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Fun Activities for the Whole Family to Do in October


Autumn is finally upon us! The temperature is dropping, pumpkin spice is in the air and the leaves are changing colors. 

With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be thinking how to keep your family entertained this season. 

Luckily, there are plenty of fun activities to bring your friends and family together this month.

Keep reading to find out all the best activities to do with your loved ones during the season. 

1. Family Yard Care

We know what you’re thinking.

How can taking care of the yard be fun? 

Last year, we wrote a blog on how you can use fall leaves to benefit your lawn. This year, we have some more advice on how to make the most out of those leaves covering your yard. 

It all starts with raking the leaves. Try to make the biggest pile you can. 

Once you can’t pile them any higher, it’s time to jump in! It’s a time-honored tradition that is sure to keep your kids occupied while you take care of the rest of the yard. 

When taking care of the yard, remember, fall is the perfect time to feed your lawn some fertilizer. By giving them the proper nutrients from Jonathan Green winterizer, you can keep your grass looking fresh and healthy. If you’re planning on reseeding your lawn, consider Scotts winterguard fertilizer for the fall months, best to lay down in November.

While the fall season may be known for preventing flowers from blooming, Pleasants has a selection of flowers that survive well during the upcoming months and into the springtime. 

Our most popular ones are:

  • Mums in a variety of beautiful fall colors and easy to maintain.

  • Pansies that offer a gradient array of vibrant to brighten up the yard for the season.

Once the ground starts freezing over, you can keep your plants strong throughout the winter. By the time spring brings some needed sunshine, your lawn will have a healthy head start. 

2. Host a Cookout

While cookouts are staples of the summer time, they’re just as fun during the chilly fall season. 

Bonfires, roasted marshmallows, delicious smores, oyster roasts and more can be had with Pleasants newest addition of the Solo Stoves

Solo Stove offers low-smoke bonfires that are sure to make your backyard the spot for those fall time gatherings with friends and family. 

At Pleasants, our most popular Solos are the Yukon and the Bonfire for cool nights!

  • Yukon

The Yukon Solo Stove, powered by logs and ventilation designs of high-quality, create large flames that provide warmth and radiant glows for your fall nights. The smoke-reduced stove gives you all the comfort of a real bonfire, without the long-lasting smell. 

  • Bonfire

The Solo Stove Bonfire is smaller than the Yukon and provides easy portability for not only fire gatherings anywhere in your yard, but for camping trips as well!

3. Go Camping

With the temperature dropping over the next couple of months, this is the perfect time to explore your local hills and parks. Camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature and grow closer with your friends and family.

Plan out your trip with your family, figure out the best routes and where to stop and appreciate nature. 

Make sure to bring plenty of food and water, along with some sleeping bags and tents for overnight camping trips.

You can also bring portable grills (whether Weber or the new Solo Stoves) with you to make meals more interesting beyond granola bars and oatmeal. 

However you want to enjoy nature, fall is the best time to get out there in the forests, rivers and mountains.

4. Time for Fall Decor

While planning your camping trip, why not also get ready for Halloween? This October tradition is one of the most festive ways to spend time with your family. Pumpkin carvings, decorative garden flags, radiant displays of mums and pansies, and more, it’s definitely that time of year for that festive spirit.

Visit your local pumpkin patch and let everyone find their own to carve! Once you bring them back home, it’s time to create. Make sure to have a pumpkin carving kit and plenty of newspaper or paper towels to easily clean up afterwards. This could be the year to experiment with dremel carving! 

We outline how exactly you can do that, here

You can either find some pre-made designs online or you can freestyle it. 

Either way, you and your family are sure to have fun decorating your house with your creations. 

Be sure to pick up some straw bales to give your front yard that fall decorative feel and a podium for all the wonderful pumpkin carvings to be displayed!

Be sure to peruse Pleasants’ selection of garden flags to help give your yard that extra seasonal spirit! 

5. Bake Fall Treats

Just as famous as Halloween and orange leaves, so are the sweets that fall brings. There are plenty of famous autumn treats like pumpkin doughnuts, apple fritters, and pecan pie. 

There are literally thousands of recipes online by Big Green Egg, so pick your favorite of the bunch and prepare the ingredients. 

Keep the house warm by preparing some mashed potatoes and green beans. Make some tasty homemade apple cider and sweet tea for everyone.

The point is to get everyone to come together for a delicious, cozy meal. Stay warm, watch the leaves fall, and enjoy some classic autumn season foods. Maybe even while you’re sitting by your Solo Stove!

Baking is a great way to get your family involved with cooking. Not only will you teach them how to make tasty food in the kitchen, you also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor afterwards!

Whether it’s baking or grilling on the stove, this season is the time to grab your family and friends to help make a fun meal. 

Prepare for the Fall Season by Visiting Pleasants

There are plenty of other fun activities for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season. Whatever you need to make your family outing perfect, Pleasants Hardware has you covered.

From lawn care products, to grills, stoves and grill accessories, even down to camping supplies, we have what you need. Visit us online to search our entire stock!