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Hooray For Fall
By Megan Rossman
October 4, 2012
Summer is over; let us rejoice. It’s time to bask in the cooler temperatures and reduced electricity bills of fall. October is one of my favorite times of year. It’s the month I was born, and the birth month of many other people I hold in high esteem. There’s a lot to love about this transitional season. Below are just a few things I'm looking forward to.
Crisp Air - In the morning, there’s a bite, and as evening descends, the chill sets in again, bringing with it a smoky, campfire smell. It sticks to your hair and clothes. That might be my favorite part of fall.
Outdoor Dining - When sitting outside on patios and porches in the summer inferno, I sometimes wonder if I’m a masochist. The wasps are circling. I’m sweating. I’m burning. Is there a God? In the autumn, those questions fall by the wayside, and I’m able to focus on more important things, like what I’m eating. Whether it’s in someone’s backyard or along a Paseo sidewalk, an outdoor meal in the fall is a luxury I don’t take for granted.
Haunted Places - Haunting isn’t limited to houses in Oklahoma; you can find horror anywhere you go. Mazes, cornfields, forests, paths, and barns across the state transform into festive centers of terror. I’ve heard good things about the Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park in Lawton and Scream Country Haunted Forest in Drumright. I will probably go to Frontier City’s Fright Fest in Oklahoma City later this month. I attended once for about forty-five minutes, most of which was spent standing in line for the haunted house, so I’m curious to see what I missed. However, over the years, I’ve become mildly concerned about the upkeep of carnival rides. Each time I get on one I wonder, how often is this inspected? I don’t want to spend my last earthly minutes onboard a swinging Viking ship. It doesn’t seem dignified. frontiercity.com.
Science Lounge at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City - In this new after-hours program at the museum, those over 21 are invited to partake in regular evenings of cocktails and science starting on October 18. Visitors can sit in on planetarium shows and wander through the museum, all while sipping a glass of wine from the cash bar and snacking on appetizers. There are opportunities to create slime and elephant toothpaste and even shoot off rockets. If you can't make it out this month, the series picks up again in February with a Star Wars-themed night. sciencemuseumok.org.
Thanksgiving - Yes, more food. This is a day when I get to eat loads of home-cooked dishes that were not created by me. That in itself is something to be thankful for.
Layers – It’s almost time to resurrect coats and sweaters and pull out the fluffy comforter. I reach optimum comfort level only when swathed in blankets and reclining. I own two Snuggies, and I’m not afraid to wear them. Cold-weather lounging is serious business, and I'm ready to get started..