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Published October 11th 2012
Despite its beauty and character, Autumn doesn't last long and the few short weeks are quickly changed from vibrant oranges, yellows and reds, into grey winter.
So now is the perfect time to step out with your camera to take some cool shots, but its no fun without someone to share it with, so take your family with you.
1) Grab your camera, and your loved ones and take them for a walk or cycle through some of London's famous parks such as Hyde Park, Regents, Victoria, Greenwich, Richmond, Bushy Park, and Windsor Park and take photos of the beautiful Autumn colours. To add some more fun to the outing, give your kids the camera and teach them how to use it. Encourage them to get creative like jumping into mounds of leaves, climbing trees and peeping out of bushes. Whilst you're at it take the time to get some amazing family photos with the Autumn leaves as the backdrop.
2) Apples are synonymous with the Fall so go and do some cider tasting in the countryside. Or if you're a little more adventurous, go and join a cider festival or take a trip to a cider mill such as the Perry's Cider Mill in Somerset. Whilst your there, explore the orchards and climb some apple trees! Maybe even pick some fresh apples and you can use them for the next activity.
3) As a treat when I was a child, my mother got all my friends together to make caramel apples. Melted caramels are so mouth wateringly tasty, and relatively messy that it occupied us for ages!
It's a great activity for kids, so gather them all together and give them an apple each.
You'll need some thick craft sticks, 3 packages of individually wrapped caramels, and 4 tablespoons of milk.
Get them all to remove the stems from each apple, and press a craft stick into the top.
Butter a large baking sheet and set aside. Then place the caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, and stir once. Allow it to cool briefly. Then one at a time, roll each apple quickly in the caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.
To make them more interesting, you could then roll the toffee'd apples in salted peanuts, caramel popcorn, toasted shredded coconut and chopped nuts, crushed cheese crackers, dried cranberries, sultanas and walnuts, or crushed Oreo cookies.
4) Jack-o-Lantern competition: It's a great activity for the entire family to do together. In my family, every year we each get a pumpkin and take a day to gut, and carve them. We saved the seeds and roasted them in the oven for a delicious snack. It takes some practice to be able to carve a pumpkin without stencils or guidance, but there are some great Pumpkin carving kits, which you can buy on Amazon and Ebay. They typically include stencils and carving equipment, that are safe for kids to use, and can help you to make some exquisite carved pumpkins.
5) It would be a waste of a beautiful October if you didn't at least get dressed up and go trick-or-treating with the kids, or if trick-or-treating isn't possible where you live, then you should try and host a Halloween party. Everyone can get involved in planning, decorating and making food for the event including the kids. Decorating, cooking, costumes, pumpkin carving, lights, etc. See my article, 'How to Host an Amazing Halloween Party' to find out how to organize a fantastic evening for both kids and adults.