Texas Living

Have a ‘Funtastic’ Fall

By Jennifer Norris 10.5.15

The weather is getting cooler, the days shorter. But don’t let the drop in temperature force you indoors. Grab a light jacket and head outside for these autumn activities.

—Hot air balloon ride. The cool, calm (read: stable) air in autumn creates perfect conditions for hot air ballooning. Look for a professional, certified company in your area or head to a festival like the Anna Glowfest (Oct. 24) or Texas Balloon Spectacular in Floresville (Oct. 16–18) to see scores of balloons filling the sky.

—Backyard movie night. Take advantage of shorter days and host a movie night. Rent a projector and screen, and lay out quilts and blankets for family and friends. Pop popcorn and enjoy the show.

—Neighborhood fall festival. Block off the street (remember to contact local authorities for permission first), plan some games and activities, and you’ve got a festival to celebrate the fall weather. Remember to include standard festival fare like cake walks, bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving contests, and face painting.

—Take a hike. Grab your hiking boots and don’t forget your camera. Hitting the trail in the sunny, yet cool fall days in Texas creates beautiful photo opportunities. Plus, you don’t have to worry about heat exhaustion as you explore.

—Tailgating. Fall means football season. Whether it’s a college or professional team, purchase a stadium parking spot, grab some folding chairs, a generator/TV combo, and snacks. You don’t even have to purchase tickets to the game. The roar of the crowd, the conversation with your buds, and the game on the screen make for perfect memories.

—Haunted houses. Grab your closest friends, put on your bravest face, and hit the local haunted houses. Be sure to research a little before you go; some haunted tours are perfect for kids, but others are geared toward more mature audiences.

—Craft night. Wreaths for the front door, a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, a costume for the child who wants to be a spooky scarecrow for Halloween. Call your friends, visit the craft store, and plan a night of creativity. You can find inspiration and how-tos on our blog or Pinterest.

—Pumpkin patch. Perfect for fall photo selfies and to pick up decor for the porch, remember most patches feature other activities, including corn mazes, hayrides, and delicious autumn snacks like kettle corn and roasted nuts.

—Run. Fall is a prime time for marathons, fun runs, and charity walks. They’re the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the crisp, cool air and — bonus! — get a little exercise.

Are you ready to run? Check out this guide to choosing safe, visible running gear.