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My 25 Spooky Season Favorites

Okay everyone, it’s that time of year when the boots, scarves, pumpkins, pecan pie and colorful leaves start coming out. That’s right – it’s FALL!

Fall is my absolute favorite season. It is cool but not too cold, the colors are stunning, and the fall products are the best! Here is a list of my favorite spooky season products, scents, movies, accessories, and of course – flavors. I wanted to give you all some variety, so here are 25 things that make fall the best.


Scent – Yankee Candle: Macintosh

Candles are always a fall love of mine; many people gravitate towards scents of pumpkin, but I think that fall is so much more than pumpkins.

So, may I introduce to you the second most famous fall fruit – the apple.

This rich red wax smells like sweet fall apples. It makes me feel like I am in an apple orchard. I think this candle really gives way to a different fruity feeling while still being recognizably fall. 

 Yankee Candles’ Macintosh Scent:

Price: $17

Where do you find it?: https://www.yankeecandle.com/product/macintosh/_/R-1162796

Product – “Ready for Fall Since Last Fall” Mug

When the leaves start to fall and all you want is a warm drink…wait…what if you have nothing to put that drink in? Fun mugs are always a must have for me, I love seasonal themed mugs and this one is no different! Now, fall mugs can have any type of image, saying, or quote– it does NOT have to be this mug. However, when you want to have some warm apple cider or hot chocolate and sit on the porch; I highly recommend a fun fall themed vessel. 

“Ready for Fall Since Last Fall” Mug:

Price: $9.99 

Where do you find it?: http://www.lookhuman.com/design/343946-ready-for-fall-since-last-fall/mug11oz-whi-one_size?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=surfaces

Accessory – Fall Themed Scrunchies

Sometimes going all out in festive outfits feels like a little too much. But, fall scrunchies have been a useful and fun way to incorporate autumn style into my look. Whether they are a simple color, plaid pattern, or have a depiction of a fall staple – they are awesome. Plus scrunchies are coming back into popularity but are so inexpensive! Whether you get them from a convenience store or order them from a small business on Etsy, they are just enough to accessorize.

Fall Scrunchies: 

Price: $4

Where do you find it?: https://www.etsy.com/listing/734265155/thanksgiving-scrunchies-thanksgiving?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_thanksgiving_Accessories&utm_custom1=_k_Cj0KCQjwoJX8BRCZARIsAEWBFMIYJSVRsJ_8qN211-3vLk8_MQWR5T9MbTbAGoqVG6Rf_6tbadYpLlEaAl2nEALw_wcB_k_&utm_content=go_1707961425_65502078646_331689448541_aud-318110574666:pla-294930372950_c__734265155_169160643&utm_custom2=1707961425&gclid=Cj0KCQjwoJX8BRCZARIsAEWBFMIYJSVRsJ_8qN211-3vLk8_MQWR5T9MbTbAGoqVG6Rf_6tbadYpLlEaAl2nEALw_wcB

Movie – Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice is a true classic. Produced by the one and only Tim Burton in 1988, Beetlejuice is one of the first movies I ever associated with Halloween. It is a great mix of creepy, funny, heart-warming, and just whacky. For me, it’s old enough to be a true film classic but still relevant to be played literally every year around halloween. 


Product – Ferbreze: Fresh Twist Cranberry

Now, when you think of a relaxing fall product, I doubt you were thinking of room spray. However, walking into your house and smelling the rich fall aroma is amazing. I personally love being able to feel like my room is clean and smells homey. There are a lot of scents to choose from but this is my favorite. Spray some and try it out! 

Ferbreze’s Fresh Twist Cranberry Room Spray:

Price: $2.99

Where do you find it?: https://www.target.com/p/febreze-odor-eliminating-air-freshener-fresh-twist-cranberry-8-8oz/-/A-79856735

Product – Urban Decay Honey Palette

When fall rolls around and I start wearing jeans, boots, and cream sweaters I feel like my face should refelct it. Last Christmas I got the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette, and let me tell you – GAME CHANGER. This palette is full of golden, brown, and warm notes. It goes with all skin tones as well. I love this palette and it lets you personalize your look. 

You want to be dramatic – no problem.

You want a more subtle understated look – easy as pie.

All arpund the honey palette is by far my favorite!

