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If you haven’t noticed the leaves changing and the abundance of pumpkin EVERYTHING all around, you must be living under a rock, because fall is officially here. Despite all of the fun things to do during the fall season, busy semesters and a shortness of funds can make dating hard for even the flirtiest collegiettes. But just because the weather is cooling off doesn’t mean that your love life has to as well! Check out these seven fun fall date ideas that won’t break your budget!

1. Pick Apples

Nothing says fall like going to a local orchid and picking your own apples! Have a contest to see who can find the best of the crop to add some flirty competition into the mix. If all goes well, suggest hanging out again to make yummy desserts or cider from the apples that you gathered.

2. Get Scared at a Haunted House

This scary environment provides the perfect opportunity to get close with your man. Not only will you have an excuse to hold each other’s hands while making your way through the creepy hallways, but screaming in anticipation of the scariest moments will give you inside jokes that will keep you laughing all night. Plus, there is research that suggests that being scared together on a date can bring you closer! Many schools, like Temple University, run programs that take students to haunted houses for a discounted price, and others, like Elon University, even set up their own spook fest on campus. If your school doesn’t offer either of these options, visit Hauntworld.com to find a haunted house nearby.

3. Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Coffee Together

As the weather starts to get cooler, warming up over a pumpkin latte is the perfect way to get cozy with your cutie, but meeting up at a local café is a bit tired. Mix things up by inviting your crush over to take a shot at crafting your own pumpkin spiced concoction—check out a great dorm-approved recipe here! While this type of date requires a little more planning, the bond that will form over making a yummy fall treat will make up for it. If things go so well that you don’t want the date to end, go for a leisurely stroll through campus with your coffees to take in the fall scenery.

4. Get Lost in a Corn Maze

What better way to bond than to navigate your way through a deserted maze together? Having to find your way out of the middle of the maze can be very romantic because the two of you will be alone for the majority of the date. The fact that no one else is around makes for the perfect opportunities to steal a kiss or two in private! The best part is that corn mazes pop up in almost every college town in the fall. To find a maze near your campus, check out MazePlay.


5. Have a One-on-One Football Match

College campuses in the fall are practically synonymous with football games, and nothing is a bigger turn-on to guys than a girl who watches sports. Well, nothing more than a girl who plays sports. One weekend that your school’s team isn’t playing, suggest meeting up with your cutie for a one-on-one match. Not only will you get the opportunity to look hot in your favorite jersey, but you’ll get to show off your competitive spirit as well. Putting a wager on the game, like the loser treating the winner to ice cream, will make things more exciting and give you a chance to keep the date going off the field.

6. Enter a Pumpkin Decorating Competition

Pick out the best of the crop and get ready to put your artistic skills to the test. Working together against the competition will bring you and your date together, and who knows? You might even win some cash, or at least a cheesy ribbon to cherish together. Many fall festivals offer these and other type of contests. Find the festival nearest you by visiting festivals.com.

7. Go Halloween Costume Shopping Together

Since October’s most famous holiday is right around the corner, it’s super easy to suggest that your man come costume shopping with you. Unlike normal shopping, costume stores provide the ultimate dress-up experience to let your imagination run wild. Take the flirting up a notch by suggesting a couple’s costume for the two of you to wear once the 31st rolls around.

Now it’s up to you to muster up the courage to ask out that cutie you’ve been eying on campus, and the perfect autumn date night is all yours!

Have another fall date idea? Let us know in the comments!

Lindsey is a senior magazine journalism major at Temple University. After she graduates in May she hopes to return to NYC, which she fell in love with this summer during her ASME internship at Real Simple magazine. 
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