1. Dressing up for Halloween!
I may be 21, but I still look forward to dressing up and getting to play pretend out in public for a night (or a week…or the whole month). Feel free to disagree, but there’s no better holiday than one where I get to be a new person every October 31st, eat copious amounts of candy and listen to cheesy, “spooky” music. But also know that if you disagree with me, you should also be ready to fight me over your incorrect opinion.
2. CORN MAZES.
Whoever looked at corn stalks and thought, “I should make a maze that anyone of any height/maturity can adventure through” is a genius and deserves to have their own holiday. These farmers plan their mazes months ahead of time, creating phenomenal maze designs that you can oftentimes only see from above.
3. Apple cider.
There is no better time of year to enjoy a hot mug of apple cider than while dressed in a thick sweater, wrapped in a knit scarf, sitting outside in perfectly brisk weather. Pure bliss.
4. The weather.
It’s a little windy, a little brisk, but isn’t that a perfect excuse to whip out your favorite thick-knit sweaters, jackets, and boots? To rock your puffy vest and long-sleeve shirt combo? That’s what I thought.
5. Pumpkin pie.
I know that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is all the rage, but there is nothing more classic than a warm slice of pumpkin pie to accompany a Disney Channel Original Spooky movie. Check out Pinterest for recipes for a simple, sweet pumpkin-y dessert.
6. Carving pumpkins.
What is more traditional than getting to pick out a pumpkin and spending hours bent over a pumpkin, trying to pull out all of the seeds and the stringy gunk, painstakingly carving your desired design, all to put a tiny tea light into it and watch it mold and decay within four days of carving. Truly nothing more wasteful but wholesomely enjoyable.
7. Roasting pumpkin seeds.
Anyone who wastes the pumpkin seeds after carving the pumpkin is a heathen and a wasteful schmuck. Here’s an easy-to-do list for making delicious, roasted pumpkin seeds: wash the pumpkin seeds very carefully (a colander is your friend) and pat them dry with a paper towel. Leave them out to dry on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels for 48 hours. Once dried, toss in a bowl with two tablespoons honey, a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and two pinches of paprika. Roast at 300º for 45 minutes. You’re welcome.
*Editor’s note: In addition to these WONDERFUL reasons, several of our HC@Gettysburg staff members also have birthdays in October, so we’re all required to like it.