October conjures up plenty of opportunities to revel in spooky fall themed fun. From going on evening hayrides and navigating ghost hunts, to movie marathons and visiting local haunts, there are tons of ways for you to enjoy the season. If you're lucky enough to have a special someone to join in on the festivities, there are plenty of Halloween date ideas to last you and your partner the whole month long.
Have a Horror Movie Marathon
Cuddle up to your better half and get ready to get scared! There's nothing so quintessentially Halloween as queuing up some frightening slasher flicks and monster movies from Hollywood's greatest masterminds. You can even make a game out of the event by writing a list of twelve horror movies and rolling two dice to see which one you get to check off your list first. Make sure to start this twelve days before Halloween, so you get all the movies in before the month of macabre is over.
Decorate Halloween-Themed Pastries Together
Turn your sweet tooth into something spooky by planning to bake some delicious Halloween themed treats with your partner. Even if you only ever step foot into your kitchen to use the microwave, you can still try your hand at decorating these sweets with classic Halloween designs by using store-bought cupcakes or cookies instead. Paint a whimsical ghost using white cream cheese frosting, or create a candy-apple cupcake using red skittles and sesame sticks. This is a great date night idea for when you're feeling creative and just want to stay at home.
Whip Up Some Caramel Apples
Speaking of delicious treats, caramel apples are the perfect salty-sweet combo made special for the fall months. Get ready to get your kitchen a little messy with the caramel coatings and maybe put on your favorite Halloween flick while you wait for the caramel to set. Once they're finished, not only will you have a tasty late-night snack, but also a ton of home-baked goods to bring to all of your loved ones.
Go on a Ghost Hunt
Supposedly, the spiritual realm is closer to our physical plane during Samhain than it is throughout the rest of the year. This means that the veil between life and death can be penetrated much more easily, and people without any psychic abilities have a higher chance of making contact with a person who has passed on. You and your partner can try to hunt down some ghosts by visiting local haunts, or by taking a haunted tour to see if you can connect with any spirits.
Take a Trip on a Hayride
Hayrides are fun for people of all ages, and the gentle rocking of the flat-bed pickup truck will soothe your troubles away. Hayrides are often accompanied by small theatrical productions to keep visitors engaged; so you and your partner can relish in the joys of the best amateur theater in your area.
See a Midnight Showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), with its leather-clad camp and cult following, has a storied legacy of midnight showings and interactive theater performances. If you and your partner are in the mood to participate in a wild, late-night (often intoxicated) evening, then attending a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is perfect for you.
Build a Bonfire and Make Spooky S'mores
Declutter that firepit in your backyard and set up a beautiful fire - or bonfire if you have the space - as well as a few chairs - and get some s'mores ingredients ready. For a quiet October night in, you and your partner can roast ghostly s'mores over the fire by embedding some chocolate chips into your large marshmallows to transform them into 'booing' ghosts. Sit under the stars and munch on your haunted snacks long into the night.
Test Your Sense of Direction With a Corn Maze
If you live in any rural part of the world, chances are high that you've come across a corn field or two. If you haven't, then you're not familiar with the inherent respect that they deserve for the way they can instill fear in you once the sun goes down. Test your sense of direction and bravery by finding a corn maze in your area, and seeing if you can make it through the winding path as a couple.
Walk Around a Graveyard and Read the Tombstones
While you should always be respectful when visiting a graveyard, you shouldn't view the space as taboo and unwelcoming. Rather, you and your partner can visit a local graveyard to gain insight into the types of people who used to live in your town, and to pay your respects to your ancestors. Another interesting thing to do while in a graveyard is to check the tombstones for fascinating information that paints a picture of how people lived.
Visit a Known Haunted Place in Your Area
Whether you've lived in your current town for decades or a few months, there's always some unexplored locale just waiting to be discovered. Take some time to research the area and see if there are any known haunted places that are open to the public. If they are, you and your partner can head out there to see what sort of spooky things are afoot. If you can spend the night there, you can really test the limits of your relationship by seeing if you can both make it through the night without getting too scared.
Practice SFX Makeup on Each Other
Half of the fun of Halloween is dressing up, and as people get older, the tradition falls to the wayside as life gets in the way. However, you can dedicate one of your date nights to rendering each other unrecognizable with fake blood, prosthetic skin, and body paint to celebrate the Halloween spirit.
Make Halloween Inspired Cocktails Together
With every season comes a slew of seasonal recipes inspired by the flavors and ingredients available at that time. Halloween is known for pumpkin spice, but also for flavors like cinnamon, clove, allspice, and apple as well. Make you and your partner a flight of fall flavored drinks to sip on together, and you just might discover a new favorite cocktail.
Have a Classic Monster Movie Marathon
Halloween owes so much of its frightful inspiration to classic monster movies. An indescribable amount of cultural imagery surrounding All Hallows' Eve has come from such famous films as Dracula (1931), The Wolf Man (1941), and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Pay homage to the origins of so many clever costumes and memorable one-liners by sitting down and watching Universal's monster movies with your partner.
Make an Appointment With a Local Psychic
If you're interested in learning more about yourself and your relationship, you can research local psychics in your area and see if any of them are available for bookings. You can learn more about your future together, some obstacles you might soon face, as well as some things to look forward to. Keep in mind that while it's perfectly okay to be skeptical of the process, it's never okay to be disrespectful of a psychic's craft.
See a Hypnotist or Magic Show
Hypnotists and magicians turn the power of illusion into an art form; and attending a show for either would be a great way to spend a Friday night in October with your partner. Even if you've got an exceptionally trained eye and can spot some of their tricks from the crowd, you're sure to have a blast.
Hold a Séance
Séances have quite a negative connotation in popular culture, perhaps due in large part to the omnipresent Satanic Panic of the late 20th century, as well as their appearance in popular horror films throughout the century. However, you, your partner, and your friends can come together for an enlightening, experimental evening by trying to perform your own séance together.
Have a Frightful Photo Shoot
Dressing up isn't only for kids, and you and your partner can revert back into the children that you both are at heart by rummaging through your closets to find the best at-home costumes you can come up with. Take turns staging a frightful photo shoot, and if the pictures turn out well, you can use them for some fun holiday greeting cards.
Tell Ghost Stories Under the Stars
Reconnect with nature and the spiritual world by sitting out under the stars. Take your partner along, and the two of you can also stretch your storytelling limits by challenging each other with lip-curling ghost stories meant to scare even the bravest souls.
Visit a Haunted Amusement Park
Not everyone lives near an amusement park, or one that hosts Halloween events. But if you happen to be lucky enough to have an amusement park nearby that plans scary spectacles or fall festivals, you and your partner can make an entire evening of visiting and having a hauntingly good time.
Slay Your Next Halloween Date Night
Whether your spend the entire month of October celebrating Halloween, or you're a holiday purist and only honor it on the day of, you can crank up the romance during this spooky season with some killer Halloween date night ideas that are sure to stick with you and your partner for years to come.