Why fall is the best season of all

Category:  Opinions
Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Before you judge me: no, I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes. I don’t drink caffeine of the coffee variety, so anything the notorious Pumpkin Spice latte offers (or PBL as I call it), is not in any way, shape or form associated with fall for me. 

OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way. 

Fall is the best season of the year and no other season comes close to even competing with it. I’ve broken down my defense of the greatest season into four categories: food, clothing, entertainment and weather. 

Let’s begin with food. 

The end of summer harvest brings onto grocery store shelves a variety of scrumptious ingredients: sweet apples, candy yams (sweet potatoes), and the ever growing and the ever-present cinnamon and nutmeg flavored products. Fall is one of the only seasons (other than summer) that has its own clearly defined foods. Ask two people and they will give you a list that is very rarely similar.  The variation of foods, in part driven by the various fall holidays, offers something for all food preferences.  

Clothing 

I like to categorize fall into two different sections: the chilly breezy section and the bone shattering cold section closer to December. That means that fashion can have a lot of variation. The most enjoyable fashion stage of fall, however, is the sweater weather phase. Something about big baggy sweaters, boots, scarves, and mittens creates a cocoon of comfort. 

Entertainment

Like clothing, entertainment offers some of the most varied options of the year. We start out with homecoming parades and tailgates, and phase into Halloween trick-or-treating and hay mazes. Sports wise we have football, volleyball, soccer and cross country (while basketball and hockey kicks off on the professional levels). If you’re more of an indoor person, TV is big in the fall. Popular shows like “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy” come back on in. Halloween horror movies are also big in the fall. 

Weather 

Fall weather is just right. It’s not the arctic weather that we get in the winter, and its not the sweltering uncomfortable heat of the summer. Nature’s death offers a number of vibrant colors and textures to work with. 

Fall’s flexibility and variation makes it the best season on the calendar.  

Shayma Musa can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com.

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