33 Fun Things You Can Still Do This Fall (Even During a Pandemic)

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

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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Go apple picking (socially distanced, of course)

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Take a hike

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Drink (spiked?) hot apple cider

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Take a drive to check out the changing leaves

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Make a big pot of chili

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Carve or decorate pumpkins

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Enjoy pumpkin spice everything

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Write down what you’re thankful for

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Bake an apple or pumpkin pie

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Trade in your sandals for a cute pair of boots

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

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

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Pick out a new cozy sweater

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Make caramel apples

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Savor cider doughnuts

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Enjoy some homemade soup with a grilled cheese

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Plant bulbs for your spring garden

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Learn to knit

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Create a fall-themed wreath

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

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Rake together a pile of leaves—then leap into it

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

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Enjoy a faux tailgate in your driveway

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Make snickerdoodles

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Make a delicious beef stew

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Get a head start on your holiday shopping

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Boo your neighbors by sneaking little treats to their doorstep

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Watch all the old Halloween TV specials

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Have a marathon of Halloween movies on Netflix

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Adorn your table with gourds

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Collect the prettiest fall leaves and preserve them

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

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