoy the show.

Tailgating. Fall means football season, and that means getting the group together to cheer on your teams. Cook up some fun to get you through the game.

Neighborhood block party. Block off the street (remember to contact local authorities for permission first), plan some games and activities, and you’ve got a festival to celebrate the fall weather. Include standard festival fare like cake walks, bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving contests, and face painting.

Run. Fall is a prime time for marathons, fun runs, and charity walks. They’re the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the crisp, cool air and — bonus! — get a little exercise.

Craft night. Think wreaths for the front door and centerpieces for the Thanksgiving table, wreaths for the front door. Call your friends and plan a night of creativity. 

Haunted houses. Grab your closest friends, put on your bravest face, and hit the local haunted houses. Be sure to research a little before you go; some haunted tours are perfect for kids, but others are geared toward more mature audiences.

Take a hike. Texas is home to 16 of the country’s national parks, so there’s plenty of exploring to do. 

Go bird-watching. Did you know Texas is home to more than 640 species of birds? See if you can find a few on your next walk. 

Pumpkin patch. Pile the family into the car to pick up decor for the porch and pick out the perfect jack-o-lantern to carve. Most pumpkin patches also have corn mazes, hayrides, and delicious autumn snacks like kettle corn and roasted nuts.

For more inspiration, check out our Texas travel guides

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