Autumn has lots of potential. The leaves are turning, crisp apples are in season and people are preparing for the colder weather ahead. When there's a chill in the air, consider hosting one of these events.
- Costume party -- Halloween is a great time to wear a disguise, but don't let the kids have all the fun. Costume parties give grownups the chance to try on different personas for an evening. They make great office events because they give coworkers an opportunity to see one another in a new light. That cute guy in accounting may seem bashful, but under that conservative sweater he's great pirate material.
- Neighborhood carnival -- If you're hosting a school function with lots of disparate elements like sign-ups, raffles and baked goods for sale, grouping everything under one theme is an efficient way to go. A carnival theme can be all inclusive, so it's always a winner. Bright colors in banners and tablecloths will give folks the idea. Just add some lively carnival music and the smell of hot popcorn.
- Pumpkin painting contest -- Pumpkin carving events are classic, but the use of sharp implements (and the strength to wield them), leaves little kids on the sidelines. Try a pumpkin painting contest instead. Stencil designs on pumpkins and let the kids fill them in with acrylic paint. It's like creating a three dimensional coloring page. This one avoids most of the pumpkin related mess, too.
- Fall color tour -- Conduct a scenic tour of the changing leaves. They can be spectacular, and you may not have to travel far to see the show.
- Haunted house tour -- Most medium-sized cities have at least a few buildings reputed to be haunted. Take a drive through your haunted neighborhoods and treat your guests to some bloodcurdling tales of ghostly terror. Oh, and don't forget to drive past the oldest cemetery after dark. It's spooktacular fun.