One of the best outdoor fall activities is picking your own pumpkins and apples.
Picking out the right pumpkin is paramount. You spend so much time perusing through hundreds of pumpkins to get it. There are so many variations in color, size, weight, texture to choose from, and then there it is, whether it's still on the vine, or neatly laid out in bunches on pallets.
There are the classic, round orange pumpkins, which you can carve and bake the seeds to eat later; the fancy blush pink or blue Cinderella pumpkins, which make beautiful centerpieces (and later meals: peeled, seeded, cubed); and the teensy little star-shaped, long-necked, knobby concoctions that make fun tablescapes en masse.
Our favorite place to pick pumpkins (and apples in the same trip) is Hollin Farms in Northern Virginia, just over an hour outside of D.C. We plan our trip carefully, figuring out how much money we want to spend on pumpkins (and then I always go and add a few tiny gourds on at the end...) and pecks of apples, as well as what we plan on doing with our freshly picked treasures.