Throw a Harvest Party

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

What You Need

    • Apple cider
    • Apples
    • Half-barrel, for apple bobbing
    • Bowling pins
    • Carving tools
    • Gourds, for decorating
    • Pumpkins (big ones to carve, small ones for pumpkin bowling)
    • Straw bales (optional)

What You Do

  1. Prepare food that celebrates the harvest season.
    Visit a farmers market and look for apples and apple cider, squash, pumpkins, and other harvest-time goodies. Fix treats such as:

    • Hot Apple Cider. Heat cider and add a pinch of cinnamon.
    • Autumn Applesauce.
    • 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.


  2. Decorate with items you can only find in the fall.
    Make it pretty!

    • Pick out some pumpkins and gourds at the farmers market for decorations.
    • Take a walk in your neighborhood to collect colorful autumn leaves, pine cones, and other interesting things.
    • Arrange your finds into a beautiful table centerpiece.

    autumn gourds

  3. Make it fun.
    • Bob for apples.
    • Carve or paint pumpkins.
    • Make scarecrows.
    • Make a straw-bale obstacle course and play Follow the Leader through it.

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  4. Try pumpkin bowling.
    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
  5. 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