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20 Free or Cheap Things to Do This Fall

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September 20, 2017 · 3.9k Views

20 cheap or free activities to do this fall

Happy fall! My personal favorite time of year is almost here, and I love it for a multitude of reasons. Fall foliage, baked goods, comforting scents, and beautiful weather all contribute to my appreciation for autumn. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun, free activities that will make anyone fall in love with this season, so check out what there is to do in your city!


  1. Pick some apples
    Fall is the perfect season to head outdoors to gather ingredients for delicious treats. You will probably be surprised at just how many apple orchards are in your vicinity, but it’s nothing a quick web search won’t fix! Orchards usually charge for apples by the pound, and oftentimes, they will be selling other tasty treats as well.
  2. Visit a pumpkin patch
    What’s fall without a plethora of pumpkins? Make a trip to your local pumpkin patch to witness the spectacle that is oddly-shaped pumpkins and take one home for a fun day of pumpkin carving! Maybe you’ll get lucky and get to enjoy a hayride. Admission varies, but they usually cost less than $10.
  3. Get lost in a corn maze
    Visit a corn maze this season for some twisty fun. This is a great event to attend with both family and friends, and you’ll often find them at pumpkin farms. Admission is usually covered in your pumpkin patch ticket, but if not, we don’t expect them to cost more than a few dollars.
  4. Make s’mores
    Some graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows will take you a long way. Make these warm, gooey treats over a crackling fire and you’ll wish it was fall every day.
  5. Carve pumpkins
    What’s fall without Halloween? What’s Halloween without pumpkin carving? After you’ve visited the pumpkin patch, spend an afternoon at home with friends and family and have a pumpkin carving contest!
  6. Collect canned goods for your local food bank
    It’s an easy, inexpensive project that will help so many of those in need this season. Ask your friends, family, and community to donate what they can and deliver them to your local food bank. It’s the season of giving, after all.
  7. Get crafty with DIY fall decor projects
    DIY projects are a great way to kill time, and if you choose decor projects, it’s a great, inexpensive way to decorate your home. Check out this Pinterest page for lots of creative ideas!
  8. Make apple cider, apple butter, and more apple treats
    Just finished apple picking? There are so many things you can do with apples in addition to eating them whole! Make apple cider, apple butter, apple pies - anything you want to get you into the fall spirit.
  9. Go for a scenic hike
    Summer often gets too hot for hikes unless you go early in the morning, and winter is obviously too chilly. Fall is a great time to go for scenic hikes because the weather is fantastic. Grab a hiking buddy and explore nature!
  10. Visit a haunted house
    Back in school, different clubs would hold fun events in anticipation of Halloween, and many of them included haunted houses. If you’re up for it, support your local middle and high schools and check out their creepy haunted houses!
  11. Find a nature program in your area
    Many cities and park systems hold nature programs that are free for children. Do some research just by typing in “Free nature programs for kids in [your city]” to see what you can find.
  12. Go on a fall scavenger hunt
    There are so many unique items available during this time of year - acorns, different colored leaves, pine cones, etc. - that it’d be a waste to not collect them all. The winner will find all the items on the list first!
  13. Camp in your backyard
    This is a great option for families with small children who want to make things fun without having to load up the car and make the trek to a campground. Pitch a tent in your backyard and let the fun begin.
  14. Rake leaves and make piles to jump in
    Want an easy way to get your kids in on chores? Tell them to rake leaves into big piles just so they can jump into them after. Make sure you make it clear that they have to clean up their mess after!
  15. Make your own Halloween costume
    Purchasing a Halloween costume is the easy way out - and costly. This year, make your very own costume and tailor it to your personality and preferences. No one will have anything like it!
  16. Go crazy cooking and baking
    With all of the season’s tasty ingredients, there’s an endless amount of food and baked goods you can make. Hold a potluck, make treats to share, or enjoy it for yourself. The possibilities are endless.
  17. Play a game of two-hand-touch football
    It’s football season, and even if you’re not a fan of the sport, you have to admit that stirring up competition is fun. Gather your friends and play an exciting game of two-hand touch. If you don’t want to play, checking out a high school football is fun (and usually free!).
  18. Host a scary movie marathon
    Have each of your guests pick their favorite scary movie for a cozy, creepy night in. Another option is to find a bunch of Halloween movies on Netflix and call it a day!
  19. Donate clothes you no longer wear
    It’s the season of giving and not everyone is fortunate enough to have warm clothing to wear. Go through your closet and pack up clothes you no longer wear. Head to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or secondhand store to donate your clothes to someone in need.
  20. Volunteer
    If you have nothing to give to shelters and the like, donate your time. It makes a huge difference to help out those in need. Visit a food bank, volunteer at the library, or whatever you like. Just get out there and help!

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