One of my FAVORITE things about living with Paul is that we get to see each other every day. We get to have dinner together almost every night. We run errands together, we watch movies together, we take care of our puppy together. Even though we live together now, we still enjoy having specified date nights that are a little more special than a trip to the store or cooking together.
- Go to a football game. Wear your team’s colors and tailgate with your friends! If you can’t actually go to the game, host a party at your place. Encourage everyone to bring a dish to share. This year, Paul and I are going to the UNC vs. NCSU game so we can see our alma maters play each other.
- Hike or go on a walk. I know not everyone can get to the mountains to see the leaves change, but if you can, I definitely recommend it! Read reviews about the trails or mountains you’ll be visiting to see when you’ll get the best views and weather. You can also find breathtaking views in parks near you.
- Visit a haunted house. I’ve actually never been to one even though I say I’m going to every year! I’m honestly too scared to just go already. Maybe this year is the year! If you don’t have a haunted house nearby or are too scared to go, like I am, have a scary movie night!
- Pick out your pumpkins at a pumpkin patch and then decorate them together. Even if you can’t make it to a pumpkin patch, carving or decorating your pumpkins together will be so much fun! When you’re finished, make it a contest and post a picture to social media to see which pumpkin people like best! Don’t want to deal with real pumpkins? They have plenty of fake ones at craft stores that you can use next year too.
- Head to a local brewery that offers hard cider or pumpkin beer. I don’t drink beer, but Paul does and I love a good cider! There’s nothing better than supporting local businesses, except when those local businesses are also breweries.
- Check out local holiday celebrations by you. And by holiday, I do also mean the winter holidays like Christmas! I know this seems super early to talk about, but Wilmington has a holiday flotilla on the Saturday after Thanksgiving! Apparently, it’s never too early to think about the next season.
- Host or go to a Halloween party. Dress up in a cheesy or funny couples costume and take plenty of pictures with all of your friends! If you aren’t the party type, hand out candy to the kids in your neighborhood. We live in an apartment so I doubt there will be trick-or-treaters, but I can’t wait for the day we can pass out candy!
- If you can visit an orchard to pick your own apples, do it! We, unfortunately, don’t live near any, but we love the idea. Since we can’t, we’ll go to a local farmer’s market and pick out the perfect apples for baked apples and other homemade goods.
- Decorate the house together. I know this probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you can make it fun! Take an afternoon to get some cute, affordable decorations and then set it up. Play some music, make some apple cider, and make your home feel like fall. Bonus points if you also add some decor for Halloween and Thanksgiving as they come along.
- Have a photo session and take some Pinterest-worthy fall photos. This isn’t something that has to be cliche or expensive. You can even bring a tripod and remote. You can make it as personal as you want, so no need to throw leaves in the air if you don’t want to. If you need some ideas about poses or outfits, definitely check out Pinterest for some inspiration.
- Have a Disney movie marathon. You know which movies I’m talking about… Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, even Twitches. Make some kettle corn and cuddle up in a cozy plaid blanket! Classic horror movies and spoofs are also a great idea.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or other local shelter. Giving back together is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. You can also donate old blankets and cold weather gear you don’t use anymore.
- Go to a fair or festival. In North Carolina, the State Fair is always in October. It’s one of my favorite events of the year, but I also love local festivals, fairs, and even parades. Look for fun fall festivities in your town or the next town over. You never know what you’ll find!
What fall dates do you have planned for this season?