I know there are a ton of memes/Internet jokes about women that love fall, but fall truly has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember. The weather, the beautiful colors, Halloween, the food … (Though I actually DON’T drink coffee, so no PSL over here. Gasp!) I thought it would be fun to make a Fall Bucket List with some ideas to get you excited about the season. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the free printable! You can probably check off any of these bucket list items wherever you live, but I’m including some info for places by me in the Bucks County, PA area. I will likely continue to add to this list throughout the season, so you might want to bookmark this page to check back for more.
Go Apple Picking
I already wrote a whole Guide to Apple Picking on the blog, so go check that post for a list of places to go, apple picking tips, etc.
Hunt for a Square-Shaped Pumpkin
Do your kids love Spookley as much as we do?! Well, even if you just want a regular round pumpkin, you’ll probably visit a pumpkin patch this fall. I just wrote a big Guide to Pumpkin Picking for The Philadelphia Inquirer, which gives all the details and Insider Tips for 24 places in the Philadelphia area (Bucks, Montco, Chester … even out to Lancaster.) You can read that at THIS LINK. But here’s an abbreviated version with some favorite local spots.
Shady Brook Farm
When: Wed. – Sunday, opens at 10 a.m., closing time varies depending on the date
Where: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you KNOW that I love Shady Brook. We’ve been going here since my niece (14) was a baby, and this year, I got us Fall Season Passes when they had a 50% off sale in August. I am SO glad I did as we’ve already gone a few times, and it’s not even October! At some point, I’ll probably write a post all about Shady Brook. But in summary, there’s enough to do that you can spend an entire day there. They have wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, apples and sunflowers. There’s live music on the weekends. There are food vendors – Henry’s fave chicken fingers, Best Darn Kettlecorn and Uncle Dave’s ice cream are musts for us! There are pedal go-karts, bounce houses, giant jumping pillow, paint ball, a sports zone, playgrounds, and more. Shady Brook is also one of my very favorite places to take pictures of the kids because there are so many great spots for it.
Oh, and starting Sept. 24, there’s the brand-new Eerie Illuminations wagon ride light show. It’s a mashup of Shady Brook’s famous Holiday light show and a family-friendly version of the old haunted wagon ride. It’s included with admission, so you really can spend all day into the night there!
Tickets are $12 for weekdays, $20 on weekends. Purchase online. (They’re more if you buy in person.) If you want to just shop pumpkins, you can skip the patch and shop at the Shady Brook Market. They also have brand-new playground, Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream and live music on the weekends out there. No cover/admission.
None Such Farm & Market
When: Sat. and Sun. Oct. 2 – Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 4458 York Road, Buckingham
We went to None Such Farm for the first time in 2019 and had a really great time at their pay-as-you-go festival. Unfortunately, they still haven’t brought back the festivals since Covid, but they ARE opening this year for tractor hayrides and pumpkin picking. Tractor hayrides are $3 for everyone over 2. Hayrides are separate from picking, so you CAN just go and pick a pumpkin and only pay for what you pick.
When: Closed Mondays until October, then open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 97 Styers Lane, Langhorne
Styer is another great option for those that just want to pick some pumpkins without the extras. Take a free hayride, pay for what you pick.
Hellerick’s Family Farm
When: Daily Sept. 18 – Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 5500 N. Easton Road, Doylestown
We went to Hellerick’s for the first time last October and loved it! (We went back again in the summer.) They don’t have patch pumpkin picking, but there are lots of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes on display. Plus, there’s a ton of other activities on their Adventure Farm. General admission includes corn mazes, a hayride, farm animals, playgrounds, hay bale slides, sack slides, a corn barn (Charlotte’s favorite), and a lot more. If you have older kids, you’ll also want to check out tickets for the Aerial Adventure Park.
Snipes Farm & Education Center
When: Oct. 2 – Oct. 31, Sat. from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 890 W. Bridge Street, Morrisville
Pack a picnic lunch and head to Snipes for a day on the farm. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, play on the playgrounds, meet animals, see the scarecrows, and more. Admission is $8 for anyone 3 and over. We just visited Snipes for the first time this October! It was a cute low-key option that is a good balance between having more activities than just pumpkins, but not as much as some of the other spots nearby. What was nice about Snipes is that the kids got to actually touch and learn a bit about the animals. They saw and touched chickens, bunnies and goats. There were also horses, but we couldn’t get close to them.
