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8 Reasons to Get Excited About Fall

GourdsNow that I’m almost done drying my tears because summer is over (but I’m keeping a few tissues handy just in case), I’m ready to make a confession: I secretly love fall. Anyone who has met me for more than 10 minutes knows I never miss an opportunity to crow about how summer is the perfect season and how anyone who doesn’t like the beach is hardwired wrong. So I kind of feel like a fraud admitting I really like fall. But there’s just something about it that makes me nostalgic.

Here are eight reasons why fall really is fabulous.

  1. Apple picking and cider donuts

The annual family apple picking trips of my youth are magical in my memories—tractor rides into the orchard, farm stands, the discovery of the world’s greatest cider donuts (no really, I’ve never had a better one). The mere thought of it all gets me wistful. Taking my son for the first time (okay, the second time—the first time he was a month old) brought me great joy. This year we introduced our daughter to the apple picking tradition.

2. Pumpkin picking

If you have kids (or a social media account) you know that in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 your feed will soon be full of people’s kids and grandkids and friends awash in a sea of orange orbs. And who can blame them? A pumpkin patch is one of the most photo-friendly backdrops around. Not to mention, picking your pumpkin straight off the vine (or from a makeshift pumpkin patch) beats fishing it out of a cardboard bin at the grocery store.

3. Fall decorations are economical

Hang up a pumpkin wreath on September 22 and don’t take it down until November 30. Same goes for decorative pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and more.

4. Make the most of the great outdoors

Depending upon where you live, temperatures are usually a little more conducive to spending time outdoors. Whether this means you can count on cool air for a hike or the dissipation of the jungle-like heat of summer, everyone is a bit less sticky.

5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Oh Linus, your belief in the Great Pumpkin never disappoints. This classic TV special always gets me in the mood for Halloween.

6. Soups, stews and casseroles

As soon as the temperature drops, hearty meals jump back into my cooking repertoire. Stews are a huge hit in my house—my husband calls this Irish Beef Stew “favorite dinner” and this Portuguese Pork Stew “second favorite dinner”. They make great leftovers, as you can cook a big pot of them and freeze portions for easy weeknight meals. Delish.

7. Halloween

I love Halloween. I once threw a Harry Potter-themed party that involved covering my living room walls with black industrial plastic table cloth, steaming labels off of bottles and labelling them various potions and creating a candy station with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and what have you. Now that I have kids, my party throwing days are on hold, but dreaming up costumes and taking them trick-or-treating with their cousins makes me feel like a kid again. Plus, I get to steal my son’s Halloween candy afterwards. What? He’s only 3—he doesn’t need all of that candy!

8. Football

Once upon a time, I loved professional football. Then the NFL RedZone channel was invented and I couldn’t keep up. So now I root for our two local teams* to win so I can get $1 coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts the following day (Check your area for variations on this promotion, available to DD Perks members). But for millions of Americans Fall means football—Pop Warner, college, NFL, Fantasy, touch with a Nerf football on the front lawn. The ways to participate are endless.

*With the way the New York Giants and the New York Jets are playing, I don’t expect to get too many $1 coffees this season.

What are your favorite fall traditions? Tell us in the comments section.

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