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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Movies, albums, and more to get you into the autumn spirit.

Are you sick of the summer heat? Do you desperately want to wear sweaters again? Are you anxiously awaiting the time when it’s socially acceptable to listen to the “Monster Mash” on repeat for six hours straight? Have you been waking up with visions of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte still dancing in your head? 

If so, autumn is just around the corner, and you can get ready with these movies, albums, shows, and foods that all radiate comfy fall energy. 


“Hocus Pocus”

In the fictional movie derived from the real Salem Witch Trials, the witchy Sanderson sisters are resurrected in the modern day and start to cause comedic chaos in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. It is a fall classic that deserves a re-watch every year. 

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“Dead Poets Society”

This cult classic stars Robin Williams as an English teacher at an all-boys boarding school, and follows him and his students as they discover the beauty of life and poetry. It’s both heartwarming and heart-breaking, and has some beautiful fall visuals. 

“Knives Out”

Directed by Rian Johnson, “Knives Out” and its star-studded cast present a spectacular mystery film with twists, turns, and a perfect autumn atmosphere. Reviews on platforms such as Letterboxd, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb are all very positive.


“Red (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

The 2021 re-recording of Swift’s 2012 album “Red” is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. The production, compared to the original album, is cleaner, and there are an extra ten tracks “from the vault” for fans or casual listeners to enjoy. 

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

While most notably associated with fall due to the track of the same name, Michael Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller” is full of classics such as “Billie Jean” and “Beat it.” There’s a mix of sounds and genres, which can appeal to many different audiences, and as Jackson intended, “every song [is] a killer.”

“Strange Trails” by Lord Huron

Lord Huron’s sophomore album “Strange Trails” came out in 2015. It’s an enchanting, indie rock LP by the American band, and listening to it is a wonderful way to spend an hour.


“Stranger Things”

This hit Netflix thriller is most notably fall-centric in seasons one and two, with both taking place in the autumn months. However, the entire show is spooky enough to warrant a rewatch. Themes of friendship and coming of age accompany the horror. 

“The Haunting of Hill House”

“Hill House,” the first Netflix show in director Mike Flanagan’s resume, is a haunting project about ghosts, of both the real and emotional kinds, and grief. It’s a masterclass in horror and full of Easter eggs that make it an entertaining watch.

“Only Murders in the Building”

“Only Murders in the Building” is one of the most eccentric, clever, and exciting shows currently on Hulu. It follows characters Charles Haden-Savage, Oliver Putnam, and Mabel Mora as they investigate murders that happen in the historic NYC apartment building they live in. The third season is currently airing, and a fourth season has been confirmed. 

Food & Drink 

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix 

If you’re looking for the autumnal season in a single bite, then buy the pumpkin mix from Trader Joe’s. Just add in water, oil, and eggs. Within an hour you’ll have fresh pumpkin bread or muffins that make a wonderful fall treat.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte 

We all knew it would make the list. Starbucks’ famous fall drink has been premiering every year since 2003, gaining a cult following of people who apprehensively await its return. But if the “PSL” isn’t your cup of tea, Starbucks has other autumn-themed drinks to check out. 

Chicken Noodle Soup

When you think of comfort food, there’s a good chance you think of soup. There’s a reason you have it when you’re sick – it’s hearty, warm, and makes you feel good. Campbell’s chicken noodle soup is available in most stores and can be a quick, easy lunch or dinner.