'Tis the season: Fabulous fall

By Natalie Bahadur

10 ways your family can relish the splendour of autumn.
Visit a farmer's market and decorate for Halloween

Autumn's in the air - and while that means summer's over, it doesn't mean that you and your family can't enjoy some fun outdoor activities. Before packing it in for the season and hibernating indoors, make the most of fall with these great family-friendly ideas.

1. Visit a farmer's market and select fresh produce
Fall's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best offerings of the season. Visit a farmer's market and stock up on your favourite seasonal produce. Fresh apples, pumpkins, squash and many other delicacies are a healthy and tasty way to add variety to your autumn menu. Also, keep an eye out for local fall fairs and harvest festivals.

2. Decorate the outside of your house for Halloween
This is fun for the whole family. When October rolls around, get the kids involved in decorating the outside of your house for Halloween. While a trip to the store to buy decorations might be fun, why not plan a craft afternoon, where everyone makes their own spooky creations? Try baking Creepy Witch Fingers.

3. Plan an end-of-season barbecue
You'll have to time this one just right, but before the temperature takes a real dive, gather friends and family for a final outdoor barbecue. Throw some seasonal veggies on the grill (grilled pumpkin and squash are delish!) and enjoy the crisp fall air before it gets too cold to sit outside. Have light blankets and sweaters handy for guests, just in case it gets a little chilly.

4. Have a family movie night
Plan an indoor campout for the whole family - in the living room! Rent a few fave videos that everyone can enjoy, stock up on snacks and enjoy a fun-filled family night indoors.

5. Hit the road
The leaves are changing colour and it's a beautiful time of year to enjoy with the family. Take a long drive somewhere, where you can see the brilliant shades of autumn on the trees. Plan some fun games that you can play in the car, sing songs -- and don't forget to roll the windows down, so you can all breathe in that fresh fall air.

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