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Autumn Festival Time By Michelle D. Sanders Impressive Diva Solutions

Looking to plan an autumn festival event for family, school, church or in your neighborhood? Not sure where to start? Let me give you a few tips on planning an Autumn Festival. Is this an alternate to Halloween or just the kick-off to fall? These are the questions you need to ask before you begin planning. Normally churches, schools or organizations host fall festivals. It is no reason why you cannot plan a backyard event for family and friends. Regardless, of who you are planning for here are some tips to have a successful event.


We’ve discussed your objectives why you are having a Fall Festival now what’s in your wallet? You need a budget or have some idea of how much you would like to spend. Your budget will determine the size of your event.

Select a venue or look at your backyard space. Think of a theme and what decorations you would like and the cost. Will you need family and friends to help or volunteers if this event is at church or school?


You want your event to be fun so plan some activities:

  • Carnival Games
  • Bouncy House
  • Face Painting
  • Decorate Pumpkins
  • Bob for Apples
  • Fire Pits in the backyard (Roasted Marshmallows)
  • Tug-a-war
  • Sack Races

Planning your food could be challenging but here are a few ideas that might work:

  • Roasted hot dogs over a fire if outdoors, otherwise use a slow cooker for hotdogs for an indoor event.
  • Can’t go wrong with chips, drinks, and cookie whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Supply the hotdogs and burgers and have everyone potluck it and bring a dish.
  • If this is a fundraiser, have a Chili-Nacho Cook-off to raise money by having tip jars by each entrée.

Prizes or Giveaways are always nice if your budget can handle it. Thank-you swag bags are nice for your guest. Use Oriental Trading or the Dollar Store. If this is for an organization, you can seek donations from area businesses and retail outlets for door prizes.


Send out save the dates, invites, evites or prepare flyers of your event and post on social media. Get the word out about your event if a fundraiser, church or organization event. Use your school newsletters, church bulletins, and media. Encourage your event to be safe and fun for families. If you are using your backyard, just be safe around fire pits.


There are so many ways to have a nice Fall Festival but if you are not feeling like planning an event, then look for safe events going on in your neighborhood or churches. Happy Autumn Fest! Follow-us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or email your ideas and your question to and your question may get posted. #AutumnFest