17 Affordable Dates to Celebrate Fall

After a long and hot summer, it’s time to celebrate fall with some cozy dates.

I’ve always enjoyed everything about fall. From pumpkins to bonfires to a new season of tv, there’s something cozy and fun about autumn.

Here are 17 affordable dates to ring in fall, from sweet to sexy.

1. Go pumpkin spice latte tasting.

Grab a pumpkin spice latte from area coffee shops near you. Bring them to a nearby park with the best fall foliage in town. Don’t forget a blanket and some pastries to eat while you sample. Hold your own pumpkin spice latte tasting together and see what shop’s drink you think is the best.

2. Check out a haunted house or haunted hayride.

This is a great idea for those who just started dating. When things get extra spooky, hold hands or put your arms around your significant other. There’s nothing better than holding onto each other during a frightening haunted house walk-through. Most are relatively inexpensive too.

3. Stay in bed all day and get your Netflix queue ready.

Make some warm pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (I personally love this mix from Trader Joe’s) and eat them in bed. Queue up a romantic movie and get snuggly. Don’t forget to plan this one for a particularly chilly day!

4. Use Halloween as an excuse to wear costumes in the bathroom.

Leave the dressing up as princesses and superheroes to the kids. Order some seriously sexy outfits for the bedroom—French maid, firefighter, you name it. Celebrate Halloween night by dressing up but keeping the tricks and treats confined to your bedroom only. The costumes don’t have to be expensive either. Amazon has sexy options and most are under $30.

5. Go camping for a weekend.

Dates that last the entire weekend are some of the most fun. Spend a weekend outside when the leaves are at their peak foliage. Camping is an affordable way to have some fun and there’s something just a little bit naughty about having a romp in the fresh air.

couple picnic in fall

6. Visit a winery or brewery.

Head out to your closest winery or brewery on a gorgeous fall day. Most offer tastings or tours for affordable prices. Pack cheese, fruit and crackers for a picnic afterwards.

7. Go apple picking and bake a pie together.

Find out your nearest orchard and pay a visit for some apples. Once you’re home, bake a pie together. Make things just a little sexier with a little flour fight or perhaps licking some ingredients off each other’s fingers.

8. Celebrate Hygge by the fire.

Hygge, which is Danish for a cozy and comfortable mood of wellness and contentment, is a great concept to celebrate as fall ushers itself in. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, get it going and curl up together for some serious snuggling time.

9. Shop your local farmer’s market.

Plan a cozy dinner date at home a la Harry and Meghan. Head to your local autumn farmer’s market and grab ingredients for dinner at home eat by candlelight.

10. Head to a local football game or tailgate.

Let’s face it—NFL games are super expensive. It’s sometimes more fun to tailgate during a game instead. If the NFL isn’t your favorite, visit your college alma mater or old high school for a game together.

11. Host a group date bonfire.

Find someone with a backyard and make sure you can burn. Roast marshmallows and make some s’mores or roast some hot dogs for an affordable and fun time wIth other couples.

camp fire

12. Make a fort and watch a scary movie.

Channel your inner child and make a fort together like you did when you were young. Snuggle up together and turn on a scary movie. At the jump scares, hold on extra tight to your significant other.

13. Go on a scavenger hunt.

When the weather cools off, it’s fun to get out in your city or town. Look for a nearby scavenger hunt and sign up together. See if you two can win the whole thing.

14. Head to a mystery dinner theater.

A mystery dinner theater is a great way to usher in fall and Halloween season. Get dressed up and ready to have a spooky good time.

15. Carve pumpkins and have some apple cider.

Go to your nearest pumpkin patch and grab some pumpkins and apple cider. Spend the evening together and see who can carve the best pumpkin. Roast some pumpkin seeds after and feed them to each other as you admire your handiwork.

pumpkin and halloween

16. Go stargazing.

Borrow a friend’s pickup truck (or use your own if you have one) and head out to the country. Snuggle up together for a night under the stars.

