Welcome to Autumn: ideas for fun (that won’t break the bank).

Well this summer was a bit hit and miss. Some days had beautiful sun and others full of rain. Now September is here and we prepare to welcome Autumn. I admit, I am more of sun worshipper but I do appreciate all the fun that we can have in the colder months.

1. Nature walks

The good thing about Autumn is the change in the world around us. We go to local parks, woodlands near our estate and national trust parks (when we can afford it-wow they are expensive). J collects pine cones and leaves. He walks on logs and feels the trees. As long as you wear the right outdoor clothing you can have fun in all the Autumn weathers.

Click Here for some great leaf printing ideas from ‘Growing Family’ who is also a fan of leafy Autumn days out.

2. Halloween

I love Halloween. I love the fun you can have with it. Last year we took J trick or treating with his older cousin. We only go to local houses with decorations obviously showing. We only allow the sweets/chocolates that are sealed to be eaten. This year we are having a small kids party with friends. The idea is we all split the cost of hiring our local hall and bring a item of food/drink and decorations each. 

3. Pumpkin picking

Each year we go to a pumpkin patch. I love going here to get our Halloween pumpkin but also for the natural world side. J gets to see different side and shape pumpkins and guords. There’s a corn maze and haystack. It’s always a lot of fun. It’s free to get in so you can make it as cheap/expensive as you like once inside.

Some people use the pumpkins to make Autumn foods like Pumpkin Pie, Punpkin biscuits etc. I like to bake the seeds with chilli and garlic and then eat them 🙂 

4. Fireworks Night

Last year J went to his first display and hated it. We ended up leaving early. But he did enjoy the run up to fireworks where we did crafts (this photo was taken before he full sensory issues kicked in-now a days he actively avoids paint). There’s loads of craft ideas for Autumn on Pinterest definately take a look. 

5.  Conked picking

This is a great and free activity. We walk around the estate looking for Conker trees. J loved searching for fallen ones and would stamp on them or pass to us. When we got home we did conker racing, explored them in a tub with kitchen roll tubes and little pots and with my niece we painted them and did conker printing (roll them in a tub with paper in the bottom). 

Here’s what some of our parenting blogger friends think of Autumn:

“Autumn is my favourite time of year – nothing like going for a walk, kicking up the leaves and collecting acorns and pinecones to decorate with, heading home for hot chocolate and movies snuggled on the couch!” Better Together Home

“Loads of slow cooker meals with leftovers to save some money but still have nutritious meals”  Ankle Biters Adventures

“We live by the coast, so I’m looking forward to hot chocolate picnics on the beach. It’s something we started last year when we moved here – just a flask of hot chocolate, a can of squirty cream, a pack of marshmallows and some cheap plastic mugs. It was cheap but fun – especially when the beaches are deserted!” Coffee Cakes Kids

“September is the new January! I’m taking part in a no spend September. Making use of simple pleasures like brambling and cosy nights in with homemade apple crumble.” Thrifty Mum

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephanie says:

    I do love Autumn- definitely one of the prettiest times of year! Now that Isla is older and more adventurous I do think a nature walk would be so beneficial and educational- plus fun. I’ll have to look into pumpkin patches, always thought of it as an american thing but there might be some local to me! Lovely ideas xx

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      I thought it was an American thing too but they are getting more popular in U.K too. Some local farms now do it x


  2. Fab post, have just subscribed and can’t wait for more! 🙂

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Thanks Clare, more Autumn posts coming soon 😉

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  3. Fab, I’ll be keeping an eye out!!

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