Just because summer has ended, children are back in school, and the weather is finally cooling down, that doesn’t mean the opportunities for community bonding and outreach are over. Take advantage of the changing seasons and consider the following ideas for your own community events this fall.
As the foliage begins to change color and the sunlight becomes less harsh, autumn is the perfect season for embarking on nature walks. This option is dependent on your environment, but if you have any nearby parks or wooded areas, consider hosting nature walks to educate kids and adults alike on native plants and other wildlife. You will have to conduct a significant amount of research or reach out to a local expert for this event, but hosting nature walks is a cost-effective way to engage the community and provide an outdoor learning experience.
Though the idea of this may seem a bit morbid, offering guided tours of a local cemetery is a great way to engage the community with your area’s history, and October is an especially apt time to do this event. It may be tricky to gather the appropriate information, but if the cemetery has any prominent figures or interesting architecture, highlighting those features will prove interesting. This is a unique way of bringing your community together in the fall.
Hosting a pumpkin painting event is a fun way to encourage creativity as well as familial and community bonding. Less messy and disastrous as pumpkin carving, painting pumpkins allows for easier cleanup and unlimited imagination. Fun for all ages, painting pumpkins in the fall is something you could host every year and make a tradition. While this option requires a monetary investment, you can advise guests to bring their own pumpkins while you provide the art supplies to lessen the cost.
If you have a permanent location like a church or community center at your disposal, hosting a community potluck dinner is a great way to bring people together and encourage generosity and hospitality. You can share a sign-up sheet weeks in advance or have everyone bring something as a surprise. Keep allergies and food sensitivities in mind, and try to encourage diversity in food options. Regardless, if everyone brings a food item to share, you will have a bountiful feast and a great opportunity for community engagement.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t let the cooler weather stop you from hosting a fun, engaging, and cost-efficient community event. There are plenty of options to choose from, and any of the above ideas are great for bringing your community members together this fall.