Fall Bucket List for Families with Teens

Fall Bucket List for Families with Teens

Today it’s all about fall and celebrating the season with a Fall Bucket List.  Why?  Well, I was at a party recently and was chatting it up with a sweet friend.  I have kind of kept my blogging life semi-secret, meaning I had not shared it with friends.  Then it kind of started being found.  Can I just say that blogging would be so much easier if it could be anonymous.  I find myself worrying about what to write for fear of being judged.  Silly, right?

Anyway, back to the conversation.  She said that she would really like me to come up with a post about how to celebrate holidays when your kids are older.  Brilliant idea!  So today, I am sharing what I’ve come up with for a Fall Bucket List, but it’s geared to families that have older kids.  You know, when your kids are young it’s easy to find tons of ways to celebrate the holidays or season.  However, as they get older and the seasons kind of lose their “magic.”

Still, I do think it’s important to celebrate those times as it builds family and makes memories.  Therefore,  I have made a bucket list for my family.  These are the things that we are going to try to get in before Thanksgiving.  And, for the record, these are ideas have been teen approved. 🙂  I hope my list will help you think of ways to celebrate the season with your family in whatever stage you’re in right now as well.


Fall Bucket List

  • High school football game  

  • Backyard fire and s’mores

  • Decorating the yard/porch (teens can help now)

  • Decide on costumes for Halloween & gather supplies

  • Oktoberfest (even better in a small town)

  • Drink apple cider

  • Find a place to hike with lots of fall color (not so easy around here 🙁 )

  • Host an Ears & Beers party  

  • Boo a neighbor

  • Carve pumpkins – maybe host a carving contest

  • Celebrate son #2’s birthday

  • Eat junk food while watching a football game – Go Cowboys!

  • Celebrate MY birthday

  • Make pumpkin treats (cookies, cake, etc..)

  • Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte (okay, that one’s really for me)  

  • Watch a scary movie

  • Visit the farmer’s market

  • Make caramel apples

  • Go to a bonfire

  • Have a soup & bread night

  • Go to a corn maze

  • Make a football pot for Thanksgiving


Now, I think I’m going to post this list somewhere where we can ALL be reminded of the things we wanted to do together this fall.  We can cross them off when we do them.  I think this will give us a goal to work toward and some things to look forward to.  So, how will you be celebrating the season?  If you have some things I need to add to our list, I would LOVE to hear them.  Please let me know down in the comments below.

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Until next time~



  1. Great list! My kids are older now, but it’s still nice to do a couple things together to celebrate the fall season. Thanks for some great idea!

    1. Author

      I’m so glad you liked them. Yes…make those teens join you for some fun. I think secretly they love it too.

  2. Hi Jenny. I’m visiting from Imparting Grace and your ideas were thought provoking. I think I need to find a corn maze in my area! Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Tammy

  3. It’s really hard to think of things older kids will enjoy as well sometimes. Thank you for sharing yours so we can all enjoy our teenagers, once in awhile, anyway ;).

    1. Author

      Hopefully there’s something there that they’ll like. I am all about including (forcing) those teens in family activities. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Love this post! Thanks so much for putting so much thought into it. I will definitely be adding some of your ideas to our fall schedule!

    Do you have any ideas specifically for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or Easter? I’m finding that all of our old traditions seem baby-ish to my kids now. (Even though I still want to do them!)

    1. Author

      Hmm…Let me think about that. I do have lots of ideas and a really fun one we did for Christmas last year. Stay tuned. Glad you stopped by & commented. 🙂

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