Fall Equinox 2012: The 20 Greatest Things About Autumn

With Labor Day now behind us, it's time to shed our summer brights and fading tans for chunky boots and wool hats. Fall officially starts on Saturday, and if you're still mourning over the end of your summer, here are 20 things to love about the fall to lift your spirits!

1) Cool fall weather


Sweltering heat is never a good look on anyone. As the temperatures drop, your hair thanks you! This also gives you the excuse to buy the great new jacket you have been eyeing.

2) Apples


Grab a bunch of friends and a wagon to load fresh-picked apples in. You can make anything from apple pie and apple crisps to delicious preserves and apple butter.

3) Pumpkins


Find the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.

4) Homemade s'mores


There's nothing better than a perfectly-made s'more by the campfire.

5) Halloween


Halloween pretty much the holiday to celebrate this season. Throw a spooky party, piece together a creative costume, and don't forget that you are never too old for trick-or-treating.

6) Thanksgiving break


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend time with your family and friends around a fantastic feast. For college students, this is the greatest treat of all as you close the books for a week and take time to return home for the first time since August. 

7) Decorative gourds


Colorful gourds and cornucopias to decorate your home (or dorm room, in my case) put you in the festive fall mood.

8) Fall foliage


The beautiful change in scenery from the yellow, red, brown and orange falling leaves may evoke new annoying chores for you, but while you are out raking, make sure to admire how pretty the foliage is.

You can even make a quick jump into a huge pile of leaves! (We won't tell.)

9) Chunky boots with woolen socks


Really, is there anything better?

10) Blankets


As the weather cools, wrap yourself in warm blankets — perfect for snuggling by the fireplace.

11) Autumn colors


Warm browns, maroons, reds, and oranges look great in all types of clothing this season.

12) Scarves


Unveil your enviable collection of scarves, both practical and fashionable.

13) Layering in your perfect boyfriend style cable-knits


14) Denim


Anything from jean jackets, dip-dyed denim vests, to warm skinny jeans in an array of colors and shades.

15) Fall TV


Fall welcomes the long waited return of all of your favorite shows, as well as the debut of new shows. Look out for Gossip Girl, Modern Family, and Parks & Rec season premieres in September and October.

16) Hot chocolate


Especially with mini marshmallows.

17) Fall flavors at coffee shops


The Starbucks' return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin scones, coffee cakes, and more. Make sure to ask for whipped cream and extra cinnamon!

18) Football (and tailgating!)



19) Camping, minus the bugs


Both of these goes hand in hand, so take advantage of the weather and hike to a scenic waterfall, camp under the stars, and catch some lightning bugs.

20) A new start to the year


Many decide to make resolutions in January, but September is just as good. (Especially as a college student, since you are just beginning classes again!)

This is the season to be grateful and generous, so always keep that in mind when adventuring into this beautiful autumn.