Columnist shares her top four autumnal delights.


The first day of fall, September 22, is a staple for some. Changing of the seasons, orange and
red hues and a nice crisp in the air is what some (mostly me) wait for all year. With so many new options, it can be difficult to decide exactly what to do. And so, to commemorate the season and welcome fresh changes, I am here to advise the best things to watch, read, eat and do this fall season.

Harry Potter is a great suggestion for people of any ages to read as well as watch. Well-known to most, the Harry Potter series is terrific to re-read; I never get bored of the story or characters. If you haven’t read them, then I highly recommend to. If you have, my personal favorites are The Prisoner of Azkaban or The Goblet of Fire, if you want to read them again. I always find myself rereading those ones, particularly during the autumn months. These, as well as the movies too, deal with situations placed in fall and are the most entertaining. While they are long books, they still manage to grab your attention, and are challenging to put down.

My go-to “fall” show is Gilmore Girls. A quaint small town, where the show is coincidentally always set in fall or winter, with the two main characters obsessed with coffee, makes for the best show to curl up and watch on a chilly night. The show revolves around the main character, Rory Gilmore, and her mom Lorelai, and their journey through Rory’s life surrounding school and relationships. The show creates a great cozy ambience and is incredibly comforting to watch. Gilmore Girls can be found on Netflix.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte, reintroduced by Starbucks on August 30 for its nineteenth year, perfectly encapsulates fall as a drink. Mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is a quintessential beverage. It is available, hot, iced or blended at stores throughout the fall season. Similar to the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks also debuted
on August 30 the Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato, which consists of oatmilk and Starbucks blonde
espresso. The two drinks, as well as pumpkin scone, loaf or cream cheese muffin can create the perfect
autumn snack.

The Golden Bear Scare has been a tradition of the Upper Arlington community for years. Established in 1977, the Golden Bear Scare is an event at Smith Nature Park where the park becomes haunted and comes alive with ghosts, witches and zombies. So-called “Scare Rangers” explain the history while lead-
ing you through the haunted park, and there are many surprises along the way. It is a great event for people of any age, whether you are going for fun, or volunteering there. The Golden Bear Scare will take
place from October 17-19, from 6-9 p.m.