Celebrate the rich colors, spicy scents, and delicious flavors of fall by throwing a party!
What You Need
- Apple cider
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.