10 Fall Activities to Safely Do This Year

October 9, 2020

Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe it’s already Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I am so looking forward to a long weekend! We’re spending most of this weekend relaxing and getting in the fall spirit. I plan to make some fall recipes and finishing planning/buying everything I need for my Halloween costumes. Yes; costumes. … Plural haha. I’ll be sharing a BUNCH of costume DIY’s here on LegalLee Blonde and some Halloween makeup videos on my instagram over the next two weeks.

Now more than ever I’m finding myself wanting to celebrate the little things; like dressing up in a Halloween costume, carving a pumpkin or just drinking hot apple cider. Just because fall looks a little (… okay, a lot) different now, there are still a ton of fall activities to safely do this year. Ie. activities you can do while social distancing. Having activities to plan for & look forward to can help keep your spirit up during these crazy times.

10 Fall Activities to Safely Do This Year (Social Distancing)


1. Have a Fall Picnic 

It’s getting chillier but in most places you’re still able to enjoy an afternoon outside, so bundle up, grab a picnic blanket and meet friends in the park for a picnic. Bring your favorite fall treats like hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, etc. Plus, many cities have changed their liquor laws during COVID to allow you to drink outside so check your local by-laws and you may be able to spike that hot apple cider!

2. Have a Fall Recipe Exchange

Organize with a group of your friends and each make one fall recipe (apple pie, pumpkin scones, stuffing, etc.) Plan a day when you all cook your dishes and then deliver them to each other’s houses. It’s an excuse to make a bigger  dish you wouldn’t necessarily make for just yourself/the people you’re living with (since you’re giving some away) and you get to try a bunch of delicious homemade things from others!

3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

You can’t go wrong with this classic! Check out Pumpkin Patches in your area that are operating during COVID. Here in Vancouver there are quite a few open and some are taking precautions to limit the number of people at at time, etc. Plus you can really make a whole day out of this if you find a pumpkin patch that also has other activities. The photo above is from Taves Family Farm which has a pumpkin patch, goats, apple picking and a cidery so you can enjoy a drink (and hang out with adorable baby goats!)

4. Visit a Winery

Check your area for local wineries! Many wineries have outdoor patios and are eager to have guests. Support small businesses when you can!

5. Go to a Drive In Movie

Get ready for a retro night out and head to a drive-in movie! So many drive-in theaters have popped up since this all started and this is a great way to have a safe night out. Here in Vancouver two main ones to check out are the Twilight Drive-In and the Maple Ridge Drive-In.

6. Decorate a Gingerbread Haunted House

Round up your family or roommates and spend an afternoon making a gingerbread haunted house! You can make one from scratch or buy this haunted house gingerbread kit.

7. Have a Virtual Costume Contest

Halloween is not cancelled this year, it’s just moved online!! Get dressed up and Zoom your friends for a full-on costume contest / party. You can even all chip in to have a prize for best costume, most-clever costume, best couples costume, etc!

8. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Another way to spend time with friends right now is to set up an outdoor scavenger hunt! You can do it one of two ways. 1) Make a list of things to spot (examples: a white pumpkin, a person drinking from a Starbucks cup, colored leaves on a tree)  and the first person who finds them all wins) or 2) get someone to hide specific items in a given area (like a park/playground) and have all the people in your group try to find them!

9. Try Out Apple Cider Cocktails

Stay in and try out a bunch of different apple cider cocktails! I’ve got recipes for 3 delicious apple cider cocktails or head to Pinterest for more inspiration!

10. Have a Spooky Book Club (Virtually or Outdoors)

Get some friends together and decide on a spooky book to all read. You can then have a virtual or outdoor book club to discuss. My suggestions for books would be Frankenstein, if you’re looking for a classic or The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson.

32 comments so far.

32 responses to “10 Fall Activities to Safely Do This Year”

  1. Lizzie says:

    These are great ideas! Or pumpkin patches are sadly closed this year :-/ But we’re planning on having a picnic! And the haunted gingerbread house sounds fun!


    • Lee says:

      Oh no I’m sorry to hear that! Things seem really tough in California right now, I hope you and your husband are both doing okay (physically obviously, but also mentally dealing with all of this). I’m glad you can still get outdoors and have a fall picnic!

  2. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    A picnic sounds fun! I’m hoping to go to the cider mill this weekend!

    Curated by Jennifer

  3. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been seeing gingerbread haunted houses recently and I think they’re SO cute. I definitely want to do that if I have the time soon. I’ve done a bunch of these already, crazy enough. I got into the autumn spirit really early on haha!

    • Lee says:

      Aren’t they so cool! I always love them at Christmas so it’s fun to see them coming out for other holidays! and haha that’s awesome, I’m glad you’ve been feeling the fall vibes!

  4. gretahollar says:

    These all sound so fun! We’ve been going to breweries and going to an apple orchard this week!

  5. blogthirtyminusone says:

    This list is the best! I’m saving some of these ideas to try this fall. 🙂

    Xx, Nailil

  6. Abiodun says:

    These are great suggestions! I’ve been wandering what I can plan to do with my husband and family for fall. This came right on time! I’m looking forward to visiting the Pumpkin Patch, and drive in movies.

  7. Lovely says:

    These are great suggestions! I like the idea of virtual costume contest. I’m looking forward to visit a pumpkin patch and winery.

  8. Lots of great ideas. Already had some weekends enjoying the local cider mills and seasonal (pumpkin patch) markets. My area recently opened up some drive in locations…may try that out next! xoxo, Sarah

  9. Mariah says:

    Virtual costume contest! That sounds such a fun idea!


  10. Shauna says:

    We are doing the pumpkin patch this weekend! Love this fun fall list!



  11. thebeautybeau says:

    These are great ideas that you can feel comfortable about! Wonderful ideas – especially the winery!

  12. kileen says:

    These are some really fun and cute ideas for sure! Visiting a pumpkin patch is always a fun and safe idea for the whole famliy!

    cute & little

  13. Rach says:

    These are all incredible ideas! For sure want to plan a Fall picnic before the temps really drop.


  14. Amanda says:

    These ideas are so perfect for fall– especially when trying to stay safe! I visited a pumpkin patch last week– so nice to get out. I may have to plan a winery trip this weekend, I love that idea!

    • Lee says:

      I’m glad to hear you’re finding ways to get out and have fun while staying safe! Definitely check out a winery this weekend!!

  15. sewsarahr says:

    I love that the haunted gingerbread houses are a thing. We have already visited some pumpkin patches this season but will probably go again because they’re just so fun!

    • Lee says:

      I know, they are so good lol – I’m glad we’re bringing gingerbread houses into more holidays than just Christmas lol.

  16. Caitlin says:

    A Fall recipe exchange sounds so much fun!

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