SEP 29 2022
Fall Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy
Sweaters, puffy vests, flannels—we all have an autumn wardrobe that conjures up those last days of outdoor living before the snow falls. Fall brings its own set of fun activities to keep us outside, especially in our own backyards.
Jack-o-Lanterns and More
Pumpkin carving is always a favorite. Do you like scary jack-o-lanterns with lots of teeth and menacing eyes to send chills up the spines of young trick-or-treaters? Or do you prefer a big happy smile that welcomes guests on your front porch? Maybe you go for a modern look of carved patterns with no face at all.
Whichever you choose, there’s no better place to do it than outside on a highwood® outdoor dining table. It could be our Hometown Picnic Table or Rectangular Oversized Dining Table—both with extra room for multiple pumpkins and carving tools—or a square or round table that is part of a set. Either way, it means the messy seeds and pulp stay out of your kitchen. And as always, with highwood®, clean-up is a breeze. Just wash the table with soap and a hose when you’re done.
Shorter Days Mean Early Bonfires
Another way to enjoy the crisp, fall air is with a bonfire, as the days get shorter, and you don’t have to wait so long for it to get dark. The whole family can watch the fire from our Classic Westport Adirondack Fire Set or from any of our outdoor conversation sets and chairs. And of course, what fireside activity than making s’mores? We took a look at some variations on the marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker classic in August, so it’s easier than ever to make the favorites your family loves!
Fall Flavor Favorites Indoors and Out
When it’s time to warm up, there is nothing better than with a cup of hot cider or your favorite fall soup. Butternut squash with apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maple syrup offers a mix of yummy, seasonal flavors. Hot chocolate with marshmallows (and maybe a little cinnamon) is another way to fortify yourself before facing the chill of evening.
Chief of the fall flavors, though, is pumpkin spice. It’s the perfect blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Whether you make pumpkin spice soup, cider, cocoa, or even pie, the aroma and taste are so good, you’ll ask yourself why you don’t make it all year.
Another wonderful fall activity is making caramel apples—or taffy apples, or toffee apples, depending on where you grew up. There are many variations, but all involve inserting a stick into an apple, dipping the apple into a melted mixture, and sometimes rolling it in chopped nuts. Then enjoy the gooey deliciousness.
New Fall Perspectives
Take the apples back outside for a new look at the changes in your backyard environment. If you’re in a temperate climate, your trees and shrubbery are soon to be taking on the orange, red, and purple shades of fall. It’s a great time for a photoshoot. Gather your family and friends around your highwood® tables and chairs and take a wide-angle shot that shows off the colors. It’s the perfect memento for guests to remember the day.
Don't Forget Your Front Porch
Finally, as you focus on your backyard, don’t forget the front of your house as well. Have the whole family join in decorating with pumpkins, fall leaves, gourds, and more to create the perfect autumn welcome when the family comes home or guests come to call.
All in all, it’s a wonderful fall!
What is your favorite fall activity? We want to hear about it in the comments below!