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10 Fun Fall Date Ideas to Help You Take Advantage of the Season

Published on July 23, 2022

Couple drinking tea, spending time together in park in fall

No matter how long you’ve been together, it’s important to try new things and keep things fun. But planning a romantic date night can be tough: just what do you do, and where do you go? To help you, we’ve compiled a list of fun fall date ideas for couples.   

10 Fun Fall Date Ideas 

Since we know that fall weather may vary drastically depending on where you live — not everyone is lucky enough to experience mild temperatures in October and November — we’ve included a mix of fun fall date ideas, from outdoor date ideas to at-home dates.

1.     Visit a Corn Maze

Labyrinth made on corn field is ideal fun for families.
Photo by rebius/Adobe Stock.

Corn mazes are not only fun thanks to multiple forms of environment (games, pick-your-own farms, haunted attractions and the aforementioned mazes) but they’re also the perfect place for a romantic photoshoot. Wear lots of plaid.  

2.     Make S’mores

Homemade S’mores bars with marshmallows and chocolate
Photo by noirchocolate/Adobe Stock.

Build a fire and see who can make the gooiest s’mores around. Roast the classic combo (honey graham crackers, marshmallows and milk chocolate) or get creative with your ingredients: try adding cinnamon and chili powder for a Mexican-inspired flavor, or opt for Rice Krispies or Oreo cookies instead of graham crackers.  

3.     Go for Cider

Happy friends drinking warm cider cocktail at bar
Photo by EdNurg/Adobe Stock.

Nothing says fall like apple cider! Buy a few different brands and have an at-home cider tasting or visit a cidery in-person for an extra special date.

4.     Visit a National Park to Hear the Elk

Closeup of elk in nature
Photo by Tom/Adobe Stock.

If you’ve never heard the bugle of an elk, add this to your list of fun fall date ideas, pronto. It’s a pretty amazing sound to come out of a mammal.

5.     Carve Pumpkins

Young couple man and woman outdoors at vacation home making jack-o'-lantern preparing for halloween carving pumpkins together talking laughing cheerful close-up
Photo by Viktoriia/Adobe Stock.

There’s nothing like scooping out the guts of a pumpkin to make you feel alive! Bonus points if you pick them yourselves from a pumpkin patch first.

6.     Hunt for the Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice latte in a glass mug with cinnamon, nutmeg and cookies
Photo by fahrwasser/Adobe Stock.

What’s a list of fun fall date ideas without a single pumpkin spice latte (PSL)? Spend a weekend visiting cafes in your area until you find the perfect PSL. Or make your own on the stovetop. Sip your drinks by the fire for extra atmosphere or bring them with you on a walk while you admire the changing leaves.

7.     Watch a Scary Movie

Black couple at movie theaters
Photo by WavebreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock.

Choose something you’ll both like (there’s no shame in the gore-free horror game) and clutch each other for comfort. You could also revisit a Halloween movie from your past together: we’re partial to The Nightmare Before Christmas.

8.     Read Ghost Stories to Each Other

Happy couple at home on the floor reading stories
Photo by Syda Productions/Adobe Stock.

Find a scary book for adults, or pick some classic ghost stories, and read them out loud. You should do this in the dark, using candles for light and ambiance.

9. Do a Haunted House Tour 

Old house with a Ghost in the forest at night or Abandoned Haunted Horror House in fog
Photo by Syda Productions/Adobe Stock.

Every city has at least one haunted house (unconfirmed, just a feeling). Take advantage of this seasonal tour and learn something new about a building in your area. Console each other when you inevitably hear a weird noise or feel a mysterious breeze in a room where there’s no open window.

10. Bake Something With Pumpkin

Loaf of pumpkin bread
Photo by  Centaur/Adobe Stock.

Take advantage of the season and fill your house with the smell of freshly baked bread, cookies, muffins, pie, cheesecake — it doesn’t matter what, as long as you include pumpkin. There’s pretty much a pumpkin version of everything, and we’re here for it. Raise the stakes by doing a blind baker challenge — this is a fun game where one of you is blindfolded while the other gives baking directions.  

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The Author
Silvia Pikal is a writer and editor based in Calgary. She loves following her curiosity wherever it takes her, telling stories about the making of a ghost opera or the latest developments in health care. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in dozens of magazines, a short story anthology and most notably, on Blindman Brewing beer cans. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s going on adventures with her husband, Derek, and their spunky rescue dog, Mala. Silvia is fuelled by the 3 C’s – coffee, cheese and chocolate.