Even in tough economic times, you can certainly think of many ways to enjoy some family togetherness with an autumn event. You don’t need to stray far away from home to share in the fun. Some suggestions could include:
1. Backyard barbecue: Serve inexpensive burgers and hot dogs, along with fries and salad. Add fresh fruit for dessert, and then let the games begin. Wiffle ball, tag, musical chairs, balloon toss and many others will keep the fun going.
2. Everyone goes out to the local park: Enjoy the brisk autumn air and fall colors with a picnic lunch of sandwiches and soda. Play pick-up games of softball, shoot some baskets, run a few races. To share the costs for food and transportation, hit the park or nearby beach with other families and friends.
3. Autumn dance: With family and other invitees, stage a dance party. You can do it in the house, out in the yard or at the local park. Take a player and your collection of favorite CDs. Along with serving inexpensive food and drinks, your family can enjoy the same experiences as those who pay $100 or more to be jam-packed into a stadium full of jumping and screaming fans.
4. Video fun: If you have a big-screen TV, rent a DVD collection of exercises, dances, games and music. If there are just a few family members to join in, hold the event in your living room. If there’s also a gang of invitees, set up your TV in the back yard. Serve snacks and drinks. Wherever you put the party, decorate the area to look like a dance hall. If the music will be Country- Western, everyone comes dressed in that style and shares in the expenses.
5. Campfire in the backyard: If local regulations permit, build a fireplace, and have a good, old-fashioned hot dog and marshmallow roast. As the fire burns down, ’tis the season for storytellers to scare everyone with tales of ghosts and goblins. A sudden interruption by a spooky costumed character could add to the festivities.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun with the whole family. Just being together is by far the richest experience you can ever have.