Autumn is coming and students welcome it with open arms.

As the weather begins to cool down, many students eagerly await the beginning of the fall season.

Fall is many students’ favorite season. The chill breeze and colorful leaves in the Oak Grove make fall a beautiful time of the year at IUP.

No matter where you may be on campus, you could always see all the tree changing. Seeing all the orange and yellow brightens up campus, especially in these dark days.

Some students are already prepping for the fall/autumn season. Stores like Joann Fabrics, Target, TJ Maxx, and Walmart have already put out their seasonal fall decorations.

“I decorate for fall at the beginning of September,” said Olivia Tavoletti (senior, marketing). “I get all my decor from Target, TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Joann Fabrics.”

While some students, like Tavoletti, enjoy decorating their apartments and dorms for fall, other students prefer not to.

“I personally don’t decorate for fall,” said Dorothy McCullough (senior, fashion merchandising). “My family never decorated for fall, so I just don’t.”

Students aren’t only looking forward to decorating but also getting to dress in fall fashions.

“I think I’m most looking forward to the fall fashion and being able to wear my sweaters and boots again,” said Maran Davis (senior, fashion merchandising).

Davis said her favorite fall-fashions include chunky knit sweaters and blanket scarves.

“Flannels and jean jackets are a killer combination for the fall,” McCullough said, “as well as ankle boots and patterned socks.”

Tavoletti said she prefers to wear oversized crewnecks and sweaters with jeans.

Popular fall fashions for 2020 include leather fabrics, pleated-skirts, preppy style and oversized crewneck sweatshirts. Another great part of fall is the foods served during the season. Coffee chains like Dunkin’ and Starbucks have already released their seasonal fall food and drink line ups, which always includes pumpkin spice.

“My favorite fall food is anything pumpkin spice,” Davis said.

McCullough said she loves pecan pie and Reese’s pumpkin shaped patties.

Hot apple cider and toasted marshmallow flavored foods and drinks are also popular during fall.

Students also discussed their favorite fall activities that they like to participate in.

“My favorite fall activities are apple picking and going to haunted houses,” Tavoletti said.

McCullough said she thinks the best part of fall is Halloween.

“Dressing up in costumes and going to parties with friends is always a good time,” McCullough said.

Davis said, like Tavoletti, that she likes to go apple picking and to pumpkin patches during fall.

While students are definitely looking forward to the fall season, many voiced their concerns about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect their plans.

“Halloween will definitely be affected by COVID-19,” McCullough said, “People won’t be able to go to parties or the bars, which won’t be fun at all.”

Tavoletti said that she loves going to haunted houses during the fall season.

“One thing I won’t be able to do due to COVID-19 is go to haunted houses because they’re all closed,” Tavoletti said. “Also, a lot of fall festivals won’t be open this year.”

Fall festivals like The Renaissance Faire, Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Night and Fort Ligonier Days have either been canceled or are now holding virtual events.

Some pumpkin patches and farm activities are luckily still hosting events with limited customers on their properties.

Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkin Festival, which occurs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 will still take place but as a drive-through event.

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