The leaves are falling, the temperature’s dropped and the evenings are becoming increasingly shorter; this could mean only one thing – the beginning of Autumn. But, as the sun begins to be overtaken by the clouds and colder weather, it can be hard to think of exciting activities, whilst also being kinder to the planet. That’s why we’ve put together a list of fun, budget-friendly, sustainable activities for you to enjoy this Autumn.
1. Autumn Strolls
This one may seem obvious but taking some time out of your day to explore nature is a brilliant way to enjoy the season, not to mention it’s completely free. Wrap up warm, throw on some wellies and get lost in a local forest, or venture down to the sea to watch the waves. Whatever you do, spending time outdoors is a brilliant way to get all the family out and is proven to increase endorphin levels and dopamine production, which promotes happiness.
2. Pumpkins Galore
Why not host a pumpkin carving competition? Everybody loves to showcase their pumpkin carving skills in the run up to Halloween, from questionable faces to masterpieces in their own right. So, why not invite some friends round for the festivities and challenge one another to creating the best carving? Once the fun has been had, use the leftover pumpkin pulp to create some seasonable goodies, such as a hearty pumpkin soup or pie – that way, you save on money and on waste!
3. Bring A Piece of Nature Home
Instead of purchasing tacky, disposable decorations that will inevitably be thrown in the bin, head outside and find some authentic pieces of nature to style your home. Make a cosy autumn wreath with fallen leaves and acorns, and style your mantlepiece with foraged branches and pumpkins. Not only is it free, but it is also a great way to sustainably make the most of the autumn debris.
4. Build A Homemade Scarecrow
This is a great one for children! Using old newspaper, a pair of tights and worn-out clothes, build your own scarecrow with Halloween on the horizon. This is a great way to create fun out of recycled materials, and keeps the kids busy for a few hours.
5. Keep Warm Indoors
In the current day and age, the cost-of-living crisis is on the rise, and the spike in energy bills can be almost as terrifying as Halloween itself. This Autumn don’t let your energy bills get the best of you, by following some simple tips to cut down on your bills. There are lots of tricks (and treats) to help you reduce on your energy bills, such as closing the curtains to keep the heat trapped inside, creating seasonal doorstoppers to prevent the heat from escaping, or consider digging out your favourite Autumn sweater to layer up.