Today is the first day of fall, the temperature is dropping, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Here are our top five favorite reasons why fall (in our opinion) is the best time of the year.
Pumpkin Spice Everything
Tis the season for pumpkin spice and we can’t get enough of that delicious blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Pumpkin-spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-flavored beer, pumpkin rum, pumpkin-spice coffee creamer, even pumpkin-spice—you name it, there’s a product that features this flavor.
Only in the fall do you get to experience the autumn-leaf phenomenon that renders the normal green leaves of trees and some shrubs a rainbow of fall colors, from red, yellow, brown, and orange, to purple, black, blue, and magenta. If you’re into “leaf peeping,” check out this great list from Travel + Leisure on where to find the best fall foliage.
Fun Activities for All
Summer’s got the beach, but fall really brings the potential for all kinds of fun, family friendly activities: visits to pumpkin patches, going apple picking (for making pies, of course), taking hay rides (of the haunted and un-haunted variety), going hiking, hopping a train or bus for an afternoon of leaf-peeping, getting lost in a corn maze, attending fall-themed events at breweries and wineries (many are kid-friendly and offer arts and crafts while the adults relax), leaf-pile making. There truly is no shortage of things to take the family to enjoy.
Getting Your Spooky On
With Halloween a little more than a month away, it’s time to start getting ready for the spookiest night of the year. Make a Pinterest board of potential Halloween costumes for the kids (and the grownups). Plan a visit to an area haunted house. Schedule a movie night for the kids (think Casper, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and Hocus Pocus) and for the adults (we like the good, old standbys including the original Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, and Ghostbusters). Read some scary stories, like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or anything from Stephen King (and then sleep with the lights on).
This goes without saying: It’s time for some football! Whether you’re cheering on your local high-school or Pop Warner team, tailgating at a college game, or cheering on your NFL team from the couch, football always makes it feel like fall!