30 Fun Activities to Do This Fall

Hello sweater weather! Are you as excited as we are to welcome fall? We don’t know what it is about the season, but the start of fall always has us feeling a little giddy. Maybe it’s the crisp air, the soft golden light, the abundant harvest, or the pumpkin spice lattes. Whatever our reasons for loving fall, we know we’re not alone. An estimated 30 percent of North Americans say fall is their favourite season. So, to celebrate everything fall, we’ve compiled a list of 30 fun activities to do this season. Indoors, outdoors, with friends, family, a special someone, or on your own, there are plenty of great activities to fill up your weekends. 

1. Apple Picking

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Is it really fall if you don’t go apple picking? This quintessential fall family activity is as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Or why not plan a trip to the apple orchard as a fun date activity or a day out with friends? Just think about all the delicious apple desserts you’ll get to bake!


2. Make chia seed jam

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Stock up on canning jars and get those jam recipes out! A great way to use up all that summer produce, jam making is easy. For example, we love this healthy vegan chia seed jam recipe from Oh She Glows.


3. Host a corn roast

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End the summer with a bang by hosting your very own backyard corn roast! And to keep it interesting, offer up new flavour ideas in addition to the classic salt and butter.


4. Harvest your garden

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All that effort you put in throughout the summer is finally paying off! Enjoy harvesting the fruits of your labour. After all, nothing tastes quite as good as homegrown fruits and veggies.


5. Pickle and preserve

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Your summer garden may have yielded a little more than you anticipated. Not to worry, pickling vegetables is a great way to make them last. New to pickling? Check out this simple guide.


6. Visit a pumpkin patch

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Get into the Halloween spirit with a trip to a pumpkin patch. This is a great family-friendly activity and loads of fun. Pick your own perfect pumpkin for carving and making pumpkin pie!


7. Carve a pumpkin

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Now that you’ve picked your perfect pumpkin, why not host or join a pumpkin carving contest? A little friendly competition may be just what you need to get the creative juices flowing.


8. Turn your pumpkin seeds into a healthy snack

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Before scooping those seeds into the compost bin, try roasting them for a nutritious snack the whole family will love.


9. Make your own pumpkin spice latte

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Your local coffee shop has likely been capitalizing on the season by pushing everything pumpkin spice. But now you can save that $7 and make your own healthier homemade version


10. Make a cozy bowl of pumpkin soup

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For those cool fall nights, there’s nothing better than cozying up with a delicious and comforting bowl of pumpkin soup. Not a fan of pumpkin? Swap it out for another seasonal vegetable and enjoy!


11. Make your own Halloween costumes

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From scary to funny and just plain old cute, making your own Halloween costume can be quite simple. While some costumes may require a bit more skill, others can be put together rather quickly and with little effort. Check out this gallery to get inspired and find costumes for the whole family!


12. Learn a new craft

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Speaking of crafting, the cooler days are a great time to discover a new hobby: beading, collaging, knitting . . . let your imagination run wild. At Magic Bag, we started hand knitting large plush throws, perfect for snuggling up under with a warm Magic Bag compress!


13. Bake zucchini bread or add it to your desserts

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Farmers markets and grocery stores are bursting with fresh, inexpensive zucchini at this time of the year. And adding this healthy gourd to your dessert repertoire is a great way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies. Try one of these delicious recipes.


14. Take a walk in the park

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Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll or a power walk, autumn is arguably one of Canada’s most spectacular seasons. Just remember to take a minute and enjoy the beauty of the fall foliage.


15. Jump in the leaves

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Speaking of leaves, why not have some fun jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves? Go on, you know you can’t resist!


16. Collect pinecones and get crafty

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Two words: pinecone hedgehogs. These are so stinkin’ cute and easy to make. But really, the Internet is literally full of amazing arts and crafts ideas using acorns and pinecones. Get inspired!


17. Plant an indoor herb garden

Bring those fresh herbs indoors for the winter and enjoy delicious recipes all year long. Growing herbs indoors isn’t rocket science, you just need a good sunny spot and some TLC.


18. Host a clothing swap

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Cleaning out your closet? Why not get together with friends and host a clothing swap? This is a great way to give your preloved stuff a second life.


19. Take a family photo

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Fall offers the perfect background for all your family photos. With its Instagram-worthy scenery, now is the ideal time to head outdoors and snap away.


20. Volunteer for a day

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Give back to your community by volunteering at a local organization. It really is good for the soul.


21. Rent a cottage for the weekend

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Head out of the city for a weekend getaway before winter sets in. An ideal opportunity to disconnect and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

22. Go for a hike

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In addition to the amazing colours, the cooler temps make hitting the trails that much more enjoyable. And there are typically fewer bugs out as well. No wonder fall is one of the most popular hiking seasons!


23. Go leaf peeping

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Take a short drive to admire the spectacular beauty of the fall foliage. Some truly breathtaking scenery awaits so make sure to have your cameras ready!


24. Snuggle up with a good book

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Immerse yourself into one of the season’s most anticipated books or reread a classic. Diving into a good story is a great way to spend a cool, rainy afternoon.


25. Perfect your hygge

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Hygge is a Danish term and lifestyle trend that refers to a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being brought on by the simple things in life. So, cozy up on the couch with a hot chocolate, read a good book, put your feet up in front of the fireplace . . . whatever makes you feel happy and cozy. Go on, get your hygge on! 


26. Celebrate Oktoberfest

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You don’t need to travel to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest. Head to your local beer garden to enjoy a few cold brews and some traditional brats and sauerkraut. 


27. Go for a bike ride

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Fall is ideal to explore new trails and get a good workout in. In addition, the beautiful colours provide the perfect setting for your ride.


28. Go camping

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Get in a final camping trip before the winter sets in. Bonus: fewer bugs and smaller crowds.


29. Make your own fall candles

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Get your crafting on and make some fall-scented candles. Set the mood with a soothing and relaxing scented candle.


30. Check on your Magic Bag

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Has your Magic Bag been getting some extra use? Does it look a bit over loved? You may need to replace it. Just remember to cut open the bag and compost the grains before you dispose of it.

And shop our amazing selection of Magic Bag hot and cold compresses to replace your old one. As this year marks our 30th anniversary, we’ve got plenty of new models for you to discover!

Fall is a wonderful time of year that offers plenty of opportunities for fun activities the whole family will enjoy. From outdoor sports, to arts and crafts, to baking and cooking, to spending time with friends, there is always something to keep you busy. Enjoy the season to the fullest and remember for any aches and pains, your Magic Bag has got you covered