Students share their fall starter packs
Above an orange rug is a bowl of candy corn, a pumpkin-embroidered cushion, a Pepperdine SWAB mug, and two small stuffed pumpkins. As fall approaches, students said they looking forward to celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and other fall festivities. Pictures of Sammie Wuensche
The last weeks of summer before fall allow students to prepare for the start of the new school year and to acclimatise to the return to class. Now that midterms are slowly moving forward, students said they were eager to ditch swimwear and shorts for chilly nights in cozy cardigans.
“Fall is my favorite season of the year, so I’m very, very excited that it’s getting colder and the leaves are getting different bright colors,” said sophomore Fatima Reyes. “Love the constant smell of pumpkin and cinnamon all around.”
Senior Aubrey Henrie said she loves the cozy atmosphere of fall and all the anticipation of fall vacation.
“For me, fall is all about comfortable and cozy vibes,” Henrie said.
Junior Courtney Wisniewski also said she loves fall and her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Wisniewski said she loves the color orange to be everywhere during the season and appreciates all of the vibrant changes in nature that fall brings.
“I grew up in the south where the seasons are very pronounced,” Wisniewski said. “People are starting to get ‘in shape’, the air smells fresher and fun fall foods are coming out. I especially like it when Trader Joe’s moves towards its down line.
Although many students are excited about fall, the season is not everyone’s cup of tea. Senior Samantha Ortega said she has mixed feelings about the fall season.
“Fall is not my favorite or favorite season, however, I always enjoy it,” Ortega said. “I love how it’s the start of a colder season where we can get cozy inside, start wearing more layers and drink hot chocolate.”
Despite conflicting feelings about the changing seasons, many students recognize the importance of the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. The seasonal flavor is a favorite among students like Reyes and Wisniewski.
“I always have to drink a steady amount of frozen pumpkin spice lattes in the fall before they take away the pumpkin flavor,” Reyes says.
For those who don’t drink coffee, Henrie said she recommends an iced chai with pumpkin syrup — her favorite order for fall. Henrie also said she enjoys baking seasonal desserts like Pillsbury Pumpkin Sugar Cookies and Pumpkin Bread.
“I love chai tea or pumpkin spice,” Wisniewski said. “If pumpkin spice was served year-round, I’d be happier than ever.”
As pumpkin permeates students’ fall favorites lists, some are gearing up for fall with their favorite shows and movies. Ortega said she loves watching classic kids’ Halloween movies like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Monster House.”
Other students said they like movies that remind them of past fall seasons. Henrie recommends the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series for the fall — and Reyes said her favorite show for the fall was “Gilmore Girls.”
“‘Gilmore Girls’ is the first fall for me and I always feel very nostalgic,” Reyes said. “I also love watching all the ‘Halloweentown’ movies because it harkens back to the early days of Disney.”
The students said they look forward to local fall festivities like the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival and the annual Malibu City Halloween Carnival at Malibu Bluffs Park. Students said they take advantage of many horror-filled opportunities in Southern California to celebrate Halloween, such as the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland’s California Adventure and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
“I’m not one to like scary things, but since my friend works there, I hope to go to Horror Nights at some point,” Ortega said.
Others prefer to keep the scares to a minimum and celebrate the season in their own way. Henrie and Wisniewski said they can’t wait to decorate their apartments for the spooky season and plan to host fall movie marathons for Halloween.
The students said music can also set the mood for any fall activity. Playlists are key to cultivating the ultimate, cozy fall aesthetic, and some songs sound like fall, Ortega said.
Here are the top five student songs that get them into the spirit of fall:
Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan”
“505” by Arctic Monkeys
“Dark Red” by Steve Lacy
“Projector Pluto” by Rex Orange County
“Beige” by Yoke Lore
“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer.
“Betty” by Taylor Swift
“Daydreams Cigarette” by Cage the Elephant
Cherry Wine by Hozier
Taylor Swift’s “Red”
“Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles
Taylor Swift’s “Ivy”
From Eden by Hozier
“For Emma” by Bon Iver
“Sunrise” by Norah Jones
“Drunk on Halloween” van Wallows
“First Love / Late Spring” by Mitski
“The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” by Death Cab for Cutie
“Can I Believe You” door Fleet Foxes
Hallucinogenics by Matt Maeson
Autumn shows itself more subtly in Malibu than in most places — main campus leaves rotate brown and the sun sets earlier. Students said they look forward to days of warm sweaters and cooler weather and celebrate the season as much or as little as they want.
“Fall has always been my favorite season,” Wisniewski said. “I love when the leaves start to change all the beautiful colors and when the mountains go from greens and blues to reds and oranges. I love the pumpkin decor, the pumpkin patches and the spice flavors to Pumpkin You can’t tell me fall isn’t the best season.
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