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Catching the fall spirit

Art by Lauren Acevedo

Ah yes, Autumn. With the leaves turning orange, our palm trees looking a little less green, and plenty of mid-semester angst to go around, fall spirits have never been so high. Yes, nothing gets you in a spooky mood like the anxiety of grades mixed with a terrible perception of time. California weather especially really just projects fall spirits, its 100 degree days practically screaming misty-cottage. Obviously, everything I just said was sarcasm. As truth be told, fall spirits are collectively rather low. Perhaps it’s just a few of us but it sure does feel like a random day in March, not the beginning of October, something that should be fixed now. “How?” one might ask. With a recommendation list of course. Crafts, food, movies, music, let’s begin the list of things to help you catch the fall spirit.

The Consumables:

Starting with the absolute best, of course, we have food. Whether your go-to fall snack is candy corn, pumpkin pie, caramel apples, or a seasonal in-between, what you eat and bake can really set the tone for the season. The following are two simple recommendations.

1. Moon Phase Pie

Image credit: Radiant Rachels

Both beautiful and tasty, this celestial pie is a great way to set the mood for Halloween. Personally, I’ve made it once before and it was delicious. Though not the most amazing pie I have ever had, it was definitely the prettiest. My only recommendation for someone following the recipe is to make slightly more crust as you will run out of dough fast. Other than that this was fun to make, relatively simple, and as a bonus, vegan!

2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Image credit: Jessica Gavin

With pumpkins carved and a mess left to clean, it may be tempting to just throw all the guts away without a second thought. However, I advise you not to. You see, there is a much better use for the guts. Well, the seeds at least. That great use is the creation of roasted pumpkin seeds. Delicious! Simply made by coating seeds in butter (1½ cups seeds to 2 tbsp butter ratio), a bit of salt, then baking till golden brown (about 45 minutes) at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, they are an amazing snack. After prepped, they can be coated in salt and pepper, or a crowd favorite cinnamon and sugar. Full credits to Lily Avina for this delicious recipe; now go make it.


Following up on the delicious consumables we have a list of songs that embody the fall spirit. If you’re looking to feel like the main character or a really cool side one, I recommend you stick in your headphones, sit on the edge of campus, and give these songs a listen.

  • Loverboy by A-Wall

  • Oh klahoma by Jack Stauber

  • ‘Tis Autumn (1993 Digital Remaster)

  • California Dreamin by The Mamas & The Papas

  • Hey Lover by The Daughter Of Eve

  • Twist and Shout by The Beatles

Seasonal Movies:

Whether it's nostalgia, horror, or mystery, movies can just throw you into the fall season. So with the lacking autumn spirit, it only felt right to include some movies to fix that. Below are 5 great ones we all should have seen, with strong nostalgia, and an attached link to even more!

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: A 1966 release and childhood essential, just watching this movie alone will make you long for a pumpkin patch and some apple cider. Free to watch on YouTube and Dailymotion, and only 30 minutes long, you can play it pretty much anywhere. Procrastinating homework? Go ahead and press play.

  1. Clue: From 1985 and a classic mystery film, Clue is a masterpiece. Though I didn’t find it to be intensely scary, it was hilarious and well thought out. The ending leaves you applauding and the cast is phenomenal; overall a good choice for a mystery movie.

  1. Scooby-Doo: TV shows, movies, specials, and games, Scooby-Doo is a pretty large franchise. Nothing compares to watching some teen monster catchers and their loveable dog. And after ten years I’ll still tune in to watch! The original 1969-70s episodes are top tier, of course, and are mostly free to watch on YouTube. They will easily put you in the autumn mood! As for a good movie, the 1988 Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School is a chaotic fall film, though it only features Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy. Overall the whole franchise is a personal childhood favorite for sure and a great fall series to watch whenever.

  1. Coraline: Many have seen it at this point but if not, Coraline is the spooky kid’s film to watch. With a nostalgic claymation style and a twisted plot, this movie both intrigued and terrified me as a kid. Button eyes, a perfect world, and a sly black cat make this movie what it is. I highly recommend you watch it, and believe me, it will add another fear to your list.