Ten reasons why fall is the best season


Betsy Quimby

Candy Corn: You either love it, or you hate it. There’s no in between.

Autumn, fall, back to school season, Halloween and Thanksgiving time, whatever you prefer to call this time of year, there’s no denying that this is, in fact, the best season.
Summer may have a break from school and warm weather, spring has blooming flowers and winter does have it’s perks (with holidays and snow), but autumn has leaf piles, football games, pumpkin carving and, of course, eating way too much candy. Here are some of my favorite parts of this time of the year:

  1. Flannel shirts: These are the pinnacle of stylish fall apparel.
  2. Pumpkin patches: There’s nothing better than going to a pumpkin patch on a crisp fall afternoon and picking out pumpkins to go back home and carve.
  3. Candy corn: Candy corn is a quintessential Halloween treat, yet one of the most underrated and controversial. You either love it or you hate it.
  4. Soup: If you eat soup in the summer (or even in spring, for that matter) you are a madman. Hot soupy weather plus hot soupy food equals a recipe for disaster.
  5. Hot chocolate: Beginning in September, it is finally acceptable for me to drink hot chocolate in public again. Somehow, people can drink hot coffee all year round, but hot chocolate is only considered a fall and winter drink.
  6. Lotion: While cool autumn weather brings dry skin, it also brings some yummy new scents to our much needed lotions. Marshmallow pumpkin latte or cinnamon caramel swirl, anyone?
  7. The Monster Mash: It was indeed a graveyard smash.
  8. Daylight Saving Time: That’s right, this is the good one. Now I can wake up at “6:00 a.m.” when in reality I still have an hour to sleep.
  9. Leaves: The crisp sound of crunching all those leaves under your feet is one of my favorite sounds in the entire world. Oh, and did I mention the colors? Reds, oranges, yellows and browns, all made even more beautiful on the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  10. Halloween: And finally, the best part of the season, and my favorite holiday of all time, Halloween. Little kids running around as their favorite characters and getting more candy than they can imagine is one of my favorite things to see on Oct. 31.