15 Fun Fall Date Ideas for Couples on a Budget 2020

Fall is in the air! And with it comes colorful leaves, breezy nights, and cute fall date ideas. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons – from the apple cinnamon treats to the cozy sweaters. It’s the perfect time to enjoy seasonal activities with your better half. Although I’m a sucker for romance, enjoying time with your loved one can be expensive! That’s why I’ve made this list of romantic fall date ideas that won’t break the bank.

You’ll be hand-in-hand with your darling before you can say “pumpkin spice!”

Here are 20 fall date ideas for couples on a budget.

Go to a Pumpkin Patch

Do you remember those exciting trips to the pumpkin patch as a kid? It can be just as fun to go as an adult! Browse through the rows of pumpkins, and pluck the best one to decorate your home or to carve. Most pumpkin patches also have other attractions to visit as well, such as a harvest-themed marketplace. Bonus points for wearing matching flannel shirts!

Apple Picking

Apple flavors are a fall staple – from apple cinnamon to caramel apple. Why not pick fresh ones by hand to use in your fall desserts? The sparks will fly as you spend a pleasant afternoon strolling through the apple orchards and enjoying your sweetheart’s company. Take your harvest back to your kitchen, and make some fresh pastries together.

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Nothing says bonding more than getting lost together. Wander through walkways of corn until you make it to the other side. Steal a kiss at each dead end for some extra cuteness!

Visit a Cider Mill

Sip fresh, warm apple cider and munch on donuts at your local cider mill. Many will offer tours so you can see how their apples are pressed, sample their different treats, and buy locally grown sacks of apples. It’s the perfect date for the apple of your eye!

Go for Coffee

Visit a cozy coffee shop to spend time up close and personal with your significant other. Sometimes having an uninterrupted discussion can help you learn new things about your partner, even if you’ve spent years together! Bring a card or board game along, a book of writing prompts to discuss, or simply have a basic coffee date with good conversation.

Walk through a Haunted House

Have a friendly competition to see who jumps the most! If there are no haunted houses close by, consider searching for an outdoor haunted walking trail. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to hold hands with your partner!

Getaway to a Cabin

Lock up your cell phones, and enjoy each other’s company in a cozy cabin for a quick overnight trip. Many Airbnb stays are relatively cheap, and you’ll save money by packing and cooking your own food. The Getaway House is also another unmistakable, Instagrammable fall cabin stay! Use the code MARISSADAILY25 for a discount on your next trip! Not sure what food to pack? Consider buying a meal kit delivery box and taking it with you. Here’s my favorite meal kit recommendation – with three, ready to cook meals for you and your love!

Cozy Up at a Drive In

Drive in theaters are the perfect vintage fall date to indulge in, and they’ve been popping up left and right as social distancing becomes more important. Pack your car full of blankets, pillows, and snacks to enjoy with your favorite human. Make it even more interesting by snapping some Polaroids to save the memory!

Discover Your Favorite Fall Wine

Depending on where you live, many wineries will offer specials on wine tastings. Check third party websites such as Groupon to see what’s available in your area. Spend a leisurely afternoon with your love, making pour decisions and expanding your palate. Plus – with fall comes rich new blends at local vineyards!

Set Up a Pumpkin Carving Station

Carving pumpkins is a must-do tradition for every spooky season! Design one together, or compete to see who can make the best one. There are so many ideas online, along with free printable stencils to help guide you. Use some acrylic paint and stickers to get creative! Here’s a pumpkin carving kit to help get you started.

Have a Scary Movie Marathon

Pop some popcorn, gather your fluffiest blankets, and put your brave face on as you watch some scary movies! Spooky season isn’t complete without watching something that keeps you up at night. If really scary movies aren’t your speed, swap them out for some animated movies such as Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Cook a Fall Dinner

bowl of traditional spicy stew with meat and corn

Cooking together can be a very romantic activity. With all the amazing fall flavors, there’s a variety of dishes to choose from. Try your hand at turkey chili with butternut squash noodles, or even cranberry stuffed pork chops. If none of those suit your fancy, search on Pinterest for recipes that’ll have your taste buds singing!

Reconnect With Nature on a Romantic Hike

Whether you’re hiking, biking, or driving through, state parks have low entry costs with scenic views. Pack a picnic and pop a squat in a beautiful location, or stroll through the leaf-covered trails. If you’re looking for a free option, try a local or city-operated trail instead!

Have a Bonfire

barbecue blaze bonfire burn

Spark a new flame (or rekindle an old one!) at a bonfire. Whether you attend an organized one or have your own, you can never go wrong with telling stories around the warmth of a fire. Grab some graham crackers, chocolates, marshmallows, and skewers to make yummy smores! Many local parks have fire pits available for use.

Create a DIY Paint and Sip

brush painting color paint

Paint and Sips have become all the rage lately, but they can be steep in price. Set up a DIY paint and sip by grabbing some cheap paints and canvases from a nearby craft store. Pick up a couple bottles of your favorite wine and get to painting! Click here to find some step-by-step painting tutorials. Here’s where you can purchase two paint sets for under $20!

Now you’re ready to plan a date for the fall! What are your date ideas for autumn? Let’s hear them in the comments!

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  • Marissa Strang

    Marissa Strang is a full-time lifestyle and travel blogger based out of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Travel is her number one passion, and she is on a mission to empower others to make travel a reality for their own lives as well. She’s a strong believer that everyone can experience the joy of exploring the world, no matter the way they look or their socioeconomic status. Marissa creates one-of-a-kind city guides, destination inspiration, and budget-friendly travel hacks for aspiring travelers, especially young travelers and minorities. By creating travel content through her blog, The Marissa Daily, she strives to help others make lifelong memories - one destination at a time. Her journey as a blogger for the past 3 years has led her to visit amazing places and build an engaged travel community that she cares for deeply. One of the principles Marissa lives by, and encourages others to abide by, is that when you look like your passport photo, it’s time to book a trip. Let's go places.

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