Can I tell you a secret? I love planning dates for Dan! Okay, maybe that’s not a secret but it is the truth and it has kept our relationship new and exciting for over 3 years. I think the real secret here is how easy it can be to plan these dates.
I often hear people complain about how much thought and effort they have to put into creating a special date for their significant other but it doesn’t have to be that elaborate. It just has to show that person that they are important enough to you that you designated some time to enjoy with just them.
I start off by scheduling the date night in advance so I can give Dan the date and it starts building anticipation. I’m an overachiever and actually create invites for these dates but a cute text to save the date will do.
I would then suggest picking a few things you want to do that day. Word of advice: you may not get around to doing everything you planned and that’s okay. This was something I had a hard time with at first but I now see it as an opportunity to save some of those ideas for a later date, which means less planning for me.
This year Dan and I had a few dates that were fall and Halloween themed but I compiled them here in one all encompassing spooky date so you can pick and choose what you want to do for a festive night of fun. Here’s what we did.
1. Make a Jack – O- Lantern
Every year I try to include a craft into our date so we have something to remember many years later. Its kind of become our unspoken Halloween tradition. I stick to functional decor crafts so we can actually continue to use them. Our first year we made monster mason jars that I found in the Target dollar section. This year I decided to up-cycle an empty Tide Pod container to make a jack-o’-lantern.
I picked up a felt pumpkin decorating kit at Dollar Tree before our date and on date day we played with different designs (and seriously contemplated just making a tiny face like this .__.) until we agreed on one and then glued it on. I also picked up a strobe light at Dollar Tree to put inside the jack-o’-lantern.
You could definitely carve a real pumpkin for this, we did that a few years ago but quickly learned the Florida heat makes for soggy moldy jack-o’-lanterns real fast. So if you’re local you may want to hold off on pumpkin carving until the day before Halloween.
2. Enjoy a Spooky Activity
Next up we went to play mini golf at a black-light monster themed course we have locally. Although juvenile, this was a lot more fun than I anticipated.
The course had interactive animatronics, a dance party and trivia. I’m a chicken when it comes to actual scary activities so that’s why we chose mini golf but if you’re into being scared you could find a local haunted house, take a haunted hayride or even try an escape room.
Some other fall-themed activities we’ve done in the past are visiting pumpkin patches or corn mazes.
3. Have a Horror Movie Marathon
Somehow Dan convinced me this year to watch horror movies on multiple occasions leading up to Halloween and you know what? I didn’t hate it. A horror movie marathon would be a great idea for a date! I found this horror movie bingo after the fact but will definitely be using it next year.
If you’re not big on horror you can pick nostalgic Halloween films like Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas.
4. Eat Some Creepy Food
On our mini golf date we had to wait for our tee time and had some time to kill so we went for a walk and stopped into Baskin Robbins because they had a seasonal Trick Oreo Treat flavor. Unfortunately this flavor had peanuts so I couldn’t get it, so we settled for cookie dough instead. We split a scoop to cut on calories.
Later that week I made a spooky butternut squash with a spiderweb garnish. Small details can make something normal festive. You could also go out and try a new food you don’t normally eat like eel in sushi or squid ink pasta. Just have fun with whatever you choose.
These are just a few ideas of what you can do for a Halloween date. Do you have holiday dates? What kind of activities do you and your partner enjoy doing together? Let me know in the comments below!