When: Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Family Farm Weekends Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
If you read my Apple Picking Guide, you know that we ended up at Terhune Orchards a few weeks ago when our usual spots were closed that day. We ended up having a great time, and I got to learn more about their fall offerings. If you just want to pick pumpkins, visit on weekday and pay for what you pick. For a day of fun with live music, pumpkin painting and other activities, visit on a weekend. Tickets are $11 if bought online. Children under 3 are free.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Corn mazes typically go along with pumpkin patches, but here’s a list of some spots that I know have corn mazes.
Shady Brook Farm, Merrymead Farm, Linvilla Orchards, Winding Brook Farm, Hellerick’s Farm, Bountiful Acres Garden Center
Special mention goes to Shady Brook Farm’s pumpkin patch this year, which was designed in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Make (or Go See Scarecrows)
Make a scarecrow at home, sign up for a workshop, or just go see the creations other people have come up with this year.
Scarecrows in the Village
When: Now through October 30
Where: Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska
Fall is always a great time to visit Peddler’s Village! While you’re shopping and partaking in seasonal treats, you can also view over 100 scarecrows on display.
Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum
When: Oct. 2 – Oct. 31
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia
This year’s theme of the Scarecrow Design Contest is Heroes. Walk around the beautiful grounds, vote for your favorite scarecrow, and if you’re there before October 11, you can also see the Harvest Trains in the Garden Railway. My kids also love to play in the Fairy Woods area, where there are baskets of natural items for kids to make little fairy homes that you leave behind for the fairies.
Go to a Festival
Fall is a great time of year for local festivals! Here are some that are coming up:
NOTE: I deleted events that have already passed to make this easier to view!
Olde Langhorne Harvest Day
When: Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 114 E. Maple Avenue, Langhorne
Craft fair, live music, kid activities, food, a costume parade and more.
Yardley Fall Fest at Yardley-Makefield Library
When: Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley (outside)
Crafts, games, and shows with Eyes of the Wild! Performances at 11, 12:30 and 1:30. Costumes are welcome!
Read a Fall-Themed Book
Here are just a few suggestions.
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Picnic at a Playground
Fall is actually one of my favorite times to visit the local playgrounds. It’s not as hot, and if you’re able to visit during the week, they’re not as crowded as during the summer.
Here’s a link to my Playground Guide.
I’m sure I’ll be adding more recipes to the blog. But to get you started, check out THIS recipe for Southwest Pumpkin Soup. And if you’d rather buy it, Soup King in Bensalem has my favorite pumpkin soup!
Take Fall Pics
Hire a pro, or just take some yourself. Fall colors make incredible backdrops for photos. My mom and I take picture of the kids in the leaves every year, typically on Election Day.
TIP: Check off 2 Bucket List items and take pics of the kids jumping in leaves! The smiles will be genuine!
This can also be a great time to take your Christmas card photos. Last year, I took our using my tripod and the timer on my camera. We just went to a field in our neighborhood with lots of trees and leaves.
Bake Something Tasty
More recipes to come, but you can start with:
Walk (or Drive) to See Decorations
I know it’s always popular to drive around looking at Christmas decorations, but we probably have just as much fun checking out Halloween decor! My kids are already asking about The Blinking House because they loved it so much last year. And Charlotte and I went for walks practically every night last October to visit her favorite blowups (and giant skeletons) in our neighborhood. To make it feel special, blast some Halloween music and bring a festive snack.
Dance to Thriller
These days, you can play Halloween songs from a device whenever you want. But I keep it old school and play this CD in my car during October.
Trick or Treat
On Halloween night, we go trick or treating in my parents’ neighborhood where I grew up and in our own neighborhood. But before the main event, we’ve typically already gone trick or treating a few times! If you like to get more wear out of your costume, here are a few other ways to trick or treat in Bucks County and nearby.
To make this easier to read, I’ve deleted the events that are over:
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular At Sesame Place
When: Sept. 18 – Nov. 7
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Trick or treat around the park, enjoy Halloween-themed shows, and go on a scarecrow scavenger hunt. The characters are dressed in costume, and there’s a special parade, too.
