The fall season may arguably be the best for dating, between the crisp temperatures making for cozy vibes, the gorgeous autumn foliage, the rich flavors of seasonal foods, and the excitement of the spooky season. North Jersey is an exceptional setting for this, with abundant events catering to the season. We’ve rounded up a list of the most standout date ideas, which you can bookmark next to our list of hikes and ultimate guide to fall for an incredibly festive season. Read on for a list of fall date ideas in the North Jersey area.
Fall Festival at Wightman Farms | 1111 Mt Kemble Avenue, Morristown
The Fall Festival is an ideal all-in-one package for fall activities, including apple picking, pumpkins, corn mazes, and hayrides. Plus, the farm market on site is full of goods for curating a picnic or taking home delicious foods. The Fall Festival is every Saturday and Sunday at the Farm, and tickets are required.
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Fall-Themed Class at The Eclectic Chic Boutique | 547 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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The Eclectic Chic Boutique is hosting a number of seasonal events, including a Fall-Themed Wood Wick Candle Making Workshop on October 26th, where participants will learn how to create scented fall candles. Additionally, the shop is teaming up with The MC Hotel for an Apple Cider Bomb-making session, also on October 26th. Tickets for both events are available on its website.
Halloween Cake + Sip at Stuff by SJ | 342 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Have a sweet-treat date night at Stuff by SJ’s Halloween Cake + Sip event on October 27th. The bake shop is hosting an adults-only cake decorating event themed to Halloween. Guests receive two 6″ cake layers, and the shop provides all the materials and professional instruction for your custom design. The event is 21+ and is BYOB. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online.
Paint + Sip at Pinot’s Palette | 351 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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There are many opportunities this month to paint a fall scene at Pinot’s Palette, from Van Gogh-inspired spooky Starry Night paintings to fall foliage and pumpkin patches. Events are BYOB, so grab some wine to get your creative juices flowing.
Pantophobia Haunted Hayride | 156 Summit Avenue, Montvale
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If you and your date have the guts to take on a haunted attraction, then this is MG’s pick. Legend has it that Cyrus Grain’s old family farm occupied the area, and he has been lurking in the woods, between buildings, and along private roads at DePiero’s Farmstand in Montvale ever since. The hayride will bring guests along in a search for Cyrus, who will do whatever it takes to keep trespassers away and is bound to scare couples into holding each other tighter.
Pumpkin Beer at Montclair Brewery | 101 Walnut Street, Montclair
Montclair Brewery is serving up its seasonal Rolling Hills pumpkin spice ale. The beer has warm, spicy herbal notes of cinnamon, aromatic whole cloves, and the earthy and spicy depth of nutmeg, complemented by the natural sweetness of pumpkin. Grab a squash and fall pesto pizza from Brick + Dough across the street, and sit out in the Montclair Brewery beer garden to enjoy this autumn combo.
Scary Movie at The Clairidge | 486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
In addition to current films, the historic Clairidge is known for showing the classics. In honor of the spooky season, you can catch scary flicks like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead — which are sure to get you and your date into the Halloween spirit.