Sharing our favorite fall family traditions and healthy snack options to enjoy while crafting and taking hayrides out on the farm.
Unofficial fall began about a month ago for me, but officially the season starts September 23rd. If I haven’t mentioned before (and I’m sure I have) this season is by far my most favorite of the year.
I find that when the temperatures aren’t so sweltering hot we’re a little bit more adventurous and willing to leave the house. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite fall family traditions to do, create, and eat in hopes of giving you some ideas for your own fall bucket list.
Wherever our fall adventures take us, I always make sure to have snacks on hand…because kids. Cascadian Farm is one of our favorite brands with convenient on-the-go options.
The NEW Cherry Almond Fruit Infused Bars are my personal favorites! They’re chewy granola bars with organic oats, cherries, almonds, cranberries and nuts; also available in Wild Blueberry Lemon and Orange Cranberry. The bright, bold colors come from REAL vegetables and not artificial coloring (Mom Win!).
We’ll also pack up some dry cereal like the Cascadian Farm Gluten Free Honey Vanilla Crunch Cereal in some snack bags or containers to munch on. My little helper (aka snack monster) likes to eat directly from the box.
Not only are Cascadian Farm items conveniently found out Publix and Sprouts, but I love that they source the ingredients from certified organic farms throughout the country. If you’re in the Tampa area – Check out and sample some of their items at local Food Truck Events starting September 29th. Click here for event dates and locations.
Fall Family Traditions
This one is our favorite of all time. We love going to our local farm’s pumpkin patch to play games, walk through the corn maze and pick out a pumpkin for pumpkin painting…We shared a past years’ pumpkin patch trip in this post.
A super basic fall tradition for most, but definitely a must for us. If you have older children you can certainly attempt carving pumpkins. My kids love grabbing their paints and going Picasso on a pumpkin.
Bake Something Seasonal
My kids love helping out in the kitchen. You can take your pumpkin guts (or canned pumpkin) and make delicious pumpkin pie, muffins, pancakes, etc. If you live in an area with apple picking then apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider and the list goes on. Nothing smells better than the combination of cinnamon with apples or pumpkins.
Related: 15 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Another super traditional activity that the whole family will enjoy. Search your local farms and FB groups for one in your area. (Here’s a resource for Tampa Bay.)
Make a Harvest Mix
We used some of our favorite Cascadian Farm cereal to whip up a tasty harvest snack mix for the kids. Candy corn, chocolate chips, pretzels and more – find the recipe here.
Trick or Treating / Trunk or Treat
Fall is for treats! ALL of our local schools and churches seem to hold trunk or treats, so there is definitely a plethora of opportunities to dress up. I love these options versus the typical door-to-door. My kids will usually only last for one street anyway.
Pick Out Fall Books
One of our favorite family traditions for any season is picking out new books. My kids each pick one and we’ll read them over and over at bedtime. We put together a list of our favorite fall books for toddlers.
We try not to overdo it with activities, but a fun sprinkle of fall seasonal ideas really puts us in the spirit. What are some of your favorite family traditions?