The Most Wonderful Time of Year

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At last, it’s fall.

It’s cooler here – crisp to taste and damp to touch – but the sun shines brilliantly in the afternoon, chasing away the morning mist and hushed grey clouds. There are beams of gold, whispers of red and patches of orange racing across the mountainside where the wind cannot sneak through dry tree leaves – whispering, crackling as if they’ll spark and turn to flame.

In autumn, it seems, change is tangible – green becomes gold and the world shimmers. Then twilight mutes the sun so an orange glow casts spindly shadows on a wooded path, an unfamiliar alleyway, that abandoned farmhouse whose rusted front gate creaks open as you approach…

This is my favorite season. Celebrate with me.


You can always find adventure in a good book. Add a little spook and you’re in for a thrill. Some ghastly recommendations:

Novels by Anne Rice, particularly her Vampire Chronicles series and The Witching Hour.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is a classic!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs includes haunting vintage photography with its curious tale.

You can download these to your favorite tablet using your Nook (iOS, Android) or Amazon Kindle (iOS, Android) app.


Fall is deliciously pumpkin and fantastically spiced. There are hundreds of delightful recipes on Pinterest to choose from, and these are some of my favorites:

Food – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Butternut Squash Soup

Drink – Chai Tea

Apple Cider



There are some terrible scary movies out there, but some are awesomely bad. Some are just awesome. Try these for a fun variety: You can find Cabin in the Woods, the Nightmare Before Christmas and Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Netflix (apps available on iOS and Android). And Hocus Pocus is a must.


There is so much to do during fall it’s hard to know where to begin. I say start outside: get lost in a corn maze (find a haunted one if you dare!), seek out the Great Pumpkin in a local pumpkin patch (even better on a hayride) and find delicious, fresh produce for your fall recipes at your neighborhood farmer’s market. Backyard football is a great way to play, and adventuring (hiking or a mountainous drive) to find stunning, changing foliage is just beautiful.

One last piece of fall advice: don’t forget your phone – you know you’ll want to take pictures and Instagram is dazzling in autumn hues. Keep your phone charged and ready with the Resurgence Power case to capture all your favorite fall moments.

Tag @OtterBox and #FallingForFall on social media so we can see your fall adventures.

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Alison Quinn

Alison Quinn

Travel and adventure are my favorite. Then reading and laughing and writing. And dancing! Wine, too. And music-definitely music. I think October is a quite superior time of year, and I always have glitter pens handy.

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