41 Reasons Fall Is Our Favorite Season Ever
Leaves are cool and all but can we get a holla for fewer mosquito bites, new seasons of TV, and no more bikini line maintenance? Fall. Is. The. Best.
Dipping caramel apples
Whoever came up with the idea to dip one of the tastiest fruits in one of the yummiest candies was a genius. Start simple with the humble caramel apple or go all out with layers of peanut butter, candy, cookies, toffee, nuts, and other goodies. The only hard and fast rule? You must use tart Granny Smith apples. Only heathens dip red delicious.
No more itchy bug bites
Mosquitoes, biting gnats, ticks, and other pesky bugs can make being outside in the summer downright miserable but dropping temps drop those pests fast. You can finally enjoy your backyard bonfire without slapping yourself (and others) like a maniac. Check out these other tips for improving your health this fall.
Hair removal needs go way down
Whether it’s your bikini line, your back carpet, or just your legs, chances are you feel like you have to do a little “landscaping” before you can wear your favorite summer swimsuit or outfit. Well, drop the razor, tweezers, and wax because we have great news for you: In the fall no one will ever know how furry you are, much less care!
Warm days, cool nights
On the one hand, fall weather can be frustratingly variable, making you feel like you need to wear half your closet to survive the temperature swings. But on the other hand, it’s kind of the best of both winter and summer. You get to enjoy beautiful, warm days outdoors and then snuggle up on the couch during chilly evenings.
Putting away the lawnmower
Unless you live in a place with a year-round warm climate, fall gives you official permission to let your lush, green lawn and garden turn brown. It’s fine! It’s how it prepares for winter! And you’re free from mowing and weeding it every week, plus you save on water bills. That doesn’t mean fall scenery isn’t gorgeous, however. Check out 38 of the most stunning photos of fall across America.
Getting lost (and then found and then lost again) in a corn maze
Corn mazes these days are elaborate affairs that take years to plan and grow. Some have themes, mysteries to solve, obstacles to climb, or are haunted. They’re guaranteed to entertain and exhaust the whole family. And don’t forget to pick up some fresh apple cider on the way out.
Downing some fresh cider
Did someone say fresh apple cider? Sorry, grocery stores, but nothing compares to freshly picked-and-squeezed apple cider. Some places will even let you watch to see how it’s made and get a lesson in local craftsmanship.
Getting the perfect sandals on clearance
Swimsuits, beach towels, pool floats, sun hats, and other summer staples go on clearance during early fall to make room for incoming cold-weather gear—not to mention all the holiday decorations that seem to show up earlier and earlier every year. The store’s loss is your gain, however, so stock up on seasonal favorites for next year.
All those glorious trees!
Trees are pretty any time of year, but fall is when they turn into real show-offs, turning the most amazing colors. As if that weren’t cool enough, they change from one day to the next, morphing from a peppy yellow to a BAM! in-your-face red seemingly overnight. Take a scenic drive or try one of these 28 things to add to your fall bucket list.
Taking crunchy walks
Even dead leaves are a good time. Rake a giant pile to jump in or simply take a walk through a wooded area (if you must be a grown-up) and enjoy the satisfying crunch. And have we mentioned the smell yet? There’s nothing quite like the fragrance of leaf piles that screams “bring on sweater season”!
New TV… finally!
Let us celebrate fall’s bounty of…new television shows and new seasons of your old favorites. (What, you thought we were going to say pumpkins? Keep reading, they make the list too!) Summer is slim picking in TV land, but fall is when all the studios release their new lineups and suddenly those long, dark evening hours don’t seem so hard to fill.
Sunsets that beg to be on Instagram
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Forget the beaches of summer, the new (scenic) stars of social media are fall’s brilliant sunsets. The vibrant colors, the way the sun hovers low over the horizon, and the unexpected burst of warmth are all a reminder that the days are getting shorter so you should soak up every bit of sunshine you can. Don’t miss the most spectacular sunset from every state.
Fires worth snuggling up to
Bonfires on summer evenings may be great for s’mores and hot dogs, but they’re terrible for everything else. Who wants to be hotter when temps are already soaring? Fall is bonfires at their best. Or snuggle up in front of the fireplace and enjoy that magical feeling of being safe and warm inside when it’s oh-so-chilly outside.
