Find Your Erie Fall Family Fun with Our ABC Fall Bucket List!

26 ideas for fall traditions and fun for the whole family in Erie

By Jennifer Hill, publisher of Macaroni Kid Fremont, Calif. and Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie September 26, 2019

Fall in Erie tends to be a great time of year many of us love because of the cooler weather, the changing trees, and the multitude of fall events that keep our Erie weekends packed with family fun.

What are your favorite Erie family traditions in the fall? If you're on the search for ideas to make this season special for your family, we have and alphabet of ideas for you!

Here's our ABC fall bucket list:

Apple picking. Check out five pick-your-own apple orchards in Erie!

Bake. Apple pie is a great place to start!

Camp. Fall is the perfect time of year for camping. Spend your day hiking under beautiful gold and red trees and cuddle close during the cool nights by a campfire. 

Drive. Take a scenic fall drive and find new places to explore. Here are 12 places in Chautauqua County to see amazing fall foliage.

Explore a local museum. A cold or rainy fall day is the perfect time for a visit to the ExpERIEnce Children's Museum!

Fall festivals. Because they're so much fun! Find Erie's fall fests and other events here!

Ghost stories. Pull up chairs around a backyard campfire or at the Asbury Woods Scary Creature Feature Oct. 10-12 for some not-so-spooky Halloween stories. 

Haunted house. Boo!

Invite friends over for a soup or chili potluck. Everyone brings their family's favorite for sharing!
Jump in a pile of leaves.
Kite flying. Blustery fall days are the perfect time to get out the kite and head to Presque Isle.

Long walks. Because walking is good for you.
Make your own Halloween costumes! And let your kids do your makeup.
Neighborhood movie night. Check out how to make it extra special with these fun DIY cars for kids!

Oktoberfest at St. Joseph Church in Erie! Prost!
Pumpkins! Carve them. Cook them. Bake with them. Love them. Check out this pumpkin carving event at the Erie Art Museum Oct. 24!
Quench your thirst. OK, we had to stretch a little bit on this one ... but how about some warm apple cider with the kids? Warm it on the stove with a few sticks of cinnamon to imbue your home with the smell of fall. 

Roast marshmallows over a bonfire on a chilly night.

Sissons' Farm. The slides, corn box and so much more make Sissons' Farm and Port Farm a can't-miss Erie tradition!

Tailgate. Hanging out with friends before the big football game is always a good time.
Unplug for the day. Turn off the electronics, ignore the TV, and leave the phone behind to spend a beautiful fall day completely tuned in to your family.
Visit a National Park. Did you know fourth graders and their families can visit national parks for free?
Wreath. Have your kids help you collect pinecones and other treasures from around your neighborhood to create your own wreath.

marks the spot! Create a fall treasure hunt for your kids with a Halloween surprise at the end!

Yawn ... spend a lazy foul-weather Saturday at home cuddling on the couch, watching movies, and maybe even curling up in bed for a lovely mid-day nap.

ZooBoo! An Erie tradition. This year's ZooBoo is happening Oct. 17-30.

Hope this list helps you find your family's ABCs of fall fun! 


Looking for Erie fall and Halloween events? Check out our free Fall Fun Guide!