16 fun fall festival ideas

16 Fun Fall Festival Ideas

We’ve uncovered the best fall festival ideas to make your Autumn gathering the cream of the crop this year! Check out these exciting games and food ideas that are perfect for any fall festival, school gathering, or community-wide harvest festival.

1. B-I-N-G-O

You can’t go wrong with this classic game that the kids will love. This reusable Autumn Fall Party Bingo game will hold up year after year for endless rounds of fun. Surprise the winners of each round with a goody bag or small toy!   

2. Pumpkin Games

Pumpkins are at the center of fall, but did you know they make great game pieces? Use small pumpkins as checker pieces for a life-size version of the game! Or paint X’s and O’s on medium-sized pumpkins for a fun alternative way to play tic-tac-toe.

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3. Pumpkin Painting

Is it really Fall until you decorate a pumpkin? If you’re not into carving out pumpkin guts, try using paint as a less-messy way to customize your own pumpkin.

Photo Credit: Bower Power

4. Bobbing for Apples

Another Fall tradition is bobbing for apples. Turn this fun activity into a contest and have prizes on hand for contestants in each age group that can grab all of their apples first!

Photo Credit: Michelle Girard

5. Ring Toss

Take old glass bottles and place them in a crate for a quick and easy game of ring toss. See how many bottles you can ring!

Photo Credit: The Storibook

6. Tin Can Alley

Make plain tin cans cute by covering them with a pretty paper or fabric and you have another fast game that even the little kids can enjoy. 

Photo Credit: Homespun Hostess

7. Balloon Darts

Give each contestant 3 darts and see how many balloons they can pop! Try filling balloons with candy or coins as a prize.

Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess

8. Pie-Eating Contest

For a hilarious event that everyone will be talking about, host a pie-eating contest for the kids and adults. Don’t forget to take pictures of the competitors in action!

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9. Sack Races

This game is really for the kids but imagine how much fun it will be to see some of the adults join in on the races. (Now is a good time to mention that it might also be a good idea to have a first aid kit on standby!)

Photo Credit: Kara's Party Ideas

10. Sticker Prizes

Use these pretty fall themed stickers as fun way to reward winners at each game booth. Just cut sheets horizontally to make individual strips of 9 different stickers as the prize.

11. Chili Bar

For a delicious meal, especially if it’s a chilly day, set up a chili bar! Give guests different options as mix-ins or use chili as toppings for hot dogs, potatoes, and more.

Photo Credit: Celebrations at Home

12. Caramel Apple Bar

Put a spin on the classic caramel apple by placing apple slices on sticks so guests can sample all their favorite flavors. Make up your own topping combinations or try these yummy ideas.

Photo Credit: Craftberry Bush

13. Trail Mix

Another delicious fall festival idea is to create your own harvest trail mix. Place this treat in favor bags to pass out to kids at a school party or make a whole bowl full for guests to snack on at the harvest festival.

Photo Credit: The House of Hendrix

14. Applesauce Pouches

Make healthy applesauce pouches a little more fun by dressing them up as cute little mummy’s!

Find the instructions on how to make these cute little guys here.

Photo Credit: See Vanessa Craft

15. S’mores 

Everyone loves s’mores around the campfire, but if a roaring fire isn’t an option you can still get your fix on the gooey treat indoors with this tasty s’mores pizza.

Photo Credit: It's Always Autumn

16. Popcorn

Harvest these cute popcorn favors for guests to take home with them after the festival is over. Just fill plastic baggies with popcorn, wrap with green tissue paper, and tie with a ribbon to secure the bag in place.

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