Last Updated on September 9, 2023 by Lori
Seasonal bucket lists have become very popular in recent years. This post focuses on FALL bucket list ideas – and I’ll provide 100 suggestions for you!
You’re probably familiar with the term “bucket list” – meaning, a list of things you want to do before you die.
But did you know that you can create smaller bucket lists? For example, you might create a bucket list for travel, reading, or other activities – and for time frames as well. A bucket list for a year, 5 years, or one for every season.
Bucket lists provide a way of collecting activities you’re interested in doing into a single document. This makes it so much easier to plan and schedule them so that you actually do them!
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What is a seasonal bucket list?
A seasonal bucket list is a list of activities, goals, or experiences that a person wants to accomplish or enjoy during a particular season.
It is a way to make the most of the time and opportunities that a specific season offers.
The items on a seasonal bucket list can vary depending on the person’s interests, location, and the time of year. Some common examples of activities that may be included in a seasonal bucket list include outdoor adventures, seasonal festivals or events, trying new foods, or exploring new places.
The purpose of a seasonal bucket list is to help people prioritize their time and create memorable experiences that they can look back on with fondness.
What are the benefits of having a seasonal bucket list?
There are several benefits to having a seasonal bucket list. It:
A seasonal bucket list can provide motivation to try new things, explore new places, and make the most of the season. It can help you stay focused and committed to your goals.
A seasonal bucket list can help you create memories that will last a lifetime. By experiencing new things and exploring new places, you can create memories that you can look back on with fondness.
Helps you prioritize
A seasonal bucket list can help you prioritize your time and resources. By setting goals and prioritizing your activities, you can make sure that you’re spending your time and money on the things that matter most to you.
Encourages personal growth
A seasonal bucket list can encourage personal growth by pushing you out of your comfort zone and encouraging you to try new things. It can help you build confidence, learn new skills, and discover new passions.
Provides a sense of accomplishment
Completing items on your seasonal bucket list can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It can help you feel like you’ve achieved something meaningful and worthwhile.
Overall, a seasonal bucket list can be a fun and rewarding way to make the most of each season and create lasting memories.
How do I create a seasonal bucket list?
Here are some steps to help you create a seasonal bucket list:
1. Choose the season
Decide which season you want to create a bucket list for. Consider the weather, holidays, and events that take place during that season.
2. Brainstorm ideas
Make a list of activities, goals, or experiences that you want to accomplish during that season. Think about things you’ve always wanted to try, places you’ve wanted to visit, or activities you’ve wanted to do.
Review your list and prioritize the items based on what you’re most excited about or what is most important to you.
4. Set realistic goals
Make sure the goals you set are achievable within the season and your available resources.
5. Be specific
Write down specific details about each item on your list, including the date, location, and any other important information.
6. Include a mix of activities
Include a mix of activities that are free, low-cost, or require a budget. This will help you balance your list and make sure you can accomplish everything on it.
7. Write It Down
A visual reminder can help you take daily steps to prepare for a bucket list event and track which activities you have completed.
7. Share your list
Share your list with friends or family members who may want to join in on the fun or help hold you accountable.
8. Have fun
Remember that a seasonal bucket list is meant to be fun and enjoyable, so don’t stress too much about completing everything on the list. Enjoy the process and the memories you create along the way.
Can a seasonal bucket list be adapted to different regions or climates?
Yes, a seasonal bucket list can be adapted to different regions or climates. The activities, goals, or experiences on your list may vary depending on where you live or where you plan to visit during a particular season.
It’s important to consider the local weather, holidays, and events when creating your seasonal bucket list.
And, most importantly, it should reflect YOUR interests and the things you want to do!
By adapting your seasonal bucket list to different regions or climates, you can make the most of each season and create new experiences that are tailored to your interests and location.
How can I make sure I complete everything on my seasonal bucket list?
Completing everything on your seasonal bucket list can be challenging, but here are some tips that can help:
Make sure the goals you set on your list are achievable within the season and your available resources. Setting unrealistic expectations can lead to disappointment and frustration.
Prioritize the items on your list based on what’s most important to you. Focus on completing the items that you’re most excited about or that have the most meaning to you.
Break it down
Break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. This can make the goals feel less overwhelming and easier to accomplish.
Set deadlines for each item on your list to help keep you on track and motivated.
Hold yourself accountable
Hold yourself accountable for completing the items on your list. Share your list with friends or family members who can help hold you accountable and provide support.
Be open to making changes to your list if necessary. Sometimes unexpected events or circumstances can prevent you from completing certain items, so it’s important to be flexible and adjust your list as needed.
Remember that the purpose of a seasonal bucket list is to have fun and enjoy the experiences. Don’t stress too much about completing everything on the list. Enjoy the process and the memories you create along the way.
