Summer's heat is finally dissipating, and Instagram has made the switch from bikinis and breweries to apple orchards and pumpkin spice lattes. With all the fires to cuddle beside and haunted hayrides to get your blood pumping, autumn is an inherently romantic time of year. If you're looking for fall 2017 date ideas, there are plenty of cutesy activities that will bring you and your partner closer together while nauseating everyone else in the immediate vicinity. (You aren't truly besotted until you've made an onlooker vaguely uncomfortable by simply gazing into each other's eyes.) On the flip side, the sheer variety of things to do can be overwhelming. How are you supposed to pick just one?
Ideally, you'll be able to go on as many autumnal dates as you want, but you can't do them all at once. Trust me: Over-planning a night inevitably leads to sitcom-style hijinks as you rush from one activity to the next. It's not as fun as it sounds. Stick to a few ideas at a time, and you'll actually have time to enjoy being around your partner. That is the point of a date, after all.
But that leads straight back to square one: actually picking something to do. If you're at a loss, why not let your zodiac sign be your guide? In the event that something goes horribly wrong, you can always blame higher forces.
Aries (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19)
You're a competitive one, Aries, but there are ways to channel that into something fun. On the next sunny, crisp day, grab your date and head to a corn maze. You can wander it together, but come on. You're an Aries; you already know it will turn into a race to the center of the maze. Loser has to buy dinner that night.
Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20)
Take a break from your beloved, well-worn routine and get out of the city. Fall is the best time of year to go hiking, and the spectacular views will give you something to talk about with your date.
Gemini (May 21 - Jun. 20)
With your restless nature, you love to try new things. Why not pay something to tell you exactly what to try? Take a tour of a local cider brewing company together and linger over the samples given out at the end.
Cancer (Jun. 21 - Jul. 22)
Cancer is pretty much the reason the "sensitive artist" stereotype exists. Be honest. You're already planning your Halloween costume, aren't you? You'll appreciate the various types of art and food found at a local fall festival, and chances are, your date will, too. If they don't... well, they're probably not worth hanging around anyway.
Leo (Jul. 23 - Aug. 22)
Between the clear blue skies and the brilliant autumn leaves, it's the perfect time of year to go for a drive. As a natural leader — the ultimate take-charge type — you'll obviously be found in the driver's seat, Leo. Just try not to make your date carsick when you whip around curves.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sep. 22)
You're good at many things, Virgo, but one of your best qualities is your willingness to work hard. That makes you the ideal person to carve pumpkins with, because you won't complain about scooping out the guts or sifting around for pumpkin seeds to roast. If your date doesn't already love you, they will after they see your masterful carving skills.
Libra (Sep. 23 - Oct. 22)
Libras are all about balance, and there's nothing more balanced than Mother Earth. (Until humans got their hands on it, anyway.) Ask your date to go apple picking, so you can appreciate nature and snack on some fruit in one lovely day.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
As one of the bravest signs, Scorpio can handle a haunted house like nobody else (except another Scorpio). Your date will appreciate your unflappability, mostly because it gives them someone calm to hang onto when a chainsaw-wielding clown bursts out of the bushes.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Sagittarius and adventure go together like espresso and pumpkin spice, but you can't always be traipsing around the world in search of the next adrenaline rush. (Not if you hope to date, that is.) Get your heart pumping in a different way with a horror movie marathon, parked on the couch beside your boo.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Unlike Sagittarus, Capricorn is as staid as it gets. Hopefully, your date is as big on tradition as you are, because you're obviously going to be making candy apples this fall. Don't be afraid to lick your fingers, goody two-shoes.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
The Aquarius tendency toward melodrama may make life a little chaotic, but it makes you the perfect partner for a ghost tour. Don't be afraid to unleash your questions on the guide and play along with the stories for the amusement of your date.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20)
Dreamy Pisces may enjoy the great outdoors in theory, but in practice, all the bugs and physical activity make it less than enjoyable. Instead of hiking or getting lost in a corn maze, see if your date wants to go on a hayride, where you can both plop down in some dried grass and watch the world go by from the comfort of the back of a cart. Maybe "comfort" isn't the right word, but hey, it's better than having to haul yourself up a mountain.