COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop you from savoring autumn safely.

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Nothing about 2020 has been what anyone expected, and this fall will be no exception. As we did in spring and summer, we’ll have to come up with new things to do in fall—fortunately, it was easy to find great spring activities and fun things to do in the summer during COVID-19. While you’ll probably still get to savor pumpkin spice latte season and snuggle in your coziest sweater, some typical things to do in the fall—like cheering with the crowd at football games or hosting Halloween parties—may be off-limits during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep everyone safer.

Fall activities, fun things to do in the fall during coronavirus/covid - apple picking
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But just because we’re staying closer to home (and holding our loved ones closer) right now doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the very best things that fall has to offer. Here are some of the best things to do this fall, whether you’re social distancing, staying at home, or trying to keep activities outdoors, so we can keep celebrating the season—even if it’s an autumn like we’ve never seen before.

Fun things to do in the fall during COVID-19

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1 Go apple picking (socially distanced, of course)

2 Take a hike

3 Drink (spiked?) hot apple cider

4 Take a drive to check out the changing leaves

5 Make a big pot of chili

7 Enjoy pumpkin spice everything

8 Write down what you’re thankful for

9 Bake an apple or pumpkin pie

10 Trade in your sandals for a cute pair of boots

11 DIY a cool Halloween costume (and then do a family photoshoot)

12 Get everyone some fun back-to-school notebooks and supplies

13 Pick out a new cozy sweater

14 Make caramel apples

15 Savor cider doughnuts

16 Enjoy some homemade soup with a grilled cheese

17 Plant bulbs for your spring garden

18 Learn to knit

19 Create a fall-themed wreath

20 Snuggle under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and a good book

21 Rake together a pile of leaves—then leap into it

22 Deck your halls (and your yard) with a little spooky decor

23 Enjoy a faux tailgate in your driveway

24 Make snickerdoodles

25 Make a delicious beef stew

26 Get a head start on your holiday shopping

27 Boo your neighbors by sneaking little treats to their doorstep

28 Watch all the old Halloween TV specials

29 Have a marathon of Halloween movies on Netflix

30 Vote!

31 Adorn your table with gourds

32 Collect the prettiest fall leaves and preserve them

33 Gather with loved ones (in person, if it’s safe, or virtually) to give thanks