7 Fabulous Fall Date Night Ideas

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The air is getting crisper, the leaves are changing, and nature has become the perfect backdrop for a romantic get-together. Enjoy the season with your sweetie by trying out any of these great date ideas. Added bonus? They’re all super budget-friendly.
  1. Go Apple Picking

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    Tis the season for apple picking! Check out a local orchard or farm and make a day of it. Take a tour, make your own apple butter or cider, and (hopefully) eat some great cider donuts. Plus, going home to make an apple pie together? Adorable and delicious!

    Check out other apple recipes to make together!

  2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

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    Get in touch with your inner child and set out for a day of picking pumpkins. Make sure to choose a few good ones and take some great, aw-worthy pictures. Most pumpkin patches also have fun activities, such as petting zoos, pumpkin tosses, and even corn mazes, a great excuse to extend your date even longer! (Visit PumpkinPatchesAndMore.org to find a patch near you!)

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  3. Get Spooked

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    Remember when going to the movies with someone meant picking the scariest movie so you could get a bit closer? Same rule applies. There’s nothing like visiting a haunted house and getting scared to bring you two closer together (literally!). Holding hands through creepy hallways while being scared out of your mind...that’s the thing romantic movies are made of. (Psst...visit HauntWorld.com to find a haunted house near you!)

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  4. Drink Up

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    What better way to say “cheers” to fall than with some (inexpensive) drinks? Look up local wineries or bars that offer tastings for a perfect fall night. You’ll get to tour the facilities, learn about the different wine or beer, and support local businesses. Plus, many places that host these events serve appetizers, cheese plates, or desserts!

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  5. Hit Up a Fall Fair or Festival

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    C’mon, you can try to pretend you didn’t love the fair scene in The Notebook, but you can’t fool us. Pretend to be a teen again and take a ride on the Ferris wheel, and sit really close. Visit the booths, play the games, and enjoy a night out. Did we mention that nothing says true love like winning a stuffed animal for your date...or buying him a funnel cake. We’d take either.

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  6. Shop a Flea Market

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    Many vendors are trying to get rid of their finds before winter sets in and they have to store their stuff, so you’re likely to get a deal. Set off early and grab breakfast first, then spend the day perusing vintage wares.

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  7. Go on a Hayride

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    If you’ve never been on a hayride, you’ve been missing out. Grab a blanket and cuddle up as you take in nature. Bring a thermos of hot cocoa or (spiked?) cider (careful if it’s bumpy!). Tip: See if you can find one operating at night so you can spend your time together gazing at the stars (plus, riding at night should mean fewer kids).

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