7 Things That Prove Autumn is the BEST Season


It’s Autumn! Hooray, hooray! I know the end of summer can be tough, but we’ve got to let go of vacation and embrace the many things we LOVE about fall. Here are a few of my favorite things.

1. Beautiful, Color-changing Leaves

fall foliage

Image from Flickr user Peter Miller

The first thing that comes to mind when ANYONE thinks about fall.  I go to college in upstate New York, so the foliage game around here is on point. Those colors can make you feel like you’re living in a painting.

2. Stepping on crunchy leaves


Flickr image courtesy of Shaun Martin

Of course, it’s when the colors begin to fade that the REAL fun begins.  Once those guys dry up, they turn into sidewalk decoration that’s REAL fun to step on. If I get a little obsessive with my crunchy leaves–if I step on one with my left foot, I NEED to find an equally crispy one to step on with my right.

3. Fall Fashion: Beanies, Sweaters, and Scarves

Fall knits collage

Sundresses are great, but they can get boring after a while–and in the heat of the summer, that’s pretty much all I feel like wearing. Enter fall, which allows us to layer up and accessorize in all sorts of adorable ways. Just a few examples–this sweater-dress from People Tree, and this hat and scarf from Ash & Rose.

4. Halloween


Quite possibly the best holiday of all time, on Halloween you get to dress up and eat candy! Ok, I don’t need to tell you how great Halloween is. But I can suggest that for a “grown-up” Halloween, you try making some candy at home with your favorite natural ingredients—like these peanut butter cups from Fifteen Spatulas!

5. Apple Picking

apple picking

Image courtesy of Flickr user David Berkowitz

Is there anything that says “fall fun” more than apple picking? Not only is it a fun thing to do with your friends, but at the end of it, you get APPLES. Which leads me to….

6. Apple Cider


My local grocery store was offering free cider samples yesterday. I took one sip and BAM, I felt like I was smack-dab in the middle of fall. You can also step up your cider game by making it boozy with awesome recipes like this one..

7. Going Hiking


Image from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

There’s no better way to go see that foliage than getting up on a mountain.  September and October are perfect for exploring nature with your friends and family, or doing some soul-searching on your own.

Enjoy the fall, friends—the weather’s just fine!



Sophie Hessekiel is a writer, comedian, and occasional musician who has fled Westchester to pursue feminism, fashion, ecology and comedy in the far-flung fields of Poughkeepsie and Manhattan. When not interning at Eco-Chick, she is writing and performing with her sketch group at Vassar or deconstructing Taylor Swift and Tinder with her gal pals. She also interns for and is always on the lookout for great new video content. Sophie is studying English, Film, and Español at Vassar, and she wants to make television when she grows up—or, you know, now. Whichever comes first.