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6 Family-Friendly Autumn Activities To Try This Season, October 2020

October 21, 2020by Taylor Dodson0

As we continue to move further into ~ Spooky Season ~ and towards Halloween and Thanksgiving, many of us become more and more excited about everything fall has to offer! From delicious seasonal dishes to decor galore, there are always plenty of ways to celebrate autumn. Below, we’ve detailed some of our favorite fall activities that are perfect for the whole family!

Pumpkin Carving

A family is creating Jack-O-Lantern together.

Scooping out pumpkin seeds and taking a knife to what remains of your round, orange squash is one of the most beloved traditions leading up to Halloween. Whether you carve a classic jack-o’-lantern or create a completely different design, the possibilities are virtually endless. You can even end this activity by displaying your pumpkin on your porch or in your window for all to enjoy! (Not to mention, there are so many ways to recycle the seeds!)

Experiment In The Kitchen

An apple pie and a few other autumn-themed recipes on the table.

From apple and pumpkin pastries to stews and squash, fall time comes with a vast abundance of perfect recipes in tow. Try visiting orchards and patches to pick your own fruits and veggies – then, discover new ways to use these ingredients in the kitchen! Even if you think you’ve tried it all before, there are dozens of new recipes out there waiting to be found (or created)! Some of our favorite fall dishes include warm bowls of beef stew, rich cinnamon applesauce, roasted pumpkin seeds, and apple soup.

Make Your Own DIY Decor

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We touched on this last week in more detail, but the decor capabilities this time of year are immense. Whether you prefer painting tiny pumpkins or hanging tissue ghosts around the house, there are stunning seasonal options for everyone. Even if you aren’t the craftiest, though, don’t fret – you can always spruce up your space with flowers and photos!

Socially-Distanced Trick-Or-Treating

Children shares their Halloween candies to her mother.

While this year’s festivities may look a little different than usual, that doesn’t mean we have to toss aside old traditions entirely. Try leaving candy on the porch this year and saying hello from the window, or create a DIY display that allows you to pass treats along to guests at a distance. You can also try mailing candy-themed care packages to those you care about to give them a little bit of Halloween magic from afar.

Hiking

A family is crossing river at a hiking destination.

There’s no better way to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves and watch seasonal plants start to bloom than by getting outside. Desert-dwellers know that the summertime often brings dry heat and an uncomfortable amount of sunshine (trust us), making it hard to spend much time outside. Especially as the weather starts to cool down, the fall is a great time to enjoy local hiking trails and landmarks. Here are a few of our favorite spots to get started in Las Vegas!

Farmer’s Markets

Fall vegetables at a farmers market.

One of the very best ways to support your community year-round is by making regular trips to your local farmer’s markets! Gather fresh produce, ask local artisans for recipes and tips, and maybe even pick up some handmade art pieces from local makers. Want to learn more about why farmer’s markets are so amazing for the community? We’ve got you.

Do you have a favorite fall activity or recipe you’d like to share? Let us know on social media @zooorewards and @zooorewards_jp!

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Taylor Dodson

Taylor is a creative content strategist originally from the Midwestern U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, Film, and Creative Writing from Lawrence University, where she served as a four-year starter on the university softball team and took on four different positions in Campus Life while pursuing her double degree. With a deep love for collaboration, Taylor hopes to apply her background in community engagement to the digital world in support of local businesses. When she’s not at work, you can find her playing Animal Crossing or hanging out at her current favorite tea shop.

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