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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Festive Family Fun for the Fall

© 2012 Catherine L Pittman

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons.  While spring’s colors are fresh and give one the sense of renewal, autumn is crisp, bright and clean.   It is a vibrant season full of rich colors and fun activities to be shared by the entire family.  Heading out into nature or entertaining at Halloween provides no better way to enjoy the sights and smells and soak up the colors of the world.  Here is how you can enjoy fall with your family this year!

Visit a Pumpkin Patch
A visit to your local pumpkin patch is a great family outing.  Kids love running up and down the whole patch to find their own big, perfect pumpkin to take home and carve for Halloween. Many local pumpkin patches offer fun family extras, such as corn or pumpkin mazes, animal barns, hayrides and delicious fall refreshments of cider and apple treats.

Hayride Hoopla
One fall activity everyone should do at least once in their lifetime is to pack-up a thermos of warm apple cider, a picnic basket of sandwiches and apple pie, and head to the nearest farm offering fall hayrides. There is nothing like a fall picnic during a crisp sunny day.

Jumping Fun!
One of my fondest memories from childhood is raking up all the colorful, crunchy leaves into a gigantic pile, and then jumping in them.  I enjoyed smelling the crisp, clean air and hearing the crackle of the leaves.  It provided plenty of giggles and fun.  Make it even more fun by hiding a wrapped lollipop or Dollar Tree toy somewhere in the pile.

Make a Scarecrow
Stuff your own scarecrow for your Halloween porch. Take an old pair of daddy’s jeans and flannel shirt, cram them full of hay, and make a funny face on an old pillow case or pumpkin. Then pose him on your porch to greet all of your Halloween guests.

Nature Walk
Another fond memory I have is collecting the colorful leaves, taking them home and pressing them between two pieces of wax paper sheets by using an iron on a very low setting.   Take a walk through the woods or your local park with your children, and pick-up the interesting and colorful leaves.  It’s a great opportunity for your child to experience the changing landscape. Then create leaf rubbings with crayons or place them between wax paper sheets to preserve them.  It is also fun cutting out the wax papered leaves and making a colorful sun catcher or mobile for your child’s bedroom, or to use as a bookmark in school books.

Feed the Birds
Make a birdfeeder ornament!  Simply layer peanut butter and sunflower seeds on a pinecone, then hang them on low branches for the feathered friends in your yard to enjoy.  Squirrels like them too and may even carry the whole pinecone off! 

Bobbing for Apple Fun
Nothing so sweet than apple treats!  Go apple picking at your local orchard, and make homemade caramel apples, apple pie, apple crumble, applesauce, pumpkin ice cream or apple cider.  Making many of these delicious seasonal apple treats is fun and easy, and something the entire family can enjoy!  Or hold your own apple bobbing contest.

About the Author
Catherine currently resides in Tualatin, Oregon and is the owner, songwriter and main vocalist for her children's music production company, Pitter Patter Productions. The company has specialized in original award-winning music for children from newborn through kindergarten since 1992. Living Green? Our music is available for download at:, and iTunes (search Catherine Pittman). CD's are still available at

Download our new holiday album, Once Upon a Silent Night.  All of our albums can be downloaded by the song or the entire album.

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