Ghosts, witches, and zombies, oh my! Halloween has a reputation as the scariest day of the year, so we tend to overlook its romantic value. But the truth is that Halloween is actually one of the most romantic nights of the year. This year, consider some of these Halloween date ideas and you may just find yourself in love by Christmas.
- Go to a haunted house. Scaring your date into falling love with you may sound like the stuff of horror movies, but trust us on this. It has something to do with an effect called the misattribution of arousal. Basically, whenever your body is aroused — rising blood pressure, sweaty palms, and a rapid heart rate — your mind actually links that feeling with what’s in your environment. These are the same arousal cues that happen when you’re standing in front of someone attractive. So, as the zombies and men with chainsaws chase you around the haunted house, your date might just get scared into falling in love with you. This little trick is why haunted houses are one of the most successful Halloween date ideas! But make sure to act quickly — the effect wears off once they’ve calmed down.
- Have a scary movie night. The same way a haunted house can help scare your date into loving you, a scary movie can have a similar effect. Except, this time, you’re all cozy on a couch instead of running for your life. While the stakes are considerably lower when watching a movie, you’ll have the chance to hold hands, comfort one another, and cuddle all night. The only other advice we have to make this one of the best Halloween date ideas? Avoid horror movies that are a bit too graphic, especially if this is a first date. You don’t want something so gruesome that it kills the mood!
- Carve pumpkins together. If being scared isn’t your thing, don’t stress. There are plenty of other great Halloween date ideas that won’t leave you trembling, like carving pumpkins together. It’s always fun to get to know new people by doing something creative, and that’s exactly what pumpkin carving offers. Play some music, pour some wine, and start carving! It’s a cute, relaxing way to spend an autumn evening. And we always think it’s interesting to see what someone creates on a first date — it can tell you a lot about that person.
- Go to a costume party together. While it might be nice to spend some quality time one-on-one, costume parties can also be one of the best Halloween date ideas. With everyone dressed up, people tend to be a little more relaxed, which is always a great environment for a date. Plus, you’ll have the chance to dress up, which means this is your chance to put your sexiest foot forward, right? There aren’t many nights of the year where it’s acceptable to show up to a first date dressed as scandalously as possible. So, take advantage of the one night that it’s perfectly acceptable to do so!