As the weather gets cooler, it makes for the perfect opportunity to heat things up in your love life. From light and casual, to hot and romantic date ideas, now is the time to plan something fun to do with that special someone. Need some help on how to rustle up the romance during this time of the year? Here are seven autumn-inspired ideas. 

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    Hold Hands Through a Haunted House

    Did you know that sharing a thrilling experience with someone else actually helps to strengthen your bond? Haunted houses are definitely the perfect place to go to for a frightening night out during the fall. Plus, walking through dark and creepy hallways just might be the best reason ever to reach back and hold the person's hand that you are with.

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    Cuddle Up to Watch a Scary Movie

    Pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, grab a cozy blankie and cuddle up on the couch watching the scariest Halloween movie you can find. Bonus: Getting frightened boosts dopamine, which creates increased feelings of infatuation and arousal, if you see where I'm going here. A scary movie is sounding better and better...just sayin'.

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    Go to a Pumpkin Patch and Carve Your Pickings Together

    Spend the ultimate fall day together by first picking out pumpkins at a local pumpkin patch. Then, have fun getting creative and carving them with each other at home. Once you're done, make a warm meal, light candles inside the pumpkins, and you'll have the perfect ambiance for a romantic ending to the date.

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    Fall in Love with the Fall Foliage Together

    Take in all of the beautiful colors of the fall foliage by walking through a park, taking a hike, or going on a scenic drive together. Enjoy memorable views and get to know each other better during the walk or drive. You could also pack a picnic or make some hot cocoa or hot apple cider to take along with you. This date idea is not only fun and adventurous, but is also very friendly on the wallet.

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    Tailgate and Go to a Football Game

    Football games make great dates because they are casual and fun, while giving you the opportunity to spend a ton of time with your date. You could make it more comfortable by going on a group date and tailgating all together beforehand. Whether you're cheering for the same team or making a friendly rivalry out of it, you'll have a blast together...and will hopefully show your date that you're the perfect catch!

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    Go On a Ghost Tour

    This time of year makes going on ghost tours even more spooky and exciting! Plus, it's something different than the typical dinner and movie date. Head up to the Stanley Hotel or take a haunted tour through Old Town for a unique experience and something new. Also, being scared is a great excuse to hold each other close. Cap it off by grabbing a pumpkin beer or a late dinner somewhere warm.

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    Plan a Paint and Sip Date Night

    Get your creative juices flowing by having a paint and sip date night together. Places like Pinot's Palette and Studio Vino even have sessions throughout the next few months that are fall-themed, where guests can learn to paint pumpkins, beautiful autumn scenery and more. It's ends up being a really fun time for both of you, and makes for a light and laid back evening. Plus, it's a twist on just going to get drinks at a bar, and you'll both go home with a physical reminder of the experience you shared together.

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