A Few Fall Favorites To Kick Off the Season


Photo off Flickr (Pumpkin Spice Love by Denise Mattox)

Maddy Scharf

  Have you noticed the slight breeze in the air or the subtle changing color of leaves? Maybe you have noticed the annoying leaves starting to cover your car when you park under a tree or that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are now available at Starbucks, well, it’s all because we are officially heading into the season of fall. Although fall officially starts at the end of the month, there are plenty of activities and foods you should get excited for beforehand. When all of these seasonal places open up and foods become available, you will want to be prepared so you won’t miss out on what this amazing season has to offer before it’s over. 

   Fall-themed foods are always a big hit at cafes and coffee shops such as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, which make a variety of different drinks and snacks to represent the season. By far the most popular popular fall drinks are: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews, Salted Caramel Mochas and Pumpkin Chai Lattes, but there are so many different flavored drinks that many people haven’t heard of, such as: Fall Iced Tea, Caramel Apple Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, Maple Pecan Lattes, Spiced Apple Cider Tea, Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, Fall Blend Coffee and Lemon Ginger Bliss Tea, which all can be found at Starbucks as well as some other large coffee shop chains such as: Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, Peet’s Coffee, Caribou Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Biggby Coffee. 

   Not only is there a variety of fall-themed beverages, but there are also a lot of snacks and sweets, aside from beloved pumpkin bread, that you should try during this limited time, such as: Dark Chocolate and Caramelized Banana Oatmeal, Caramelized Apple Pound Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Pumpkin Scones, Pumpkin Iced Sugar Cookies and Pumpkin Spice Donuts. 

   While you try all of these new snacks and drinks, there are a bunch of new fall-themed activities for you and your friends to participate in. Although some of these annual experiences may be cancelled or affected by the coronavirus, you should still try to see what you can do and see if you can participate while still being safe. Some of the venues have made alterations in order to continue their fall programs by making them more COVID friendly by: social distancing, mandatory masks, temperature checks before participating and moving their activities outdoors. 

   A few of the most popular fall-related pastimes include: visiting an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch, making some fall-themed snacks at home, carving pumpkins, going to a corn maze, trying some of the fall-themed drinks and snacks, having a Halloween-themed movie marathon, attending any local festivals or anything fall-related held by your city and trying some new art projects based on autumn. There are also a lot of fun things to do based on Halloween and Thanksgiving that are open only in the fall including: going to a haunted house, having a Friendsgiving potluck, having a costume party on Halloween going to a museum to learn more about these holidays, baking some holiday-themed sweets and creating some new decorations for your house to resemble the season and its holidays. There is so much to get excited for this fall besides Halloween and Thanksgiving, so get a group of friends together and a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes and enjoy this autumn!