Is it seriously October 15th?!? I feel like this month is slipping away and I still have so much I want to accomplish. It’s hard to fit in a lot of fall activities when I’m working odd hours, but the good news is the boy is coming to visit this weekend!! Oh, and the fair is in town! In honor of my favorite time of year, here are some date night ideas that you can check off your list this fall.
APPLE PICKING + CIDER TASTING
Confession: apples aren’t my favorite fruit. However, I do love anything and everything apple flavored including hot cider, pie, crisp, cider donuts, anything mixed with caramel, and the list goes on. I haven’t picked apples since I went on this field trip in elementary school so it’s been a while and I’m hoping I can go sometime this month if all the apples aren’t already gone! If they are, then spiked cider will do the trick!
Halloween is my favorite holiday… well, tied with Christmas. I love all things scary, haunted, and costumes of course. What better date night than one spent running from vampires, clowns, or creepy people with chainsaws. If it’s too scary don’t worry, your man will protect you! My favorite one in the Charlotte area would have to be Campground Nightmare in Fort Mill. I went a few years ago and am hoping to make a trip back before Halloween!
This one is cheap and easy and goes very well with Hocus Pocus playing in the background (seriously, this movie is on repeat all October). Grab a kit from Target and make a scary pumpkin or a silly pumpkin. Oh, and don’t forget to bake those pumpkin seeds for a healthy fall snack!
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Last year was my first time to the NC State Fair and it was such a blast! Granted, I went with my classmates but it would be such a fun date night- full of turkey legs, fried candy bars, apple cider, and a ride on the Ferris wheel. Another super fun event is the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC. People get dressed up like medieval knights and wenches and you’re taken back to the time of a 16th century marketplace. There are turkey legs, pies, tomato/ax throwing contests, comedy and theater, crafts, and more. I went two years ago and had a great time- definitely recommend this one!
This one is on my to-do list for October/November. I’ve never been through a corn maze but I like a good challenge. It seems like a great way to spend some time outdoors- some of them are family friendly and some you can go through at night if you want that extra spook factor.
Whether you create some from-scratch goodness or are like me and pick out some break-apart cookies, this one’s definitely a winner in my book. I mean, what better way to your man’s heart than through yummy sweets & treats? Find the pictured recipes here or check out these pumpkin recipes from Pinterest.
TAKE A HIKE
This one is free, easy, and an awesome way to take in some sights. I love to hike, but the best time to do it is when the fall foliage is at its peak. It would be a workout and make for some great photos (fall foliage, anyone?). My favorite places in NC would have to be Crowder’s Mountain near Charlotte and Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC.
SEE A MOVIE
For all you movie buffs out there, several Halloween movies are coming to the theaters including the original Saw. Yep, they’re bringing it back. I remember seeing it in high school and thinking it was the best scary movie ever. Whether you’re into creepy dolls, vampires, or ouija boards, you’ll have some scary choices for a date night at the movies.