Date Night on a Dime

I will try to avoid making this post as cheesy as the title sounds.  I won’t suggest that you watch The Notebook (although it is a great movie) curled up under a blanket with your honey, a mug of steaming hot cocoa in hand and a cozy fire in the fireplace… Not saying that doesn’t sound wonderful, but I’m here to give you some fun date ideas for you and yours to try this fall season!

My boyfriend and I are guilty of getting caught up in our routines.  I’m in class all day, and he’s busy at work, and then 6pm rolls around and we’re both exhausted, starving, sometimes smelly, and wanting to do nothing but lie on the couch watching House Hunters International, with a Hawaiian pizza on its way.  And usually, this is exactly what we do.  But there’s something about the changing of the leaves, and the cooler temperatures beginning to creep in, that gets me excited to change it up a little, and try some new things!  Here’s a list of my top 3 favorite fall dates… on a dime, of course.

1. Fall Festivals.  There are TONS of fall festivals coming up in cities all around the country.  Oktoberfest is an annual festival here in Lexington, Kentucky and is sure to be a good time with tons of live music, tasty fare, and pumpkin beer!  These events are usually free to the public, so bring a few bucks for some treats, throw on those brown boots, and enjoy the night with your sweetheart!  Check out to find the nearest festival.

2. Pumpkin Carving.  Childish?  NO!  Awesome?  YES!  There’s something about the idea of pumpkin carving that just gets me giddy.  Maybe it’s those sweet childhood memories that I’m eager to relive, but come October, I will jump at any chance to make a trip to the pumpkin patch.  You see, pumpkin carving to me is a win-win-win.  Here’s what I’m thinking.  A) Actually going to the pumpkin patch is half the fun, especially when you have your special someone with you.  It’s a blast seeing who can pick the biggest/best/goofiest pumpkin.  A little country store with hot apple cider is a major bonus! B) The pumpkin carving itself! Stick with the classic jack-o-lantern, or try something totally wacky.  For a good laugh, try carving pumpkins of each other.  Visit to get those creative juices flowing!  C) You can roast and snack on the pumpkin seeds!  Rinse the seeds to get rid of the pulp, toss them on a cookie sheet sprinkled with some olive oil and salt, and pop them in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, and enjoy!

3. Haunted Houses.  Skip the dinner and scary movie date, and try a haunted house instead.  They are actually incredibly thrilling and terrifying at the same time, and are sure to create some funny stories by the end of it!  Check out to find the best ones near you!  Grab your date’s hand, and enter if you dare!