Urban Decay Honey Palette:

Price: $49

Where do you find it?:https://www.sephora.com/product/naked-honey-palette-P449097?skuId=2264869&icid2=products%20grid:p449097:product

Scent – Yankee Candle: Pecan Pie Bites

Oh yeah, that’s right, another candle. What is a festive household without autumn scents wafting throughout your home? Yeah, I don’t know, either. Yankee Candle is known for it’s extensive line of scents, and this one is super sweet. Pecan Pie Bites is a great mix of nutty, sweet, and a little bit of holiday spice. When I first smelled this candle on an endcap in CVS it instantly reminded me of my Grandmother’s house around Thanksgiving. No matter what this candle will give you all feelings of love and a pie baking in the oven!

Yankee Candle’s Pecan Pie Bites Scent:

Price: $17

Where do you find it?: https://www.yankeecandle.com/product/pecan-pie-bites/_/R-1629361

Product – Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (Fall Collection)

When the air starts to get chilly, my lips do one thing – get chapped. I wanted to feature a lip balm that is good for your lips, good for our enviroment, and has some fun fall themes in them!

Burts Bees has a fall collection that includes Chai Tea, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla Maple, and Pomegranate lip balms. I felt like these where a great mix of classic fall flavors/scents with something a little extra. 

My personal favorite out of the four pack has to be the Chai Tea, it is such a light and a soothing combo. 

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (Fall Collection):

Price: $8.99

Where do you find it?: https://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Natural-Moisturizing-Pomegranate/dp/B07VQ96G8F/ref=asc_df_B07VQ96G8F/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=385569765020&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5776573319227992951&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9052774&hvtargid=pla-840680634860&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=81601210794&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=385569765020&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5776573319227992951&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9052774&hvtargid=pla-840680634860

Scent – Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Spray

Bath & Body Works has been my destination of lotions, perfumes, soaps, and hand sanitizers. It is also my first stop when the seasons change. Bath & Body Works is a leader for me in fun yummy smells for any holiday. Sometimes I don’t always want a lotion thought, and that’s when I found this body spray. It is relatively new and smells like heaven. I enjoyed the combo of marshmallow and pumpkin because it is so different and original. A few little sprays of this fun body mist and I am ready to take on the pumpkin patch! 

Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Spray:

Price: $15.50

Where do you find it?: https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/marshmallow-pumpkin-latte-fine-fragrance-mist-026138829.html?cgid=body-care-promotion#start=17

Movie – It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

When I was little, every single year around Halloween my face would light up. I would turn on the TV and my little brother and I would watch in awe. That’s right everyone – The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is playing and all is right in the world.

Now, it has been a long time since then, but during the fall season I still will watch it, if it’s on, for nostalgia. For me, the 1966 Bill Melendez film is timeless and is a must-see classic for everyone. I mean, who doesn’t love Charlie Brown?

If you happen to see it playing, turn the channel on, even just for five minutes, and see how it makes you feel or the memories that might sneak in. 


Flavor – Butternut Squash Soup

Autumn means it’s time to bring out the fall feel good recipes!

Soup is a food that no matter what time of year it is it’s perfect. My mom likes to make butternut squash soup in the fall, I used to dislike it, but as I get older the rich creamy texture is really comforting. It’s a warm cozy type of soup that can be eaten with a lot of dishes or on its own. Personally I enjoy dipping crusty, buttery bread into it. If you are looking for a yummy, easy, warm dish to whip up for you or your family please look no further. Butternut squash soup is also super healthy even though it feels like you’re eating something so rich is should be a guilty pleasure. 

How can you make it?: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/

Scent – Essential Oils (Fall Collection)

Essential oils are something I use regularly. Normally I have very calming scents like lavendar, sea breeze, or orange blossom. I stumbled upon this fall themed collection when looking for a gift!

This six pack of essential oils includes the scents of Brown Sugar, Apple, Harvest Spice, Vanilla, Forest Pine, and Snickerdoodle. I love how they combine subtle smells with stronger ones as well. 

Diffusers are such a big thing today, as smell is becoming an important influencer in meditation, calming, and soothing mental destressing. Plus, with the price of this six pack, it is pretty hard to resist trying it. I find that when you want to unwind and relax these fall essential oils could be a perfect companion to your diffuser. 

Essential Oils (Fall Collection):

Price: $16.95

Where do you find it?: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Autumn-Set-of-6-Fragrance-Oils-Premium-Grade-Scented-Oil-10ml-Brown-Sugar-Apple-Harvest-Spice-Vanilla-Forest-Pine-Snickerdoodle/200588980?athcpid=200588980&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS004&athguid=3b1f4021-007-17524b97bdc968&athancid=null&athena=true

Accessory – Knit Scarf 

I have the perfect spooky season scarf for you guys! Scarves are a highlight of the fall season; this is probably becasue they are stylish, comfortable, warm, and affordable. I found these scarves when I was tight on extra cash. I think a good scarf should be protective, warm, and not itchy. These are the perfect match for that and come in a huge variety of colors as well!!! 

