Fall is here! Its cool breeze is bringing changing leaves, sweaters, and long nights your way. More Americans prefer fall than any other season – and with good reason! Along with beautiful weather, fall is the season of beloved American holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.
We want you to get the most out of this beautiful and festive season, so we have a few suggestions for you. We've listed some that can be done with kids, and others that are better to do with friends!
With the Kids
- S'mores. This delectable treat, which is composed of a fire-toasted marshmallow and melted chocolate stacked on graham crackers. It's a sweet and warm way to welcome fall. You can make them in the microwave or over a bonfire, but be sure to consult with a parent before bringing children around a bonfire.
- Apple Picking. If you live in an area where apples are grown, this is a great way to get some fresh air and to enjoy some crisp, delicious apples. It's a lot of fun for the kids, too!
- Hayrides. Head to your local farm for this fun activity. You'll ride on a truck or tractor piled with hay bales as seats, as you explore a wooded area. You may run into some scarecrows along the way! Some hayrides may bring you to a pumpkin patch, where you can pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin! Kids of all ages love hayrides.
- Corn Maze. Another popular form of outdoor recreation, corn mazes are large, life-sized puzzles, where you'll walk through fields of corn to find the exit! Often, you will have a number of clues to find. Small children might get lost if they are on their own, so team up with them, and keep your eyes on them!
With your Friends
- Haunted House. During the month of October, as Halloween fast approaches, you may be presented with the opportunity to go to a haunted house. If you're the type of person who likes scary movies, this may be the perfect fall treat for you. But be warned – haunted houses are not for the faint of heart, and can be frightening. If you don't like to be "spooked," consider skipping the haunted house.
- Bonfires. The crackle of an outdoor bonfire is a great way to spend a crisp fall evening. You may know someone with a fire pit in his or her backyard, or you may get a group of friends together to build a fire elsewhere – just make sure that you're safe and obeying local laws. Huddling around the fire is a great place to roast s'mores, tell stories, and enjoy the outdoors as the weather cools down. Don't forget to wash your clothes after the bonfire, because they will be smoky!
- Pumpkin Lattes. These delicious treats are a great way to spend a cozy fall day! If you're meeting friends for coffee, be sure to try one – along with the pumpkin cookies, doughnuts, cakes, cupcakes, and other fall-themed sweets that appear this time of year.
However you choose to spend your fall, we here at InterExchange hope that you make it memorable! Enjoy this beautiful time of the year with your host family and your friends.