Breaking out your sweater collection
As soon as the leaves start dropping, it’s time to unbox your favorite fall gear, including cozy cardigans, chunky knit turtlenecks, cashmere crew-necks, and bright pullovers. It’s like wearing your favorite blanket, except more socially acceptable. Hint: Switching out seasonal clothes is one of the 50 things you should do before fall.
Picking apples like you’re a farmer in training
Bust out the boots and baskets, it’s time to harvest some apples! It’s a proven fact that store-bought apples don’t hold a candle to the crisp, sweet taste of apples picked fresh from the tree. Plus you get to scratch that farming itch without actually having to do the hard work of planting and tending.
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Football fans wait for fall like kids wait for Christmas—planning, plotting, stocking up on sugar, and praying for a miracle. America’s favorite sport is back on school fields and in stadiums everywhere starting with the NFL kickoff game on September 6, 2018, at 8:20 p.m. EDT.
Finally getting some peace and quiet
Harried moms and dads breathe a big sigh of relief when the fun chaos of summer comes to an end and they can send the kidlets back to school. You get a quiet house and a structured schedule and they get to learn new things and make new friends. Make sure to check out these hilarious back-to-school pictures every parent can relate to.
Judging people’s hilarious, clever, or bizarre Halloween costumes
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Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up and get free candy? Kids from two to 92 can enjoy this scary-fun season with our comprehensive list of spooky movies, creepy treats, scary crafts, creative costumes and many other ways to celebrate Halloween.
Finding our passion for all things pumpkin
Yeah, OK, it’s a squash but consider the number of things you can do with this versatile fall vegetable. What other food can you carve into a scary face, use as an elegant table centerpiece, make delicious bread from, visit as entertainment, make the seeds into a savory snack, bake into pies, use as a photo prop, decorate your porch with, and even dress up as? Pumpkins rule.
Taste testing all the new candy corn flavors
If you think companies get creative with jelly beans for Easter, wait until you see all the weird flavor concoctions they come up with for the humble candy corn. Go fruity with caramel apple, spicy with cinnamon, or stay traditional with the regular flavor (that tastes absolutely nothing like corn, go figure).
Filling up a gratitude jar
Get ready for Thanksgiving by actually giving thanks for all of the good things in your life. Set an empty mason jar on the counter with a stack of strips of paper so your family can write their blessings down as they think of them. The jar will serve as a visual reminder throughout the fall season. Bonus: Taking time to be grateful every day has great mental and physical health benefits.
Drinking pumpkin spice lattes
Say what you will about the trendy drink but there’s a reason it’s become so popular it’s now a meme: People love pumpkin spice lattes. And with good reason! The combo of fragrant fall spices, caffeine, sugar, and warmth make it the perfect beverage to keep the fall chill away.
Putting pumpkin pie spice on every darn thing
Pumpkin spice lattes are just the beginning of the fun you can have with this blend of allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. From cereal to doughnuts to ravioli, you can get this festive flavor in almost any type of food, sweet or savory. And don’t stop with food—indulge in pumpkin spice body wash, hand soap, candles, and air fresheners. Or try one of these 10 fun ways to get pumpkin spice without a latte.
Eating apple cider doughnuts
What’s a coffee beverage without a baked good to go with it? A wasted opportunity, that’s what. Apple cider doughnuts make the perfect pairing for warm fall drinks. Get yours from a farmer’s market or make your own with this simple recipe.
Going on a lunch hour walk without needing a shower after
With summer temps spiking, it can be hard to run, bike, or hike outside without drowning in a puddle of your own sweat. (How does sweat manage to go up your nose even when you’re upright?!) As soon as fall hits though you can hit your favorite trails again, in comfort. You can even run on your lunch break!
Racing through a fall fun run
Is running a 10K or trying an obstacle race still sitting on your list of 2018 resolutions, unchecked? Fall is the perfect time to try out a fun run, turkey trot, mud run, obstacle race, color run, black light race, or any number of the creative and entertaining outdoor fall events. You can even travel to one—fall is the best time to take a vacation.
Wrapping up in a cozy scarf
Knit beanies, soft scarves, warm mittens, and woolly boot socks are the ultimate fall fashion statement. It says “I’m cute, I’m trendy and I also won’t get frostbite on my knees!” Unless you live in the south, in which case it says, “I’m committed to cute fall fashion, and I’m not afraid of heat stroke.”
