Sustainable Fall Activities | I love seasonal bucket lists. I love having fun activities pre-planned to look forward so that I can create special memories with the ones I care about. Fall is full of so much potential in the fun, unique activity department.
I love finding sustainable fall activities to enjoy. I have to be mindful of everything I do despite if it’s tradition or not. Nothing is worth doing if it is severely environmentally damaging.
Thing is, you don’t have to give up much to be a little more sustainable. In fact, I think the sustainable element to life makes everything more enjoyable.
Sustainable Fall Bucket List
Turn Your Jack-o-Lantern into a Pie
So many pumpkins end up in the trash after Halloween. With food waste the fastest growing component to our landfills, we’d should really be considering the impact of the pumpkins that we buy to turn around and waste.
Related: How to Reuse a Halloween Pumpkin
Every year, we produce nearly 1.9 billion pumpkins in the United States. Most of which go completely uneaten.
Of course, your standard carving pumpkin is bred for eating so there isn’t much flesh. I’d recommend a sugar pie or Hubbard type pumpkin. Those are bred for texture and taste.
Support a Local Pumpkin Patch
This is one of my all time favorite things to do in October. Even more now that I have a son. I’m lucky enough to have a dozen or more pumpkin patches near me so we take advantage of going to all of them.
We love to pick out our pumpkins, pet the goats and have fun making silly faces at the scarecrows.
Make a Scarecrow with Thrift Store Clothing
We used to do this when I was a little girl. We’d get a flannel shirt and a pair of overalls from the local thrift shop. Then we’d stuff hay into the overalls, add the shirt and set a pumpkin on top for a head.
My home town had scarecrow contests every Halloween. My mom, being the creative sorceress that she is, would win every single year.
Thrift a Cute Flannel or Sweater
Opt for secondhand clothing for your fall wardrobe. There’s no need to contribute to the fast fashion, clothing waste crisis any more.
Nothing screams Fall and cooler weather like lit candles all over the house. With a little beeswax and some time, you can make your very own.
Go for a Fall Hike
What better way to enjoy the crisp air and beautiful fall leaves? Go to a local park and just enjoy yourself. Collect some pretty leaves while you’re at it.
Go Apple Picking
One of my favorite Sustainable Fall Activities is going apple picking. Find a local apple orchard and stock up on some yummy, in-season apples. You can store them in the fridge for weeks!
Apple picking is in its prime in early September so get that scheduled in early!
My local apple orchards always sell apple slushies and AMAZING apple cider donuts. There’s also many fun things available for the kiddos to do. Memories, not things!
Make Homemade Apple Cider
Use those apples you picked from apple picking to make a pot of delicious apple cider. Not only will it warm your core, but your house will smell so good.
Make an Apple Pie
Again, use those apples to make an apple pie. Make several and gift them to your friends, family or neighbors! Or just eat them all by yourself – that’s perfectly ok, too!
Thrift a Halloween Costume – Or Make it
Halloween costumes contribute to nearly 2000 tons of plastic waste every year because most of them are so cheaply made they are basically throw away.
Yep, we literally have single-use Halloween costumes now. What happened to the days where we put thought and care into making our own?
Jump in a Leaf Pile
Unleash your inner-child, come on, you know you want to.
Make Vegan Chili
I’m making this tonight for dinner because it’s just too delicious. Beans, spices, veggies, and cheese…Yum. It would be even more fun to have a mini-chili cook off among your friends and award a prize for the best.
Decorate with Fall Leaves
There’s no need to buy a bunch of Fall decor when you can get it out side. Make a string garland, display them in a bowl or just scatter them on the table for a pop of fall color.
Make it tent camping, too. Bundle up and snuggle up with your special someone by a fire. Roast some marshmallows, gaze at the stars and wake up to the crisp sunrise.
Camping is one of my favorite hobbies and there’s just no better time to enjoy the outdoors than the Fall.
Visit your Local Farmer’s Market
There’s a reason that there are so many Harvest festivals are happening this time of year. Head to your local farmer’s market to stock up on the vast selection of local, in-season produce.
Have a Fall Picnic
Bonus if you can have one by a stream or lake to get eyes on some beautiful migratory birds. Pack a blanket, your picnic basket, and fill with your favorite wine and snacks.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Raise your hand if you’ve ever given up and just walked through the corn rows to get out. *guilty*
Hand Out Eco-Friendly Treats for Halloween
Don’t contribute to the mountain of plastic trash that is generated from Halloween. Opt for something a little more environmentally friendly.
If you do end up or have a bunch of Halloween candy after the holiday, consider donating it to dental take back program.
Go on a Ghost Hunt
Get in touch with your spooky side by going on a ghost tour/ghost hunt.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting Pumpkin seeds is a great way to use up part of your halloween pumpkin. Seasoning them how you like them for a yummy, healthy treat.
Learn How to Preserve
Growing up, my grandmother would preserve as much garden produce as she could in the Fall to stock up for the winter. This was a crucial life skill that we all had to learn. However, with the convenience of instant food and mass-produced food preservation, we don’t need to learn those skills anymore.
To kick up your sustainable living game, head to your local farmer’s market, stock up on in-season goodies like tomatoes and learn to preserve them by making tomato sauce, paste, ketchup, salsa, etc.
Water bath canning is a great way to get your feet wet and doesn’t require a lot of additional gadgetry.
Roast Homemade Marshmallows
Have you even tried a homemade marshmallow!?
Do a Neighborhood Trash Pick up Before it Snows
Unfortunately, a lot of trash will go hidden and unnoticed when the snow covers it all up for the winter. Get outside, put on your gloves and give your neighborhood or local park a good once over before the snow falls.
Donate Unwanted Warm Weather Clothing
We all know how bad textile waste can be. The average American throws away nearly 70 pounds of textile waste each and every year! Instead of throwing out warm weather clothing you don’t want, consider donating it to a charity or your local thrift store.
What fun and Sustainable Fall Activities do you enjoy this time of year?