When I was a young and obnoxious teenager, I believed fall to be one of the worst seasons. The leaves would rapidly lose their green sheen and fall off of the trees, leaving nothing but bare branches in their place. To make matters worse, my hometown would become overrun with droves of tourists, who were coming to see this horrific tree-death happen.
Luckily, I am now older, wiser, and a little less obnoxious. I’ve since realized that the trees aren’t just shedding off their leaves and turning a depressing brown, but that they are going through a beautiful metamorphosis and showcasing some of nature’s finest colors. The tourists were right in wanting to visit all along. I was – to put it lightly – an idiot.
So how do I go about getting that fall feeling? I present to you, my guide to feeling fall!
Step 1: In the air tonight
When I think of the fall, I think of oranges, browns, scariness, and fun. All of these things were incorporated in our own apartment atmosphere, using a string of orange and purple lights, some red curtains, and little bat cutouts. We also make sure to burn a fall-themed candle, generally from the one and only Yankee Candle Company. While that might not sound like much, it captures the vibe of the season, and a little bit of Halloween to boot! When setting your own atmosphere, determine what elements stand out to you this season and capture them in any way you can. If the fall makes you think of leaves and pumpkins, find some leaf-like decorations and display some finely carved pumpkins in your home! If it makes you think of lepers and flamingos, you should probably seek professional help.
Step 2: The sound of music
I’m generally one to listen to whatever strikes my fancy at the time. From Americana to punk rock, I’ve often thought of myself as a lover of all things music. That being said, during the fall I gravitate towards the creepy and the chill. Some of my favorites are the Donnie Darko soundtrack, Max Richter, and anything by Cory Branan (A Cory Branan album is almost always playing in my car). This mix caters to the creepiness of October and Halloween, while also letting me slow things down here and there and really appreciate the beautiful colors. Like step 1, feel free to substitute your own music in and capture what the season means to you!
Step 3: Taste the season
Out of all the things that make the fall great, food and beverages are one of the major highlights for me. With Halloween right around the corner, we have been in full swing with our themed snacks. From delicious pumpkin cupcakes to hard ciders, the fall brings drinks and foods as colorful and varied as the leaves. While the flavors are varied, they all have one thing in common – spice. You really can’t go wrong with some kind of spice or zest in your food or drink. You can then take your fall theme a step further and make the food appear appropriate for the season. Tying back in the oranges, browns, and creepiness from earlier, decorating your deserts or sprucing up your drinks can make them feel even more appropriate for the fall.
Step 4: Have fun!
While the above steps should all bring you closer to falling into greatness, the most important thing of all is to have fun and enjoy the season while it lasts. Most of the seasons seem to be gone too soon, but the fall is especially fickle. It seems like the leaves only started changing last week, and already the rain is succeeding in knocking the most colorful of them to the ground. Within a month the frost will begin its unrelenting campaign against my windshield, freezing both the inside and outside of the glass. A month after that I will be cursing under my breath as I shiver in the cold and scrape away at my car. Life moves fast, but the fall moves even faster. Slow down, sip some cider, pop in your favorite horror movie, and enjoy this beautiful season while it lasts.
I hope this guide has been of some use! What kind of traditions do you have for the fall? Are there any particular artists you listen to, or foods and drinks you enjoy during this time of year? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time!