It’s officially fall! The air is getting cooler and the leaves are changing – before you know it the season will be over. So, don’t waste all the fun fall has to offer hiding behind a screen! Go outside before it’s too cold to create your own scarecrow, make a pumpkin inspired dessert to enjoy or snuggle up with a spooky book!

Build a Scarecrow

Do you have an abundance of leaves pilling up in your yard? Have your children help you gather them in a pile to be used as stuffing for your very own scarecrow! First, pick out clothes for your scarecrow to wear – an old pair of jeans, button down shirt, gardening gloves, boots and a hat. Then start stuffing! Carve a pumpkin to create the scarecrows face, or draw one on an old pillowcase. By the time your family is done creating the scarecrow, your yard will be clear and you’ll have a new festive decoration!

Father baking with children. Having fun

Indulge in Your Favorite Pumpkin Treat

Fall isn’t just for pumpkin spice lattes! Take an extra hour or two to whip up a special pumpkin inspired treat with the kids! From a classic pumpkin pie to pumpkin inspired buckeyes, pumpkin roll and more, the options are endless. Use your favorite family recipe, or try something new on Pinterest. Either way you and your family are sure to enjoy the seasonal sweet treat!


Read Fall Themed Books as a Family

From spooky Halloween inspired tales to stories about the harvest, there are a plethora of fun fall inspired books to read as a family. Make story time special by enjoying cups of hot apple cider while listening. Be sure to have plenty of blankets nearby too! Pick up a classic like “The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree,” by Stan and Jan Berenstain for a kid friendly scary story, or learn why the leaves change colors with “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,” by Julia Rawlincon.

Here’s what others around the Tri-State are doing on their Tech-Free Tuesdays:

  • “Working on a bird house with my daughter.” – David R.
  • “Making T-shirts quilts with my 16-year-old daughter. We will also make a home cooked meal and spend time just talking.” – Julie K.
  • “Hiking to see what we can find in nature for fall.” – Michelle W.
  • “We will be fishing! We love fishing and its teaching our children a valuable life skill all while having a great time outdoor, relaxing and being tech free. ” – Sheryl T.
  • “Many evenings I’m the only one home, so I’ll be picking up the crochet hook and making baby blankets to donate to one of several charities that ask for them.” – Mary M.
  • “Homemade pizza and playing Thomas the Train with my 3 and 4 year old” – Kim H.
  • “Leaving my phone at home while my daughter is in gymnastics after school, and focusing on her experience instead.” – Stacey R.
  • “Taking granddaughter to the library and get more books! She loves to read and is learning new words every day.” – Rhonda S.

And check out our Pinterest board for more great ideas!