Fall Family Bucket List + Free Printables!

budget friendly family fall activities


My twins have seriously been asking to go to the pumpkin patch since APRIL! As soon as Easter ended they were looking for pumpkins! Now that the time has finally come, I wanted to make sure we got in as much of the fall festivities as we could since they have been so excited for it! 

I decided to put a post together on our family fall bucket list incase you are also looking for some ideas (that are also affordable).

If you are looking for some new ideas for your fall family fun, I suggest looking at your local events. When I did this search I found TONS of different farms and pumpkin patches to explore in Sonoma County. I found free events like harvest festivals and pay for events like Pumpkin Nights (which is probably going to be the hit of the season with my little ones). Check out events near you so when you make up your own family fall bucket list you can see what might work with your schedule and budget.

For us, I try to find a bunch of free and easy to do at home activities so it won’t break our already tight budget. Then throw in a few things that will cost money but are worth it because it will be more of an experience for the whole family . If you are on a budget, decide on the amount you want to spend for your activities/ decor and take the CASH out for it so it's ready to grab. This will resist you taking out the credit card. If you are more of a credit card person (like me!), then get yourself one of the giftcards (like Visa) so it is all prepaid and you can swipe anywhere! A fun way to get the kids involved, say if they want to get an extra treat, is tell them how much they have to spend so they can choose to use their cash/card wisely too! Although my little ones are still young, I am trying to teach this now, so they start to at least get the routine of how we plan for special times of the year. 

Planning simple outtings to get plants and pumpkins for decorating is a favorite, because it becomes two activities in one, the outting itself and then coming home to decorate inside and out. It also is helping us teach our littles more about caring for plants. Though three years olds can be tough, they do get excited over the simplest of tasks, for example they LOVE that they get to water the mums daily! (ps Trader Joes has beautiful ones, at of course, the best prices!).

Keep scrolling for our list and more ideas including a fall and halloween book list perfect for your toddlers!

fall family bucket list
fall family bucket list
budget friendly fall activites

On Our List This Year...





This might sound weird, but I think it is fun to take the little ones along to get new things to add to our holiday decor collection and getting the fresher items, like flowers and plants gets them involved in the gardening / caring for the plants process




LIVING ROOM CAMP OUT - with smores


I am ALL about baking this time of year ( well any time of the year really ). It is such a great way to get the whole family involved. You can even make it a learning experience with counting and measuring! Below are some of our favorite things to make this time of the year! Let me know yours in the comments!!! Go to my Pinterest board to find more recipes!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Bread ( I just get the TJs mix!)

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seasonal Smoothies

Rice Krispie Treats - something about fall just screams rice krispie treats for me

Halloween Popcorn Bark



I am sure I am not the only mom who is a fan of quiet mornings and evenings. So I included our book and movie list that we will be using for our family quiet moments. You can make the movie nights extra fun by dressing your littles in halloween themed jammies, popping some popcorn (topped with some Halloween MnMs) or make a Movie Night Caramel Popcorn mix and throwing a bunch of comfy pillows and blankets on the floor. You can do something similar for reading time, create a cozy space, put some light classical tunes on and plug in the diffuser. It is amazing how having these little moments can calm the chaos, even if just for a half hour! I don’t know about you, but I will take what I can get!! 

Hocus Pocus  - this one is a little ify due to 3-yo attention spans, but trying it anyways, because it’s the mom fave!


Nightmare Before Christmas

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Monster Musical 

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey's Treat

Mickey's Roadster Racing - The Haunted Hot Rod

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Monster’s INC

Spookley, the square pumpkin

Curious George - a Halloween Boo Fest - this is currently free on HULU!

Toy Story of Terror

Mickey's House of Villains

FALL // halloween READING NOOK 

We are big book people so I try to always have a bunch of seasonal books around for my toddlers. The list below is very baby/ toddler-centric. I chose books that are classic, on the cute side and have some learning involved too. I linked to Amazon, but I always first suggest to check your library and then pick a few favorites to purchase each year to add to your collection. This way you get to build a library at home, but you are not breaking the bank all in one year! BONUS PRINTABLE Click Here or scroll down to get your free booklist to take with you to your local library!

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Daniel Tiger- Daniel Loves Fall

Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse

B is for Boo!

Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins

Corduroy's Best Halloween Ever

The Scariest Book Ever

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat 

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

Curious George Harvest Hoedown

Hoot Howl Halloween

How to Make Friends with a Ghost

Mickey's Halloween

Happy Halloween Curious George

EEK Halloween!

Clifford Halloween

Duck & Goose Honk, Quack Boo!

Pete the Cat-  Trick or Pete

Gilbert the Ghost

Thomas & the Runaway Pumpkins