Every year it happens, so it’s not surprising that summer turns into fall. It’s inevitable, because science says so, but there are some tell-tale sights, smells, sounds, and tastes that signal the annual autumnal approach. Here are the top 10 signs that fall is coming.
Number Ten: Cinnamon Brooms.
Walk into a grocery store or craft store in late August, and you’ll likely be greeted by the potent aroma of one of the first signs of fall: the cinnamon broom. Love ’em or hate ’em, not much smells more like fall than this bunch of aromatic twigs.
Number Nine: Return of the UGGs.
The Return of the Mack was a popular song by Mark Morrison in the 90s, but the return of the UGGs signifies summer’s tragic end. Gone are the days of bare feet and sandals when these fuzzy boots appear.
Number Eight: Swimsuits on Clearance.
A sign with both positive and negative implications is when swimsuits go on clearance. On one hand, it’s a great time to buy swimsuits for customers. On the other hand, it means the end of summer and the beginning of fall is near.
Number Seven: Labor Day.
If Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. In parts of the United States and Canada, it means one final holiday cookout until spring, one last swim in the public pool, and one last hurrah with those white capris.
Number Six: Halloween Candy.
Every year, Halloween candy seems to be in stores earlier and earlier. Is July too early to stock up on bite-sized Snickers and mini packages of Skittles? Yes. Yes it is.
Number Five: Back-To-School Sales.
When displays of spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils, and book bags start popping up at stores, the countdown begins. For teachers and students alike, summer fun is over when school starts.
Number Four: Oktoberfest Beer.
Summer offers some refreshing and tasty beer options like wheat and fruit ales, shandies, and saisons, but fall beers are good too. The fall seasonal beers tend to be darker, maltier varieties like märzens and porters and include tastes of fall such as maple, pecan, and pumpkin.
Number Three: Football Returns.
Once training camp kicks off, the countdown to the season opener begins. Before we know it, fantasy football drafts are held and the regular season begins. Once NFL and college football are back on TV Thursdays through Mondays, we know fall is upon us.
Number Two: Apples.
Apple is a flavor reminiscent of autumn. Apple cider, caramel-dipped apples, and apple pies and cakes are classic fall treats. When trips to the apple orchard flood your Instagram feed, then you know fall is here.
Number One: Pumpkin Spice.
It’s not the newest member of the Spice Girls or a stripper name (that we know of), but pumpkin spice is back in full force every fall. From lattes and whiskey (yes, whiskey) to cookies and M&M’s, fall is officially on its way when pumpkin spice arrives.