5 Fun Fall Date Ideas in Halton
Fall seems to be almost everyone’s favourite time of year and it’s somewhat (only somewhat) easy to see why. In a perfect world, everyone would act right and agree that summer (especially in Canada) is the superior season. But we don’t live in a perfect world and some people prefer fall. In a way, it makes sense. It’s cold(er) out and traffic is worse, but you get to wear fun layered outfits, admire the multi-coloured scenery and eat starchy comfort foods. It’s a time to cuddle in front of faux-fires, make pumpkin-themed desserts and watch bizarre demon rapes on American Horror Story. So, if you’re looking to spend some seasonally-appropriate quality time with a special someone this fall, here are a few autumn-themed ideas.
5) Visit a Haunted Place
If you’re into Halloween (and you should be because celebrating it will keep you young), take your date to one of Halton’s many supposedly haunted homes, heritage sites or restaurants. There are some seriously ghostly properties worth visiting on a spooky autumn night … Even if you’re a realist who doesn’t care about lost specters wandering through historical gardens, you should be willing to suspend your disbelief for one chilly, spooky night of ghost-hunting. You can hold each other when the wind whistles and birds flock from the creepy, old-timey chimney. Some places to check out? Emma’s Back Porch (where you can have a drink while listening for the tragic moans of lost souls), the Joseph Brant Museum, and Erchless Estate.
4) Catch a Leafs’ Game at a Sports Bar
Everyone and their brother is pumped about the Leafs (and for good reason!). If you want to support the legendary team at a local gathering spot with your local (or non-local, we don’t judge) date, hit up Tin Cup to watch all of the games. You can also catch games at other fun bars, including Monaghan’s, or Champs. Before you head out, you can (if the odds are in your favour) make a friendly wager (loser gets to ___________), adding a little romance to your intense and suspenseful puck-related outing.
3) Fun with Pumpkins
Halton has so many options, our envious neighbours to the east say their slim pickins of pumpkin patches is tragic and unacceptable. You can get pumpkins almost anywhere in the Region. Check out this list for your myriad gourd needs. If you want to feel close to your partner, bake a delicious pumpkin pie together. You’ll bond while you scoop out the innards and seeds and you can even have your own Ghost moment while stirring spices into the mushy pumpkin gut puree. If you’re extra naughty (and artistic), you can carve an eyebrow-raising, non-traditional Jack-o’-Lantern … Or you can also carve a traditional Jack-o’-Lantern with basic facial features … That’s fine too.
2) Go on a Fall Hike
The beauty of changing leaves is one of the hallmarks of fall and the impermanence of the colourful trees makes appreciating them all the more crucial. If you want to grab some gorgeous IG photos and enjoy crisp air (savor it before it turns frigid), head to Crawford Lake, Kelso, Mount Nemo, Hilton Falls, or even Lions Valley (though we’re lovin’ the options in Milton). You’ll get to see rich red and yellow leaves and feel them crunch beneath your feet while enjoying your date’s hand in yours. You can — and I say this with love — take some really sweet couple selfies. You’ll also get some refreshing outdoor exercise!
1) Hit a Farmer’s Market Together
The couple who eats together stays together. As winter nears, the seasonal farmers’ markets will close up shop and disappear until spring. If you want to grab some fresh produce (especially apples and zucchini — they’re perfect for making some fall desserts together), check out the Lion’s Farmers’ Market at Burlington Mall (open until Oct. 28) or the Oakville Farmers’ Market (also ends Oct. 28). The Dorval Crossing market closes up Nov. 25 — and there are butter tarts! Take your purchases to a quiet park and enjoy a chilly picnic with thick fleece blankets and lots of cuddling.