Whether you’re going on your first date with a cutie you met in class or have been in a long-term relationship, everyone needs new adventures to try in their love life. Moving out of the summer heat and into the crisp fall days and long winter nights offers the perfect opportunity to try something new.
Here are six date ideas for the chillier months:
1. Pumpkin CarvingHalloween is right around the corner and pumpkin patches are in full swing. Use this as a date to express your creative (and even humorous) side; you might be surprised how well some boys can carve pumpkins! If you want to prolong the date, take it into the kitchen and cook the pumpkin seeds and sip on some apple cider to really enhance the fall-ness of it all.
2. Apple pickingSticking with the food theme, apple picking is a great Saturday activity to work into the mix. Throw on your flannel and head to the orchard to for a new and different experience. The bonus with this date is it has the most picturesque setting for some impromptu selfies with your cutie. After a long day of being around the orchard you might be dying to eat something (besides more apples), so grab a quick dinner then head home to turn your day’s work into an apple pie! (Plus, you’ll be able to test if your man can handle himself in the kitchen.)
3. Ice-SkatingThis may seem like a daunting idea, but really it’s a win/win situation. If this is something you have done before, it can be a subtle way to show off your skills. If you tend to be the person who clings to the side of the wall with all of your might, it can be a way for your date to initiate holding your hand and have him show you the ropes. And if you both fall on your face … who cares? It will be something funny to laugh about over coffee afterwards.
4. Pick Up GameIt’s finally the time of year where you can go outside and not sweat within seconds of being exposed to the heat. Take advantage of it! Get a group of friends together to have a leisurely game of football, soccer, volleyball, etc. The relaxed atmosphere allows you to get to know your date in a setting that he’s comfortable with — you’ll both have your friends there giving you a confidence boost to be more outgoing.
5. Enjoy the FiresideAs the sun begins to set earlier and earlier, enjoying the daylight hours might be hard to do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the darkness. The best way to brighten up a dark night? Sit with your date next to the natural glow of a warm fire. It’s the perfect reason to snuggle up to your man and have him keep you warm. Layer up, bring out the blankets and don’t forget the s’mores!
6. Stay InWith the stress of classes and business of your day-to-day activities, planning a date could start to feel like work, which should not be the case! Also, sometimes it is just too cold to go outside. Give yourself a break and allow yourself to unwind after a challenging week. Invite your date to come over and enjoy a slice of pizza and a glass of wine while watching a festive movie — something scary in the spirit of Halloween or break out the Christmas classics as December rolls in.