The happy memories we create with our families can last forever.
Wholesome family recreation can increase family love and unity, help our children grow up knowing that life is good, and increase their resilience when they face hard times.
Here are some fun ideas for October.
- Take a walk, hike, bike ride, or drive to see the beautiful autumn leaves. Take pictures.
- Gather or purchase pussy willows, leaves, acorns, etc. and make a fall wreath.
- Collect leaves and make leaf rubbings for a nature journal.
- Attend a state fair.
- Go apple picking in an orchard.
- Walk through a corn maze.
- Visit a pumpkin patch or festival.
- Take Saturday morning walks.
- Fly a kite.
- Play soccer at the park.
- Watch baseball games together.
Columbus Day (Click link for details.)
- Learn about Christopher Columbus.
- Go on an outing and talk about Columbus' experiences.
- Learn about other people who have risen to their dreams.
- Reflect on your family and individual dreams together.
- Decorate the house and yard together.
- Tell Halloween stories by candle light or flashlight.
- Choose and carve pumpkins as a family, or
- Have a pumpkin carving party, with bobbing for apples, hot cider, and hay rides.
- Invite friends and family to come visit in costume. Take pictures.
- Visit a "haunted house."
- Watch a fun scary movie.
- Volunteer to give out candy at the mall on Halloween night.
- Hold a neighborhood Halloween party with games and treats.
- Go trick or treating.
- Make a harvest basket to share. Fill it with garden bounty or other treats.
- Make doughnuts, scones, or pumpkin bread.
- Bake apples, make applesauce from scratch, or make apple cinnamon rolls.
- Roast pumpkin seeds.
- Make pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread.
- Read the book, "Stone Soup," and make a nice pot of soup to share.
- Eat dinner by pumpkin candle light.
- Build a bonfire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.
- Have a picnic at the park.
Fun at Home
- Play in a pile of leaves, then rake them up together.
- Clear out the garden together.
- Make a scarecrow.
- Have a yard sale to get ready for Christmas.
- Play board games together.
- Gather together at night time and visit or tell stories in the dark.
(Photo Credit: Shawn Mitchell)