There is something so beautiful about fall. Maybe it’s the crisp air, the simmering apple cider, or the harvest of a tractor full of gorgeous pumpkins. Whatever it is, fall is deemed a favorite season by many, my family included. It’s just the right temperature and the hope of fall brings out all the things that I love to eat. So naturally, we had to host our own Fall Family Fun Night. We figured that it just couldn’t be fall without leaves, pumpkins, and indian corn.
The concept of the family fun night is simple. We really just have one goal: spend time together. But we also need to be able to do that on a limited budget. So I try to come up with ways to recreate games with items that we already have in our house. Simple, right?
Fall Family Fun Night
For this fun night you need a bag of candy pumpkin mix, a bowl or bucket, leaves (could be fake or right off the trees outside), and some fall-colored streamer. I’ll be honest, I bought the candy and the streamer for this event, but I still came in under $5. Can’t beat that!
Game #1 Hide and Go Leaf
To play the game, simply give one family member a pile of leaves. We have some old silky fake leaves that worked great, but the ones off the tree in your yard would work fine, too. The selected family member hides all the leaves around your house. Then the other members have to go and find the leaves. You can make the player with the most leaves the winner. Or, take the competition out and just make it a team effort.
Game #2 Pumpkin Toss
Take the candy pumpkins out of the bag and give each person 10 chances to drop them in the bucket. Depending on the age of your children, you will need to adjust the placement of the bucket so it is challenging. The player who gets the most pumpkins in the bucket wins.
Game #3 Shuck the Indian Corn
You need to divide into pairs for this game. One person will be the corn and the other person will be the farmer. The farmer must wrap his” corn” with the colored streamer until its “kernels” (body parts) are all covered. Then the farmer switches corn with the other team. The person to shuck the corn the fastest, wins!
Game #4 Candy Sort
Give each family member a handful of the pumpkin candy mix. Have them sort their handful out and graph them on a chart. Compare results.
Game #5 Fifty-two Leaf Pick Up
This game is like 52 card pick up, except with leaves. Mom or dad should drop a pile of leaves onto the floor (or porch if you have real leaves). Then the children race to see who can pick up the most leaves.
And that’s it! Simple and frugal, just like I promised. You don’t have to “go big” to impress your kids. All they really want is quality time spent together in a fun way. So grab a bag of fall candy and set a date for your Fall family fun night!
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