The best season is “fall”ing upon us

Samantha Weber, Editor in Chief

Fall is my favorite season because there are so many fun things to do.To start, fall means sweater weather and being cozy. I love wearing sweatshirts and leggings in the fall because it is so comfortable and I do not have to worry about spending 10 minutes every morning picking out an outfit for the day. Everything goes with leggings.Nothing beats curling up with a blanket, a hot drink, and a good book when it’s chilly outside.Another one of my favorite things to do is to go on hikes in the fall time and take in all the pretty scenery. I love looking at all the leaves after they have changed colors. My personal favorite place to hike in Erie is the Wintergreen Gorge. It is absolutely beautiful in the fall. It is only three miles from campus so it is a short drive. The trail is 1.2 miles long which makes for a not too difficult hike. Of course, there are the classic fall things as well such as going to a pumpkin patch and picking pumpkins to carve. This was my favorite thing to do when I was younger with my family because we would make a whole day out of it. We would spend hours looking for the perfect pumpkin and then when we got home we would look at Pinterest to find faces and designs that each of us wanted to carve.Unfortunately, my family did not carve pumpkins this year simply because we ran out of time, but I am hoping that this year we will be able to carve some!Fall also means that apple cider will be available at every grocery store and an exorbitant amount of it will be consumed. I do not drink coffee or anything regularly in the morning but in the fall time, I love having warm apple cider to start my day.The one thing I am always hesitant to do in the fall is go to a haunted house. I am not the biggest fan of scary movies and things like that, but I feel like going to one is something that everyone has to do in the fall. I normally attend one haunted house each year and this year I am going to try one here in Erie. To get through them though, I have to talk to the scarers ideally before they jump out and scare me. This helps me remember that they are still just humans trying to do their jobs.My ultimate favorite part of fall is Thanksgiving. I love feasting on all the delicious foods but more importantly, I love spending time with my family. My personal favorite Thanksgiving foods are all the potato options that my family makes. The classic mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and then my aunt makes the best cheesy potatoes. I literally look forward to them every year. Family is the most important thing in the world to me. We always try to see both sides of my family for Thanksgiving and I think that is why it is such an important holiday for me.Overall, fall has the best vibes out of all the seasons, and there are so many fun things to do!