Pumpkin spice your life

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Rebecca Galib

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change color from their various shades of green to brighter shades of yellow, orange and red. The air is getting chillier, and we’re replacing our tank tops and flip flops with sweaters and boots. Soon, all the memories of this past summer will be distant, buried underneath all the thoughts of grades, exams and papers.

However, there is so much to look forward to in this brisk fall season. Of course school and homework have probably begun to take their toll on every student on campus, but the awesome activities of autumn can be a great distraction in those moments when you need a break from your essay or need to shut your brain off from calculus for a little while.

Apple picking is one of the best ways to kick off the season. Walking down the rows of apples trees on a chilly afternoon is the ideal way to spend the weekend. Be sure to bring a few taller friends with you to grab those apples at the tops of the trees. As an added bonus, the more apples you pick, the more pies, torts and crisps you can make. What’s not to love?

For the sports lovers, football season officially begins. Spending a weekend night hanging with friends in the Hound Pound is a major stress reliever. Wear your blue and save your voice to cheer on your fellow Hounds. If you need to further satiate your football appetite, nothing is better than tailgating and inviting friends over to watch an NFL game. Whether you’re a regular in the Hound Pound or an avid Patriots fan, get as much out of the football season as you can before it’s over.

Halloween movies are a must, especially during October; they’re vital to set the proper spooky mood. You can go as scary as you want. Have a throwback to the oldies with the original Frankenstein from 1931 or The Mummy released a year later, both featuring Boris Karloff. Throw a horror movie night with a showing of The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Paranormal Activity. Embracing your inner child on Halloween is completely acceptable; with favorites from the 90s like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown, how can you not? Not to mention that watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has practically become a tradition.

Fall season means pumpkin season. They just naturally go together. You can paint a pumpkin for a colorful decoration to brighten up your dorm room or opt for a pumpkin carving to place outside on your doorstep. The familiar smells of pumpkin pies, bread and muffins automatically make us hungry, even if we’ve just come back from dinner at Taylor. If you can’t get your hands on an actual pumpkin, there are plenty of different pumpkin-shaped cookies, candies and decorations to get you in the mood for fall.

But the season would not be complete without one of the most famous fall crazes that makes a widespread appearance from late August through October. What is it, you ask?

Pumpkin spice.

It’s hard to walk into a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts without seeing some sort of pumpkin spice coffee or pastry. Variations of the pumpkin spice lineup include M&M’s, ice cream, yogurt and Oreos, which I highly recommended. So take the time to be basic, and get as much pumpkin spice in while you still can. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

No matter which ways you spend your fall season, from watching scary movies and football to baking huge batches of apple and pumpkin pies, make the most of it. Fall only comes once a year; enjoy it while it lasts because soon, it’ll be Christmas.

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