101 fALL bucket list ideas:
Get Cozy At Home
- Have a movie night with classic fall films like “Hocus Pocus” or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
2. Make a fall wreath for your front door
3. Decorate your home for fall
4. Craft a fall table centerpiece
5. Read a book in front of a roaring fire or cuddled under a soft blanket
6. Stock up on fall-scented candles
7. Write gratitude letters to friends and family to let them know you care
8. Have a cozy evening at home by candlelight – no electronics allowed
9. Pop a bunch of cheerful sunflowers into a tall vase
10.Write in a gratitude journal daily
11. Read a super-scary book
12. Swap out your summer and fall clothes
13. Put together a fall-themed puzzle
14. Stay home in your pajamas all day on Black Friday and shop online only
15. Choose a fall craft and make it
16. Rake leaves in your yard and then jump in or skip through the piles
17. Plant a fall garden
18. Make pinecone birdfeeders and hang them from tree branches
19. Build a birdfeeder and hang it near a window so you can watch the birds
20. Build a scarecrow for your front lawn
Get Out and About
21. Take a scenic drive to see the fall foliage
22. Take a hike in a state park or nature preserve
23. Ramble slowly through a favorite neighborhood or downtown
24. Ride your bike and enjoy the sights
25. Take a hot air balloon ride to see the fall colors from above
26. Go on a scenic train ride through the countryside
27. Take a walk in the woods
28. Stroll a deserted beach on a windy day
29. Tour a spooky Haunted House
30. Take a ghost tour of the “haunted” spots in your town
31. Go camping in a tent or RV
32. Borrow a telescope and go stargazing
33. Have a bonfire with spooky stories or a sing-along
34. Host a wine and charcuterie night
35. Try a murder mystery night, with everyone in costume
Places to Go
36. Attend a craft fair and buy yourself something handmade and unique
37. Take a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin or bed and breakfast
38. Attend a game at the Baseball World Series or another professional sports ev
39. Visit a pumpkin patch
40. Attend a local fall harvest festival
41. Visit a historic site or museum
42. Go apple picking at a local orchard
43. Shop for fall produce at the Farmer’s Market
44. Tour a working farm to see how they prepare for the winter
45. Bring a picnic to a pretty park
46. Host an adults-only Halloween party for your friends
47. Host Friendsgiving
48. Dress your pooch in a Halloween costume and march in a pet parade
49. Get a little crazy and extreme with your Halloween decor
50, Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade from start to finish
51. Create a haunted house or spooky maze for trick-or-treaters to enjoy
52. DIY a unique Halloween costume
53. Carve or decorate pumpkins to display on Halloween
54. Host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with favorite recipes
55. Host a potluck Thanksgiving dinner
56. Make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at a very special restaurant or event space
57. Celebrate Oktoberfest
58. Make a wish with the wishbone from your Thanksgiving turkey
59. Plan ahead for your winter holiday events, shopping, travel, and cards
Great Group Activities
60. Visit a winery and learn about local wines
61. Visit a brewery for a tasting of pumpkin beer
62. Go on an old-fashioned hayride
63. Divide into groups and get lost in a corn maze.
64. Attend a high school football game
65. Have a tailgate party at a football game or other sports event
66. Go on a nature scavenger hunt
67. Play a game of touch football
68. Host a fall-themed pop-up party for your neighbors
69. Attend a concert or live music event
70. Learn to knit or crochet, and create a fall scarf in your favorite colors
71. Buy one special fall sweater you will wear on repeat
72. Change out your summer makeup palette for a more dramatic look
73. Get a mani-pedi in gorgeous fall tones
74. Indulge in a high-quality facial to pamper your sun-washed skin
75. Work out your kinks with a deep-tissue massage
76. Stock up on warm socks, gloves, hats, and scarves before the cold weather hits
Focus on Food
77. Bake an apple pie
78. Make a classic fall recipe, like pumpkin soup or roasted root vegetables
79. Make s’mores over a campfire
80. Bake homemade donuts – extra points if they’re cider donuts
81. Take a cooking class to learn how to make seasonal dishes
82. Take a class to learn how to preserve food by canning and other methods
83. Bake pumpkin bread
84. Sip some warm, spicy apple cider
85. Toast pumpkin seeds
86. PSL (pumpkin spice latte) everything
87. Make caramel apples
88. Make homemade apple sauce and apple butter
89. Use your crockpot to make comfort food
90. Pop popcorn outside over an open fire
91. Warm up with a cup of homemade hot chocolate or chai tea
92. Learn to make different kinds of chili – beef, vegetarian, green chili chicken
93. Host a homemade soup party
94. Learn to make a special fall cocktail with seasonal ingredients
Get Involved in Your Community
95. Volunteer to help out at a local charity or community event
96. Run or walk a 5k as a fundraiser for a community organization
97. Purchase small, inexpensive pots of mums at the garden shop and leave them on your neighbors’ doorsteps as a surprise
98. Make cold weather care packages to distribute to people experiencing homelessness
99. Support Fair Trade Month in October
100. Support Small Business Saturday (the first Saturday after Thanksgiving) by shopping small
101. Contribute a box of non-perishable food to a food pantry
Remember, fall bucket list ideas should reflect your interests and goals, so get creative and have fun!
Which of these fall bucket list ideas are you going to try? Drop me a note in the comments – as well as your other ideas for fall fun.
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