Throw a Harvest Party


Celebrate the rich colors, spicy scents, and delicious flavors of fall by throwing a harvest party!

by Kate Hofmann


Visit a farmers market and look for apples and apple cider, squash, pumpkins, and other harvest-time goodies. Ask a grownup for help in the kitchen to fix treats such as:

  • Hot Apple Cider. Heat cider and add a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Autumn Applesauce. Peel the apples, remove the cores, and chop them into pieces. Cook them in a pan with a little water, stirring now and then as they turn into sauce.
  • Baked Squash. Cut squash in half, remove the seeds and pulp, and bake it until it’s soft.
  • Roasted Seeds. Save the seeds from squash or pumpkins. Wash them, toss with a little oil and salt, and roast them in the oven at 350° F until they’re golden and crisp.

Pumpkins and squash by Michele ReyzerMAKE IT PRETTY

The farmers market is a good place to look for party decorations, too. Pick out some pumpkins and gourds. Take a walk in your neighborhood to collect colorful autumn leaves, pine cones, and other interesting things. Use your artist’s eye to arrange your finds into a beautiful table centerpiece.


Time to party! Try some of these just-for-fall activities:

  • Bob for apples.
  • Carve or paint pumpkins.
  • Make scarecrows.
  • Make a straw-bale obstacle course and play “Follow the Leader” through it.
  • Have a pumpkin-rolling race (first pumpkin across the finish line wins).
  • Play pumpkin bowling:
  1. You’ll need bowling pins and small, hard pumpkins. Set up the bowling pins on a hard surface. Draw a line on the ground where bowlers must stop before rolling their pumpkin.
    pumpkin bowling
  2. Recruit some keen volunteers to keep setting up the pins. It’s lots of work to keep setting up those pins for every bowler, but good fall exercise!pumpkin bowling pins