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Dinner and a Haunted House

Halloween is a fun time of the year. Some of the finest creativity comes along during Halloween. Not only the costumes that people come up with, but all the fun scary things to participate in such as haunted houses, haunted woods, haunted corn mazes, and costume parties. For a fun dinner and haunted house group date, get together and make dinner first. I personally believe it is more fun to make dinner together as a group, but you can certainly go to a restaurant and eat. Maybe you could search online and find a scary or Halloween themed restaurant.

After making dinner together and eating, take a ride to the local haunted house. They are easy to find online. Just do a search and I am sure you will find several. You could go to a theme park-style haunted house or one of these “scare factories” or maybe there is a local legend of an actual haunted house you can visit.

These dates are especially fun because if you are lucky, your date will be hanging on your arm the whole time. She’ll be scared out of her mind, but still, it’s a win for you and might be your only chance to get close to your date. Just kidding, if you play your cards right, there will be plenty of other chances.  Or just maybe you will be the one scared out of your mind?

What you need for the dinner and a haunted house creative date: 

This date is quite simple to prepare. All you need are the ingredients for the dinner, or a restaurant to go to. If you do decide to make dinner check out my website In The Kitchen with Matt for some ideas on what to make. Maybe you could make these pimple popping cupcakes as a gag dessert as well. I prefer to make dinner with my date, especially in a group setting, because there is a lot of talking and interaction going on. You really get to know your date and the food is good and can be inexpensive, which is a bonus for those in the group who may be on a tighter budget.

You may want to plan ahead and make sure there would be tickets available for you when you go to the haunted house. If it means getting tickets early, then do it. I don’t imagine places like that would sell out, but it is always a good idea to check. It might be fun to dress up, as well. The cool thing about these ideas is that they are just ideas; it is up to you how you make it happen. My idea may only be something that triggers your creativity, which leads to an entirely different creative date idea.

My experience with this date: 

Several years ago in college, I met this gorgeous girl. She lived in my apartment complex and went to the same college. She was a tall blue-eyed blonde with a fantastic accent from her home state of Georgia. Wow, a killer combination. After chatting with her, I found out that she really liked scary stuff. A light bulb went on in my head and I decided to invite her to a haunted house. Because that was something we both shared in common, a love of haunted houses and Halloween.

I planned this group date where we made homemade calzones, then drove to a large city about an hour away from where the haunted house was located. The drive up was okay, but it seemed like I was the one doing most of the talking. She didn’t seem too interested in asking me questions or getting to know me, which is typically not a good sign. I brushed that notion aside and decided not to worry about it. Because hey, we were on our way to a haunted house!

The Haunted House

When we arrived there was a really long line to get in, I normally hate long lines, but in this case, the anticipation and waiting made it even better. We waited patiently and talked within the group, my date’s focus seemed to be everywhere but on me, ugh another bad sign. There were a few workers dressed up trying to scare the patrons waiting in line, which is common for these types of places. It really adds to the atmosphere. Finally, we were able to go in. The Haunted house was amazing, probably one of the best that I have been to. I never really got scared but the make-up and costumes were realistic, and the atmosphere and sound effects added to the already creepy mood. The best part was that this cute girl was on my arm the whole time. Finally! Did I find a chink in her armor?

Red Lobster you say?

On the drive home, it was more of the same, me talking the whole time and her not really responding. Since it was a lot of fun and I liked her I decided to ask her out again. To my surprise, she said yes. Okay, maybe she just needed a few dates to warm up to me. You always hear stories where it took a few dates for the relationship to finally blossom. I knew that one of her favorite restaurants was Red Lobster, so we did a double date and went there. Afterward, since she really likes scary movies, we went and saw the movie, The Ring. It was another fun date. Things seemed to be moving in the right direction, or were they? Alas, despite my fondness for her, it wasn’t meant to be. She declined the third date, much to my chagrin. Ce la vies.

Do you have experience with this creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how you liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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