Autumn Traditions for the whole family

Autumn is the perfect time to try new activities or start some family traditions.

One of our favourite Autumn traditions year is to visit the local pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins for display and baking. So far, so simple.

Whilst a lot of Autumn traditions are derided as ‘basic’, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with apple picking, eating pumpkin pie and carving pumpkins! The simpler the tradition, the easier it is to maintain year after year.

Remember, annual traditions are where the memories are made. The activities you do now – no matter how ‘traditional’ or simple – are the ones that will be remembered (and even passed down) in the years to come.

Autumn Traditions (old and new)

Do you have any special family Autumn traditions?

Simply put, a tradition is something that you do every single year. Traditions tend to be passed down through the generations but there’s no reason why you can’t adopt or create your own traditions too.

Typically, these are activities that the whole family can be involved in, as opposed to age-specific activities which we’ll talk about below.

Perhaps the whole family go to Grandma’s every Thanksgiving or you visit a pumpkin patch every October to select a pumpkin to carve.

Whether large or small, it’s worth adding family traditions to your Autumn Family Rhythm.

Here are some other ideas for you:

  • A long family hike or bike ride
  • A weekend away in the countryside
  • Choose Autumn themed books to read (links) from the local library (you can always order them in if they aren’t immediately available) or rotate your home collection.
  • Pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch
  • Visit a corn maze
  • Watch specific Autumn or Halloween themed movies
  • Make homemade pumpkin spice
  • Make Seasonal recipes – e.g. pumpkin soup or apple pie
  • Carve a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern
  • Sing seasonal songs
  • Create an Autumn table setting
  • Pickle Autumn vegetables

Tip: if you’re starting traditions from scratch, it’s really tempting to add lots of activities to your plate. However, you’re more likely to maintain a tradition if you keep it simple. You might wish to start out with one to two family outings and one to two family activities you can do at home, then build up from there.


Seasonal Activities

Each new season brings opportunities to do new activities and Autumn is no different. This could mean long walks in the countryside, spooky Halloween events or watching your favourite rugby team play every weekend.

Whatever you decide, try to make the most of Autumn by spending plenty of time outdoors. The cooler weather means there are plenty of opportunities to get out and embrace nature.

Seasonal activities are different from traditions because the activities will adapt and change as your child grows.

Here are some other ideas to get you started:

  • Make a special lantern
  • Create a leaf wreath or pinecone mobile
  • Go on a Autumn or Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  • Go trick or treating

Autumn Traditions to try

Here is a list of just some of the Autumn traditions that you can try with your family. This was originally published as part of my subscription membership, ‘How I Drink my Coffee Hot’. You can access a printable version and family rhythms workbook here.

The photograph shares an infographic with plenty of Autumn traditions families can try during the fall


At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp

If you enjoyed these sensory play ideas for Autumn and wanted to find more fun Autumn themed activities, check out the At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp in my membership group. If you would like to access the content, you can check it out here. 

This image shows a timetable for an Autumn art & sensory camp. The pumpkin hammer art is one of the activities included


Autumn Blog posts to read next:

You might also enjoy some of our other Autumn posts. Most are suitable for both toddlers and preschoolers:

Autumn Art Ideas for Preschoolers

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Mask

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story basket

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt pre-writing skills  activity 

21 Autumn Ideas for the Entire Family

Autumn Activities for Kids: 25 Playful Prompts

Autumn Loose Parts Play

Autumn Preschool Leaf Cutting Tray

Apple Playdough Activity

Farm Playdough Ideas

Sunflower Sensory Play Activity 

Pumpkin Hammer Art 

Pumpkin Gloop 

Simple Autumn Sensory: Pumpkin soup

You can also search the keyword ‘Autumn’ in the blog search bar for the most up-to-date Autumn blog post listing.


Interested in learning more?

If you enjoyed these  sensory play ideas for Autumn and want to learn more about sensory play and the importance of play in the early years, you might just like my exclusive membership, ‘How I drink my Coffee Hot’ too. The membership costs just $5 per month and you get access to 10 mini courses on a range of topics including sensory play, play spaces and starting school. Here are some membership posts that you might enjoy:

Sensory Play Mini Course

Starting School Mini Course 

Play Space 101 Mini Course

Toys 101 Mini Course




Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.