1. Pick and cook fall's harvest.
Apples come into season in the earliest months of fall, as do pears and pumpkins — the makings for a perfect pie. So call your area farms to find out who will let you take a basket into their fields and pick your own fruits and vegetables, then head home to bake up your bounty.
2. Go on a hay ride.
It doesn't need to be haunted, though that certainly ups the fun factor! Any ol' hayride is the perfect excuse for a snuggle-fest with your spouse beneath a checkered fleece blanket.
3. Visit local festivals and fairs.
Tis the season for festivals of every kind. Chili cook-offs, cool-weather craft fairs, and Oktoberfest's abound, and what's more romantic than a stroll through one — or all! — with your spouse?
4. Watch a scary movie — outdoors!
Bring your laptop to your deck, back lawn, or apartment's rooftop, then see if you can stand the scares when you're really in the dark and exposed to who knows what! Of course you'll be fine, but "protecting" one another is a great excuse to get close.
5. Enjoy a picnic.
When we think of picnics, we usually envision summer. But the truth is, fall picnics can be just as awesome, if not better, when done right. Park yourselves somewhere with a view of the changing leaves, and unpack a warming menu of thermos-contained drinks — think: hot apple cider or cocoa with marshmallows — belly-warming soup, and crusty bread.
6. Go horseback riding.
Slip on your cowgirl boots and slide into the saddle alongside your spouse, where you can take a leisurely stroll along paths showing the changing leaves. And if you have to leave the city to find a country path, that's a great excuse to extend date night into a weekend getaway!