Fall is one of the most popular seasons of the year. According to a recent YouGov survey, 35- to 54-year-olds prefer it to all other seasons, while it’s the second favorite season for 18- to 34-year-olds (behind summer) and for those who are 55 and older (behind spring).
Before you and your employees are forced to hunker down indoors when temperatures plummet during the winter, you’d be wise to take advantage of the fall weather and plan some team outing activities before it’s too late.
Not sure of what kinds of things you can do? We’ve got you covered. Here are 20 team outing ideas for the fall:
01. Visit a pumpkin patch
Head to the nearest pumpkin patch and buy every employee a pumpkin. Carve them as a group if you’re so inclined.
02. Run through a corn maze
If you’re feeling energetic, ask members of your team to participate in a race through a corn maze — assuming there’s one nearby.
03. Go apple picking
The quintessential fall activity. Everyone will leave with tasty (and healthy) treats.
04. Have an apple-bobbing contest
A surefire way to bring the team together and get everyone laughing.
05. Go to a haunted house
You’re never too old to creep around a haunted house. Try not to scream too loudly.
06. Head into the woods
The leaves are changing, which means there’s plenty of scenery to take in on a hike.
07. Volunteer in the community
Do any nonprofit groups in your area need help with raking leaves or baking pies? Ask members of your team if they’d like to chip in.
08. Take a hot-air balloon trip
You’ll get a great bird’s-eye view of the foliage.
09. Go on a hayride
Another autumnal classic, it’ll make your team all feel like they’re kids again.
10. Go to a beer festival
You can always go the adult route too. There are tons of beer festivals this time of year. To be safe, coordinate transportation and make sure no one drinks and drives.
11. Head to the closest museum
There’s never a wrong time to go to a museum.
12. Play a murder-mystery game
Keeping with the Halloween theme, hire a murder-mystery game and bring it to the office — or host it at your house.
13. Make some scarecrows
Gather hay, old clothes, and some sticks and see who can build the best one.
14. Go to a paint bar
Create fall-related artistic masterpieces with your employees. Hang some of them up in your office.
15. Tailgate at a football game
Do you work near an NFL or college football stadium? Round up the troops, show up early, and start tailgating.
16. Tour a winery
Another adult field trip. Same rule applies: no drinking and driving.
17. Head to a restaurant’s Oktoberfest celebration
Do some research to see which restaurants in the area have Oktoberfest celebrations. Eat bratwurst and drink beer at the nearest one.
18. Play flag football
Get your blood pumping with a friendly game of flag football.
19. Have a Thanksgiving potluck
Have everyone bring in their favorite dish and break bread with your team.
20. Watch scary movies
Another Halloween thing. Here’s a list of scary movies that take place at various workplaces.