Colorful leaves, cozy blankets and crisp autumn nights under the stars — you don’t need to wait until Valentine’s Day to celebrate your romance, because fall is the season for love.
Take your sweetheart out on a romantic weekend getaway, or participate in the whirlwind of seasonal festivities that begin just as the weather starts to cool down. These fall date ideas are perfect for all types of couples, from new relationships to longtime partners celebrating a special occasion.
Click through to discover fun fall bucket-list activities that will sweep your significant other off their feet.
1. Swap Wine Tasting for Cider Tasting
Cost: $30 per person to taste six award-winning ciders in Franklin County, Massachusetts
Wine tasting is always a sophisticated date idea, but you can add a fall twist by sampling the beverages at your local cider mill. If you or your partner aren’t the biggest fans of wine or hard ciders, get festive with pumpkin beers at the best breweries in your area.
2. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Cost: $12 per ticket for the Exeter Corn Maze in Missouri
Working together as a team to solve a corn maze might be just the thing to take your relationship to the next level. There are plenty of opportunities where you can stroll hand in hand to face whatever’s around the next corner — whether it’s in life or these cool mazes around the world.
3. Go Zip Lining Through the Changing Leaves
Cost: Starting at $99 per person for a half-day cliffside zip line in Idaho Springs, Colo.
Instead of hiking or biking under the fall foliage, go for an adrenaline-pumping zip line tour that will allow you and your sweetheart to fly through the changing leaves of fall. If the weather gets too nippy during your adventure, you can always warm up next to a cozy fire with hot drinks in hand.
4. Spend the Night in a Cozy Blanket Fort
There are plenty of creative ways to express your love without spending a dime — if you know where to look. You can plan a wonderful “staycation” by building a massive blanket fort from the pillows and comforters in your home. Don’t forget to sweeten the deal with Netflix and your partner’s favorite snacks.
5. Learn How to Bake the Pie of Your Dreams
Cost: $85 per person for a two-hour baking class in Union City, Calif.
Couples who love dessert might get excited at the idea of learning how to make the perfect pie crust. Apart from acquiring new and delicious skills together, you’ll get to bring home a superbly decorated holiday pie with the flavors of fall.
If you don’t want to pay the money for a cooking class, find a tutorial video online, grab supplies at the grocery store and experiment in the kitchen. Even if your pie ends up far from photogenic, you’ll have fun together.
6. Stream a Halloween Movie Marathon
Cost: $7.99 per month for a basic Netflix subscription
Rather than renting or buying movies on an individual basis — and possibly fighting over titles — consider signing up for a subscription service to watch all the Halloween movies you want. Throw in a couple of blankets and a bowl of popcorn, and the evening will fly by.
7. Visit Your Local County Fair
Cost: $10 per person for admission to the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair
From mechanical rides to barn tours to agricultural competitions, the typical offerings at county fairs can provide any couple with hours of entertainment as well as many chances to make lasting memories.
8. Get Creative With Pumpkin Carving
Cost: $5.99 for each pumpkin at Meijer
Purchase a couple of pumpkins from the local market if you’re ready for some friendly competition between you and your partner. To keep costs down and inspiration flowing, check out these free printable pumpkin carving templates for your next artistic endeavor.
9. Book a Stay at a Haunted Hotel
Cost: From $258 per night for the Nov. 22-23 “romance” package at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado
For couples who love getting spooky around Halloween time, there are plenty of haunted locales to visit or even spend a night. Take the Stanley Hotel, for example — the property served as the inspiration for “The Shining” by horror novelist Stephen King.
10. Make Candy Apples After Apple Picking
Cost: $30 for a one-size bag (fits 60-70 apples) at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in New York
Apple picking is among some of the most budget-friendly fall festivities. Take things a step further by transforming your freshly picked apples into homemade candy apples — it can take as little as half an hour, and your sweetheart’s sweet tooth might appreciate it.
11. Root for Your Favorite Football Team
Cost: From $118 per ticket for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts game on Dec. 16
Cheer together with the crowd and get your blood racing during one of the most exciting times of the year: football season. Bring your partner along for the ride — it’s even more fun if you’re rooting for opposing teams.
12. Go 'Glamping' in the Woods
Cost: $99 per night for weekends at the American River Resort in California
Even if you’re not in love with the idea of camping, you might enjoy these luxurious camping options with real beds. Imagine cozying up under the stars and listening to the relaxing sounds of nature all around — it’s a welcome respite from the bustle of daily life.
13. Cuddle Up at a Drive-In Movie Theater
Cost: $7 per adult to see two features at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Texas
It’s easy to dazzle your partner with priceless date-night ideas, like a romantic drive-in movie. Avoid the grubby seats at typical theaters and stay in the comfort of your own car — with privacy to boot.
14. Take Advantage of Seasonal Spa Specials
Cost: $115 per person for an hourlong pumpkin body scrub at Allure Day Spa in New York
From fall aromatherapy massages to pumpkin enzyme exfoliating facials, a spa day is the perfect opportunity to satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings. However, if you prefer the DIY route, there are plenty of beauty products you can use to pamper your partner at home.
15. Wear Couples Costumes at a Halloween Theme Park
Cost: $97 per ticket on “value” days at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif.
There’s nothing cuter than matching couples costumes during Halloween, and you can make full use of them by attending as many events as possible. Put your heads together and pull costume ideas from your favorite TV shows, books and more — the possibilities are endless.
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Prices are accurate as of Oct. 10, 2018.