Are you looking for the best holiday date ideas for couples? I’ve created a list of dates that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor lovers.
I think what makes a holiday date idea special is not really about the type of date but the people you spend it with and how you choose to spend it.
It certainly looks like our holidays may be a little different this year as we spend Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s at home with our loved ones.
And I think it’s a good thing to slow down and enjoy the festive season with the people who really matter to us.
If you’re looking for the best holiday date ideas that can help you spend quality time with your partner, here are some great ideas.
OCTOBER DATE IDEAS
It’s that time of the year again! The crunchy leaves, the spooky decor, and the endless rewatches of your favorite halloween movies.
This month is packed with perfect opportunities for some romantic holiday date ideas to keep your spirit alive and help you reconnect with your spouse!
Whether that means indulging in the candy you’d normally say no to, dressing up in matching Halloween costumes or a marathon of horror movies, you get to choose what you want.
#1 Have a pumpkin carving or painting contest. It will allow you to channel your creative abilities all while being in the Halloween spirit!
#2 DIY Halloween costumes together. If you’ve not chosen the perfect Halloween costumes yet, try DIYing costumes with your partner.
You can also have a little photoshoot at home, or go to an outdoor restaurant or bar to take memorable couple photos.
#3 Bake scary desserts. If you have a sweet tooth and you enjoy cooking at home, try inviting your spouse to join you in the kitchen this holiday.
#4 Make Halloween inspired cocktails and have a taste challenge. Spooky cocktails are always fun to play around with.
Share your results via social media to challenge your friends to also join in on the fun!
#5 Make a campfire and share ghost stories. Do you enjoy moonlight stories around a warm fire?
You can have that this holiday by going camping with your spouse. You can invite other couples to make it more fun.
#6 Have a horror movie marathon, but don’t forget the pizza and candy! If you enjoy the thrill that comes from watching spooky movies, feel free to indulge in movie nights with your beloved.
#7 Visit a haunted house. If you think you can handle it, try visiting a haunted mansion with your spouse.
Be ready to get seriously spooked by scary details like spider webs, creepy noises and creaking floorboards.
#8 Make a Fall wreath. As you get into the fall season, it’s nice to decorate your home a little to give it a welcoming look.
Make it a date and decorate fall wreaths for your house with your partner.
You can make as many as you want for all the doors you have in the house but don’t go overboard.
NOVEMBER DATE IDEAS
Let the romance roll you into November with more cozy, fun and adventurous fall dates to get you through the remaining part of the year.
Personally, I think fall is when love is in the air the most and it’s the perfect time to rekindle romance with your spouse.
The chilly breeze makes lovers want to spend more time together, snuggling under a blanket, and enjoying a few movie marathons.
#9 Go apple picking in an orchard. It’s a totally fun fall activity to do together, and it gives the two of you a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
#10 Go on a drive and enjoy the beautiful colored trees. The most romantic dates are often the simple ones that don’t involve too much energy or money.
This is perfect for frugal couples who are trying to minimize their budget by spending less.
Just drive around the countryside and enjoy the fantastic view of colored trees with fallen leaves.
#11 Make yummy caramelized apples. Do you enjoy being creative in the kitchen with your spouse?
If you want to spend quality time together, try new recipes and have fun eating delicious food prepared at home.
#12 Go on a hayride. Find a hay farm close to you and climb an old truck for a fantastic hayride. You’ll have the best laugh ever with all the road bumps along the way.
#13 Play hide and seek in a corn maze. If you’ve been in maze before, you’ll know it’s pretty confusing to figure your way around. It’s easy to get lost in a maze if you don’t have a strategy.
To make sure you don’t lose your way in it, sprinkle salt, powder or rose petals as you walk around the maze. It will help your spouse to find you without getting lost.
#14 Enjoy a date at your local state and county fairs. Check to see if the fair in your area is still happening this year and what safety precautions they will be enforcing.
#15 Go wine tasting. Are you a wine lover? Take your spouse on a wine tour and enlighten them on everything they need to know about exquisite wines.
#16 Organize a baking contest for who can create the best pumpkin pie. A little competition is good for extra adrenaline in the body.
You’ll have serious fun while preparing delicacies that can fill up your fridge and provide food for weeks to come.
#17 Go hiking in a scenic area and pack a picnic to enjoy at your destination before hiking back down.
Don’t forget to go with all the necessary hiking equipment you will need to make it a successful date.
#18 Jump in a pile of leaves. With the Fall season comes lots of dry leaves that are shedding all over the place.
If you’re searching for something simple to do with your partner, go on a nature walk and jump in a pile of dry leaves.
DECEMBER DATE IDEAS
Now, we have finally reached December! The time of the year where things get a little colder.
Warm up with your spouse in some cozy blankets and fuzzy slippers while watching classic Christmas Movies and drinking hot cocoa.
Except this year the stay at home dates might get a little boring since we’ve all spent a little more time at home then we had wanted.
Being active is the best way to release those endorphins and give you a little balance from the long days at home.
So, let’s spice up your Eggnog with some at home and outdoor activities all december long.
#19 Participate in a Holiday Drive-Thru Light Show. Get in the holiday spirit and find your nearest holiday drive through light show this year!
Cozy up in the car with some warm hot chocolate and christmas music.
Or drive through town to check out the holiday lights and admire the work neighbors are doing to beautify the area.
#20 Bake a Gingerbread house. This is a classic winter staple and always loads of fun to make your house a home with some frosted window dressings and candy decorations for the yard.
#21 Go holiday shopping. Add a little excitement to this year’s christmas and help each other DIY gifts for family or go shopping for the best deals.
#22 Work out with your spouse. Don’t you miss working out? From a hectic work schedule to winter’s fatigue, it might be a little hard…
#23 Indoor rock climbing/skydiving. Check your local community to see if they are opening through reservations only, or limited parties to ensure the safety of everyone and to also try something new!
#24 Plan an outdoor getaway. Winter can be super cold depending on where you live but it’s also the best time to stay in bed and cuddle for as long as you want.
Plan a nice weekend getaway to explore areas you might never have been to and enjoy the great outdoors, all cuddled up with the love of your life.
#25 Decorate a tree together. Now, this is my all time favorite romantic holiday date idea. Go out there and pick out a real tree or purchase an artificial tree.
Then decorate it together and have your partner help you hang the ornaments and string lights. Don’t forget the Christmas music and eggnogs!
If you’re really into it, you can also create some DIY decorations to place all over the house too.
If you were searching for fun couple activities you can engage in with your spouse, I’ve given you some of the best holiday date ideas for couples.
I hope you love them? If you do, don’t wait until the last minute before you try them out to avoid having a crowded date.
This post was co-written by Arrezo Azimzadeh, BA, Psych, Behavioral Therapist & Owner of Wish Upon Arrezo