Valentine’s Day may be in February, and mistletoe may come out in December, but I have a strong case for proving fall to be the most romantic season of the year. For starters, the weather is just getting colder, and therefore, you have the perfect excuse to cuddle under a blanket by the fire with a couple of PSLs — need I say more!? In case you’re not a boring homebody like me and want to actually do something fun with your significant other, here are the date ideas that prove autumn truly is the best season for looooove:
1. Pumpkin Carving
Competition is the driving force behind all the very best dates, isn’t it? Have a pumpkin carving contest to see who can make the better Jack-O-Lantern, or better yet, each try to carve a Jack-O-Lantern that looks like the other. Unless you’re an incredibly skilled professional pumpkin carver (does that job exist!?), it likely won’t look anything like your date, but it will sure be fun to see what the outcome is.
2. Apple Picking
I mean, duh! This is a given bucket list must-do of the season, but it’s especially good as a romantic date idea. Picture this: the two of you, holding hands through the apple orchard, sharing an apple cider donut (Lady and the Tramp style), stealing kisses in between apple trees — sounds good, doesn’t it?
3. Scary Movie Night In
Okay I am not one to usually enjoy or encourage watching anything scary — I can’t sleep at night whenever I see a commercial for a burglar alarm on TV, forget a scary movie! But an excuse to cuddle up next to my boyfriend and squeeze him a little tighter during all the scary parts? Okay, maybe it’s worth the nightmares. Make your scary movie night extra romantic by making a delicious fall dinner, pouring some wine or spiked cider, and comforting each other when the best friend inevitably dies (why do they always walk into the woods alone!?).
4. Haunted House
See above. (Read: hold onto significant other tighter during the scary parts. Enough said).
5. Go to a Cider or Pumpkin Beer Tasting
Even if you and your date have nothing in common, odds are you both like cider. Or beer. Or walking around beautiful orchards and cool breweries, testing out all the best flavors that the season has to offer. There’s just no way you can’t have fun on this cool, unique, and seasonally perfect date!
6. Get Tickets to a Football Game
Show off your sporty side with a fun and lighthearted football game. Rooting for the same team will bring you and your date together and help you to bond, or rooting for the opposite team will ignite some fun and flirtatious competition — you can’t lose! (even if your team does). Step it up a notch with a good old fashioned tailgate, complete with chili, Bloody Marys, or your favorite tailgate food and drink, for a date that both of you will never want to end.
7. Host a Bonfire
I mean, is there anything more romantic!?! You can either host a bonfire party with your favorite couple friends for a group date idea, or set up a bonfire for just the two of you. Either way, nothing will put you in the mood for love better than a crisp fall night, a starry sky, a warm fuzzy blanket, and a bonfire. Except maybe all of that, plus s’mores (there’s nothing wrong with also loving a really good burnt marshmallow smooshed between chocolate and graham crackers, is there!?).
8. Find (or make) your Couple’s Halloween Costume
Whether you’ve been together for what feels like forever, or it’s your first Halloween as a #facebookofficial relationship, you’ll get a lot of laughs trying to plan and put together a couple costume for a Halloween party, or just to laugh at each other at home on Halloween night while you pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Go for funny (an old couple, PB&J sandwich), chic (Barbie and Ken, Mermaid and Sailor), or culturally relevant (Batman and Robin, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).
9. Bake a Pie (or other fall treat)
Remember those apples you picked on your aforementioned amazing fall date? Use those to bake a warm apple pie, or opt for another yummy treat with the ingredients of the season. It’ll be fun whether you’re both talented bakers who belong on The Great British Baking Show, only one of you knows what they’re doing (and gets to teach the other their baking secrets), or neither one of you know the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon (mistakes are funny!). Enjoy your well-earned baked goods when it’s fresh out of the oven, then judge your date based on whether or not they give you the last bite.