As the leaves start to change and a crisp chill hits the air, it’s hard not to open a magazine or go online without stumbling across a plethora of online dating articles with Fall themed date ideas. Spoiler alert: from picking seasonal fruit to Halloween themed outings, the suggestions never really change much from year to year. I used to find this annoying until I realized why this was. These date ideas are popular for a reason: because they’re awesome.
Here are a few cliche fall date ideas that you should definitely reconsider.
- Going apple picking.
Yes, everyone and their dog is posting their apple picking photos on Instagram lately, but there’s something really romantic and wholesome about spending a day outside enjoying one of the most stereotypical fall activities ever. Not only is it a fun daytime date idea, but it’s also a great option for people who get fidgety just thinking about sitting across the table from a stranger.
While apple picking, you can get to know the other person while partaking in a shared activity, eliminating the potential for forced awkward eye-contact.
- Hit up your local pumpkin patch and get crafty.
Remember how much fun it was going to a pumpkin patch as a kid? Head to your local pumpkin patch and have fun wandering the fields in search of the perfect find. If the shopping experience goes well, head back home to craft a jack-o-lantern together. Similar to apple picking, this is another great daytime date idea. It gets you outside and allows you to bond over a shared activity while giving space for sparks to fly.
- Enjoy boozy warm beverages.
Warm, fragrant beverages like apple cider and spiked chai lattes are synonymous with this season for a reason: they’re delicious. If you find you’re always taking your dates to the same local watering hole or coffee shop, now’s the perfect time to branch out. Find a cozy bar or lounge in your city (one with a fireplace is always a bonus!) or make the drinks at home.
- Go to a haunted house.
Tis’ the season for haunted houses! There’s a reason why haunted house dates are always on the top of fall date ideas lists: sharing a few thrills and chills together is a great way to form a connection. If the haunted house is scary enough, it might literally send your date into your arms (never a bad thing!)
- Plan a Halloween-themed movie night.
If going to a haunted house isn’t in the cards, why not bring the Halloween vibe home with you? Plan a spooky Halloween themed night of Netflix and chill, complete with drinks, snacks and lots of cuddling up.
- Grab pumpkin spice lattes together and hit the park to check out the leaves.
I know. Pumpkin spice lattes are the definition of basic, but they’re also kind of delicious. Grab some PSL’s (or your favorite warm beverage) and go for a stroll through the park to check out the changing leaves.
- Enjoy a hayride together.
The fresh chill of autumn air. A sky full of stars. You and your date cozied up under a warm blanket. What’s not to like? No matter how you slice it, going on a hayride together is ridiculously romantic. So, what are you waiting for?