We’re smack dab in the middle of fall, which is probably the best of all the 4 seasons. Argue all you want but whatever pumpkin laced baked good fall is selling, we want to buy every last bit. It’s Fall!! Some of our favorite episodes have been filmed in the fall, like Cider Farm, and Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and Stacking Wood. We have brainstormed as well about several other episodes we would love to make, all in the spirit of fall.
While we plan on making some more fall-themed episodes in the future, we realized that our brainstorming sessions could be their own resource for families wanting to make the most of this season. Here are some of the ideas we’ve had for episodes, or even just an idea for some kind of magical fall scene. We aren’t making these this year, but we reserve the right to make one or more in the future… So think of this as one part Olive Us episode sketch ideas, and one part fun activities to do this fall. We’d love to hear your favorite Fall activities, especially if you have ideas for an episode that makes the most of this season!
Hayride– You gotta get on one of these. First of all, a hayride usually leads to a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own, bring it home, and carve it up, but we’ll talk more about that later. Kids love hayrides, it’s science! There’s the bumping along the dirt road, the jostling for seats, and simple thrills in the ride. Bonus points if your hayride of choice ends with hot apple cider and/or hot chocolate and donuts. Donuts are a must. Negative points for scary elements like haunted forests and headless horsemen. Though we like the eery, windy, and harvest-y elements, we’re not going for the scary, spooky, or creepy parts. Scarecrow: Yes. Vampire: No.
Visit to the pumpkin patch – Maybe we’re being a little obvious with this one, because where else will you procure the pumpkins for which to carve into jack-o-lanterns? The grocery store? Please. Get out there and find the real thing. They grow on vines, kids will totally dig it, and compete to find the biggest, weirdest, smallest, best overall pumpkin, but after the hayride of course.
Fall leaves – A good old-fashioned nature walk to look for leaves of unusual size and coloring is simple and lovely. It doesn’t need to take long, but once you or your child start looking closely at different leaves, a whole new world opens up. There’s a lot of variety out there so turn it into an adventure–maybe weave some leaves together, or make a fairy house. When you’ve got a pretty good selection, bring them home and do leaf rubbings or make pretty mobiles to hang from your now bare leafed trees. Nature + art = match made in heaven.
Bonfire – A good backyard bonfire is the perfect way to enjoy the season. Imagine the different faces looking at the bonfire and looking at each other–you feel some kind of connection with this ritual in connection to the harvest–like we’re basking in the bounty of what our work has produced. You could always take it one step further and have the aforementioned bonfire up in the actual mountains, that is, if you’re close to any. Mountains and bonfires are best friends provided all the proper precautions are in place of course: fire rings, extinguish fully when finished, that sort of thing. Safety first, we love safety! That being said, enjoy a s’more for Olive Us, really, it’s the least you could do.
Fall Baking – Some of our favorite things to make together seem to coincide with Fall. If you’re not baking apple pies with all of the seasonal apples, there’s something wrong with you. Just kidding! But we do love pie, don’t you? Nutmeg and cinnamon plus apples and sugar are a guaranteed family friendly treat. Get the kids involved! They’ll be eager beavers to get on the other end of that pie. Let us note that nothing smells as good as a warm kitchen with a pie or a loaf of pumpkin bread in the oven, you’re creating memories here! And if pumpkin’s not your jam then we’ve probably got bigger issues… Who hates pumpkin? That’s crazy talk.
And there you have it, a few Olive Us episode sketches/family fall favorite activities to carry you through the very best this season has to offer. Remember to bundle up, layers are your friend, it’s getting chilly out there! Have fun, stay safe, be awesome. Hooray for fall!
PS: If any of these inspire you to make a video, or go on an outing and take some photos, we’d love to see what you made. Send us your video or photos! Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org