31 Things to do in October

Things to do in october

Cool days and even colder nights. Pumpkins glowing, chocolate lurking around every corner! October activities look different this year, like much of everything else. But, there is still so much to do and explore outside for families. 

We’ve rounded up some fun things to do this month in Northeast Wisconsin, from Oshkosh to Appleton to Green Bay (and beyond) for your family!

Things to Do in October for Kids & Families

  1. Remember to wear your mask and physical distance. We’re experiencing a swift increase in COVID-19 cases that are taxing our health care providers and systems. Kindness is love in action. Find masks locally and organizations that need donations of masks.
  2. Participate in the free lunch and breakfast program offered through the USDA at schools throughout the area for all children 18 and younger.
  3. October 17, 2020 (Register by October 5th): Romp in the Swamp, Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton
  4. October 17, 2020: Truck or Treat Dive Through Event at Menominee Park, Oshkosh
  5. Enhance learning with 50+ FREE resources
  6. Looking for fun trick or treating activities? Check out our Trunk or Treat Guide for Halloween activities for the family all month long!
  7. Get those costumes ready and plan Halloween with our Trick or Treat Guide.
  8. These spots are perfect for checking out the Autumn colors. Check out these Fall Drives.
  9. Grab your selfie sticks and head out to hunt for some of the amazing murals in the area! We’ve got you covered with our Northeast Wisconsin Mural Guide.
  10. Celebrate the Green Bay Packers by making a visit to Titletown District!
  11. Pick some apples and make a pie! Or cupcakes! Find an orchard in our Fall Guide!
  12. Drink apple cider. Eat cider donuts.
  13. Cooler weather means more activity from the animals at the zoos! Find one on our list of Zoos in Northeast Wisconsin!
  14. Hit your favorite parks and discover some new ones with our Parks Guide as the weather cools off!
  15. Update your family pictures at one of these photo-worthy spots around the Fox Valley – 20+ Favorite Destinations for Fall Pictures.
  16. Get lost in a maize maze! Find your adventure in our Wisconsin Corn Mazes Guide!
  17. Head to a pumpkin farm!
  18. Try this delicious apple cupcake recipe or pumpkin cookies.
  19.  Plan a virtual field trip!
  20. Grab your pumpkins and fall decor! Find a pumpkin patch in our Fall Guide!
  21. Go Geocaching! Here are tips to get started and also different types to look for.
  22. Take a road trip around Lake Winnebago and explore these stops on the East Side of the Lake.
  23. Make a reservation for your family to explore exhibits at the Building for Kids safely without the need to remind your kids to keep their distance from people outside of your family with Exhibit Exploration Sessions.
  24. Walk or bike at one of these Fox Valley trails.
  25.  Get a seasonal treat! Find apple cider donuts around the Fox Cities.
  26. These parks have the nice rubber ground!
  27. Feed the ducks at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
  28. Get out of town! Take off on a day trip!
  29. Spend some quiet time out Engaging With Nature. Season changes are perfect for having great conversations about the cycles of the world around us.
  30. October is the perfect time to head to Door County! Beautiful weather and the riotous changing leaves. We have ideas for Things to Do with Kids in Door County for you!
  31. Head to one of these Observation Towers and welcome the gorgeous arrival of fall!

Make sure to check out our calendar for fun events throughout the month of October! Find everything Fall in our roundup here.

Special thanks to our sponsor FVL Schools!

Fox Valley Lutheran Schools

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