Want to bump up the energy in your love life? Go on dates that make you feel young! Here are ten ideas for how to do just that this fall.
My husband and I are in our mid to late forties. Just last weekend, we discovered a thick vine dangling along the hiking path we were on–so we took turns swinging from it. We laughed and giggled and, for a few moments, we felt like we were kids again–and we loved every minute of it. That moment inspired this post. I hope it inspires you and your significant other to get out there this fall and be energized by doing “youthful” activities.
10 Fall Date Ideas That Will Make You Feel Young Again
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1. Corn Maze
So my husband and I live in Indiana where corn mazes pop up all over the place in fall. If you don’t live in the midwest as we do, doing this activity might be a little hard–so go ahead and skip this one and try a different idea.
2. Haunted House
These are available across America and beyond once October arrives. Haunted houses personally have no appeal to me whatsoever, but I know a lot of people love the thrill of getting spooked. If that is you and your spouse, go for it!
As for my spouse and me, we will skip the haunted house and take in a local pumpkin carving contest display instead.
3. Apple Picking
A freshly picked apple tastes nothing like a store-bought apple. It is crispier, juicier and has a bolder flavor. Plus there is just something about heading into an apple orchard and picking them off the tree that is very satisfying. Things get even more satisfying when you take your bounty home and change it into your favorite apple dessert.
Apple orchards these days tend to have a lot more than apples to pick, which will make the outing even more enjoyable. Some offer hayrides, others have a store where they sell apple cider in various forms including cold, hot, and slush, as well as many other apple-flavored goodies.
Take your time to walk around the orchard hand in hand. Stop now and then to smell the apples and take in the scenery. Give your date a school field trip feel by quizzing each other on the types of apples and their purpose (baking or eating).
4. Scary Movie–Or A Not So Scary One
Even my horror movie hating self enjoyed a scary movie as a teen with my friends around Halloween-time. Scary is, of course, all relative to what a person gets spooked by–let’s say my Halloween-themed movies might have been animated.
There is always the time-honored animated Halloween classic that everyone must watch at least once–and I have viewed it at least a dozen times. It isn’t the least bit scary, but it will bring you both back to your youth.
Watch it snuggled up side by side and make sure you indulge in snacks that remind you of your childhood–these always take me back to being a kid again–oh, the movies I have enjoyed while eating these (the list is long and sweet)!
5. Play In The Rain
All you need is a pair of waterproof boots, a raincoat (these inexpensive ponchos work in a pinch), and a sturdy umbrella (we have one in this style that has survived several blustery rainstorms) to go out and play on a rainy day.
Of course, you could skip those three items, go out in what you have and when you are done, come inside, hang your stuff to dry, and cozy up with a warm drink (like my super simple to make three ingredients hot chocolate). But you could do that too even if you do wear rain gear, you will just enjoy being out in the rain much more than without it.
So just what do you do when you get out in the rain?
- Catch raindrops in your mouth
- Splash in the puddles
- Take photos of reflections found in puddles and post them on Instagram using relevant puddlegram hashtags
- Find a tiny stream (often happen on sides of the road) and use it to hold a rubber ducky race, or a bathtub-sized boat race, or whatever you have to race. Place bets as to who will have the winning boat.
6. Visit The Pumpkin Patch
Resist the urge to pick up a ceramic pumpkin to place on your doorstep to welcome trick-or-treaters and use the need for a jack-o-lantern as an excellent excuse to visit the local pumpkin patch together.
While you are there, see who can pick up the biggest pumpkin. Ride the hayride. Jump in the large pumpkin-shaped bouncy house if they have one and will let you. Pick up the biggest pumpkin you can and paste a cheesy smile on your face while your date snaps a pic!
7. Play In The Leaves
Do the adult thing and both grab a leaf rake and create a big pile of leaves…then do the child thing and jump in it together. Rake it up again and place it in a collapsable leaf bag–and then throw it on top of your hubby. Both make a pile of leaves and then spread them out enough so you can lay down and make leaf angels. Post pictures of them to social media and have your friends vote on whose is best.
You can also leave your backyard and head to your favorite fall hiking trail. As you hike, collect a few pretty fallen leaves and when you get home, make leaf art together.
8. Carve Or Decorate Pumpkins
If you went on a pumpkin patch date, you now have pumpkins to carve and decorate together. Hold a pumpkin carving contest by posting your finished products on social media and asking your friends to vote for the best one.
You don’t need any special tools to decorate a pumpkin; a sharp kitchen knife works fine, but if you want to produce more professional level jack-o-lanterns, consider purchasing a pumpkin carving kit.
9. Attend Or Host A Costume Party
Nothing will make you feel like a kid again faster than playing dress-up! Halloween makes a great excuse to do just that. Consider dressing up in a couple’s costume like this fun peanut butter and jelly sandwich costume.
If you can’t find a good excuse to dress up for Halloween, create one by hosting a costume party with friends.
10. Have A Backyard Campfire
Depending on where you live and what the laws are in your area, you may not be able to pull this one off unless you go camping at a park that allows a campfire. If that is the case, camping may or may not make you feel even younger–depends on your camping mat and the health of your back (Ha!).
If you do have a backyard, make sure you have the makings of s’mores on hand (here is a yummy twist on the campfire classic that my family likes).
I hope these ideas got your creative date idea juices flowing and you will grab your significant other and get out there and enjoy a date doing something that makes you both feel young again!
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