20 Fun Frugal Fall Activities

The official start of autumn is still days away. Cooler nights, harvest time, and the subtle changes to the landscape are signs of the fall season. Due to the pandemic, fall is different this year. Numerous community events are canceled. Social distancing and other guidelines are still in place. But even on a budget, you and your family can enjoy the changing season.

Family Fall Activities

  1. Play a game of toss football.
  2. Go apple picking
  3. Try an apple cider slushy
  4. Eat a Carmel apple
  5. Go for a hike (Your dog can go too.)
  6. Go for a nature walk (Don’t forget your camera)
  7. Go on a Sunday drive just to look at the changing leaves.
  8. Collect brightly colored leaves
  9. Rake leaves into a pile and simply jump in. (Great fun at any age)
  10. Bake an apple pie. Or bake two, one to keep and one to give away.
  11. Decorate your home with a fall theme.
  12. Wax leaves
  13. Make your favorite homemade soup or try a new recipe.
  14. Collect pine cones for crafts
  15. Go stargazing
  16. Have a fall picnic.
  17. Have a bonfire on a chilly night.
  18. East S’mores
  19. Have a fall-themed craft day.
  20. Go to the farmer’s market.

Despite canceled events, fall is still a fun season. Spend time with your family. Or grab your bestie and head out for the day.

Photo Prompts for September

September brings cooler temperatures to the Northern Hemisphere. As summer fades into autumn, you have the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and take photos. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts for September.

September’s Photo Prompts

  1. Selfie (yes, start each month with a selfie)
  2. Water
  3. Current View
  4. Relaxation
  5. Low Light
  6. Bright
  7. Memories
  8. Colors
  9. Distance
  10. Food
  11. Time
  12. Sunrise or Sunset
  13. Nature
  14. Comfy
  15. Smile
  16. Love
  17. Noon
  18. Pet
  19. A Look-Back
  20. Close Proximity
  21. Harvest
  22. First Day of Autumn
  23. Leaves
  24. Roads
  25. Something to Your Right
  26. Home
  27. Lines
  28. Shapes
  29. Portrait
  30. Beauty

Have a great September! And take lots of pictures.

Celebrating Sweetest Day on a Budget

Did you know today, October 19th is Sweetest Day? Did you plan ahead? Are you scrambling to find the perfect date within your budget? Celebrating Sweetest Day does not require a lot of money. In fact, with a little creativity and planning, many activities can be free or cost very little. 

Low-Cost Ideas for Sweetest Day

  • Picnic: Pack a lunch and head out to your local park for a picnic. If the weather is too cold, have a picnic inside. When eating indoors, you can also have candles and music to set the mood. 
  • Go for a Walk: Autumn brings bright colored leaves, harvest, pumpkins, and more. Get outdoors, go for a walk to view the changing colors. Head out to the nearest pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Enjoy the day together. Hold hands. Drink warm cider. Buy a pumpkin for Halloween. 
  • Go Hiking: Hit your favorite trail. Do not forget to bring your dog along. Hiking is a great way to spend time together. Being outdoors is beneficial to your physical and mental health. Your dog will be happy to be part of the celebration. 
  • Be a Local Tourist: Check out your local tourists’ sites. When was the last time you went to the hometown art gallery, museum, historical landmark, brewery tour, apple orchard, cider mill, or other tourist destination? Spend time exploring your town.
  • Make a Card: Remember getting a note with the words, do you like me? Check yes or no. Get creative. Make a Sweetest Day card. Write a poem or include a special memory. 
  • Make a PlayList: Put all of the songs that are special to your relationship on a playlist. 
  • Make a YouTube Video: Okay, it’s not what you think. Video the place you first met, your first kiss, your wedding location, or other memorable locales. Take the video pieces and create a documentary about the two of you. 
  • Make a Meal Together: Cook together to make the perfect meal or dessert. 
  • Movie Night: Cuddle on the couch, make popcorn, and binge-watch your favorite movie series. 
  • Unplug for the Day: Turn your phone to vibrate, step away from your computer, and just spend the day together.

Adding Halloween Fun to Your Daily Wardrobe

Summer has come to a close. For many areas, the Autumn season brings cooler nights, changing leaves, and of course Halloween. Stores, businesses, and yards show off Halloween themed decor in numerous ways. Halloween decor does not need to be limited to grand displays. Whether you are at work, school, or out on an adventure, add Halloween accessories to your wardrobe. Small Halloween inspired accessories spruce up your fall look at an affordable cost. 

Ways to Add Halloween Fun to Your Daily Wardrobe

Halloween is about having fun and reconnecting to your inner child. What items do you associate with Halloween? Pumpkins, black cats, witches, ghosts, and candy corn are generally at the top of the list. Common Halloween-themed colors include purple, black, orange, red, and green. Use a combination of Halloween themes and colors to accessorize your outfit. 

