20 Fall Date Ideas On A Budget

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Fall is easily one of my favorite times of year with October being one of my favorite months. There’s just something about that chill in the air and the whole vibe of the season that’s cozy and romantic. It’s the perfect time of year for date nights because it’s not hot and humid like it is in the summertime, but it’s also not freezing outside either. It’s the perfect weather. Or at least it is in New England. It’s still a bit warm here in San Diego, but I’ll get that cooler weather at some point!

I love seeing posts on fun date ideas for the current season, but one thing I’ve noticed is that there are so many posts that are just identical to one another. It’s the usual apple picking and watching scary movies (which of course are on this list as well), but I’m always looking for some out of the box ideas. Ideas that not everyone is thinking of as much. So after asking around and doing some digging, I’m pulled together 20 of my favorite fall date ideas. And they’re all cheap!

  1. Have a scary movie marathon. Order take out, pour your favorite bottle of wine, and spend the night indoors under the blankets. Pick up some of the older scary movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th. Or, if you’re not that into scary movies, then go with movies like Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, and Halloweentown. To me, there’s nothing better than a cozy night in.
  2. Spend the afternoon wandering an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. I know this is on everyone’s list, but this is always a must-do for this time of year. It’s just not fall unless you’ve picked apples and pumpkins (and be sure to pick up your favorite fall drink before you go!).
  3. Host a pumpkin carving contest just the two of you. Carve your best pumpkin and have friends and family vote on the best one. Be sure to come up with good prizes for the winner whether it’s a day of no chores or a romantic back rub.
  4. Learn how to make your favorite fall treat. This is high on my list of things to do this month. I’m horrible at making apple pies, but I’m hoping I’ll do better at making apple crisp. Stay tuned for that one! (ideas: pumpkin pie, apple pie, apple crisp, caramel/candy apples).
  5. Make your own apple cider (you can even change it up and make apple cider floats).
  6. Go stargazing. Pack your favorite blanket, some wine and of course the layers (depending on where you live) and spend the night curled up under the stars.
  7. Attend a Halloween costume party (or host your own!).
  8. Go Halloween costume shopping. You don’t even have to buy a costume if you’re not the dressing up type of person. It can still be fun to try on silly costumes and take pictures together.
  9. Spend the day at a farm. Farms this time of year are always full of fun activities from corn mazes to hay rides to apple orchards and pumpkin patches. A day at the farm is perfect this time of year.
  10. Go to a football game. Football season is one of the many reasons why fall is the best. Whether it’s an NFL team or a college team, attending a game can be a ton of fun.
  11. Have a bonfire. Gather your favorite blankets and everything you need to make s’mores. This is the perfect after dark date night and can be done in your own backyard or at a nearby beach (as long as it’s legal where you live).
  12. Go for a drive. I used to love going for drives through the countryside to see all the beautiful fall colors. Grab your favorite fall drink and spend the day exploring the countryside. Stop at local farms and check out the cute country stores.
  13. Spend the day at a fall festival or fair. Festivals are the perfect place for live music, great food, and fun rides and activities. Not to mention tons of cute little farm animals that you can feed and pet.
  14. Go horseback riding. Go off into the countryside and see all the beautiful fall foliage. You can even bring a picnic for a beautiful lunch or dinner break.
  15. Plan a date to a haunted house or on a haunted hayride. Be sure to ask around to find the best one in your area!
  16. Tour a local brewery and have fun sampling all the fall brews.
  17. Decorate your home together. Whether it’s pretty fall decorations or you’re turning your home into a haunted attraction. Gather all your favorite decorations and spend the afternoon putting it all up.
  18. Have a chili cook-off to see who can make the best chili. Invite friends to be taste testers and determine the winner. You can then use the leftovers to make chili nachos while you watch Sunday football.
  19. Spend the day at the park. Bring a pizza or a picnic and throw around a football or frisbee. You can even bring a kite if you have enough wind.
  20. Go to the zoo. We are huge fans of zoos and animals so we’re always looking for a reason to go. And since it’s chilled down a bit, it’s likely the animals will be out a bit more rather than looking for shade.

What fall date ideas do you have?

  • Victoria

    I loved your list! Until reading your list, I didn’t realize how many of these my husband and I already do! These are great!

  • These are all great ideas and Lord knows I’m on a budget right now lol. I really like the scary movie marathon and the haunted house ideas. Maybe I can talk my sweetie into doing that. Thanks for the great ideas 🙂

    • I’m so glad you loved these! Everyone is on a budget this time of year with Christmas being right around the corner. Luckily it’s the perfect season for cheaper date nights. There’s so much to do!

  • Courtney Patterson

    These are all great ideas! I like the pumpkin carving competition. That sounds like so much fun! Michael and I are both so competitive so I can see it getting interesting, haha. Fun post!

    • Thanks Courtney! Zack and I are also super competitive sometimes. Sometimes we’re good about it and then other times we’re not haha it’s really varies.

  • Love the idea of a pumpkin carving contest! We always look forward to football games in the fall too, they’re the perfect date!

    • My husband and I turn everything into a competition haha it’s a great way to put a fun oping on a typical fall activity. And we definitely plan to see a football game in the next month or two. We’ll be splurging a bit though and going to an NFL game lol

  • Pack Your Baguios

    Love going to fall festivals. The food and music make for a great date!

    • Fall festivals are seriously the best ever. I love them. We have such a great fall fair back home in Maine and I’m super jealous of everyone posting pictures from it. So I’m desperately trying to find one here in San Diego lol

  • Jessica Hughes

    how cute! A pumpkin carving contest sounds fun!

  • Allison Lancaster

    I love fall and fall dates, great ideas!

  • Jen

    These are great fall date ideas!! Fall really is the best season. 🙂

  • I love scary movie marathons any time of year, but they’re definitely so much better when it’s closer to Halloween. Gives me an excuse to pull out the older Halloween movies.

  • I totally needed this. Great ideas.

  • We love going to the corn maze and our friend’s Halloween party. Also, going to a football game is fun too!!

    • Corn mazes are so much fun!! And I’ve actually never really been to a real Halloween party. Like a costume one haha I’m hoping to do that this year.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    These are SUCH great ideas, and I just love how everything is affordable and truly about spending time together, we’re going to try these! xx adaatude.com

  • You should never sacrifice date nights!! That’s the one thing we never give up no matter what we have going on in our life. They’re so important! But thankfully there are so many cheap options out there for couples who are on more of a budget. Fall is the perfect time of year for cheaper date days/nights. I hope you two find the time to do some of these things this season! 🙂

  • I still need to do so many of these this year! So far we have taken a fall drive but that’s about it. But we do have a Halloween party in the works!

    • We literally haven’t done any of these yet lol fall here just isn’t the same as back home. But I’m hoping to start on this list this weekend 🙂

  • Thank you! 🙂 I love our scary movie marathons. Right now we’re very tied up with Supernatural though, but it’s still a good show for this season lol