Grabbing a pint at Oktoberfest
Whatever your local fall festival is called, it’s guaranteed to have games, seasonal treats (mmm…kettle corn!), and plenty of beverages of both the kid and adult varieties. Support local farmers and artists while enjoying the crisp air. Find out the best small town Oktoberfests around the country.
Utility bills going way down
It’s too warm to need a heater and too cold to warrant air conditioning, your yard needs less water, and you don’t yet need to provide power to hundreds of holiday lights and inflatable snowmen. All of which means…really fantastic utility bills! (Unless you use an “equal payment plan” in which case you can still celebrate, but it won’t be quite as much fun.)
Chowing down on corn on the cob
You don’t have to be from the Midwest to enjoy a piping hot ear of grilled corn on the cob, dripping with butter and a sprinkle of seasoning. Just make sure you know this one simple trick for making the tastiest corn on the cob ever.
Or enjoy corn of the popped variety
Popcorn is a fall staple—hello, kettle corn! But while butter and salt is a tasty classic, there are so many fun things you can do with the humble popcorn kernel. Mix up the flavors by going spicy, fruity, cheesy, smoky or sweet with these flavored popcorn recipes. Find out 9 reasons everyone should be eating way more popcorn.
Telling creepy tales
Scary stories in springtime feel inappropriate but come fall everyone wants to hear a paranormal tale and enjoy the little shiver of fear up their neck. If your listeners can handle it, share these spooky stories from the world’s most haunted places. Or if you have little listeners or people who prefer horror-lite, try these 13 hilarious ghost stories the whole family will enjoy.
Enjoying the unique scents of fall
Cinnamon, cloves, and oranges star in these stove-top potpourri recipes, making it fun and easy to bring in the spicy, sweet scent of fall. If you’ve got kids who want to help (or “help”), this is the perfect fall craft. They’ll love pushing cloves into oranges, breaking up cinnamon sticks, smashing vanilla beans or cutting cranberries in half with a butter knife.
Making the perfect turkey, stuffing, and gravy sandwich
Are there any leftovers better than Thanksgiving leftovers? No, no there are not.
Taking your beauty routine down a notch
Swimsuit and sandal season is over so you can relax with things like tanning lotion, hair highlights, bronzer, whole-body exfoliation, and pedicures. You’ll save time and money thanks to fall staples like boots, pants, and hats. Embrace your naked toenails!
No more chub rub
Two words: Swamp butt. Or: Chub rub. Or: Back sweat. Every year summer reminds us of just how many places sweat can get and how much damage it can do to sensitive skin. Once fall hits, all your chafed bits can heave a sigh of well-ventilated relief. Thank you loose pants, long skirts, and tights!
Baking all the things
Summer often finds us avoiding our ovens but fall makes baking fun again. There’s just something amazing about whipping up a pan of hot rolls, a warm pie, cinnamon buns, or fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies on a chilly day, especially when you make a plate to take to the neighbors. P.S. There’s a scientific reason that baking for others feels so good!
Nanowrimo—a mashup of National Novel Writing Month—is one of the most underappreciated events of the fall holiday season. Who hasn’t toyed around with the idea of writing their memoirs, a family cookbook, or even the great American novel? Here’s your chance! They provide small, achievable goals and support and before you know it, you’ll have your masterpiece.
Organizing notebooks and labeling crayons
Even if you’re not a kid, you can remember the supreme joy of a perfectly arranged desk or backpack. Fall is the best time to scratch your organizing itch. Help your child label all their crayons and color-code their folders. Or use this as an opportunity to restock your home office.
Celebrating the autumnal equinox
On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9:54 pm EDT, the earth’s equator aligns with the center of the sun. That’s fun and all if you’re into astronomy but what it means practically speaking is on this date, the day and night will be basically equal. Take advantage of this by planning some fun day-to-night activities.
Wearing dark nail polish and lipstick without looking like a goth teen
Deep reds, dark purples, smoky grays, and inky blacks are all on trend for fall. Go bold with an aubergine lipstick or just have a little fun with a dark red manicure accented with gold. Next, find out the 21 weird ways the world changes during the fall.