Hello friends! It’s officially autumn now, so I’m celebrating the new season with this post all about fun fall date ideas! Even though it’s over 90 degrees where I am, I am still in that “cozy” fall mood. Today I want to share a few fun date ideas, some that I have done, and some that I have just been thinking about trying! When all you ever do is go out to dinner/movie, dating can get a bit stale. I can’t wait to try these out with Aaron this fall. Most of these dates cost $10 or less, so they are perfect for college students on a budget. Keep in mind that all of these “dates” are totally perfect for friend dates too! Who needs a S.O. when you have your best friends. I hope that these date ideas will inspire you on your next date night!
Date Nights In
- Movie Marathon – specifically, a Harry Potter movie marathon, although any series would work. This is more fun than just watching one movie because you really get all settled in, with snacks etc. I think the ideal number is two movies in one night, but it’s all up to your own endurance! I recommend Harry Potter because it just has that cozy fall feel about it, you know?
- Bake a pie – I think this is most fun when you compete against one another to make the best pie. Choose your recipes, buy ingredients, and get to baking! If you really want to go all in, try picking the apples for your apple pie yourself! Invite friends over and have them judge the results. You can also do this same “date” with your friends!
- Make apple cider together – Thanks to this post, I am totally inspired to make my own apple cider this fall. This might be more of a just me thing, but it would be so much fun to go buy some fresh doughnuts and enjoy them with your homemade cider!
- Pumpkin carving – Get some pumpkins and a carving kit, and you are good to go! I usually do this with my niece, but it could also be a super fun date! Check out pinterest to find unique and more difficult diagrams. A few years back, I found a cut-out for a sugar skull, and it turned out really well! Again, I think it’s fun to make a competition out of it, so make the best ones you can, and then start a facebook poll to see who wins!
The Great Outdoors
- Have a bonfire and s’mores- If you have an outdoor fire pit, make a fire one night and enjoy the stars. Make s’mores, and maybe even try to add extra pizzazz, like peanut butter, or mint chocolate! Fall is the perfect time for bonfires, and it’s so romantic to sit around the fire and chat in the cool fall weather. You can also make s’mores inside, so this date is doable for anybody!
- Go hiking – I’ll admit, this one is not my cup of tea. I could likely be convinced, however, if there was gorgeous fall leaves everywhere. Look up hikes in your area and go during the peak of the fall color season! If I did this, it would be solely for the gorgeous photos. #doitforthegram
- Visit your state’s haunted sites – If you like spooky things, this date is for you! It might be more expensive than other dates based on gas prices and how far you are from the haunted sites. There are usually lists of “haunted” places in each state, and you could travel to visit them! Almost always, there will be some nearby. Or, just try visiting a graveyard at night, both are equally creepy.
- Go to a pumpkin patch/corn maze – These tickets might be a little more than $10 total, but usually they aren’t that expensive. Walk around together and look at the pumpkins, pet the animals, and get lost in the corn. I would be remiss if I left this off a list of fall dates!
- Volunteer at an animal shelter together – Although you could just visit and pet the animals for a while, it’s even more fulfilling if you go to volunteer together. Knowing that you’re helping the animals and doing something good for the community will give you *all* the good feelings. Make sure you aren’t one of those volunteers who is only there to play with the animals, actually help the shelter in any way they need!
- Rake leaves for the elderly – Another way to volunteer is to rake leaves together. Help out one of your grandparents, or go with a volunteer organization. You can rake the leaves (and maybe jump in them a little) and just have fun outside in the fall weather. Again, it’s a great feeling to help someone else together, and will bring you closer!
- Go to a high school football game – for just a few bucks, you can go to a football game! Get in the spirit of your local community, and cheer for the home team. How “fall” does it seem to be all bundled up in your warm clothes, hot chocolate thermos in hand, cheering for the team! I am doing some teaching at the local high school, and I think I am going to bring Aaron along to their next home game!
- Go to a fall festival – I love going to festivals, but unfortunately there aren’t many around where I am. Keep an eye on your local community schedule, and see if there are any fun fall festivals in the mix. You might have to travel to a bigger city, but these are usually free to get into, so the gas is worth it!
- Visit the farmer’s market – I love farmer’s markets in general, but they are the best in the fall! Give each person a spending limit, and see who can make the best meal out of the food at the market! Continue the date by taking the food to a park and having a picnic to enjoy the spoils of your shopping trip.
- Dollar tree date – this isn’t strictly a fall date, but one that I have always enjoyed. Growing up, my grandma would take my sister and I to the dollar tree. She would give us each one or two dollars to spend on anything we wanted. It makes you really look at everything to see what you ~really~ want. See what each person ends up with in the end, and make sure to share all the funny things you found at the store!
- Goodwill costume competition – as Halloween approaches, it’s costume time! Head to goodwill with $10 each, and see who can put together the best costume. Make sure you actually wear those costumes to your Halloween parties! Extra points awarded for dressing room fashion shows.
I really hope you enjoy some of these fall dates and try them out for yourself! My boyfriend isn’t always the best about participating in things with me, so some of these dates might work better for a friend group instead! Or, also totally cool, do some of these things with yourself! I’ve been trying recently to do more things by myself, because I think learning to enjoy your own company is really important.
Have you done any of these dates? Do you have any other cute ideas you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!