Alternative COVID-19-safe activities for fall

October 22, 2020


For many people, fall means football, apple picking and pumpkin-carving contests. But with the world looking a bit different during the pandemic, some of your favorite fall activities may not be an option this year. Consider these swaps for celebrating fall safely.

Bring your own s’mores

Hosting a safe bonfire night is an excellent social distancing-friendly activity. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, invite some friends to take turns toasting s’mores—with bring-your-own supplies, so you’re not sharing utensils. You may even consider planning a distancing-friendly camping trip, where you can gather around the bonfire each night.

Backyard “glamping”

With the right precautions, camping can be turned into a COVID-friendly outing. However, you may still want to stay close to home this fall. Set up a tent in your backyard for a night or two of “glamping.” You can roast marshmallows, sleep under the stars and still access indoor plumbing!

Put yourself in the game

Is attending your favorite team’s football games on your list of favorite fall activities? Whether it’s high school, collegiate or professional sports, game day spectating looks a bit different this year. If you don’t have the option to cheer on your favorite team in person, start a new tradition with a weekly game of family flag football.

Apples to-go

Apple picking is a tried-and-true fall favorite. If your local orchard is forgoing pick your own apples this year, consider scheduling a time to get some local apples to-go. Or, you can add a new variety to your grocery list and try some fresh recipes. Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious are two go-to varieties for apple pie, and Braeburn and Fuji are fan favorites for making apple butter.

Host a virtual pumpkin carving

Painting or carving pumpkins is a great family-friendly fall activity. If you usually carve pumpkins with friends, consider hosting a virtual pumpkin decorating event. Give everyone a timeline to let their creative juices flow, and then hold a contest for the silliest, scariest or most detailed pumpkin art.

Explore the changing leaves

Since you’re staying home more than usual this year, schedule an outing where you can drive or hike to see the changing leaves. If you do seek out a new hiking trail, make sure to take all the appropriate precautions. Leave at least six feet between you and other hikers, bring hand sanitizer and wear your mask when social distancing isn’t possible.