I love Fall, also known as Autumn. I think I enjoy it so much because it is a welcoming to a much needed change from the hot summer months, to the cool, crisp and rainy days of winter. It’s the unassuming season that is often overlooked, but it is indeed an important season as it marks the transition of change.
Not only does it mark the transition from Summer to Fall, but also the arrival of night becoming noticeably earlier and of course if you were a child and had chores, the shedding of leaves in the yard. Of course, Autumn and Fall are also marked by some of my favorite things, like Halloween (though I didn’t dress up this year), pumpkin patch fun, Hocus Pocus, boots and sweaters, rainy days, pumpkin flavored everything (and creamer!). Overall, it’s all good for your belly, mind, spirit and soul. It’s one of the few changes I fully and whole heartedly welcome every year.
So, here are some of my favorite things of Fall!
- Halloween – it is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which some say have pagan roots, specifically the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this was the festival Christianized as Halloween. The word Halloween dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word actually means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” Of course, for us nowadays it is mostly marked by trick-or-treating, dressing up in Halloween costumes, decorating, and carving pumpkins.
- Pumpkin patches! I have distinct memories of picking out my pumpkin every year. It really was a big deal, and always a family outing. It has changed a bit as I’ve gotten older. For example, it is now an all-day outing that includes haunted houses, hayrides, petting zoos, and so on. But, still fun even as an adult (I went this year with a good friend and my mom!)
- Hocus Pocus – if you have never seen Hocus Pocus, we cannot be virtual friends…just kidding! But seriously if you haven’t seen it you must! Hocus Pocus came out in 1993, directed by Kenny Ortega, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. The plot is this – In 1963 on October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, during the Salem witch trials, Thackery Binx sees his little sister, Emily Binx, spirited away to the cottage of three witches. There, the Sanderson sisters – Winifred, Sarah, and Mary – cast a spell on Emily to absorb her youth and regain their own, killing her in the process. Binx confronts the witches who transform him into an immortal black cat to live with his guilt of not saving his sister Emily. The townsfolk, led by Binx’s father, capture and hang the witches, but Winifred’s spell book casts a curse that will resurrect the witches on All Hallows Eve when any virgin lights the Black Flame Candle. Binx guards the cottage to ensure no one summons the witches. 300 years later in 1993 on October 31st, Max Dennison moves from LA to Salem with his family, including his sister Dani. While exploring the town, he and Dani meet Allison, whose family owns the Sanderson cottage as a museum. Max suggests that they go there and impress Allison – well, as you can imagine the story takes off from there. Check it out as it is a must-see every Fall/Halloween time.
- Boots & sweaters – I have a slight obsession with boots. I have them in every color, in every heel and in every style: short, mid-calf, up to the knee, ankle…you name it – I got it. And, you can’t forget sweaters! There is nothing more comfortable than a huge sweater, and pair of skinny jeans and boots! Just another reason to love Fall so much!
- Pumpkin flavored everything – I can’t lie to you, I’m not an obsessive PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) person, I don’t die for it when it comes back into season (P.S. it was back in Starbucks and Peet’s at like the end of August this year – come on people! It’s like shoving Christmas in our face before we even get to Halloween!) – but i digress. Anyway, there is one pumpkiny thing that I look forward to every year. One is the Nestle Coffee-mate, pumpkin spice creamer. That with a little bit of whipped cream and “ta dah” deliciousness in a cup! SO good!
- Rainy days – oh rainy days! They were an awful occurrence as a child, but always welcomed now as an adult. When I see rain in the weather forecast (which being in California doesn’t happen enough) and it coincides with a weekend, I’m overjoyed because it means I can lay in bed, drink my pumpkin spiced creamer/coffee and catch up on the DVR.
- Lastly, Fall opens the doors for my absolute, most favorite holiday of the season, which is Thanksgiving. It’s a day that I can lay around in my sweats, eat, drink and be genuinely merry – and grateful. It’s an overall great day spent feeding our bellies and souls.
Fall shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. Happy Fall ya’ll!