10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Neighborhood This Fall
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or are looking for additional ways to get plugged into your community and make the most out of your home this season, we’ve compiled your list of need-to-knows. We have 10 fun and easy things to do this fall to make the most out of your neighborhood, old or new.
Host a Fall Festival
The weather has finally begun to cool off and now is the perfect time to throw your seasonal block party. Get together as a community and host a fun fall festival for everyone in the area. Think pumpkin-themed games, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and decorating, a costume contest and tons of great fall food and candy. This is the perfect opportunity for both the parents and neighborhood kids to get to spend some time together!
Camp Out in Your Backyard
Cool fall temperatures make October and November evenings ideal for pitching a tent, camping or glamping in the backyard! Even if not everyone wants to sleep outside, set up a tent or use your treehouse for the perfect excuse to get everyone outside. Maybe even invite a few other neighborhood kids to join. Set up a fire pit to roast marshmallows, watch an outdoor movie or simply bring out some board games. With all the comforts of home just a few short steps away, the possibilities are endless!
Have a Chilli Cookoff
Food always brings people together and there is nothing better than getting to taste test some of the best chilli on the block. Send out invitations for a chilli potluck, encouraging everyone in the neighborhood to bring their best homemade chilli. Line up the crockpots and enjoy a fun day of eating and socializing. To add a competitive spirit, make it a contest and have everyone vote for their favorite recipe! Bragging rights around the block is prize enough!
Give Together as a Community
Fall is the perfect time to gather together and invest in your local community. Host a leaf and litter pick up or neighborhood wide clean up day. Maybe a neighbor could use your help raking their leaves or a local park could use some landscaping work. Whatever it may be, there is something really special about families in a community coming together to help one another and to help make their neighborhood a better place.
Whether you are a major football fan or just enjoy the great food and fun environment, a backyard tailgating party is the perfect opportunity to bring neighborhood families together. Everyone can bring their favorite game-day dish, lawn chairs and cold drinks for a fun afternoon of food and games before the actual game begins. For added fun, set up an outside projector or bring out the TV to have the game playing.
Take a Field Trip
Whether you travel down the road to the nearby pumpkin patch or across town to a corn-maze, plan a trip and invite all of your neighborhood friends to join and make a day of it! Choose a spot that offers hayrides, fall food and games and crafts to ensure you and your family have plenty to do. Not only will you have a fun-filled day, you will also be supporting a local business.
Plan a Family Bonfire Night
Take time to unplug, decompress and enjoy a cool night around the fire pit. Roast hot dogs and s’mores with your kids and enjoy some simple family time. Bonfires are the perfect time to tell funny or spooky stories and get the entire family involved. Get the kids involved by having them help get the fire set up, bring chairs from the house or garage or put together all of the ingredients needed. They’ll love feeling included and you’ll all get to enjoy a perfect autumn night.
Host a Neighborhood Yard Sale
If you are looking for more ways to give back to charity or your local community, try hosting a neighborhood yard sale. This is a great way to clean out things you no longer want or need and after it is over, you can donate the funds raised to a local charity or community group. Get the kids involved by having them make signs, inviting all of their friends, or helping you choose the organization to give all the money raised.
Throw a Halloween Parade or Carnival
Whether your neighborhood is big or small, kids and adults alike will love dressing up in their best costumes and parading the neighborhood, throwing out candy or hosting fun games after. A Halloween Parade is a great way for everyone in the neighborhood to get involved; even those that just come out to wave and watch will feel included. Don’t forget to bring your pets along for the fun!
Plan a Hot Cider and Movie Night
Grab your favorite hot fall drink and bring extra to share for this neighborhood movie night! Pitch in to rent a projector, set up lawn chairs, bring your thermos and blankets and be ready for a fun, family-friendly night on the lawn. Whether you choose to watch a new release or an old favorite, an outdoor movie is the perfect hangout and will for sure be a favorite fall tradition for years to come!