Knit Scarves (multiple colors):

Price: $13.49

Where do you find it?: https://www.amazon.com/Zando-Tartan-Blanket-Scarves-Fashion/dp/B015BJ8F1A/ref=sr_1_15_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=Fall+Gifts&qid=1602638794&sr=8-15-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFTTDBVUjlOSEVSSE4mZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTEwNDQ5NzAzRldSV1U2VFY0MERLJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5NzM5MDcxQVNOM1NQOTQ1VloyJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfbXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Movie – IT 

This is a spooky season list everyone so I just had to include a horror movie! Stephen King conjured up the creepy clown Pennywise, and in 1990 Tommy Lee Wallace made that written nightmare an on-screen reality.

I personally hate clowns. But, there is something addicting about watching the original IT around halloween. If you are looking for a creepy classic and a total throwback for this holiday I would 100% recommend this one. Even if you hate clowns I feel like this is a right of passage for everyone. 

Product – Bath Bomb: Monsters’ Ball

Lush is one of my all time favorite brands. I love that they are all natural, healthy, and animal crulety free. Lush has been making relaxation products for years and I’m always on the lookout for new bath bombs. When Lush started releasing their halloween line this season I found the Monsters’ Bomb.

This is probably one of the cutest creepy creatures you could throw in your bathtub! It’s pink, blue, and everything you want in a soothing night. 

Lush Bath Bomb: Monsters’ Ball:

Price: $7.95

Where do you find it?: https://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/monsters%C2%B4-ball/9999902252.html

Accessory – Ugg Boot

I have probably been wearing Ugg boots for over twelve years. When the Ugg boots come out that is when fall is in full swing. It becomes real. For me, Uggs have always been the most comfortable an stylish shoe to wear when it gets chilly. They can get a little pricy but to me they are a fall must have! Uggs are super comfy and come in so many styles and colors. 

Ugg boots are a great gift to give others and a great gift to give yourself. 

Ugg Boots (multiple colors):

Price: $170

Where do you find it?: https://www.ugg.com/women-boots-classic-boots/classic-short-ii-boot/1016223.html#start=1&cgid=women-footwear

Product – Spiced Vanilla Sugar Scrub

I never thought that a homemade sugar scrub could be such an important part of my routine. I’ve bought some in the past but they can have artifical ingredients in them. I found this recipe for a sugar scrub a few months ago and it has done wonders with my skin. This particular sugar scrub is easy to make, natural, and smells delicious. As long as you have some sugar, vanilla, and spices you are good to go!

The only thing left to do is make a batch, resist the urge to eat the whole jar, and watch your skin glow!!

How can you make it?: https://sanctuaryhomedecor.com/spiced-vanilla-homemade-sugar-scrub-recipe/

Flavor – Snickerdoodle Cookies

I think that having a holiday cookie recipe is a must have in every home! I love baking with my family and snickerdoodle’s are easy and so good. I feel like the blend of sweet with spices is the baseline for all fall recipes. Snickerdoodle cookies are also a really affordable cookie to make since they require so few ingredients. 

Snickerdoodles are also super fun because you make the dough, but then roll them around in a sugar/cinnamon bath. I even have made snickerdoodle cookies into fun shapes. 

How can you make it?: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/soft-thick-snickerdoodles-in-20-minutes/

Product – Chapstick Lip Balm (S’mores Collection)

Even though I already did a fall lip balm this one was just too good not to add. Chapstick makes a line of lip balm that I call their “campfire line” but in reality it’s their s’mores collection. This three pack of chapstick includes Marshmallow, Milk Chocolate, and Graham Cracker. It is so soothing on chapped lips while having an amazing smell. It also is super cheap and easy to throw in your bookbag or purse.

If you’re looking for a yummy fall favorite lip balm look no further! 

Chapstick Lip Balm (S’mores Collection):

Price: $2.99

Where do you find it?: https://www.amazon.com/Chapstick-SMores-Collection-Protectant-Flavored/dp/B07R3GPFH5/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Fall+Gifts&qid=1602638642&sr=8-5

Flavor – Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I am a frappuccino girl all the way…but when it gets really cool out this drink is on the top of my list. Starbucks has an ever evolving and delicious menu of festive drinks, both hot and cold. During Christmas time I love the peppermint hot chocolate but what do you drink in between September and December?

The Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!

