Fall is finally here! There’s a chill in the air, Halloween decorations are up, and we’re feeling nice and cozy as we break out the knitted sweaters and blankets. Autumn is a great time to get outside and do fun activities as a family. Especially if your family includes senior loved ones as the heat of the summer is gone and the cold winter temperatures haven’t yet arrived. If you’re looking for some fun fall activities and hobbies to do with your family, throw on a fuzzy scarf and try some of these.
Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Picking
No fall season is complete without visiting a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard. At the patch, your senior parents and your kids will enjoy picking out the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Perhaps, you’ll want to get several pumpkins and have a carving or painting contest. You can also roast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious snack, and the bright orange pumpkin will add a beautiful pop of color to your doorstep.
Apple picking is another great activity your whole family can enjoy. Have everyone pick their favorite apples, and then use the bounty to make delicious fall treats like apple pie, apple cobbler, and even some good old-fashioned applesauce. At this time of year, the leaves are turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red, so you will have the most beautiful backdrop to admire while taking part in these outdoor fall activities.
Visit a local vineyard or brewery
A day out at your local vineyard or brewery is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon. Your senior loved ones will enjoy the educational experience of learning how wine is produced or how beer is brewed. Many vineyards and breweries offer tasting sessions, allowing you to sample several wines or beers in case you’re interested in buying anything to take home. Make a day out of it and grab lunch at your loved one’s favorite place before heading to the brewery or vineyard for some fun!
Halloween themed arts and crafts
This is a great time of year to dig into arts and crafts, because making homemade Halloween decorations is fun for people of all ages. You can make cobwebs to hang around the house out of cotton, ghosts using tissues and lollipops, and you can pick up some mini-pumpkins at the pumpkin patch to decorate with paint, glitter and stickers. Don’t forget to sprinkle some plastic spiders throughout your cotton cobwebs – and if you really want to go all out – hide a fog machine on your front porch to surprise any trick-or-treaters!
Test out your culinary skills
When you think of food you enjoy in the fall, what comes to mind? Maybe a delicious pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream, a warm glass of apple cider, an oven-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, or perhaps a savory butternut squash soup to enjoy on a cold day.
Autumn is a great time of year to test out your culinary skills with foods that are commonly served around Halloween and Thanksgiving. Whether you’re experienced in the kitchen or you’re just starting to learn, cooking is something your whole family can enjoy together. Your senior loved one might even have some recipes from their youth that they can pass down to you and your kids.
At our Lester Senior Living community in New Jersey, we’re already in full swing celebrating with a variety of fall-themed hobbies and activities for our seniors! If you would like more details about how we’re spending the autumn season at all of our JCHC senior communities, please contact one of our teams today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org