ALERT! ALERT! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! There’s only one more week until the official first day of fall!!
I hate to start this blog post with the most basic of sentences, but fall is my favorite holiday. Really September through December are the best months of the year IMHO. You get to celebrate all the best holidays, and they all involve food. The weather isn’t scorching hot like the rest of the year (if you’re from the south, you understand where I’m coming from). And while I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice latte, I do enjoy other pumpkin-flavored delicacies. Not to mention, fall has the best clothes and accessories (scarves and boots all day errryday) and the best weather. I look forward to fall because it’s the beginning of months where people spend more time with their families, and they put silly differences aside to love on each other and remember the things that really matter.
The perfection of fall also makes it the perfect season for a little romance. It’s the perfect time and excuse to cozy up to your beau and enjoy everything this time of year has to offer. A few years ago, I shared 40 ideas for budget-friendly fall dates, but obviously 40 wasn’t enough.
1. CARVE PUMPKINS AND ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS
Carving pumpkins is such a gross and tedious task, but it’s so fun to see the end result. Pick a theme for both of your pumpkins or have a pumpkin carving contest to see who can make the scariest or most creative jack-o-lantern. I also love roasting homemade pumpkin seeds. I sprinkle the seeds with a little garlic powder and Tony’s (aka the spice of the south) and put them in the oven until they’re golden brown. This is the perfect tasty treat to enjoy as a reward for all the creativity you put into your pumpkin.
2. PLAY IN THE LEAVES
I’ve never actually raked leaves in my life, but I do enjoy playing in them. #sorrynotsorry to the person who has to rake them up again.
3. GO ON A BIKE RIDE
Fall weather is the perfect time of year to spend as much time outside as possible. I love a good bike ride, and nature trails are even more beautiful this time of year with all of the leaves changing colors. Grab, borrow or rent some bikes for a scenic ride together.
4. GO TO A FESTIVAL
I’m a sucker for a good music festival, but I also like food festivals, film festivals, book festivals and really just any kind of festival. During this time of year, state fairs are usually rolling around. Fairs and festivals are always a fun fall date. You both can enjoy some good food, fun rides and maybe even some live music or a petting zoo. Here in Shreveport, we have the State Fair of Louisiana and the Red River Revel in October, which is an outdoor arts and music festival that I go to just about every year. It’s always a good time.
5. TAKE A ROAD TRIP
As much fun as it is to enjoy the beauty of fall in your own backyard, it’s even more fun to experience the season somewhere else. Pick a destination you can quickly and easily drive to and enjoy some of the fall festivities that that town has to offer. While this isn’t necessarily a budget-friendly date idea, road trips are a great way for couples to really get to know each other.
6. DECORATE YOUR HOUSE FOR FALL
Fall colors are the best. There’s just so much beauty in the browns, oranges and reds that come together to make the season so beautiful. Browse your local craft stores or peruse Pinterest for some fall craft ideas. You can decorate your place(s) together or each of you can decorate the other’s house/apartment and see who does it best.
7. HOST A FRIENDSGIVING
I love hosting parties, and Friendsgiving is always one of my favorite events to bring friends together. Decorate the house, think of some games and prepare a meal for your guests. You can also ask people to bring some dishes to share. At my Friendsgiving, I had a photobooth, and it was such a huge hit.
8. GO TO AN ESCAPE ROOM
Escape rooms are one of my new favorite things to do. I wouldn’t recommend going as a first date because holy frustration, but it’s a great idea for a group date. My friends and I went on a triple date to Escape Shreveport. We all came together to figure out the clues, and we made it out of the Truth or Dare room with 18 minutes to spare.
9. GO APPLE PICKING
I’ve never actually visited an apple orchard before, but I can only imagine that it’s about as fun as visiting the pumpkin patch. You can pick some apples together, take them home and make some delicious apple pie.
10. GO FOR A WALK
I recently went on a trip with my boyfriend, and we stopped at an arboretum. It’s easily one of the highlights from the trip even though we didn’t do anything glamorous. It was a spontaneous stop, and all we did was walk hand-in-hand and talk. Sometimes just getting out of the house and taking a stroll around the neighborhood means more than planning an over-the-top, expensive date.
11. GO ON A BEER TOUR
If you live near a few breweries, why not visit as many as you can in one day? Sample the beers, play some corn hole and make some memories.
12. GO ON A HAYRIDE
Nothing says fall like a good hayride at a corn maze.
13. MAKE A BLANKET FORT
There’s never a bad time for a fort. Move the chairs and couches around, grab some sheets and blankets and go to town. Lay some pillows down and lie on top of them then have a sweet cuddle sesh.
14. GO TAILGATING
Fall means football season, and football season means tailgating. Fire up the grill, cook up some hotdogs and hamburgers, pour yourself a drink and cheer for your favorite team.
15. MAKE A PUMPKIN-THEMED BREAKFAST
Like I mentioned, I love a good pumpkin-flavored anything, especially in the fall. Start your day with a little pumpkin-themed breakfast. Make some pumpkin French toast, pancakes or waffles. Bake some pumpkin-flavored muffins. You could also try some pumpkin parfaits, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, pumpkin scones or pumpkin donut holes. The possibilities are endless.
16. RENT A CABIN OR GO CAMPING
Take a mini getaway (or a staycation) that gets you out of the house and into the great outdoors. Enjoy the coziness of the fall weather, make some s’mores, sing by the campfire and get in touch with nature.
17. WAKE UP EARLY TO WATCH THE SUNRISE IN YOUR PAJAMAS
I love a good sunset, but there’s something about watching the sunrise that makes me so happy. When I’m awake early enough to watch the sunrise, I love the quiet and knowing that many of the people around me are still cozied up in their beds.
18. GO HORSEBACK RIDING
I became obsessed with horseback riding when I did it on the beach in the Bahamas. It was such an unforgettable experience. Make it a date – go to a local area, rent some horses and giddy-up.
19. BAKE FALL COOKIES
The smell of freshly baked fall cookies just brings joy to my soul. Get some fall-flavored cookie dough from your local grocery store or peruse Pinterest for a recipe y’all can make together.
20. GO FISHING
Again, spending as much time outside during this time of year is key. Fishing is such a chill activity, and not only will you get to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, but it’s also the perfect time for some good conversation.
Want even more ideas? Click here for 40 more fall date ideas!
What are some of your favorite things to do with your significant other in the fall?