Plan out a safe and festive fall season with your family in Reading, Massachusetts.

Fall is right around the corner, and with it comes cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and the start of the major holiday season. Just like the unique summer we’ve experienced, we’re also expecting fall to be a little different this year compared to 2019.

Social distancing and safety guidelines may change your usual fall activity schedule, but it by no means needs to put it to a halt. With a little creative thinking, you can have a festive, memorable fall right here in Reading, MA while staying safe and helping to protect our community’s health.

Here are 8 great ideas to consider when brainstorming with your family.

1. Jump in a leaf pile and take some time to plant some spring-blooming bulbs in your yard.

Raking up leaves isn’t exactly fun, but allowing your kids to dive into the leaf pile before bagging is a classic fall moment—not to mention a great photo op! While you’re cleaning up your yard, another wonderful idea is to plant spring bulbs in your flower beds. An hour or two of time now will reward you and your family with beautiful flowers come spring.

2. Schedule a Halloween-themed spooky board-game night with your family or friends.

Scary movie nights with the family or a couple of close friends is a must for Halloween, but why not change it up with scary board games instead? Hop onto Amazon and search for ‘spooky board games’ to find a variety of games, from card games to board games, just for the adults or kid-friendly!

3. Spend an afternoon creating autumnal-themed arts and crafts for all ages.

Arts and crafts are a great way to spend an afternoon, especially when combined with tasty snacks and a classic fall holiday movie on in the background. Crafts can also be scaled up or down depending on the ages in your family. For example, a leaf printed banner for a doorway or fireplace is simple enough for kids while a DIY fall wreath is perfect for teens and adults.

4. Go on a nature hike or take a daylong Sunday drive to see the leaves change.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the fall season is seeing the leaves change color. Trees will start this process as early as September, but the peak time to see the leaves change is around mid-October. Take full advantage of this annual event by going on a hike at a local park or even a daylong road trip.

5. Trick or treating may be up in the air, but you can encourage Halloween spirit by decorating your home.

Even though trick or treating will likely be different this year, that doesn’t mean Halloween is canceled. We can work together to keep up the Halloween spirit in our neighborhoods by decorating our homes. As for parents with kids who love Halloween, you can still dress up in costumes, watch scary movies, and enjoy your favorite seasonal snacks.

6. Put up some bird feeders (or create your own!) to help the native birds thrive through fall and winter.

Our native wild birds in Massachusetts can really use extra help to get through the colder weather and upcoming winter season. Setting up a few bird feeders is a great way to support our native bird species and is rewarding for animal-lovers of all ages. You can even add in some crafty DIY fun by creating your own bird feeders, like this feeder made of a pinecone, something easily found during fall.

7. Bake a batch of apple cider donuts or create your own homemade caramel apple creations.

Fall is definitely the season for delicious apple treats. Local orchards around Reading will be offering fresh apple cider, a bunch of different apple varieties and some will be open for customers to pick their own apples while practicing social distancing. Once you have your bushel of apples, consider trying these baked apple cider doughnuts or homemade apple fritters. Don’t forget about the caramel apples!

8. Speaking of baked treats, don’t forget to schedule those end of the year dental checkups!

You and your family will probably be indulging in sweets and baked goods more in fall thanks to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the start to the winter holiday season. To ensure your oral health is in great shape for the remainder of the year right now is the perfect time to come in for a dental checkup, cleaning, or to get that cavity fixed before a toothache ruins a holiday get-together.

Beat the holiday rush and book your appointments with First Dental Associates now.

Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other major holidays, your schedule is going to be jam-packed before you know it. Get ahead of the holiday rush and check ‘dental cleanings’ off your to-do list by booking your appointments now.

You can either give our office a call or fill out our online appointment request form. If you have multiple family members due for a cleaning or checkup, give us a ring and we’ll do our best to schedule your appointments the same day.