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Halloween Bucket List for Families- 30 Fall Activities To Enjoy This October

October is probably our favorite month of the year and it always goes by so fast.  This Halloween Bucket List for Families will help you savor this season and make the most of the extra special spooky time. Plus, I’ve included a free printable checklist to help your family narrow down your perfect seasonal bucket list. 

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Halloween Bucket List for Families

Halloween is such a fun time for families, and if you are looking for some fun activities to fill your calendar, then you’ve come to the right place.  I’ve included 30 fun Halloween bucket list activities below that the entire family will enjoy.  

Some suggestions are specifically for my local readers, but the majority you can do at home together or find something similar in your area.  Are you ready to get started?  I can’t wait to see what you add to your family’s Halloween bucket list.  

30 Fall Activities The Whole Family Will Enjoy

  1. Glenlore Haunted Forest– this illuminated forest here in Michigan turns extra spooky during Halloween season.
  2. ZooBoo- check your local zoo for special opportunities for your tiny trick ‘r treaters.
  3. Canterbury Halloween Stroll– this family fun event would be the perfect spook-tacular activity to add to your bucket list.
  4. Tillson Street– if your local Tillson Street is a must-see spectacular and it’s FREE.  These neighbors take Halloween very seriously & turn their street into a popular destination every October.  
  5. Hallow-weekends at Cedar Point– America’s rockin’ rollercoast goes all out for Halloween and would make a fun family destination this time of year.  
  6. Pumpkin Patch- is there anything more iconic during the fall than visiting the pumpkin patch and picking out your perfect pumpkin?
  7. Cider Mill- a trip to the cider mill is another midwest staple.  It wouldn’t be autumn without cinnamon sugar donuts and apple cider.
  8. Apple Picking- a bushel or a peck?  I guess that’s up to your crew.  Want a great recipe to make with all your apples?  Check out my apple dumplings…so delicious!
  9. Zombie Paintball– this is another suggestion for my local friends.  Visit Blake’s Spookyland at The Big Apple where you can “shoot” some zombies with paintballs from the safety of a hay wagon.  So much fun for the bigger kids.  
  10. Pumpkin Carving- decorating our pumpkins has evolved over the years as our nieces and nephews have gotten older.  Now they can carve their own pumpkins without chopping their fingers off which is a win for us!  Woohoo!  Don’t worry I’ve got some no-carve ideas for littles who shouldn’t handle sharp object quite yet.  
  11. Football Game- ’tis the game of the season, am I right?  Try packing up the kids and attending your local high school teams football game or go for the big leagues and take them to a college game or NFL.  Or, you can watch your favorite team from home and “tailgate” in your living room. 
  12. Baking Fall Treats- fall is definitely the time of year I pull out my KitchenAid mixer again to bake up some yummy treats
  13. Trick ‘R Treating- of course we can’t forget the main event on Halloween night.  Do you go a family costume or let the kids choose?  
  14. Trunk ‘R Treat- get the most use out those costumes by trick ‘r treating as much as you can.  Check local churches and businesses to see if they’re offering trunk ‘r treating.  Our local police department hosts an event which is extra fun.  
  15. Halloween Movie Night- spooky movies in cozy jammies with yummy popcorn is the perfect fall activity.  Download your free Halloween movie tickets and movie checklist for your family to enjoy!
shark and lifeguard family costume
16.  Halloween Decorations Drive- load the kids in the car in their pajamas with hot chocolate or hot cider and take a Halloween drive to look at all the fun decorations.  
17. Make Homemade Caramel Apples- making homemade caramel apples is so much and easy!  But, if you want something even simpler, try a caramel apple fondue bar!  We enjoy this while we carve pumpkins and it’s always a hit!
18. Go On A Hayride- a chilly hayride and a bonfire just screams fall, doesn’t it?  
19. Host a Bonfire- speaking of bonfires, throw a bonfire to celebrate the season and serve up s’mores, our family’s favorite treat!
20. Host a Halloween Bash- invite the neighbors, family, and friends over for a fun Halloween Bash complete with bobbing for apples and pumpkin bowling!
21. Visit a Haunted House- if you’re really into the scary stuff, visit a haunted house.  
22. Get Lost in a Corn Maze- a visit to the corn maze is always on our bucket list!
23. Go on a Fall Nature Hike- a walk amongst the changing trees is always a simple activity to do as a family.  Collect leaves for a fun craft when you get home. 
24. Dress Up- choose a family costume and join in on the fun!
25. Decorate Your Home- add a few spooks around your home like bats, spider webs, and flashing lights.  We love our purple lights and fog machine to add some extra spookiness for trick ‘r treaters.  
26. Boo Your Neighbors- leave an extra special surprise for your neighbors with this fun Halloween tradition.  
27. Halloween Countdown- enjoy a fun Halloween activity everyday of the month leading up to the big day.  
28. A Candy Scavenger Hunt- send your kids on a candy scavenger hunt, another fun alternative if it’s too cold to trick ‘r treat on Halloween or if your little ones are under the weather.  
29. Boo Basket- leave your kids a boo basket to celebrate the start of the best month of the year.  You could include Halloween jammies, books, trinkets, candy, activities, etc. 
30. Make a Halloween Craft- and on those rainy fall days, gather around the kitchen table and get creative with these fall craft ideas.  

Download the Halloween Bucket List for Families

Now that you have all these new ideas to help you savor the season, don’t forget to download and print your FREE Halloween Bucket List.  Fill in your ideas or use some from this list to create your family’s perfect bucket list.  Enjoy! 

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