Fall Activities for your Entire Family!

The cooler weather is (slowly) rolling into our slice of Wisconsin, and skeletons and pumpkins are making their appearance in yards all over town. Fall is here! Madison hosts a ton of fall-themed activities and is home to more than its fair share of seasonal farms, orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. In short? You could pick a new place to try every weekend all fall long! 

One of my family’s favorite things to do is pick apples (and eat apple donuts, obviously) and bring them home to use in applesauce, apple pie and apple crisp! Most local orchards offer pick your own as well as pre-bagged selections. Here is a link to one of my favorite (incredibly easy) crockpot applesauce recipes! 

Beyond apples, fall is all about pumpkins. My kids love to visit farms that offer wagon rides into a giant pumpkin patch, and they especially like to choose the absolute biggest pumpkin they can carry. Tip: if your kids like to go for biggest pumpkins like mine, look at farms that let you get any sized pumpkin for the same price. 

If you’re looking for pumpkin patches or orchards, check out this list from our friends at MadisonMom.com. They have a run-down of all the area destinations, complete with links to get more information. Older kids will especially love the corn mazes at Treinen’s and Schusters – and don’t miss the giant slides at Enchanted Valley Acres! 

Finally, if your family is looking for some extra Halloween fun, here are some local Madison events happening this month:

October Story Walk – Middleton Library

Daily October 1-31, 2021

Fall Harvest Festival –  Bruce Co

October 9, 2021


Pumpkin Chuck – Wisconsin Brewing Co

October 9, 2021


Fall Festival – Waunakee

October 15-16, 2021


Fall Fun – Downtown Sun Prairie

October 16, 2021


Fall Festival – Sun Prairie YMCA

October 22, 2021


Creepy Crawl Hike – Mount Horeb

October 28, 2021


Boo at the Zoo – Ochsner Zoo

October 29, 2021