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Autumn Activities and Books: Home

This guide offers ideas for fall activities for the entire family and then books to expand and extend the activities.

Look at Fall Foliage

Viewing fall foliage and gazing at vibrantly-colored trees is a time-honored autumn tradition.

Support a Local Farmer's Market

Strolling through a local farmer's market in the fall has many benefits:  vegetables are in season and you can stock up on fresh produce coming directly from farmers and growers in your community; you may discover fruits and vegetables that are native to your region and aren't available in the supermarket; and you are supporting your local economy when you buy goods at a farmer's market. 

Rake Leaves and Jump In

This is a simple fall activity that brings so much joy to people of all ages. So jump in or discover other fall activities.

Learn About and Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

The Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death that is held over a few days at the end of October and early November. The goal of this holiday is to demonstrate respect and love for deceased family members. 

Carve a Pumpkin

Halloween will look different this year due to pandemic restrictions, but you can still carve and decorate a pumpkin for your stoop or apartment window. 

Prepare a Seasonal Treat

Apple crisps, pumpkin pies, cider donuts—there are so many delicious treats you can make to celebrate autumn. Cooking with seasonal ingredients at home is a wonderful way to enjoy the season and stay socially distanced. 

Visit an Apple Orchard

There are more than 7,500 apple orchards in the U.S., and picking your own apples is a fall tradition for many Americans.

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