33 Fun, Frugal Fall Activites!

33 fun frugal fall activities

Fall is so near and it's almost time to get your cozy on! Not only do the changing of the seasons bring cooler weather, it also brings lots of fun activities!

Here's a slew of 33 Fun, Frugal Fall Activities to keep you and your family busy this season…

1. Rake leaves and jump in!

Who says this is just a kid activity?

2. Turn off the air conditioning and open those windows!

This will help you save on your electric bill and will also allow those fresh, fall smells to circulate through your home.

3. Take your pets on more walks

Fall is a great season to be outside since the temperature is so pleasant. It is also a great time to take those pets on more outings.

4. Visit the dog park or playground

Since I do not have children, I default to going to the dog park but they are both more fun when it isn't so hot out.

5. Clean out for winter

Go through your closets and clean out all those summer clothes. If you did not wear something this year, this is a perfect time to get it out of your house. (Tips on de-cluttering)

6. Have a yard sale!

Hosting a yard sale is a great way to earn a few dollars from all that stuff you just cleaned out.

7. Hand wash your car

Instead of spending money on a car wash, head outside and wash the vehicle yourself. Not only will this save you cash, it will also help you soak in that Fall air.

8. Go to a hay ride

Most of the time hay rides cost a few dollars but nothing says Fall like riding around on a hay bale.

9. Start a tradition

Have you always wanted to have a weekly family football game? Get that competition started!

10. Host a football party

Invite friends over to watch the game at your house. Instead of being responsible for the food (which can get pricey) simply ask them to bring a dish and enjoy the company.

11. Collect leaves

Go on a hunt for some unique and colorful leaves. You could make a collection to display in your home or try your hand at leaf rubbings.

12. Get lost in a corn maze

Enough said.

13. Have a bon-fire

14. Roast s'mores


15. Go apple picking

If possible, head to an apple orchard and pick some apples straight from the tree.

16. Go for a nature hike.

Grab a friend a put on your hiking shoes. There is just something about getting out in nature while the leaves are changing. Soak up the beauty.

17. Attend a Fall Festival

You don’t have to be a child (or have one) to attend a Fall Festival. They’re a great way to celebrate the season.

18. Explore a new bike path

If you’re into biking (or even if you're not), check out a new path and see where it takes you.

19. Two Words: Apple. Cider.

20. Learn how to make a pumpkin pie

With Thanksgiving around the corner, knowing how to make a pumpkin pie can come in handy. Not to mention how tasty they are!

21. Start planning your Halloween costume

For adults and kids alike, Halloween costumes are super expensive if bought from a store. Now is a great time to start thinking about the costumes you want to wear and figure out how to make them from home instead of purchasing them.

22. Make a scarecrow

Save a few clothing items from that closet clean and use them to create a scarecrow.

23. Start planning for Christmas

If you are more craft-ily inclined, planning early for Christmas and getting a head start can help save you a lot of last-minute headaches. (A huge list of homemade holiday gift ideas.)

24. Stack firewood

If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your home, Fall is the perfect time to start stacking firewood and preparing for the winter.

25. Collect pine cones

You can use them for holiday crafts or for fire starters.

26. Volunteer as a screamer at your local haunted house.

Scaring people is a great way to give back to your community;).

27. Check your community calendar

Many cities have community resource calendars that list activities that are going on during the month. Attend events to get out and meet new people.

28. Carve a pumpkin

Fall just wouldn’t be complete without carving a pumpkin. Get creative this year and make your pumpkin super special.

29. Have a Feng Shui Par-tay

Rearranging your home to make it more functional will make it feel like a completely new space. Trust me, re-arranging furniture is something just about everyone has an opinion on.

  • 30. Go camping
  • Fall weather just so happens to also be perfect camping weather. Make some trail mix and head out for an adventure.

31. Tackle a nagging task

Have you wanted to make a family tree? Do you need to make a list of all the important birthdays in your life? Jump into it head first and enjoy the feeling of completion once you’re finished.

32. Start on your holiday cards

Instead of buying holiday cards this year, make them at home. If you start now, you can make some pretty sweet holiday designs. Get creative and let the cards flow.

33. Play flashlight tag

If you live in a neighborhood, organize a flashlight tag night. If you live in a city, get some close friends together and find a dark area. Flashlight tag is fun for all ages.


Still looking for activities that don't cost much money? Check out: 56 Things to do Instead of Spending Money


What are your favorite Fall activites?

Chelsea Overton is in the midst of a Spending Fast® and writes about it from North Carolina with her bulldog, Xena the Warrior Princess, by her side. She also has her own website where she logs her journey towards financial freedom.