I’ve been pretty public on my blog about the fact that we don’t celebrate Halloween as a family. It’s not a salvation-issue, and contrary to what I’ve seen other bloggers say, we aren’t steeped in legalism at all. We’ve had a personal conviction about the celebration of Halloween in our family, and our conviction need not impact you at all, unless you have had a similar conviction and have chosen to ignore it and justify your behavior. Still, it is the one thing for which I’ve been criticized the most. Lots of smart, spiritually-healthy christians I know celebrate Halloween. We don’t.
What I’ve found over the years is that not very many people who share our convictions on this topic are willing to speak up, partly because we’ve been so beaten up by so-called friends, neighbors, relatives, and the public at large. So I don’t find many resources for celebrating fall and God’s gift of the harvest that don’t have a strong focus on jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, witches and brooms.
That’s why I’m so fond of our free Fall Harvest Pumpkin coloring page, and also why I’m very happy to offer you this Fall Bucket List for Christian families who don’t celebrate Halloween. If that’s you, I hope you and your family enjoy the activities on this list.
Just because we love options, we put a different design of the same Halloween-free Fall Bucket List on our new Printables site. So if you want options too, be sure to check that out. I’ve included a link to download this Fall Bucket List for Christian families who don’t celebrate Halloween at the bottom of this post, but I’ve also included a text version below for those who want helpful links to recipes etc., as you work your way through the list. Pick and choose activities and make this Fall Bucket List your own!
- Go star gazing in the middle of the night.
- Visit a cider mill and enjoy apple cider donuts.
- Help an elderly person rake leaves.
- Enjoy a bonfire with roasted marshmallows.
- Solve a corn maze together.
- Read books about fall. Grab our Fall Reading Logs here.
- Gather and donate outgrown clothing.
- Have a fall picnic at the park.
- Make homemade snickerdoodle cookies.
- Take cookies to the neighbors.
- Make and jump in leaf piles.
- Make decorations from leaves or acorns.
- Make and share pumpkin spice bread.
- Enjoy family game night.
- Take a family prayer walk.
- Attend a high school football game together.
- Pick apples and make an apple pie or crisp.
- Go on a hay ride.
- Enjoy warm apple cider together.
- Share a meal with friends.
- Enjoy cozy chili with some crusty bread.
- Go for a drive just to look at leaves.
- Enjoy a hike during peak leaf viewing.
- Take family pictures with fall leaves.
- Search for autumn treasures in the woods.