The Ultimate Fall Bucket List for students

We know you’re still in the Halloween state of mind. There will be no judgments on our part if you haven’t taken down your Halloween decorations yet because spooky season can last for as long as you want!

Fall season, also known as the holiday season is jam-packed with hundreds of things to do. Many students visit their families to spend some quality time together. Amidst all the Halloween, Thanksgiving and then back to school chaos, don’t forget to take a few days off. Nobody should spend the holiday season being stressed by academics or work.  

Still not over the  Halloween games and activities? Fret not, mate  We’ve curated a list of equally fun fall activities that you can do this fall season. 

1. Apple Picking

The list of things to do in autumn is a long one. Apple picking is a very common fall festival activity that you’ll find students engaging themselves in. Find the closest Pick Your Own (PYO) apple orchard near you and visit with your buddies. It’s best to go there early in the morning, so your gang has the whole orchard almost to themselves. Be gentle while putting the apples in the bag. Bruised apples spoil easily. Another major apple picking tip is to go there on a dry day. Even the slightest chance of rain can risk a day full of fun turning into a giant mud bath! 

Maybe you can turn your apple picking adventure into a fun game of Apple Blobbing! 

Apple picking during fall.

2. Visit a Vineyard

Some places also offer a behind-the-scenes experience on the wine-making process. You also get to participate in the process and know everything there is to know about wine. There are thousands of wines in the world and hundreds of techniques to make it. You’re in for a learning adventure on a vineyard visit. On top of that, wine tours are extremely beautiful, so your Instagram will definitely be amped up with some beautiful shots of nature. And you get to drink a lot of wine during the tour. Is there a better way to celebrate fall? We think not! 

Visiting a vineyard.

3. Go Camping

Go camping with your college buddies this fall season to spend a few days in nature. A small break from the hustle-bustle of the city is always a good idea. So, gather some people and go for a hike or a trek. Come up with potential camping ideas and choose the one that suits you best. But do your research beforehand about the weather conditions of the area. Rain is a major deal-breaker when it comes to camping. Extend your scary movie marathon here too by watching some camping horror movies. Bonfire and friends can never go wrong together.

Friendly reminder: Don’t litter your surroundings with plastic. Be responsible, kids! Group of college friends camping on a hilltop.

4. Bake a Pie From Scratch

Baking is the best thing you can do this fall. Here’s an easy pie recipe that you can master in no time. 

Cranberry Apple Pie

  • Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
  • Toss cranberries, apples, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon zest and salt into a large bowl.
  • Transfer this delicious mixture into a pie crust.
  • Top it up with some granola and add some butter to the top.
  • Let the pie sit in the oven for about 50-60 minutes.
  • Let it cool down before serving.

Viola! You have a delicious pie ready and you can call yourself a skilled baker now! Nobody will ever know this is the only recipe you know. *wink wink*

If you are new at this, it’ll be better to try your hand at the recipe before inviting your friends over to try it. Apple and cranberry pie recipe.

5. Horror Movie Marathon

This is a sure-shot way to get an adrenaline rush this fall. If you love watching scary movies already, this won’t be a big enough challenge for you. Make it a little more fun by inviting your fainthearted friends. Host a horror movie marathon at your student accommodation after dark because that’s when things get really scary! Move over Conjuring and Annabelle! Here are a few classic scary movies that you can stream all night: 

  • The Shining (1980)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • Jaws (1975)

Horror movie marathon with friends at home.

6. Enjoy the Fall Colours

There are many reasons why fall is the best time of the year. The weather will always steal the show. You’ll find more people hanging outdoors and taking part in fun fall activities. If you are not visiting your family during the season, there will still be a lot for you to do during fall.

Stroll around the parks all day and eat as many candy apples as you like. Okay, wait, but the trick question is: “How to eat a candy apple?”Don’t worry about getting things messy, just devour the sweet mess while you indulge yourself in the tastiest sugary snack of fall! Step on the crunchy leaves and notice the change in autumn leaves’ colour. Fall skies are astonishingly beautiful. So, spend time under clear skies that’ll make you happy.  We bet you’ll miss fall once it is gone! 

College campus during fall season.

7. Hosting Friendsgiving

To those of you who don’t know what Friendsgiving is, let us add one more thing to your fall bucket list. Friendsgiving is similar to Thanksgiving, but for friends. You sit down for a nice meal and just be grateful for your chosen family. If you are not the Monica Geller of your group, invite your friends over for a potluck meal. Check out Hosting the Perfect Party in your Student Accommodation for some more fun ideas.  This day will be one of the most significant college memories that you’ll cherish forever! 

FRIENDS Thanksgiving episode shot.

8. Visit Your Family for Thanksgiving

We often forget to call our moms back on a daily basis or are unable to give time to our families. Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to fly back home and celebrate togetherness with your loved ones. Spending time reminiscing your childhood days while feasting over your family’s special turkey recipe is the best end to fall season one can imagine.

Thanksgiving is also a perfect way to take a break from your routine and just relax. Look through your old photo album and laugh at how strange you looked in third grade.

Our little tip: Don’t count calories at Thanksgiving and focus on making memories with your fam!  

Thanksgiving meal with family.

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