Nothing about 2020 has been what anyone expected, and this fall will be no exception. As we did in spring and summer, we’ll have to come up with new things to do in fall — fortunately, we found great spring activities and fun things to do in the summer during COVID-19. While you’ll probably still get to savor pumpkin spice latte season and snuggle in your coziest sweater, some typical things to do in the fall may be off-limits during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep everyone safer. But, there is still a lot of fun to be had and here are some ideas to get you started on your fall planning:

•Go apple picking (socially distanced, of course) and visit local farmers markets

•Take a hike — Ohio has 75 state parks. Go to ODNR’s website and grab your family an Ohio State Parks Passport. The passport includes regional maps, photographs and information on each park.

•Drink hot apple cider.

•Take a drive to check out the changing leaves – has your scenic route already planned.

•Make a big pot of chili.

•Carve or decorate pumpkins.

•Enjoy pumpkin spice everything and support local coffee shops.

•Write down what you’re thankful for.

•Bake an apple or pumpkin pie.

•Trade in your sandals for a cute pair of boots.

•DIY a cool Halloween costume (and then do a family photo shoot).

•Pick out a new cozy sweater.

•Make caramel apples.

•Savor cider doughnuts.

•Enjoy some homemade soup with a grilled cheese.

•Plant bulbs for your spring garden.

•Learn to knit.

•Create a fall-themed wreath.

•Snuggle under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and a good book.

•Rake together a pile of leaves, then leap into it.

•Deck your halls (and your yard) with a little spooky decor.

•Enjoy a faux tailgate in your driveway.

•Make cookies – doesn’t a snickerdoodle sound good right now?

•Make a delicious beef stew.

•Get a head start on your holiday shopping.

•Boo your neighbors by sneaking little treats to their doorstep.

•Watch all the old Halloween TV specials.

•Have a marathon of Halloween movies on Netflix.

•Adorn your table with gourds.

•If you enjoy the eerie side of fall, listen to a spooky Ohio podcast like “Ohio Folklore” or “Ohio Mysteries” which covers everything from true crime to cryptids and even UFO encounters.

•Gather with loved ones (in person, if it’s safe, or virtually) to give thanks.

•For dozens of more ideas, visit, and enjoy your autumn season!


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