Halloween Socks

Knee socks are one of the best accessories to add to your fall-themed wardrobe. Everything from dancing skeletons to bright colors, Halloween socks come in different prints to accessorize any outfit. Quality knee socks are a widely versatile accessory. 

Knee socks can be worn under blue jeans or dress pants. Or use the Made in the USA Halloween socks, a more widely seen accessory. Match the knee socks with a skirt or shorts to show off the print. Regardless of your personal style, knee socks are the perfect addition.  


Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are a perfect addition to any outfit. Around Halloween time, you can easily find themed jewelry. Custome jewelry is less costly to help you stay in your budget. 


Headbands help control your hair. Halloween themed headbands come in various colors and styles. The headbands may have added embellishments. If you want some added fun, many headbands come with cat ears, veils, or small decorated hats. 


Hats conquer bad hair days. Halloween hats are just added fun. Many hats come with sayings or embroidered Halloween themed items.


Halloween scarves come in numerous colors, prints, and styles. Adding a scarf to your outfit instantly creates a new look. Learn new ways to tie scarves to change the appearance of the accessory. Scarves are a diverse accessory. A scarf can be added to a business suit or a t-shirt. 

From Halloween socks to scarves, find the perfect accessory to add to your wardrobe to make the fall season fun.

50 Date Ideas for Autumn

Whether you just started dating or have been married for 30 years, going on fall dates is the perfect way to enjoy the season. 

50 Ideas for the Perfect Fall Date

  1. Visit an apple orchard, cider mill, or local farm. 
  2. Pick your own apples to bake a pie or just eating.
  3. Watch apple cider pressing. Drink fresh apple cider. 
  4. Try apple cider donuts or apple bread.
  5. Eat caramel apples on your way to a canopy walk.
  6. Drink apple cider slushies while walking around your local park. 
  7. Go on a wagon ride through the orchard.
  8. Attend a fall outdoor concert.
  9. Go for a hike.
  10. Visit a pumpkin patch. Bring home the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.
  11. Carve pumpkins together.
  12. Attend a pumpkin weigh-off or other type of pumpkin event. 
  13. Go on a hayride. 
  14. Go on a nature walk. Go on several at different times and dates to see the changing fall view. 
  15. Take the scenic route to view the changing fall leaves. 
  16. Ride horses on a nature trail.
  17. Go to a football game.
  18. Attend a homecoming parade.
  19. Participate in tailgating.
  20. Host a backyard football game and BBQ. 
  21. Go stargazing. Dress warmly and drink hot apple cider under the stars. 
  22. Attend a fall festival. 
  23. Sit at your favorite cafe or find a new one to try.. Drink lattes or hot cocoa out on the patio area. 
  24. Host a couples’ night. Have a chili cook-off. 
  25. Host a bonfire night. Don’t forget the S’mores. 
  26. Have a picnic indoors on a rainy fall day.
  27. Have a spooky movie night. 
  28. Buy fresh vegetables and fruit at a local farmer’s market. 
  29. Make a fall-themed meal together. 
  30. Dress up in costumes and attend a Rennaissance Fair. 
  31. Unplug from your electronic devices. Spend the day together at home without any interruptions. 
  32. Go for a Sunday drive to a local tourist spot. 
  33. Host a movie marathon with friends. 
  34. Visit your local brewery to try pumpkin beer. 
  35. Go on a wine tour to try new fall flavors.
  36. Participate in a fall fun run. 
  37. Go day-tripping to somewhere new. 
  38. Try a new eatery or restaurant. 
  39. Watch a sunrise or sunset together. 
  40. Attend a fall art show, poetry reading, or museum event. 
  41. Spend a day visiting family or friends. 
  42. Attend a fall craft show or church bazaar. 
  43. Attend a fall-themed painting class. 
  44. Go birdwatching to view the migrating birds. 
  45. Build a backyard birding area for the winter birds. 
  46. Take your dog on a nature walk. Don’t have a dog? Volunteer to dog walk at a local shelter or rescue. 
  47. Decorate your home or yard for fall. 
  48. Ride a train or boat for a color tour. 
  49. Sit by the lake and enjoy the cool breeze. 
  50. Get outdoors before the cold winter months keep you indoors for long periods. 

Enjoy the fall season.

30 Fall Activities

Autumn brings cooler nights, changing leaves, and new opportunities for family fun. Gather your family, friends or even your fur baby and enjoy everything fall has to offer.

