Fall Bucket List: 70 Things To Do in San Antonio in Autumn

Fall Bucket List: 70 Things To Do in San Antonio in Autumn

I love fall. The crisp, cool air, the comfy clothes, the pumpkin-spiced goodies, the holidays, the colors…all of it makes me wake up with a smile on my face. Looking for ways to take advantage of the season? Whether you’re looking for kid-friendly crafts, activities, food items, or local events, Alamo City Moms Blog has got you covered! I hereby present my Fall Bucket List, complete with 70 ways to celebrate autumn here in San Antonio:

1. Avoid the curse at SeaWorld’s Howl-o-Scream.

2. Visit the apple orchard and pick persimmons at Love Creek Orchards.

3. Go camping—or “glamping,” if that’s more your style—in Lost Maples.

4. Go corn fishing, ride the barrel train, see a live roping show, and more at Devine Acres Farm. (And click here to read why Katy thinks it’s totally worth your while!)

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A real cowboy demonstrates his roping skills at Devine Acres Farm.

5. Summon your strength for the All Hallows Eve Dinner & Ghost Tour at the Menger Hotel.

6. Roast marshmallows around a backyard fire pit.

7. Teach your kids the beauty of s’mores.

8. Pose for frame-worthy pictures at a pumpkin patch.

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Pumpkin patch fun!

9. Root your team to victory at a local high school football game.

10. Trick-or-treat at the San Antonio Zoo’s 28th annual Zoo Boo.

11. Indulge in a pumpkin-spiced latte.

12. Treat the kids to a production of The Wizard of Oz at The Playhouse.

13. Make popcorn balls.

14. Host a family pumpkin-carving contest.

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Our family Halloween pumpkins: one for each of us, including our bulldog.

15. Roast pumpkin seeds with olive oil for a delicious, healthy snack.

16. Create handprint turkeys.

17. Bob for apples.

18. Build your own scarecrow.

19. Brave your way through the corn maze at the South Texas MAiZE.

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Our sassy corn maze leader…

20. Soak up the gorgeous fall weather on a family hike. (And check out Maggie’s suggestions for some fabulous local hiking hotspots!)

21. Make pumpkin pie from scratch.

22. Reserve your tickets to The Nutcracker at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts or The Lion King at the Majestic.

23. Jump in a giant pile of leaves.

24. Visit the Texas Transportation Museum’s Halloween “Spook-Track-Ula” for a family-friendly, not-too-scary Halloween show geared toward younger kids.

25. Go on a hayride.

26. Honor our city’s Mexican heritage by celebrating Dia De Los Muertos in La Villita.

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Calavera processions such as this one, in which participants dress like skeletons, are common on “Dia de Los Muertos” (aka: Day of the Dead).

27. Make caramel apples.

28. Visit the Pearl Brewery on “First Thursdays” for shopping, live music, and more.

29. Eat at least three pieces of your child’s Halloween candy.

30. Dust off the crock pot and make a delicious homemade stew.

31. Experience the spooky science lab, haunted house, magic tricks, and more at the San Antonio Children’s Museum’s Monster Bash.

32. Have a scary movie date night.

33. Fix Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

34. Join the kids in dressing up for Halloween.

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Oh, the things we do for our children…

35. Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (and The Nightmare Before Christmas if your kids are old enough to handle it!).

36. Make leaf prints.

37. Take a day trip to experience Gruene Market Days.

38. Enjoy free trick-or-treating designed for those with special needs at AccessAbility Fest in El Mercado.

39. Bust out your Lederhosen for a fun family day at Wurstfest in New Braunfels.

40. Host a chili cookoff.

41. Set your alarm for 4:00 A.M. to go shopping on Black Friday. Or, dedicate Black Friday to creating homemade goodies for loved ones.

42. Brave Fright Fest at Six Flags.

43. Experience Luminaria, an annual festival that showcases San Antonio artists and local culture in a unique and incredible way.