Franklin Fright at the Franklin Institute
When: Weekends in October
Where: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
Trick or treat by knocking on friendly decorated doors in exhibits throughout the museum. There will also be new lice science shows by “Dr. Franklinstein” and friends.
Boo at the Zoo: Elmwood Park Zoo
When: Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 9 – Oct. 31 from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Come in costume and bring your trick or treat bag. There will be activity and treat stations throughout the zoo. There will also be a costume parade at the bison stage every weekend at 2:30 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo: Philadelphia Zoo
When: Sat. Oct. 16, Sun. Oct 17, Sat. Oct. 23, Sun. Oct. 24, Fri Oct. 29, Sat. Oct. 30 and Sun. Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 3400 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia
Visit the animals while you trick or treat around the zoo. And by popular demand, the dinosaur exhibit BIG TIME is staying open until Halloween. Read my post about that event HERE.
Bristol Borough Trick or Treat on Mill Street
When: Friday, October 29 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Mill Street, Bristol Borough
Check out the scarecrow contest and do some trick or treating at the shops on Mill Street.
Bristol Township Trunk or Treat at Lower Bucks Hospital
When: Friday, Oct. 29 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Lower Bucks Hospital Parking Lot, 501 Bath Road, Bristol
Dress up in your costume for an afternoon of fun. Trunk or treat from decorated vehicles. There will be games, prizes, music and more. Free admission.
Drive Thru Trunk or Treat Presented by Lower Moreland Township
When: Friday, October 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lower Moreland Township Public Works Site, 3901 Heaton Road, Huntingdon Valley
Trick or treat from the comfort of your car. Participants must stay in their car as they stop at the various trunk stations. Enter on Heaton Road (instead of Byberry.) If you can, bring a food donation to support Philabundance.
East West Karate Trunk or Treat
When: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: 2395 York Road, Jamison
Free annual trunk or treat event. Open to the community. This will be an outdoor event in the front parking lot.
Spooky Fun Halloween Party at Playpad Bucks
When: Sat. Oct. 30 and Sun. Oct. 31 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OR 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 860 Town Center Drive, Langhorne
Decorate trick or treat bags and then trick or treat around Playpad. There will also be a costume parade, snack and drink, 2 hours open play and a visit from Minnie Mouse. This event is $35 per child ($30 for sibling) and you must register in advance. Attendance is limited.
Read more about Playpad in my blog post.
Trick or Treat at Oxford Valley Mall
When: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: 2300 Lincoln Highway, Langhorne (enter at the food court)
Dress up and bring your trick or treat bag! Participating stores will be handing out candy.
Trunk or Treat at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
When: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 877 Street Road, Southampton
Cars will be set up in the back of the parking lot, allowing families to walk around and safely collect candy.
Action Karate Trunk or Treat
When: Sat. Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Action Karate Parking Lot, 1800 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville
Action Karate is hosting an outdoor trunk or treat in the Action Karate parking lot (across from Pretzel Factory). You don’t need to be a member, open to the community.
HatOber Fest: Hatboro’s Annual Halloween Stroll
When: Sat. Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: York Road from Summit Avenue to Horsham Road
Take a stroll while trick or treating at participating stores. (There will be a sign in the store’s window.)
Auto Wash Trunk or Treat
When: Sat. Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 2345 Lincoln Highway, Langhorne
This is a free event open to everyone! There will be prizes for the best decorated car. You can participate by handing out candy and/or going trunk or treating. PDM BBQ food truck will be there, and they’ll also be collecting canned good donations for Philabundance. Music and 50/50 raffles, too.
Tricks and Treats at Pennsbury Manor
When: Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville
Kids can trick or treat around the site. Watch a recreation of the 1683 with trial. Help press cider, enjoy fall crafts, and more. This is a free event, but they are asking guests to register in advance.
Trunk or Treat at Scottsville United Methodist Church
When: Sunday, Oct. 31 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 2400 Brownsville Road, Langhorne
Free Printable Bucket List
I’m sure I’ll continue to add to this Fall Bucket List post or link to additional posts on the site, but I hope this gives you a good head start in your plans for the season.
If you’d like to print out my Fall Bucket List to inspire some seasonal fun, click HERE.