With the fall season just around the corner, it’s time to start planning all the fun fall activites you and your friends are going to check out this year. To help you start planning your upcoming cozy season, take a look at these 21 fun fall activites you and your friends should try!
1. Scary movie night
Organize a themed movie night and have all your friends vote on the movies they want to watch. Whether you decide on all scary movies or just a Harry Potter marathon, be sure to bust out some snacks and sleeping bags!
2. Pumpkin patch
Pumpkin patches are great places to socialize and enjoy some festive decor. Pumpkin patches are also perfect for taking pictures and selfies, so be sure to dress cute and find some good lighting with the pumpkin of your choice!
3. Pumpkin carving
Take the pumpkins a step further and plan a pumpkin carving party! You can even print out some fun and spooky cut-outs for your friends to choose from so that everyone has plenty of carving options. Dress cozy with your friends and get to carving!
4. Beach bonfire
Fall is the perfect season for beach bonfires. The sun starts setting earlier, which means more time for roasting s’mores under the starlit sky. Bring plenty of blankets, beanies, and gloves so that everyone can stay cozy!
5. Hot chocolate date
Take your friends to your favorite local cafe on an especially cold fall afternoon and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate! These dates also offer unlimited picture-taking potential, so dress your best and snap some selfies!
Camping can be as simple as driving up to your local campground for a night. Bring a string of lights to set the ambiance, and be sure to pack everything you need to start a fire and roast s’mores. Enjoy a mini getaway with your friends under the stars!
7. Lakeside picnic
Plan a mini potluck with your friends and set up a festive picnic at your local lakeside park. Have everyone contribute food, plates, utensils, or some fall decor. Take plenty of pictures with your friends and some selfies amidst the beautiful fall leaves and trees!
8. College football game
Nothing is more festive than attending your college football team’s home games during fall! College football games are great for socializing and snapping selfies, so be sure to show your school spirit by waving pom-poms and repping your school colors.
9. Costume party
One of the only fall activites that’s limited to Halloween time, costume parties are a great place to mingle with your fellow classmates and let loose with your BFFs. Dress up to match and take plenty of pictures!
10. Haunted house
If you and your friends are brave, check out the haunted house events in your area. While this fall activity is lots of fun, these venues can be pretty spooky, so don’t be afraid to hold hands and let out those screams!
11. Corn maze
If a haunted house seems a bit too intense for you and your friends, a corn maze is equally festive and much less scary—even if you get lost. Make friends with another group and put your brains together to find the exit!
12. Outdoor concert or music festival
One of the most fun fall activites, music festivals and outdoor concerts pair perfectly with cool evenings and festive ambiance. Check out the outdoor concerts and festivals in your area and plan to hit a few that you and your friends will love!
13. Grape stomping
Grape stomping is a traditional method used to make wine and is actually lots of fun to do with friends! Some grape stomping events are associated with local charities, so do some quick research and find out which grape stomping events near you will be most beneficial for your community!
14. Board game night
Round up all the board games you can find and plan a board game night with all your friends! Bake cookies, brew hot chocolate, and slather on some face masks to get the most out of this cozy fall activity!
15. Scarecrow decorating party
Definitely one of the most unique fall activites, scarecrow decorating gives you the creativity to design your very own scarecrow from scratch. Be as creative as you want, and make it a contest to make things even more interesting!
16. Seasonal fair or carnival
Fall is the season when many local fairs and carnivals come to town. These venues are great for socializing and enjoying the cool weather, so check your city’s event calendar to find out when you can plan for this fall activity with your friends!
17. Pie baking contest
Put your baking skills to the ultimate test by hosting a pie baking contest with all your friends! This is really just an excuse to eat pie all night long, so designate a few judges to determine the winner and then enjoy!
18. DIY candles
You and your friends can either attend a candle making event or watch a tutorial on how to make your own candles at home. Make a whole evening of it and get as creative as you want! Exchange candles with one another or gift them to your family for Christmas.
19. Apple picking
Another great fall activity to get you and your friends out in the fresh air, visit a local orchard and pick some delicious apples that you can use in your pie baking contest or use to make some fresh apple cider!
20. Bike riding
Take advantage of the cool autumn afternoons and go for a bike ride with all your friends. Make it a standalone event or ride to any other fall activity you have planned for that day!
21. Amusement park
So many amusement parks across the country put up festive decorations and attractions during fall that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm are just a few major amusement parks that decorate for fall, so check out the amusement parks near you and plan a trip with friends!
Give these fun fall activites a try with your friends and tell us about your experiences in the comments below!
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Jamie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is an aspiring writer, professional editor/proofreader, and piano player. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading classic literary works, composing music, and playing Xbox with her husband!