Last September, we poked a little fun at all the BCB (basic couple behavior that seems to run rampant this time of year. But as the fall season approaches, we’ve decided that if you can’t beat ’em, throw on a flannel shirt and join ’em. Thus, we proudly present 15 fall date ideas that are basic AF. Go ahead and pick your apples, bake them into a pie, and Instagram the heck out of it! Play carnival games at your local county fair! Go camping and only bring one (decent-sized) sleeping bag! Hey, just because the weather is cooling off doesn’t mean your date nights have to be any less hot, right? Here are 15 fall date night ideas to heat up your relationship.
1. Pick and Cook Fall Harvest Fruit
We’ve already mentioned apples (which come into season in the earliest months of fall, but pears and pumpkins also make for seriously yummy pies. A quick Google search should reveal all the farms in your area that will let you take a basket into their fields. Then, head home to bake up your bounty. As discussed, we encourage Instagramming it — and eating leftovers for breakfast the next day.
2. Take a Hay Ride
It doesn’t need to be haunted, though that certainly ups the fun factor and gives you an excuse for a little bit of tasteful PDA. Still, any ol’ hayride is the perfect excuse for a #SnuggleFestWithMySweetie. Don’t forget the checkered fleece blanket or you’re dead to us. (Kidding.)
3. Explore Local Fairs and Festivals
‘Tis the season for festivals of every kind. Chili cook-offs, cool-weather craft fairs, Oktoberfests and state and county fairs abound. Show off your softball skills from middle school and win your partner that teddy bear, or make out when the ferris wheel stops at the top.
4. Watch a Scary Movie — Outdoors
Bring your laptop to your deck, back lawn, or apartment’s rooftop, and see if you can stand the scares when you’re in the dark outside and exposed to the elements. You might find out one of you is a scaredy cat, which will make for years and years of playful teasing.
5. Enjoy a Picnic (and Jump in Some Leaves!)
We know when you think of picnics, you usually envision summer, but fall picnics are where it’s at, y’all. Park yourselves near some gorgeous fallen leaves, and unpack your thermos-contained drinks — think: hot apple cider or cocoa with marshmallows — belly-warming soup, and crusty bread. Afterwards, work off your meal playing in the foliage. You’ll feel silly for five seconds, but then the fun will start.
6. Carve and Decorate Pumpkins
The phrase “pumpkin patch” is very basic, but also so darn adorable. Trek to one of these and pick out the prettiest pumpkin in all the land for you and your other half to take home and whittle away at until it resembles a Disney character. Kinda. Just squint a little, and you’ll see Moana in there, we swear.
7**. Plan A Puzzle Night**
We say this with 100 percent sincerity: puzzles are freaking awesome. They require patience and teamwork and creative problem-solving and the ability to come back from making mistakes and…wait, did we just describe a marriage?
8**. Map Out a Hiking Adventure**
Time to bust out the L.L. Bean boots we know you have for some scenic strolling. You’ll get your steps in for the day, and hopefully discover some jaw-dropping views for a very impressive Instagram story.
9. Venture Out Thrifting Together
The best place for oversized, well-worn, and the coziest of those signature fall flannels? Thrift stores and consignment shops, baby! Plus, spring cleaning and back-to-school shopping means lots of folks just cleaned out their closets so now is peak season for tons of selection.
10. Go Camping and Light a Bonfire
Stargazing and s’mores are an obvious must, as well as storytelling around the campfire. Share funny (read: embarrassing) stories from childhood, or tell the spooky ghost stories we shouted out earlier — and don’t forget that two-person sleeping bag for optimal cuddling.
11. Hang Out at a Cidery or Brewery
Hot apple cider is a seasonal staple, and an indoor cidery or brewery is a chill place to spend an afternoon if the weather gets a little too nippy for your liking. If there are no such local options, make your own signature cocktails at home. (Check it! These fall cocktail ideas are perfect for pumpkin spice latte lovers.)
12. Check Out a Corn Maze
This date idea can be totally cute or totally creepy depending on whether your vibe is more Field of Dreams or Children of the Corn. Let’s assume it’s the former, and an afternoon or evening in a strategically manicured corn field sounds like an opportunity for showing off your navigation skills and sneaking hidden kisses among the rows.
13. Organize a Flag Football Group Date
It’ll be just like that Friends thanksgiving episode! (Maybe involve a little less cheating and inappropriate flashing in your recreation, though.) Bonus basic points if you rock the braided pigtails and backwards hat a la Rachel Green.
14. Visit A Haunted House
These type of attractions range from “kid-friendly” to “I’m actually going to wet myself.” Figure out where you and your partner fall on the spectrum, then find an appropriate venue. We also recommend doubling up on deodorant that day — in case things get truly terrifying and one of you ends up with your face buried in the other’s chest.
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15. Get Lost on a Long Drive
Walking is nice, but have you tried driving? Some winding country roads aren’t safe to traverse by foot, but the trees lining them are too pretty to miss when the leaves turn. And, of course there are modern-day vehicular luxuries to consider too — on-demand radio, butt warmers, and a GPS once it’s time to reorient and head back home.