44. Bask in the glory of 80,000 LED holiday lights at the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony.

45. Create a felt jack-o-lantern for your fridge.

46. Make your own Halloween decorations—painted monster mason jars, ghost garland, a cute-and-easy Halloween sign, etc.

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Easy and adorable yarn tassel ghost garland!

47. Drink spiced apple cider (tip: add a smidge of cinnamon whiskey for the most delicious fall cocktail you could imagine!).

48. Dare to visit a haunted house.

49. Pamper your little princess while donating to a great cause at the My Princess & Me event benefiting St. PJ’s Children’s Home.

50. Visit the Witte Museum’s Grossology exhibit one last time before it closes on November 3rd.

51. Check out the McNay’s “Have No Fear of Art” Halloween celebration—complete with food trucks, trick-or-treating, and an outdoor screening of a classic scary movie.

52. Bring a blanket and spend an afternoon relaxing to Sunday jazz at the Witte.

53. Sample Middle Eastern fare at the San Antonio Lebanese Food Festival.

54. Make homemade fall potpourri out of cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, vanilla beans, pinecones, and crushed leaves.

55. Create a “gratitude journal.”

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A Gratitude Journal: wonderful way to reinforce the idea of daily thankfulness + gorgeous memento to look back on in years ahead!

56. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and recreate Snoopy’s version of Thanksgiving dinner (e.g., buttered toast, jellybeans, pretzel sticks, and popcorn) for a fun fall snack.

57. Fashion an autumn-themed wreath.

58. Visit Bass Pro Shop on Saturday or Sunday afternoons in October for a family-friendly Halloween scavenger hunt.

59. Decorate your front door with cobwebs and creepy crawlies.

60. Enter a costume contest.

61. Take selfies with your kids while trying on funny wigs and silly hats at Party City.

62. Participate in the children’s costume parade at the BOOtanica! Fall Festival at San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

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Beautiful monarch-themed painted pumpkin at the BOOtanica! Fall Festival

63. Host a spooky treats potluck party and have everyone bring a Halloween-themed snack or dessert.

64. Take a ride on the Brackenridge Eagle for up-close views of amazing fall foliage.

65. Check out Boerne’s Harvest Moon Celebration for unique entertainment, games, food, live music, and more.

66. Create a playlist and jam out to your favorite Halloween music: “This is Halloween” (from The Nightmare Before Christmas), “Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” “Ghostbusters,” etc.

67. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in your pajamas.

68. Shop for crafty Christmas gifts at the UUMC MOPS Artisan Market.

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Just one example of the many craft items for sale at the MOPS Artisan Market!

69. Make birdseed ornaments and hang them in your yard.

70. Join the moms of Alamo City Moms Blog for some mommy mingle time over a cup of joe at our upcoming Coffee & Conversation on December 8.

And finally…

Bust out your flannel, jeans, and Uggs, and take a minute to reflect on how wonderful it is that it’s no longer 100 degrees outside! [hr]What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate autumn? Add your ideas to our Fall Bucket List by commenting below!

Taylor is a San Antonio native and stay-at-home mom to two daughters: eight-year-old Harper and one-year-old Hayes. She and her Okie husband, Jeff, have been married 12 years despite their Texas/OU rivalry. Taylor is a former Clark Cougar, a devout Texas Longhorn, where she studied English, an active MOPS member, and often feels like a professional juggler. She relishes trips to the theater, loves embarking on new adventures with her family, and admittedly spends too much time on Facebook. A former contributor, Taylor’s posts center on parenting her tenacious, strong-willed first-born and the challenges she faced along the way to becoming a mom of two. She now serves as ACMB’s editor and resident proofreader, and as such, cares way too deeply about the use of Oxford commas.


  1. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy running in San Antonio! River City Run is s 5k running tour of downtown That takes place every Saturday & Sunday morning, and offers private tours 7 days a week! It’s a great activity for runners of all abilities as there are 15 stops along the way. Strollers are welcome (3 of the guides have little girls under the age of two months!) and kids as young as 5 have completed the tour. http://www.rivercityrunsa.com for more details

  2. I’ve totally bookmarked this one, BTW. All your lists are amazing! (This is not helping me to stop stalking you.)

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