Fall Bucket List: An Update

Almost two months ago, I posted a Fall Bucket List for you guys: 40 seasonal and fun activities to make the most out of everyone’s favorite season.

I feel it’s my duty to complete this list along with you — so, as of today, this is how we fare:

  1. Have a bowl of vegan chili from Park + Vine – we had grilled cheeze, so I’m counting it!
  2. See the sunflowers at Gorman Heritage Farm
  3. Carve a pumpkin
  4. Go on a train ride with the family – took the kids to the Zoo last week!
  5. Conquer a Corn Maze (like the 7 acre maze at Blooms & Berries!)we LOVED Blooms & Berries
  6. Have an apple cider doughnut (or how about a pumpkin pie milkshake?!)
  7. Take a fall hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center – we did; we also played at the PlayScape!
  8. Go see Serpent Mound
  9. Make a homemade pie – I did from the half bushel of apples we picked at Iron’s Fruit Farm
  10. Have Blue Oven Bread with homemade soup – the Madeira Farmer’s Market sells Blue Oven year-round!
  11. Do a fall craft – check
  12. Go apple picking – Iron’s is our favorite U-Pick farm!
  13. Take a weekend getaway in Ohio – we were sick on our planned getaway weekend; but have a reservation the first week in January so stay tuned!
  14. Family hay ride!Blooms & Berries for the win!
  15. Visit a haunted house
  16. Take a Queen City Underground tour
  17. Go see The Art of the Brick exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center – done; check back this week for a recap!
  18. Check out the Taft Halloween exhibition (go on a Sunday — it’s free!)
  19. Attend Kids Fall Fest at Washington Park
  20. Go trick or treating on a day other than Halloween!HallZOOween was a hit!
  21. Listen to The Monster Mashfamily room dance party!
  22. Watch a Hitchcock movie with your significant other (after the kids are asleep!)
  23. Buy a bag of your favorite Halloween candy — just for you! – on my second bag of Almond Joys
  24. Make pumpkin bread from scratch (you can cheat and buy a can of pumpkin puree)! – J helped me make mini muffins!
  25. Go chocolate crazy at the Cincinnati Chocolate Festival (October 11, FYI)
  26. Buy a flannel-something (shirt, scarf, pjs) – two shirts for me, one for J. It’s like wearing your comfiest pajamas all day long — try it!
  27. Sign up for a Fall race
  28. Try a pumpkin product from Trader Joe’s – pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin butter, pumpkin waffles.
  29. Go to Balluminaria – cancelled this year, guys!
  30. Put up a silly Halloween decoration in your yard – ugly gourds, a ceramic jack-o-lantern and obscenely large, 30 pound pumpkin: check, check and check.
  31. Buy your children rakes so they can pitch in, then – yes! All three of my kids enjoy raking
  32. Jump in a pile of leaves! – done
  33. Volunteer somewhere
  34. Visit one of Hamilton County’s Great Parks – loved Lake Isabella
  35. Make something in your Crock Pot – pumpkin lasagna!
  36. Go for an after-dinner walk as a family before the time change hits (AKA, before November 1) – every weekend
  37. Get an early jump on holiday shopping! – in our house, Santa likes to shop early…
  38. Plant spring bulbs! (Have your kids choose a few from a local nursery)
  39. Go to a farmer’s market before they close for the seasonBlue Ash and Madeira are our faves
  40. Collect canned goods for a local food pantry –  Montgomery Food Share
So as of today, that’s 25, which isn’t too shabby! There’s still time to sneak in a few more autumn activities before the holiday season hits (and, you guys, I’m already working on a fun bucket list of holiday happenings in Cincinnati — it’s going to be awesome!). I’m definitely planning on a family volunteer outing — maybe at Gorman Farm?
See you later this week! Now, put some flannel on, crank up the Monster Mash and get that Crock Pot cooking with some pumpkin chili!

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