Enjoying Autumn needn’t cost you the earth. We all know that back to school time can take all your money. But don’t let it stop you from having fun – here are 10 low-cost Autumn activities to help you have awesome Fall. I am delighted to be taking part in our first Pinnable Blog Hop with lovely people from our Community.
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Low-cost Autumn Ideas for Children
1 – Take the kids or yourself to the Pumpkin Patch
Just down the road in Meath is Alright Pumpkin which is a pick your own pumpkin patch. They also have a Halloween corn maze, pick your own potatoes and sweetcorn on site as well. It’s a fun day for all the family.
Date and Time: Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 16:30pm to Monday, October 31, 2016 – dusk
Venue: Fordstown, Co. Meath
Cost: There is no entry fee, pumpkins are charged based on their size.
You can Google your nearest pumpkin patch.
2– If you do get a pumpkin have a Carving Party
While you are carving make a tasty pumpkin soup with the flesh of the pumpkin with the pumpkin insides. There are lots of free designs online and even some cute no-carve designs for the smaller kids to try.
3- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
Use my free Scavenger hunt printout to make it fun for the little ones in your group – you could have a prize for the first one to find all the things on scavenger list.
4 -Make Pumpkin Playdough
For wet rainy days and you know there is always going to be a few of those. Why make some home-made pumpkin spice playdough for the kids to play with
Pumpkin Spice Playdough
1 cup Plain flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
orange soft gel food coloring paste (you can also use food coloring)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar (this helps keep your play-doh from going rancid)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
How to Bit
1.Add flour, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt, cream of tartar, and oil into a medium saucepan. In a bowl add the water and orange soft gel food coloring or regular food coloring if you use regular food colouring remember it is a liquid so you won’t need as much water and mix well.
2.In a small bowl (I used my large measuring cup) mix water with food coloring paste or regular food coloring if that is what you are using.
3.Slowly add colored water into a pan with the other ingredients and mix well. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. It will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and form a ball in the center of your pan.
4. Remove from pot and cool. Once your dough is cool knead it all up and smell ! The aroma is wonderful…..if you want the smell stronger just add more pumpkin spice or cinnamon and knead it again.
5.Grab your rolling pin, cookie cutters, pie pan or anything else you can think of and sit down with your kids and have a great time playing with your own Edible pumpkin Spice Playdough and don’t forget to sniff!!
6.Remember to store in an airtight container
5-Find out some History
Find free activities on in your local Museums – in the Autumn months a lot of Art galleries and museums open for one day for a reduced rates or sometimes have free activities on.
Like this one in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin
To celebrate the Equinox, take a closer look at the mysterious macehead found in the ancient Stone Age passage tomb of Knowth Co. Meath. Make your own macehead to take home with you – great for your budding Archeologist. Booking required is required.
Awesome Autumn ideas for Adults
6-What about a Spooky Movie night in ?
Here are some Scary titles guaranteed to scare you silly
The Exorcism of Emily Rose – My daughter’s recommended this and is it based on a true story !
Insidious – I will never be able to hear TipToe through the Tulips again without getting a shiver down my spine !
The Conjuring – another one based on a true story, truly scary!!
The Blair Witch Project – am I the only one that wants her to blow her nose !!
Or if your want classic goriness – Nightmare on Elm Street – I remember watching this as a teenager and being petrified ( I know I am showing my age !)
– Make some caramel popcorn, make some hot apple cider , get lots of pillows to hide behind and switch off the lights for a true scare- a-thon.
7-Have a Bonfire
On a good night make a bonfire and have s’mores , sausages and bring blankets and the “adult” hot chocolate and do some star gazing or tell ghost stories.
8. Go to a Halloween Carnival Parade
One Halloween Festival close to use is in Derry in Northern Ireland.
Queens Quay – Derry – Londonderry
Tuesday 31st October from 7pm
Come see the finest carnival, circus and street performers as they make their way through the city center in the largest Hallowe’en street carnival and costume party in Europe followed by Fireworks. The sky will be alight with color over the River Foyle and River Mourne as we celebrate the finale of our Hallowe’en celebrations with Spooktacular Fireworks Displays.
9.Go on a Autumn walk
Get on your wellies or your hiking boots,get out into the woods. It is fantastic to see the amazing autumn colours of the trees. Bring a flask of Hot chocolate and some tasty homemade Apple and Hazelnut Muffins to fuel you.Bring your dogs or volunteer to walk someone else’s pups, they will love it.
10-Have Dinner with Friends
Can’t afford a meal out – why not try a round robin with friends? One friend hosts dinner, one brings the dinner, one brings refreshments, one brings dessert and one brings a starter. Make it more fun by having a themed night so say Indian night; Someone brings the Onion bhaji, someone brings a Beef Dopiaza , someone brings Lassi and someone brings the Naan Bread. Great food with your friends and not too expensive as the costs are shared You would start making a tradition out of it – once a month , a new house and new themes like Mexican night or the taste of France.
If you do save money – what then ?
Looking after your Finances is important especially on the run up to Christmas. I highly recommend using a decent financial software and I recommend this program from Personal Capital and best of all it is free ! If you want to save money you could open a credit union account at your local credit union.
Hope you have a wonderful Autumn whatever you do and check out my Ten Spooky things to do with your kids this Halloween for some fun Halloween Ideas
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