Leaves are rustling, pumpkins are appearing on porches and there is a familiar chill in the air. Autumn is officially in full swing! Here are a few simple ways to have fun and make memories this fall, all while keeping a safe social distance or staying close to home.

Classic Outdoor Activities

Solve a Corn Maze

Corn mazes allow you to both spend time out in the beautiful fall weather and challenge your wits. Solving a corn maze requires teamwork and can be a great family bonding activity or date idea!

You can enhance your corn maze experience by choosing a venue that suits your group. If you’re with an all-adult group or a family with older kids, consider going to a haunted corn maze for some added fun. If you’ve got little ones in tow, think about finding a farm with an easier, kid-friendly maze and some extra attractions like farm animals and hayrides. 

No matter which type of corn maze you choose, remember to wear comfy shoes and warm clothes. You might be lost in the maze for a while! 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin patch! You and your family can head out on a fun adventure to choose your own pumpkin. It’s a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime, with a cute fall backdrop that’s perfect for taking family photos.

One of the best things about pumpkin patches is the fact that you can get different kinds of gourds in all shapes, sizes and colors. This can be a particularly fun activity for kids who like to express their personalities and find something special that’s all their own. Picking out a pumpkin for each member of the family makes it easy to create a fun and festive display in your home or on your front porch! 

Pumpkins aren’t the only produce in season at this time of year, either. Many farms also allow you to pick or purchase corn, apples, sweet potatoes and more. If you really want to get into the seasonal spirit, look for a pumpkin patch that also hosts a fall carnival with games, prizes and treats.

Enjoy Beautiful Fall Foliage 

Fall is a particularly lovely season for enjoying the great outdoors. Mild temperatures and beautiful foliage provide the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with your local parks, trails and preserves. This is an especially good idea if you live in one of our communities in places where it rains or snows during the winter!

Fall colors are all around us, and that makes this an easy activity to enjoy, whether you’re pushing a stroller or looking for a workout. If you’re a regular runner or a hiker, take the long way around and immerse yourself in a painted forest. If you’re more laid-back or traveling with little ones, a simple stroll through your neighborhood or city park can do the trick.

No matter where you are, the trees are putting on their best show right now. All you need to do is take a little time, put your hot cider or pumpkin spice latte in a to-go cup, step outside and enjoy the beauty.

A Happy (and Safe) Halloween

Halloween is going to look a little different this year, but there’s no reason we can’t have fun and be safe at the same time. Here are some Halloween activities that are not only safe and festive but also a little spooky.

Join a Costume Contest or Parade

Who doesn’t love a fun Halloween costume? Getting dressed up is easy and fun, and it always results in some memorable photos. This is the perfect time of year to put your creativity on display by joining a costume contest, whether virtually or in-person. These contests are particularly fun for adults, who might enjoy the competition a bit more than younger kids. If your office doesn’t have a costume contest, why not start one yourself? Even if you’re all working from home, you can still show off your disguises on Zoom. 

Costume parades offer a friendly and laid-back way for little ones to show off their looks. Organize a time with your family and neighbors to meet outside and take a socially distanced march down the street with the kiddos in full costume. Announce the parade in advance so neighbors can watch and cheer on the participants. Your little Batman or Elsa will love the attention!

Compete in a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are another great way to engage your community this season. Though many of us aren’t planning to do a classic trick-or-treat night this year, we’re still decorating our houses and getting in the spirit alongside our neighbors. You can use this decor to create a scavenger hunt! Work with your family and neighbors to create a list or bingo card of Halloween-themed items to look for out in your neighborhood. Think about classic seasonal decor, like black cats, happy pumpkins and spooky skeletons, plus a few unusual items like full-sized zombies or gravestones to make the hunt more challenging.

Work with your neighbors beforehand to figure out how to judge the contest. Rather than awarding a single winner, it might be nice to collect completed bingo cards or lists and exchange those for a big bag of candy!

Cozy Up for Some Kooky or Spooky Movie Nights

Sometimes, the best activities happen in the comfort of your own home. Gather your favorite people together, pop some popcorn, grab a bowl of candy and settle in for a spooky movie marathon. There’s no shortage of excellent Halloween movies for all ages. Whether it’s a kid-friendly classic like It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or vintage R-rated slasher flicks like Halloween, you can get cozy and start a new tradition for the season.

Happy Fall from Directors Mortgage!

The best part about any season is the people you spend it with, so grab your loved ones and try one of these wonderful fall activities! Whether you’re in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah or Washington, we wish all of our clients and colleagues a safe and happy Halloween season.