17. Rake leaves and jump into the piles.

Rake the leaves in your yard and when you’re done, jump in the piles. Fall’s version of a snowball fight is a good, old-fashioned and flirty leaf fight.

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10 of the Creepiest Couples Ever

Just in time for Halloween, here are 10 of the creepiest, kookiest, spine-tingling couples we could find.

From Gomez and Morticia from The Addams Family to Nick and Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, these 10 couples were always intriguing to me.

Maybe you’ll find out some new information about these romantic couples with a spooky twist. While I admire how romantic some are, others are just plain scary!

1. Gomez and Morticia Addams, The Addams Family

Gomez and Morticia may live in a creepy haunted house surrounded by equally creepy family members, but when it comes to romance, they are #couplegoals. The way Gomez treats Morticia like a queen is a way all women should be treated. Not to mention, Morticia’s dress is amazingly goth and sexy. 

2. Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde were a criminal couple who robbed banks, small stores and gas stations during the Great Depression era. In 1967, a movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway romanticized the couple. Even Jay-Z and Beyoncé collaborated on a song, “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde.” While I don’t condone becoming a criminal couple and touring the country, I think people feel that there is something oddly romantic about being on the run.

3. The Phantom and Christine, Phantom of the Opera

Opera singer Christine falls in love with the creepy Phantom in the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Their relationship is spooky, as the Phantom dons a half mask to hide his disfigurement. The romantic part of the story is that it teaches compassion. Christine accepted the Phantom for who he was and in turn, changed him. It’s part of the reason I loved (and still love!) the show—it’s a great lesson in compassion, with a fun, eerie twist.

4. Sam and Molly, Ghost

Who could forget the memorable scene with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and an intense pottery session? It is often called one of the romantic scenes of all time. Of course, Patrick Swayze was a ghost in it, adding to the supernatural feel of the movie. It’s a passionate movie about protection and everlasting love.

5. Ed and Lorraine Warren

One of the only modern scary movies to actually really scare me in recent years was The Conjuring. Once I learned that the couple who were paranormal investigators were based on a real-life duo, I was intrigued. While I don’t think I could spend decades exploring ghosts and other supernatural beings, I have to admire their years of working together under stressful, incredibly scary circumstances.

creepy couple

6. Eleven and Mike, Stranger Things

The cutest couple on this list is definitely Eleven and Mike. Especially with the latest season of the show, I adore how sweet their new early teens romance is. Of course, their relationship is explored with the backdrop of spooky demagorgons and the Upside Down. I enjoy watching Mike and Eleven fall for each other and I think that the scary things happening around them help drive their love. 

7. Al and Mae Capone

Early 1900s gangster Al Capone and his wife Mae are great Halloween costume ideas. Like Bonnie and Clyde, I definitely don’t advise getting into mob activity. However, believe it or not, despite his line of work in the mob, Mae and Al had a happy marriage and were together for almost 30 years. 

8. Chris and Rose, Get Out

Ugh, I just shivered typing this. Get Out was one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a long time. It was a thoughtful, suspenseful thriller that began with what viewers thought was a solid relationship. Of course, we all see later just how deadly Rose was. If anything, Get Out taught me that people aren’t always what they seem.

creepiest couple halloween

9. Adam and Barbara, Beetlejuice

Adam and Barbara Maitland live most of Beetlejuice as ghosts, making them inherently spooky. What I liked most about them in the movie was that all they wanted to do was live out their afterlife in peace in their house (the exact way they left it!). Adam and Barbara are both ghosts, which once again makes for quite the creepy pair. I loved the chemistry between Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. I especially enjoyed the comedy-horror aspect of the movie too.

10. Nick and Amy Dunne, Gone Girl

The strange and frightening couple at the center of the thriller Gone Girl are just plain scary. I remember watching the movie and my mouth dropping more and more open in shock. Thinking back about the film, I still can’t believe a couple can become that deep in such a twisted scandal. It makes me think that I had better me 100 percent sure about who I marry!