Ask the Readers: What Are Your Favorite Fall Activities?

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While you can do most activities any time of the year, some things just scream FALL! Making seasonal treats and Halloween crafts are great indoor fun, while pumpkin patch fests and corn field mazes are excellent ways to enjoy the outdoors before winter sets in.

What are your favorite fall activities? Do you have any yearly autumn traditions? What new activities will you enjoy this year?

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Mary Happymommy

I like visiting the pumpkin patch.

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Tina in NJ

I find myself baking and canning now that it's fall. And worrying about holiday gifts (I like to make a lot of my gifts.)

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My favorite fall activities are: Going to visit best friends for a weekend, jumping in piles of leaves, going on vacation (when everyone else is back in school!), and enjoying the last sunny days before the w-season sets in. Trying now to squeeze in every drop of sunshine that we can!

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I love going on hayrides in the fall, and eating pumpkin pie!

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I like taking long walks with my dogs on the cooler days. Also dress them up for Halloween!

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My favorite fall activity is to go up to the apple orchards and get all kinds of apple everything! We get a peck of apples, and we also take home some apple bread, apple cider doughnuts, apple butter.. all kinds of goodies.

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I love a walk through the woods when the leaves are in full bloom and the weather is crisp.

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Raking the leaves into a big pile and JUMPING!!!!

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In the fall, I enjoy driving the Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the scenery.

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Baking and hiking.

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Lots of walks, soups and roasted veggies, coffee/cider/hot chocolate, and a road trip to somewhere nearby with amazing foliage!

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Believe it or not, cooking is one of my favorite Fall hobbies. I don't cook much in the summer. Come Fall, I start making stews, soups, etc. I also love walking in our local parks.

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My favorite fall activity is visiting u-pick apple farms

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I love sipping on my pumpkin spice latte as my favorite fall activity!

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Susan D.

I love cooking soups and stews, and baking bread in the autumn. It's too hot in the summer to cook such things, but when the first real chill in the air hits---ahh!

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Melissa Hansson

Autumn is my very favorite season. My husband and I host Friday night scary movie parties for the entire month of October, which is such a fun way to kick off the weekend.

We make sure to hit up the local pumpkin patch and this year we took turns with another couple, taking portraits to use for Christmas gifts. We also went through the corn maze for the first time ever.

The leaves this year in Oregon have been gorgeous and so I make sure that I take time to appreciate the foliage show as I'm driving to and from work or running errands.

And like lots of people, I love the seasonal coffee drinks at Starbucks!

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I love everything about Fall...changing colors, brisk weather, hot cocoa, burning leaves, homemade chili, baking and using the crockpot, and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Eating everything pumpkin!

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I love Fall. I love picking fall scented candles and decorating inside for fall. I also like the holiday season I like getting a head start on watching Christmas movies and buying Christmas ornaments early I also like taking walks on cool fall days and trying to feed the ducks one last time before they head south for the winter. I also like walking picnics and walking tacos Oh and watching Halloween movies and Halloween candy!

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Apple picking!

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The pumpkin patch!

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Baking with apples and pumpkin. There is so many goodies to make between the two.

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I love fall baking - fall flavors are so delicious, plus the crisp air means your kitchen stays comfortable while you crank out cookies and pies!

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I live in the desert in AZ, so my favorite fall activity is hiking.

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Kevin D.

Carving my masterpiece out of a magnificent orange squash.

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Alissa A

I love playing in the leaves and carving pumpkins!

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I don't bake or use the oven much in the summertime, so fall always means the return of baking, which I love. Also, I love weekend drives to see the leaves turn colors. We also tend to take a fall vacation every year, it's our anniversary and favorite season, so we usually go away in autumn instead of summertime.

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I love getting up early, when it is quiet outside and just take a walk. The air is crisp and clear. The crunch of leaves. Seeing all the leaves change color. It is simple but it is wonderful!

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Apple picking, pumpkin carving, jumping in big piles of leaves.

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Apple picking and visiting the pumpkin patch! Some pick your own places near me still have blackberries, raspberries, and tomatoes, too. I LOVE baking and canning all the delicious goodies! Oh--and EATING THEM ALL OM NOM NOM NOM.

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Cooking, snuggling, drinking hot drinks on cool days, walking through leaves, and watching the leaves change colors!

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1. Riding my bike early in the morning
2. Collecting beautiful, colorful leaves to paint (that is, I do paintings of the leaves, not paint on them)

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Rebecca B. A. R.

I like being able to take longer walks with my dogs in the cooler weather. I also like getting out and switching over to my fall clothes, too. It is always fun going to all of the fall festivals in Southern Ohio, and seeing the leaves change color, too.

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Once the weather starts to cool off, my family likes to have a bonfire and invite friends. I make chili and we roast hot dogs and marshmallows.

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I like making pumpkin and apple treats, hosting trick-or-treaters, drinking hot cocoa and spiced apple cider, and checking out the fall colors.

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Climbing mountains to get a 360-degree view of the autumn colors. Baking and consuming anything with pumpkin. Watching football on the weekends. I love fall!

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I'm definitely a baking girl. I look forward to fall thanks to pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and cranberry orange quick bread.

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pumpkin spice latte ;)

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Laura J

Oh I love taking drives this time of year to see all the beautiful color leaves! We love to go down by the river and just drive along the edge... So beautiful!

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I love to sit in the garden and read books while enjoying the fine weather.

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I love soaking up every last bit of the outdoors before the brutal upstate NY winter sets in. I also love waking up early on a weekend morning and walking over to my neighborhood coffee shop. It's a lovely way to enjoy the crisp fall morning weather!

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We go up in the mountains of North Carolina and pick apples. Every year. The apples taste great, and the views are worth the drive!

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This is absolutely my favorite season! I love nights on the porch with apple cider and looking at the beautiful colors change. More than likely you will catch me on the weekends in my football gear making delicious appetizers and of course, dressing up for Halloween! It's a time full of excitement around every corner!

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Kristine R.

It has been a while since we have gone on a hayride but I have fond memories of them! Can't forget the Claritin lol.

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Kellie Zuniga

My parents had a octoberfest every year in the fall. We picked apples, made it into juice and ate apple pie. During the day we played games( like apple bobbing) and in the evening we danced the polka.

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Now that the weather is cooler I love heading out to the zoo with my son and just being outdoors in general.

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Scoutmaster Mom

Our Families favorite time of year so we enjoy camping and coming back from a short hike to bowl of hot chili topped with shreded cheese.
Star gazeing and seeing who can blow the biggest "Dragon breath" when it gets cold outside.
Making caramel apples and marshmellow popcorn balls.
Grabbing a pizza and hot chocolate then going for a short sight-seeing drive watching the colorful leaf change.
Trying to keep warm by telling stories around a campfire

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prathee chandar

Pumpkin craving

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Jennifer Marie

We like going on hayrides.

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I like getting out there to take family pictures with all the vibrant colors.

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Happy Love

Baking -- anything apple or pumpkin.

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Tabathia B

We love going on hay rides and corn mazes

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I like taking walks to admire the changes in the landscape, and arriving home slightly chilled -- it makes the warm house and the aroma of whatever's in the slow cooker that much more enticing.