Autumn is a time for crisp air, turning leaves, seasonal fare—and romantic dates. When the temperatures start falling, your love can continue to bloom.
There are almost endless things to do on a date in the fall, but we’ve compiled a list of our favorite fall date ideas. From culinary delights to spooky outings, these dates are sure to inspire your next romantic venture.
1. Take a Scenic Drive
If you live in a region that experiences seasons, you probably have amazing opportunities to view fall colors. Take advantage of the fleeting yellows, oranges, and reds and go on a scenic drive to view them all—with your love by your side in the passenger seat.
While there are some famous fall foliage drives throughout the country, like the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina or the Columbia River Highway in Oregon, you can also plan one in your neck of the woods by driving through a nature area that has plenty of trees (hint: look out for aspens, maples, and red oaks, all of which produce beautiful fall colors). Let the oohs and aahs commence!
2. Visit a Theme Park
One of the best fall date ideas for adventurous couples, visiting a theme park can be extra fun during the fall because many change to a seasonal theme (either autumn or Halloween inspired). Here are a few well-known theme parks to visit on your next date:
- Disneyland (California) has a Halloween theme until October 31
- Busch Gardens (Florida) hosts Howl-O-Scream at night
- Dollywood (Tennessee) hosts a Harvest Festival from late September to late October
- Kings Island (Ohio) puts on Halloween Haunt on fall weekends until October 28
3. Brave a Haunted House
Keep the spookiness alive on a more local level by visiting a haunted house or experience. Haunted houses are prime hand-holding opportunities amid the spine-chilling sounds and scary costumes.
This might not be the best fall first-date idea only because you should know what scare levels your date is comfortable with—but this is a great idea for couples who like a good fright fest.
4. Get Active in the Crisp Morning Air
This autumn date idea is perfect for couples who like to start their day by enjoying the crisp fall air. Experience the cooler temperatures with your partner by planning a morning date that gets your heart rate up. Choose an activity like a morning coffee walk in your neighborhood, a bike ride or a jog through the park, or a hike on a misty trail.
5. Plan a Fall-Themed Movie Night
Instead of “Netflix and chill,” have a themed movie night to celebrate fall and the upcoming cuffing season, where you and your date can cozy up on the couch, watch a fall or Halloween movie, and snack on seasonal treats, like hot apple cider or pumpkin cookies. For a lighthearted classic, try Hocus Pocus, or for a serious fright, play one of the Scream movies.
If you’d rather bundle up, search for outdoor fall movie events at your local parks, event spaces, or drive-in theaters. Just don’t forget a blanket!
6. Play Bartender at a Cocktail Class
Many bars and restaurants host cocktail-making workshops throughout the year, but what better fall date idea than to register for an autumn-themed class? You and your date can find inspiration for your next cocktails at home while sipping on some delightful concoctions created by a mixologist. This is a great way to ring in the season with fall flavors, like maple, cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin.
7. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
When you’re looking for cute date ideas for fall, just head to your local pumpkin patch. This is one of the most quintessential fall date ideas for a reason: it’s just plain fun, and it only comes around once a year!
To spice up the date, introduce a challenge, like “find the ugliest or most perfect pumpkin.” Whoever wins has to buy the apple cider.
8. Have a Pumpkin-Carving Contest
What to do with the pumpkins you just brought home from the patch? Carve them, of course!
A perfect fall first-date idea, pumpkin carving provides time to get to know each other while doing an activity that’s silly and takes the pressure off of the conversation. Though, if you’re ever at a loss, we have some great first-date conversation starters to help get the chitchat going.
9. Go Apple Picking
If you live in an area that has apple orchards, don’t miss your chance to plan an amazing autumn date idea by going apple picking. You might be surprised at how many locations across the United States have apple-picking opportunities; from New York to California and Georgia to Massachusetts, there are several places to experience the fruits of fall.
Many orchards that are open to the public also host fall festivals this time of year, so plan your date accordingly to make it a romantic autumn day.
10. Celebrate Oktoberfest
If you love fall and you love beer, there’s no better time to celebrate those two things than during Oktoberfest. While the main celebration in Germany is hosted from mid-September to early October, U.S. festivals can occur any time during this period, so be sure to find a festival in your area to grab a pint and say “prost!” with your partner.
11. Attend a Candle-Making Class
For your next fall date idea, try something new together, like making seasonal scented candles. Before you drop everything and go get all the materials at your craft store, sign up for a candle-making class with your partner at your local home-goods store or art studio. They’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.
You’ll be able to learn the art of pouring candles and pick out your favorite fall scents to make your space smell like cinnamon sugar or warm apple spice. Then, take your new candles home and admire your handiwork together by the soft light of the flame.
12. Bake Homemade Autumn Treats
Need more at-home date ideas? Just turn the oven on to crank up the heat on your next bake—and your love. Celebrate the season by trying out a new recipe together. You could attempt a fall-flavored donut, an apple pie, or even a pumpkin spice latte (no oven needed). For a sexy kitchen experience, wear fall-themed aprons with clothing underneath as optional.
No matter where you live, you can always find the perfect fall date ideas for you and your boo.