Autumn Themed Date Ideas *

AD | Autumn is one of the best times of year for couples which may have something to do with all the cosy seasonal activities on offer. Most of which involved cuddling up at some point so it’s the perfect excuse to spend time with your partner at home, or by experiencing something new together.

But even if you’re a singleton Autumn could be the perfect season to get yourself out there and start dating again, and with free dating sites becoming the new go-to for meeting people it doesn’t have to cost you either. Which can be so important with Christmas right around the corner!

If you’re reading this thinking “but I’m not ready to date” or “I prefer my own company”, that’s perfectly OK too. Why not take a friend with you or try dating yourself instead?

No matter how you choose to spend this season, just make sure you enjoy it! And if you need a little inspiration, here are some great Autumn themed date ideas to get you in the mood (and most of them are completely free!).

Autumn themed date ideas

Stay in movie night

There’s nothing better than cuddling up under a blanket with your favourite hot drink and snacks. Pair that with a movie or two and you have the makings of the perfect evening in.

Pumpkin carving

With Halloween right around the corner it’s a great time to perfect your pumpkin carving skills. From traditional jack-o-lanterns to more intricate stencilled designs, there’s so much to choose from, so grab a couple of pumpkins and see whose turns out best. πŸŽƒ

My dad always has the most unique pumpkin designs!

Check out local events

Search on your town or cities website or use Facebook events to find out what’s happening in your community. From hayrides to festivals and haunted houses to zombie walks there’s always something new to explore.

We’ve seen pirate walks, haunted hayrides and even scare mazes before! So there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy; and if you’re in the USA, try looking at an american dating site to find like minded people to go with you.

Visit a theme park

Both theme parks and amusements parks are full of Halloween themed events this time of year, such as Thorpe Park’s Fright Night. So if jump scares and rollercoasters are your idea of fun (they’re definitely one of mine) check out what events are happening in your home country and try out something new.

Catch the latest scary movie at the cinema

September and October tend to be the months when new horror movies are released, so it’s the perfect opportunity to see something new.

But if scary movies aren’t your cup of tea there are also family movies (such as the Addams Family) which you could try instead.

Visit a Pumpkin patch

Before you carve your pumpkin you’re going to need to buy one, right? Instead of heading to the supermarket why not pick your own at a local pumpkin patch? This has actually been on my Autumn wish list the past couple of years but I haven’t been to one, yet!

Go for a walk or hike

Wrap up warm and go for a long walk in the park or down to the beach if you live near one. A firm favourite of mine is grabbing a hot chocolate (soya milk of course) and strolling through Westonbirt Arboretum which is beautiful this time of year.

Play a board game or video game

Embrace your competitive side and challenge each other to a game of your choice. Our go-to is a card game or co-op video game.

Drive out into the countryside

Wake up early and find a pretty stop to watch the sunrise before exploring the surrounding area, make sure to have a great Autumn themed playlist with you, driving snacks and make a few romantic pit stops along the way.

Why not even bring some blankets and a laptop with you for a touch of star gazing followed by a movie night spend under the stars.

Go on a spooky tour

If you live a larger city there are often a wide range of spooky ghost tours on offer but it’s also worth searching for activities a little closer to home too. We recently found a ghost tour in nearby Bourton on the Water which we’re interested in.

One of my favourite city tours was the ghost bus tours I took in both London and Edinburgh, yes they’re a little silly but a lot of fun, and you learn a lot about the darker sides of history.

Ghost Bus Tour London

Bake something together

The options are endless when it comes to Autumn themed baking from pumpkin pies (which is a great way to use up that pumpkin you carved together πŸ˜‰) and Halloween themed cookies to apple crumble cakes and toffee apples.

Watch a new show together

Autumn seems to be the season where new TV shows are released or your favourites come back on the screen. So load up on some drinks and snacks, grab a few blankets and cuddle up for a bit of binge watching.

Decorate for Halloween

Whether you’re decorating for yourselves, a Halloween party or for the trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood to see, why not do it together? And don’t forget to showcase those pumpkins you carved earlier. πŸ˜‰

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Visit a Maize Maze (or Corn Maze for my readers across the pond)

Either wander around together to find the centre of the maze or embrace your competiotive side and race each other. Loser buys coffee (or your hot drink of choice).

What Autumn themed activities do you love? Have you done any of the ones I’ve mentioned here? Let me know in the comments. πŸŽƒ

* This is a collaborative post.


  • Kelly

    September 27, 2019 at 10:05

    In Autumn I love going to museums and places that are inside that you just didn’t go to in the summer because the weather was too nice to be inside. Me and my partner have also just started to build a model railway layout so I think that will probably take up a lot of our time. I’d love to go to a pumpkin patch though because it looks like such fun

  • Natonya

    September 24, 2019 at 16:18

    New blog follower here!! Ok these are awesome tips for autumnal date night. I haven’t been on a date in over ten years but hey this could be the year and would definitely enjoy carving pumpkins, haunted tours or wandering through a corn maze! Thanks for sharing! Tweeting this on Twitter for sureπŸ‘πŸΎ

    Natonya |

  • Dee

    September 20, 2019 at 16:11

    I love these ideas! Especially stay in move night, visit a theme park and go for a hike. I’m definitely doing those with my boyfriend. πŸ˜€ There is a local corn maze every year that is horror themed, with actors dressed up in scary costumes with fake chainsaws and other weapons that chase people through the corn maze. It sounds like so much fun!

  • Bexa

    September 20, 2019 at 13:12

    I love these ideas, Kim! Autumn is so cosy, perfect for film nights and trips to the cinema! Going for walks is another favourite, it is so pretty this time of year. Those look like such fun and creative Halloween suggestions too – thanks for the inspiration, fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  • Emily

    September 20, 2019 at 02:25

    These are such cute ideas! It kind of makes me wish I had a boyfriend, lol. But I think I’m happy being a singleton at the moment. But these are adorably autumn-y ideas to do with either a date, a friend, or even your family. A spooky tour sounds like sooooo much fun to me! That would be the ultimate test for a first date. Can you handle the spookiness?? lol. Fun post, I loved it!

    Emily |

  • Imogen

    September 19, 2019 at 09:34

    Autumn and Winter are my favourite time of year. I will definitely be doing some of these ideas. I especially like the carving pumpkins idea! πŸ™‚

  • Britt

    September 18, 2019 at 19:54

    I am getting so excited to getting all into decorating with my husband. Right now, we’re spending our quality time shopping to decorate for Halloween, another fun idea… We both enjoy checking out all the Halloween specialty stores that pop up here!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    September 17, 2019 at 14:43

    All great ideas, Kim! Autumn is such a cozy time of year. Perfect for dates!

  • Chocoviv

    September 16, 2019 at 16:48

    Lovely ideas… I do like autumn…

  • Jessica @ beyondthefrontcover

    September 16, 2019 at 14:50

    Fab post with some great ideas! I love stay in movie nights and board games so we often do those. I’m awful with pumpkin carving but my partner does it every year with his son so I enjoy being a spectator.

  • Ellie

    September 16, 2019 at 13:19

    I love these ideas. I don’t like the weather getting colder but i am definitely planning some pumpkin stuff this autumn! I’d love to go and pick my own instead of getting it at the store too. The main thing I’m excited for is the food I will get to cook now it’s colder, which i really enjoy doing with my Mr πŸ™‚

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