30 Fall Activities 

  1. Go to a cider mill to watch apple pressing
  2. Drink cider
  3. Pick apples at a local orchard
  4. Go to a local pumpkin patch
  5. Attend a football game
  6. Host a tailgate
  7. Attend your local highschool homecoming parade
  8. Go for a nature walk
  9. Collect fall fallen leaves
  10. Make homemade hot cocoa
  11. Make a scarecrow
  12. Host a bonfire night
  13. Carve pumpkins
  14. Roast pumpkin seeds
  15. Go through a corn maze
  16. Eat caramel apples
  17. Attend a fall concert
  18. Go on a hayride
  19. Collect and paint acorns
  20. Go to a fall fair or craft show
  21. Go to a local farmer’s market
  22. Take fall family photos
  23. Rake and jump in a pile of leaves
  24. Have a fall BBQ
  25. Go hiking at a local state park
  26. Go on a fall color tour
  27. Host a fall-themed craft day
  28. Do leaf rubbings or other leaf art
  29. Make birdfeeders
  30. Host a fall-themed dinner with finds from the farmer’s market


Tips for Safe Tailgating

Today, September 7th is National Tailgating Day. Serving a meal around your vehicle at a sporting event is the primary purpose of tailgating. The fall season means football at every level. Attending a football game is a perfect chance to engage in tailgating. Remember, safety is a priority when tailgating with friends and family. 

  • Know the Rules: Before heading out to your local football field, research the rules and restrictions for tailgating. Check out the team’s website for proper protocol on tailgating. Some items may not be permitted.
  • Pack Cooler Correctly: When packing your cooler, remember to use lots of ice or cooling packs. Uncooked meat and other perishable food items need to be kept cold to avoid illness. Keeping things cold is a must. Do not leave food items out in the hot sun. 
  • Grill Responsibly: Watch your charcoal or gas grill at all times. Follow the directions. Pack the grill after cooling down. Grilling responsibly helps protect you, your friends, family, and others in the area. 
  • Know Your Limits: Tailgating is a fun, fall activity. Just remember staying out in the sun while drinking alcoholic beverages can be a bad mix. Use a highly rated sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and limit your alcoholic drinks to avoid sickness. 
  • Designate a Driver: Ask a member of your tailgating party to be the designated driver for a safe return home. 
  • Take Your Time: Allow yourself extra time to leave the parking lot. Leave early or late to avoid mass exit times. Watch for others in the parking, especially children or people who may have been drinking all day. 

With a few precautions, tailgating can be a fun-filled day at your sports stadium. 


Benefits of Apple Picking

Noticeable signs of the start of the fall season are all around. Warmer days turn into cool, crisp nights. Leaves are slowly beginning to transform into bright, bursting colors. The official start date of autumn will be here in a couple of weeks. Even though garden harvests are coming to an end, apple season is just beginning. Many orchards allow apple picking. The benefits of apple picking go beyond delicious fruit. 

Get Outdoors

Back to school activities, sports, work, and other commitments quickly take time out of your week. Set aside a day or afternoon to venture out into an apple orchard. Enjoy the sunshine. Walk around the orchard. Being outdoors is good for your physical and mental health. 


Going to an apple orchard gives you and your loved ones a chance to step away from electronic devices. Walking through an orchard can provide a nostalgic feeling. Orchards are a connection to the past. Old apple trees, apple picking, and cider pressing give a glimpse of past generations. 

Valuable Lesson

Picking apples is a useful lesson for children. The activity shows how the fruit is grown. The apple picking outing allows the fruit to go from the tree to your table. 

Best Fruit

Picking your own apples provides you with the opportunity to find the best fruit for you and your family. 

Enjoy Other Activities

Apple orchards may offer different activities for you and your family to enjoy. Wagon rides, cider pressing, corn mazes, and other hosted events turn apple picking into a memorable adventure. 

Apple varieties become ripe at different times throughout the fall season. Calling ahead or checking your local orchard’s website is ideal. Make plans for a family outing. The best benefit of apple picking is eating your harvest.

September Photo Prompt Ideas

September marks the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, and changes in weather. Enjoy the colorful fall season. Grab your camera and head outdoors to view summer’s transformation into fall.

Photo Prompts for September

  1. Selfie
  2. Labor Day
  3. Black and white
  4. Back to school
  5. High angle
  6. Beverage
  7. Water
  8. Sunset/sunrise
  9. Trees
  10. Words
  11. 9-11 Remembrance
  12. Shapes
  13. Something up close
  14. Feelings
  15. Shadows
  16. Red
  17. Food
  18. Collection
  19. Weather
  20. Current view
  21. Low angle
  22. Nature
  23. 1st day of Autumn
  24. Leaves
  25. Off-centered
  26. Toy
  27. Memories
  28. Apples
  29. Clouds
  30. Love

Enjoy fall. Take and print photos. Make a scrapbook. Have fun.