20 Inexpensive Fall Date Ideas

Ever since the start of my new relationship, my weekends have become a lot more...predictable. Unlike most new relationships, we spent months beforehand getting to know one another to the point where when we did meet, it's as if we had skipped over the awkward getting to know each other stage. This also means we quickly got comfortable with each other, too comfortable sometimes.

With my love for fall and his inexperience with all the city has to offer, I began researching for ways to enjoy our weekends without emptying our wallets. If you're in a relationship that needs something other than Netflix-and-stop-eating-so-much-of-my-popcorn, or if you're still into those early months of your relationships, this list has plenty of fall date ideas that will give you both something fun to do. Praying that during none of your dates he asks "what's the point of this?" If so, I stand by whatever choice in object you decide to throw towards him.

1. Visit a pumpkin patch.

An easy way for you to take some cute Instagram photos and enjoy all the events many pumpkin patches host on top of picking your own pumpkin. Much more fun than a trip to the grocery store to nab one.

2. Watch the most anticipated movie for fall.

With so many great movies, and shows, coming out each fall, find one you both are pumped for an make a night of it.

3. Go on a hike.

Enjoy the great outdoors while it's still nice enough to want to go outside. Even most large cities have a park worth trekking through.

4. Create your own food crawl.

If bar crawls aren't your thing, choose a food item you both love and make a pact to try it in various restaurants throughout your town. Options are donuts, pumpkin space lattes or ice cream. Literally any food will work, so choose your favorite and get to tasting!

5. Go apple picking.

If you're lucky enough to live near an orchard, apple picking is a fun option that gets you both outside and fed.

6. Carve pumpkins.

Remember that pumpkin patch idea? Well you can take that date night and turn it into a second one by carving your pumpkins.

7. Have a scary movie marathon.

Take turns choosing a Halloween movie and spend the weekend watching each other's favorite films. All you need is some snacks and your Netflix account.

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8. Make your favorite fall food from scratch.

Did you go apple picking? Well you can turn those apples into a pie, or apple sauce! If not, choose a recipe and attempt making it together. Even if it turns out terrible, it's a bonding experience. Kinda like building Ikea furniture.

9. Visit a haunted house.

For those couples that enjoy a good scare, haunted houses are a great choice that will give you plenty of funny moments to talk about the rest of the week.

10. Visit a corn maze.

For those couples that wanna take the haunted house date one step further, corn mazes are one of the creepiest, and most fun, things to do this time of year.

11. Have one last picnic.

I don't think picnics get the credit they deserve. Find a not too busy park and pack some easy to make food, or yummy takeout, and eat outside before your fingers feel like they're gonna freeze off.

12. Host a game night.

Who says date nights cant include your friends? Invite over other couples, or just a few mutual friends, and enjoy some pizza over your choice of board or card game.

13. Attend a state fair.

The best part of fall are all the state fairs that pop up! Find one near you and enjoy all the fair food your wallet can buy you.

14. Roast pumpkin seeds.

Remember that pumpkin you carved? Save those seeds and roast them!

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15. Go thrifting or to a flea market.

So it turns out guys don't mind visiting flea markets or thrift stores. My hypothesis is that they too love a good bargain, but whatever the reason, try it out. To make things more fun set a budget and see who can buy the best thing with the money they have.

Visit a local wine or beer fest.

Groupon has so many discounted entry tickets to wine and beerfests nationwide, but if that isn't your scene, try visiting a local brewery.

16. Visit a local wine or beer fest.

Groupon has so many discounted entry tickets to wine and beerfests nationwide, but if that isn't your scene, try visiting a local brewery.

17. Host a Halloween party.

Most twenty somethings still love Halloween, but many of us are in that in between stage where we wanna dress up but rather not go out to some overpriced bar. Save the day by hosting a party for your closest friends, nothing fancy. Think a few decorations, snacks, drinks and a costume contest!

18. Sign up for a ghost tour.

Many cities have local ghost tours. Do a little research to see if your town has one you can attend together.

19. Build a bonfire.

If you're lucky enough to have a fire pit, or live near a beach that allows them, build a bonfire to roast some marshmallows over.

20. Create a fall bucket list.

If you're a couple who likes to stay active, create a fall bucket list together so you never run out of date ideas. No more sitting around wondering what you should do tonight.

What's your favorite way to spend date night in the fall? Leave me your suggestions in the comments below!

1 comment

  1. What a great list! We've been watching Halloween movies together and it's been a great way to spend time together and remember childhood.