This drink has all the warm feelings of hot chocolate while bringing the fall twist of caramel notes. It is a great way to warm up your body if you go apple picking, if you are on a hoilday hay ride, or heading to a haunted corn maze this year! This starbucks drink will surely be a new go-to for all your spooky season needs.

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:

Price: Grande – $4.95    Venti – $5.25

Where do you find it?: https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/762/hot?parent=%2Fdrinks%2Fhot-drinks%2Fhot-chocolates 

Scent – Yankee Candle: Crisp Fall Night

This is the last candle on my list, and this one has nothing to do with food at all. This candle has feeling to it. Yankee Candle has a great way of turning smell into emotions for me, this candle was given to me as a gift and has become a fan favorite. Crisp Fall Night is exactly how it sounds, peaceful and enjoyable. This candle is not too strong which I love becasue when a candle gives you a headache it’s the worst! 

Yankee Candle’s Crisp Fall Night:

Price: $17

Where do you find it?: https://www.yankeecandle.com/product/crisp-fall-night/_/R-1510129

Accessory – Chunky Knit Sweater

One of my favorite things to wear in the fall is a sweater. The problem is they are always so expensive, scratchy, and run so tiny. However, I found this sweater at Target and it is awesome. This sweater comes in a bunch of fun colors and is really affortable, especially if you are a college student! Plus, it comes in a variety of sizes for bodies of actual women…crazy right?!

Chunky Knit Sweater (multiple colors):

Price: $20

Where do you find it?: https://www.target.com/p/women-39-s-crewneck-pullover-sweater-universal-thread-8482-olive-heather-s/-/A-79389076?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000012735151&CPNG=PLA_Women%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Women_Local&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=c&location=9052774&targetid=pla-967682758055&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&ds_rl=1241788&gclid=Cj0KCQjwoJX8BRCZARIsAEWBFMJ1sGcYJ4L0sGtHbV1st39ZyTcZVD3V-IkaKkEBminmQ_ABipG8DZoaAun3EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Movie – The Addams Family 

I saved the best movie for last, The Addams Family is the perfect spooky season movie. Charles Addams created it and in 1991 this crazy family graced our screens. It is funny but also creepy. I have to watch it every year! I mean the characters are so well cast, it is funny, scary, and the perfect freaky family. Both Addams Family movies are halloween must watches! 

What are you waiting for…go turn it on!

Product – Too Faced Pumpkin Spice Lipstick 

Lipstick is a great way to elivate any fall look. Too Faced has a matte lipstick that is long lasting and is themed off of pumpkin spice! This is a gorgeous color that goes with most skin tones and can be a great addition to your makeup collection!! It also has adorable little pumpkin pie pictures on the cap. 

Too Faced Pumpkin Spice Matte Lipstick:

Price: $22

Where do you find it?: https://www.ulta.com/melted-matte-pumpkin-spice-liquid-lipstick?productId=pimprod2017560&sku=2569522&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-818838764052:pla-301282657332&CAAGID=77901467988&CAWELAID=330000200002459066&CATARGETID=330000200001763636&CADevice=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwoJX8BRCZARIsAEWBFMJCxDf-m6LXQRMH38CEGrsd-dznx_NjXLgsv8-EGqy2cvYAEXeSEOoaAugXEALw_wcB

Flavor – Pecan Pie 

I saved my absolute favorite fall item for last…


I love the warm, homey, gooey, nutty flavor of the pie. It is really simple to make and is the most feel good Autumn flavor I can think of. I dream of this pie and I am so happy to share my favorite recipe with you!

How can you make it?: https://cookiesandcups.com/easy-pecan-pie-recipe/

I had so much fun writing this article and sharing my fall favorites with you all!

Autumn is my favorite season and brings forth so many happy feelings for me. Many of these products have been must-haves for me for years, and others are new finds, but at the end of the day they just deepen my love for the spooky season. I hope some or all of these items bring you joy if you try them out! Thank you all so much, I hope you enjoyed, and happy (almost) halloween!!! 

Stay Safe & Stay Spooky :) 


Until next time,

HCXO Maddie Rose

Maddie Engleman

Millersville '23

Hello! I'm Maddie Engleman; A little bit about me, I am a junior at Millersville University - I am an Early Childhood Education major with a Writing Studies Minor. I absolutely love kids, writing, reading, cooking/baking, and crafting with my Cricut. I also enjoy spending time around animals! I am really excited to be apart of such an empowering platform and to go out of my comfort zone writing pieces other than poetry. Stay Crazy :) "I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book" - J.K. Rowling
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