Fall is here.
Fall is finally here. It’s one of my families’ favorite seasons. Can you imagine living somewhere without Fall? I can’t. Wisconsin is perfect for Fall lovers. Below I put together my personal Fall Bucket List and may I say it is very Festive. I hope you enjoy Fall as much as we do! Share your favorite Fall activities in the comments below.
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This is not your typical fall experience! Lend a hand in our bustling farm kitchens as we prepare favorites like horseradish and sauerkraut, do some pickling, and use flowers to create natural dyes for warm winter woolens. See the power of 19th- century machines, pulled by horses, harvest grains and plow fields. Everyone can try something new while exploring the past like never before.
My Festive Fall Bucket List
- Pick apples and come up with a new apple recipe, maybe a desert one. If you are looking for organic apples, head to Peck & Bushel, our Apple-picking guide sponsor.
- Update the mantel with fall decor items. We’ve done this already and my son was in heaven. He loves helping to decorate for new seasons.
- Open the windows and let the fresh air in. I LOVE having fresh air come in the house. It’s the one time of year that the air and heat are both off (saving money, cha ching) and the house is full of fall air. I’m also obsessed with my pumpkin bakery soy candle from Lorenzen Candle Co.
- Visit a pumpkin patch or 5! The Lake Country and surrounding areas have so many pumpkin farms. It’s hard not to do them all! Especially if I can sneak out on a week day when the crowds are smaller. This year we are going to try out Busy Barn Adventure Farms in Fort Atkinson- it looks so fun and my kids love when there are animals!
- Build leaf piles over and over and jump in them with the kids! This is the favorite memory my kids have from last fall. They love it.
- Take a nature hike and enjoy the fall colors. Our favorite is Lapham Peak tower because it’s right by our house and you can see for miles and miles from the top. Lapham Peak also features the famous, “Fright Hike” October 18-19th.
- Attend Fall Fun on the Farms! It’s an amazing fall experience you don’t want to miss. There are themed weekends, so pick the one that sounds best to you. Beer Brewing Demonstration Weekend sounds good to me! Get tickets for Fun at the Farms at Old World Wisconsin here.
- Navigate a corn maze. Never done this before with the kids, but I think it’s time. There are so many to choose from. I think we are going to try Meadowbrook Creepy Cornmaze. During the day there are no live actors, but it’s still decorated spookily (that’s totally a word!)
- Get spooked at a haunted house. We have an annual girl-friend outing to a local spook. Can’t wait for this year. If a house sounds too scary, try a Ghost Walk, there are Ghost walks in Waukesha, Milwaukee, Madison, Lake Geneva and Wisconsin Dells all presented by American Ghost walks!
- Carve pumpkins and roast the seeds. I rinse them and pat them dry then bake at 300 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with salt before baking. Stir occasionally and monitor. You want golden brown. They are so yummy and healthy!
- Attend some fall Beer Gardens! Yay, Lake Country for having some great beer gardens that go through end of October.
- Watch a scary movie. Something about those days really up the scare factor.
- Visit Milwaukee ZOO. We cannot do fall without this. There are two weekends – the Boo at the Zoo and the following weekend is the Halloween Spooktacular at the zoo.
- Go for a fall run! Nothing like running in cooler weather with leaves crunching under your feet to get you to go that extra mile. Check out the The L.L.Bean Flannel 5K in Brookfield.
- Put my feet up and watch football games on Saturday (college) or Sunday (NFL) afternoons with a pot of chili or butternut squash soup on the stove and the pumpkin candle lit. I tried a new recipe this year for my paleo hubby and it is delicious – Roasted Autumn vegetable soup.
- Preserve pretty fall leaves with wax paper – and make it a fun project with my kids. Here’s one way to do it.
- Eat caramel apples. Try not to eat more than 1.
- This year, we are going to go to Little Amerricka to ride the Pumpkin Train. Check them out in our Train Guide in the Fall section. Lots of fun in fall for train lovers!
- Enjoy fall flavored coffee in fall sweaters and boots. Check out the list of all of Lake Country’s local Coffee Shops.
- Go Trick or Treating – like, multiple times. We check the Trick or Treat guide and join friends in various cities on various days to get the most out of our costumes. Then we donate extra candy to candy buy back programs (and keep some good chocolate pieces in the freezer for enjoyment all year long).
- Attend local fall festivals and events – as MANY as we can. A good list of fall festivals can be found here. The Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago is one we’ve been wanting to try. We also love the Howl-a-ween event at Retzer Nature Center. Oh, and a favorite is the Grand Pumpkin Illumination in Delafield which is part of the annual Delafield Halloween Events!
- Attend fall rummage sales. Kids seem to have grown out of their winter clothes since last year.
- Attend the China Lights event in town through September 13 – October 20th.
- Go for a night pumpkin train ride! It’s such a fun, FREE time. It’s close to my parent’s house, so we make a night of it, but it’s a little north of Waukesha County. Worth it!
- Make divine pumpkin bread. Recipe here.
- Last but not least, schedule some snow plowing services because, sigh, it is coming eventually.