Fall is my favorite season of the year. It seems like here in Kansas City, right in the middle of the U.S. Midwest, autumn is just about everybody’s favorite. On Labor Day weekend, Mr. Donovan and I – along with many other people – celebrated the beginning of the season by visiting a local sunflower farm.


Fall Bucket List: Fun Things to Do In the Fall #midwest #kansas city #ways to enjoy fall #celebrate


Fall Bucket List: Fun Things to Do In the Fall #midwest #kansas city #ways to enjoy fall #celebrate


This Saturday, Mr. Donovan and I are going to go pick apples. And on Sunday, if it works out, a friend of mine may come into town so we can make jelly together, because she’s an expert. I really want to enjoy and celebrate the season, so I decided to do this “bucket list” of all the fun things to do in the fall.



The term “bucket list” usually refers to things to do before you die, or “kick the bucket.” This “fall bucket list,” though, is all about things to do before fall is over and gone.

I’m not going to do all of these things this season. (I personally can’t go to a haunted house, though I know people who love them. Even though I’ve written a couple of ghost stories, I get too scared!) But the list is here to inspire me and anyone else this year, and years to come as well.


Fall Bucket List: Fun Things to Do In the Fall #midwest #kansas city #ways to enjoy fall #celebrate


Visit a sunflower farm.

Pick apples at an orchard.

Make jam.

Drink a pumpkin spice latte.

Drink apple cider… or hard cider.

Make pumpkin bread.

Bake a pie.

Take a walk in the woods when the leaves are red, orange, and yellow.

Dip leaves in melted paraffin to preserve them.

Walk in a corn maze.

Go on a hayride.

Decorate for Halloween.

Visit a pumpkin patch.

Carve a Jack-o-lantern.

Roast pumpkin seeds.

Put together a Halloween costume.

Trick-or-treat… or give people treats.

Eat miniature size candy bars.

Take a ghost tour.

Take a walk in an old graveyard.

Go to a haunted house.

Watch a scary movie.

Read a ghost story.

Spend a whole rainy day reading.

Light a candle for departed loved ones on Day of the Dead or All Soul’s Day (November 1.)

Make chili in the crockpot / slow cooker.

Go to a fall festival.

Collect buckeyes… or black walnuts.

Put mums outside your front door.

Watch football.


Build a bonfire.

Go to a sanctuary to see eagles and migrating birds.


Is autumn your favorite season? What are some of your favorite things to do in the fall? If you’re in a part of the world where September, October, and November are very different than they are in the Midwest, I’d love to hear about that, too. Thanks for reading!