Photo still from Walt Disney Pictures  

By Alyssa Haddad | October 17, 2019

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uys, it’s the best time of the year. That’s right, it’s finally Fall, or Autumn, if you’re fancy. Yes, the time when everything in nature dies but we all get our lives. If you’re anything like me, you’re truly at your happiest the moment a crunchy, red leaf finds its way under the sole of your boot. It’s a time of renewal and rejuvenation. Of remembering what it’s like to feel comfortable at anytime of day. And most importantly, for Fall traditions.  

There is something about the thought that Fall traditions are on the horizon that adds a spring to my step. Everything seems more appealing. Like, yes, I will go to the farmer’s market with you, are you kidding? Squash is in season and I would not dare to miss it! As the final hot days of September dragged on and I anxiously checked the weather app to see when I would finally know peace, I began to make my Fall plans. Where will I go apple picking? What sweater will I wear first? How early is too early to put up spooky decorations? And, most importantly, what will I be for Halloween?  

Halloween is the definitive best holiday. It kicks off the season of celebration, and this question, in particular, is one that I began mulling over on November 1st of 2018. It’s important to go into the season with minimal stress, especially when one of us is the reigning third place winner of the costume contest at Brooklyn’s Greenwood Park bar (it’s me).  

Photo from Peanuts Worldwide and HarperCollins Publishers 

All I’m saying is, there is no better feeling than curling up with a hot apple cider, in a cozy blanket, and flipping on Hocus Pocus. I bet you stopped reading this to go do that right now. While you’re snuggled and comfy, you’ll be thinking to yourself, “Fall is Life”. Thank me later, because for now, I’ll be busy in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.  

Alyssa Haddad

Alyssa Haddad

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Alyssa Haddad is a Brooklyn-based Playwright and Screenwriter. Her plays have been presented at the Capital Repertory Theatre, Theater for the New City, Sundog Theatre, Kraine Theater, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival where she was the recipient of the Playwright’s Award. She is an alumna of Living Room Theater’s New Play Incubator Lab and a current member of New Perspectives Theatre Company’s Women’s Work Play Lab. She is also an Artist-In-Residence at Adams State University’s Rare AIR program. Connect with Alyssa at AlyssaHaddad.com, on Twitter @AlyssaSwagdad and on Instagram @AlyssaHaddad.