It is no secret that fall is my absolute favorite season! Although I can’t decide if I like September or October more…anyways, the whole season is beautiful! I love seeing the colors change, and feeling the air get just a bit crisper. Part of the reason fall holds such a special place in my heart is because my husband and I met way back in September 2008. Most of our early friendship was spent enjoying something we had in common: the great outdoors! Over the nine years of our relationship, we have amassed quite a list of fall date activities, and I want to share some of them with you today.
These ideas could work well for both unmarried and married couples.
Outdoor movie night
In all the towns near me, there is either a drive-in theatre or a community group that offers free screenings of movies in local parks. This is a fun way to spend time together but is more creative than the traditional movie date. If the movie is being shown outdoors, pack along a blanket for sitting on and a little picnic of hot drinks and yummy treats.
Do you or your significant other consider yourselves a coffee, tea, or cider aficionado? Why not travel around town in search of the best hot bevy? This could get pricey if you order the biggest, fanciest drink, so I suggest coming up with a budget and sticking to that. Ordering the smallest size also helps make sure you don’t get too full or warm to visit more than one place. This would also be fun to do with another couple.
Host a progressive dinner
The idea behind a progressive dinner is to have each course of the meal at a different house. This works best if everyone hosting lives near each other and if the meals are kept relatively simple. I love this idea because you can make it a group date, and it is more creative than a traditional dinner date.
Everyone knows that term, right? If you love fall foliage, take advantage of the lovely weather and make a date to admire God’s creation. You can visit a national or local park, or even take a walk around your neighborhood.
Fall photo shoot
If you are able to afford professional photos, this is the time to take them! There is so much a good photographer can do with this gorgeous backdrop! Even if you are unable to afford or find a professional portrait photographer, you can still capture some fun memories. Consider asking a friend or family member who has a camera, or check out local Facebook groups for up and coming photographers offering free sessions for portfolio building.
Go Christmas shopping
You read that right! Stores around my area already have Christmas goodies out, so why not beat the crowds and get your shopping done early? Shopping is usually more fun with a date anyways. If you can’t quite bring yourself to actually buy any gifts yet, you can still take a walk around the mall or plaza and start gathering ideas for gifts to buy.
Our provincial parks here in Canada often offer a variety of fall-themed activities, such as guided hikes, nature ID tours, animal calling workshops (my friend once hosted a wolf calling class up North!), and more. They usually have a small fee but it is worth it! I encourage you to check out your national or state parks for similar activities.
Family date night
While the idea of spending date night with your parents, siblings or in-laws may not sound fun at first, hear me out! Spending time with other couples in your family is a great way to keep things chaperoned (if you are dating or courting) but it doesn’t feel like you are being babysat. If you are already married, it is still nice to spend time with other couples, and your family, so why not use this date idea as a way to combine the two? There are a number of things you could do as a group, such as a movie night, board games, mini golf, and more.
Library or Book Store
My husband is not really a big reader, so this is not a date he would typically enjoy, although he does accompany me to the library on many occasions, and he does enjoy the book store’s section of his favorite author. But this is the PERFECT date idea for a couple who enjoys books. Spend an hour or an afternoon picking out freebies from the local library or picking up some new materials from the store, and then take time later in the day to read together. Not necessarily to each other, but just together. I love doing this with my husband! We sit together on the couch in front of a fire, and bundle in cozy blankets, and just read.
Bake or cook together
Sometimes the weather in fall is too cold or rainy to enjoy, so I suggest staying in and spending time in the kitchen. David and I have made many meals together, and it is always more fun, and tastes better, than doing it alone. We have made full-blown meals, as well as simpler things like pizza or a cake. Even the cleanup is fun with a date!
Apple or pumpkin picking
Take a trip to a local farm, roadside stand, or farmer’s market to gather seasonal apples and pumpkins. We prefer to forage for our wild apples, but that is just us 🙂 Anyway you get them, it will be fun with someone else! We like to make all kinds of desserts with apples, and I am known for my pumpkin butter. If you get more produce than you need, consider doing some baking with your haul and giving the treats away to friends, family, neighbors, or people at church.
The holidays will be here soon and places like food banks and soup kitchens are always in need of extra help. Give back to the community and shine a light for Jesus while spending time with your special someone! If food banks or soup kitchens are not your thing, check out the local library, homeless shelter, animal shelter, or other community organizations to see what you can do to help. If you still come up empty, ask around at church, and I’m sure you’ll find new parents that could use a night out or an elderly person in need of help with yard work.
So get out there, enjoy the season, spend time with your loved ones, and maybe even do some good while you’re at it!