5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Things about Fall

Man, could that title be more alliterative? 

This past week, I have been swamped with work not just for the site, but for actual work. I started a new job, and now it seems as though my life has been consumed by that. But, I have some extra cool posts coming next week, but in the meantime I figured I’d try out something fun: 5 Fandom Friday. Today’s topic is all about fall, which is by far my favorite season. It was hard to pick only five of my favorite things about this time of year, but I buckled down, did a bit of brainstorming, and chose five suitible autumnal traits to list. 

Also, what other time of the year can you use an adjective like “autumnal?” None, that’s what. 

Anyway, here are my Top 5 Favorite Things about Fall:

#5: The fashion 

I’m not talking about the haute couture trends that walked across the runway at Fashion Week, but those cozy staples we’re so used to pulling out come the first chilly day in September. I’m a huge sucker for boots and socks. I can’t get enough of them. They’re my favorite staples of the season. I also will never turn down a good, thick, chunky infinity scarf. Two words: hella comfy. 

#4: The colors 

This can pertain to fashion as well, but in general, I just love fall colors. My favorite autumnal hue (see, that word is brilliant!) has got to be mustard yellow. I’m crazy about it. Of course, who could forget about the burnt, fiery oranges, or deep plums? They’re all so rich and lovely. 

#3: The food 

I’m not just talking about the Thanksgiving staples, like turkey and cranberries, but about the other main fall food groups. Oh, they never showed you that pyramid in science class? Well, let me teach you the ways: 

 At the bottom of the pyramid is the Thanksgiving feast, where the delicious foodie fare of the season culminates into a day of just pure eatin’. Next are the hot drinks to keep us warm around the bonfire. Drinks like hot apple cider, hot chocolate, tea, and rich, aromatic coffees thrive during this time of year. 

Then comes the confections, such as apple cider doughnuts, caramel chews, and leftover Halloween candy. The fourth main fall food group is not necessarily a food, but can be featured in any tasty treat. That’s right, I’m talking about spices. Whether cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, or even cumin, these spices add sultry flavor to any falltime meal (or snack). 

And finally, at the top of the pyramid, is pumpkin flavor. Each year, more and more pumpkin products are revealed at the supermarket to my delight. And, of course, the PSLs take over. But that’s not my favorite pumpkin treat of the season. No, no, my favorite is the grandfather to all the punpkin-flavored concoctions: pumpkin pie. 

#2: The activities 

Autumn is a time to partake in fun events and activities that just don’t seem appropriate to celebrate in any other season. For example: corn mazes and hay rides. If you live by any farms, or live in the Midwest, you’ll know of these examples all too well. There is no greater feeling of accomplishment than finding your way through carved-out paths of cornstalks, with a hay ride at the end to celebrate such a feat. 

But there are other great activities, like going to pumpkin patches, apple orchards, hosting a bonfire, Halloween parties, cookouts, and nature walks. Also, fall was the time to celebrate school spirit by participating in the homecoming parade, going to the dance, or (if you were into it) going to the Friday night football game. When I was in high school, fall time was theater time, as our play would debut around september or October. Some of my fondest memories were created during the fall, but none quite as prominent as…

#1: Halloween 

By far, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Halloween is a wonderful mix of all my favorite things about fall, but just more spooky. Also, you get to dress up. What’s not to love?

When I was a kid, Halloween meant spending time with my family doing fun things like carving pumpkins, making sweets, and watching Halloween special after glorious Halloween special. The holiday also meant that it was time to fully stretch my crafting muscles to make a costume. After I got to a certain age, I came up with my own costumes. One year, I made a snowy owl costume out of white sweats and a homemade mask. I even made the winds out of posterboard and feathers.

 Another year, after Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory released, I saved up all of my birthday money, bought the Willy Wonka coat at Hot Topic, and–with some help from my mom–became the Johnny Depp character. I still have that coat to this day.

It’s hard for me to explain in detail why I love Halloween, but the long and short of it is that it’s just a fun day. And, if you play your cards right, it’s a fun season as well. 

What are some of your favorite things about fall? Do you have a favorite Halloween special? Or tell me if I missed any food groups. Write in the comments below!

Featured Image, Images in Collage: Thanksgiving, Hot Cider, Donuts, Spices, Pumpkin 

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