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Fall Bucket List

Every year we try to get outside and participate in Fall events around the valley.  Our Fall Bucket List includes tried and true favorites of both the toddler and preschooler!  I can not wait for the cooler weather!

Flannel, Pumpkins, and Boots! OH MY!


Fall Bucket List

Below you will find our most favorite Fall Activities! There is a Free Printable you can grab too-to hang up on the fridge and check off throughout the season with your family.


Fall Bucket List- Corn Maze

The Corn Maze is a beloved tradition that both my husband and I cherish.  Honestly, who doesn’t love a good corn maze? Although, I will be the first to admit that those haunted corn mazes at night are a no-go.  I am the person that stands her ground when frightened(it is a gut reaction) and high-kicking pretend ghosts is frowned upon last time I checked.  Plus now that we have a two and three year old-haunted anything is really just a major parenting mistake.  Therapy for years, folks.  So we hit the corn mazes right when the sun starts to go down.  The ground is no longer muddy, everyone is usually off eating dinner, and the temperatures hit just right out here in the desert.


Fall Bucket List-Carving Pumpkins

Pumpkin Carving is a family activity.  Both Emma Marie and Raymond participated at just one year old.  I don’t love cutting the pumpkins into adorable shapes-the husband brings out the power tools and creates epic masterpieces-but I do love letting the kids help and get covered in goo.  Both of them tend not to mind raw pumpkin seeds, but a gentle reminder about how delicious they are once baked(with a dash of sea salt) and that puts a stop to the premature snacking.


Carving Pumpkins

Both Emma Marie and Raymond take their time and get every single pumpkin seed out of their pumpkin.  Emma Marie didn’t mind the messy texture as much as Raymond last year and she happily helped get the ick out of the pumpkins too.  We will see what they think this year.


Fall Bucket List- Pumpkin Carving

Picking out pumpkins at the farm is a family tradition.  Raymond picked out a perfectly round one, Emma Marie picked a small one, and then the husband and I picked giant ones.  He goes for ones that have easy to carve surfaces(whatever that means), while I tend to try and pick which one has the most seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are truly one of my most favorite things about Fall.


Pumpkin Carving with Toddlers & Preschoolers

One proud little toddler.  That is all of the pumpkin she got out while helping me.  Love making it a family night.  We get the pumpkins prepped, the husband carves them, and I bake up the seeds.


Fall Bucket List-Schnepf Farm

The Schnepf Farm Pumpkin & Chili Festival is a fabulously fun, family affair.  The tickets are a tad expensive, but we have never felt like it ended up being not worth it.  Plus you can grab them at a discount at the local grocery store.  Love going on the rides, the haunted train, and enjoying a family fun night out.


Fall Bucket List-Family Photos

Fall Family Photos -each year the kids get to wear a cute outfit(they are only little once) and I get a new photo to hang-up for the season.  I definitely choose to shoot photos outside when possible and love how these simple shots looks, nearly three years later.


Fall Family Photos

The photos you aren’t seeing?  A certain someone picking their nose.  A pumpkin or two that are being dropped from an un-nerving height. Well, those end up being my most favorite and precious possessions.  Definitely more of a glimpse in time than those perfectly posed-everyone’s smiling shots.


Halloween Family Photos

Obligatory Halloween Shot for the Halloween Wall.  What you don’t know what that is?  Well, my mother started a Halloween Wall of us dressing up every year as a family and we carry on the tradition.  Four Halloween’s in and it keeps getting better!


Fall Bucket List- Family Photos

This year we parked next to a local farm’s corn fields and ran to grab a shot of these two.  They were telling secrets(or scheming) but we loved our five-minute photo shoot.  I cap all photo shoots at ten minutes.  Five is the lucky number.  Just make sure the camera is charged, card has enough memory, and the props are in reach.


Fall Bucket List-Candy Corn Art

I LOVE a good hand-print or footprint art piece for the memories they hold.  This candy corn footprint was Emma Marie’s last year.  She detested the texture of paint on her hands so we chose to do feet for her.  Now at two she relishes her time painting so we are planning on two sets of Candy Corn Hand Prints for the wall.  Can’t wait to get those up!

Painted Pumpkins


Baby & Toddler Painting Pumpkins

Painting Pumpkins -both kids delighted in picking out small pumpkins at the farm to paint last year.  Lovely way to decorate the table.  I use the painted pumpkins as centerpieces throughout October and November. They last much longer than our carved pumpkins who have a shelf-life of roughly 24 hours before they start to mold.

Perfect craft for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Definitely loved seeing what they created and watching their little minds work.

Fall Bucket List-Vertuccio Farms

Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival is hands-down the family favorite.  Affordable and completely walk-able fun!  We picked out all of our pumpkins from Vertuccio last year, rode the barrel train, went down the epic-ally large slides, fed the farm animals, bounced our hearts out, and were challenged by the deceivingly large corn maze.


Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival is a local MUST for those in the Phoenix area.  We have attended the past three years and are counting down the weeks until we go again!

Free Printable

Fall Bucket List-Free-Printable

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Thanks for reading!  Would LOVE to hear from you.

What are your favorite Fall Bucket List Activities?

Definitely want to continue to add some fun and new activities each year.


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8 Responses to Fall Bucket List

  1. So fun and so cute! I love the Halloween wall! I don’t have a wall, but I do have pictures of the kids from every Halloween!

    Your littles might like the Chandler Halloween event. It is geared more towards little and is the Friday before Halloween!

  2. So fun! We just moved here to the Valley, and I was just wondering if there are cute corn maze / pumpkin patch areas around. Just added Schnepf fams to my list! Thank you!!

  3. I’m so excited for fall! We are doing our first fall actiity this weekend and heading up to Apple Hill. Apple picking, local produce, farms, kids activities and so much fun!

    • Ohh, I wish we had a local apple orchard! That sounds like so much fun! The weather is supposed to stay in the double digits this week-bring on the fall clothes! :)

  4. I think your list is fantastic. I love corn mazes, carving pumpkins, and pumpkin crafts too! Great list!

    • Thank you so much Deborah! I can’t wait to go to our first Fall Festival next week! Fingers crossed the hot desert temps start to go back into the double digits!