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Fall marks the beginning of pumpkin carving, apple picking, haunted hayrides, and more. Enjoy this special time of year with your friends and family without breaking the bank! Click through the slideshow below to discover fun and cheap fall activities everyone will enjoy.

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Go apple picking! This is a great group activity because each person can spend as much or as little as they want. While at the orchard, be sure to check out hayride options, corn mazes, or if you can make your own scarecrow.  Tip: Buy hay and make your scarecrow at home to save even more money!

Put those apples you just picked to use by making an apple pie or another apple-based dessert for a football tailgate. Tailgating is a cheap way to socialize and watch the game without having to pay for a ticket or all the food! Check out our Cheap Tailgating Tips blog post to save as much money as you possibly can on this activity!

Host a bonfire! You can make s’mores, cook hot dogs, and sip hot chocolate with friends. Doing this while camping is also a great option if you don’t have the backyard space. Camping is also a great option for groups who are not looking to spend an extensive amount of money on a weekend trip.

Carve a pumpkin! You can easily go to your local grocery store to buy a pumpkin, or pick one up at pumpkin patch near you. You can go with the classic carved out pumpkin or create your own design. Have young kids and worried about them being around sharp tools? That’s okay! Instead decorate the pumpkin by painting it or by using glitter and glue. Tip: When you scoop out the pumpkin guts save the seeds for a yummy snack. Click here to check out a cheap and easy pumpkin seed recipe.

Take a trip to your local haunted house. Thrills can be cheap and fun for the whole family or a group of friends. Click here to check out the top rated haunted houses in the United States

Make your own Halloween costume. While it may be a bit early, Halloween will be here before you know it! Starting now will save you money and not cause you to overspend on a last minute costume. Click here for easy DIY costume ideas for kids.

Before it starts to get too cold, and the farmer’s markets close for the season, plan a visit for cheap and fresh vegies and fruit. Also, see if there are any fall festivals in your area. These are a great way to get outside and walk around; even if it is just to window shop!

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