10 Ways to Stay Active This Fall

By Amber Nevin, Publisher Macaroni Kid Wilkes-Barre and Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher October 25, 2021

We all know in Northeast PA the winters sometimes feel long and the days feel short. Many days in the winter I find it's much easier to snuggle up with a blanket and some warm comfort food then stay active. Here is a list of some great ways you can stay active with your family and enjoy some of the cool crisp days we have left in fall!

  1. Walk or ride bikes you bike outside while you still can
  2. Go apple-picking together at a local farm or orchard.
  3. Register for an upcoming race, run, or ride. Many of these types of events are very family-friendly with shorter routes as an option, discounted (or free) registration for children, and fun after-parties. As a bonus, some of these types of events are fundraisers as well.
  4. Rake leaves together. Jump in the pile, then rake them up again.
  5. Take a hike. Enjoy exploring state parks, attending educational activities, and trying your hand at geocachingļ»æ. We are so lucky to be surrounded by a number of beautiful state parks.
  6. Make a playlist of Halloween-themed songs and have a dance party in your living room. Some of our favorites:
    • "This is Halloween" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
    • "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
    • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
    • "Some Kind of Monster" by Neon Trees
    • "Season of the Witch" by Donovan
    • "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
    • "My Beloved Monster" by Eels from the Shrek soundtrack
    • "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
    • "The Monster" by Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
    • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
    • "The Devil's Chasing Me" by Reverend Horton Heat
  7. Gather all the kids in the neighborhood on a weekend afternoon for a backyard competition. Play Cornhole, Ladderball, or try some classic outdoor games that you loved as a kid.
  8. Get lost ... in a corn maze, that is! 
  9. Try a 30-day fitness challenge as a family
  10. Make time to take a family walk around the neighborhood before or after dinner. It's a great way to connect while enjoying the changing scenery.