CHICAGO — As the crisp air of autumn approaches, many of us eagerly jot down the things we plan to do this season.
However, amid all the excitement, it’s important to note that not everything about fall lives up to the hype. Some things are 100% overrated.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular fall activities I think are not worth the stress and hype.
NOTE: For legal reasons, this is all in good fun. It’s OK if you disagree with the things I’ve listed here. We all enjoy fall differently and I understand some of these activities come with strong memories for some people. Maybe you’ve shared this activity with someone you love. That’s awesome! We all deserve to celebrate fall the way we prefer.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the list of the 5 most overrated things about fall:
This is hands down the worst fall activity to do. Let me tell you why. Those expensive tiny apples taste about the same as the ones in the store. And then, what are you supposed to do with all those apples you’ve accumulated? Are you actually going to make an apple pie? Because I SAY I will, but never do. I’m just not someone who appreciates this very popular fall activity. I feel like once you’ve done it once, you’ve done it enough.
I don’t like scary things and I certainly don’t like paying to get scared. So haunted houses? No thank you. I personally think a lot of them are way too gory. A lot of advertisements I see for haunted houses make them look more like torture chambers than places to get a good jump scare. Let’s also talk about how expensive some of them can be as well. They’re just not for me.
Now, I love a warm chocolatey s’more as much as the next fall fan but have you ever spent a lot of time around bonfires? They smell terrible. I went to college in the corn fields and bonfires were a favorite activity. Once you’ve been to one, you’v’e been to them all. I don’t like the smell bonfires leave on your clothing. Very overrated.
Going to the Thanksgiving Day Parade
Listen, I live in Chicago. The Thanksgiving Day Parade means the following: Cold temps, strong winds, Downtown chaos and crowds. No, thank you. I get this is a big tradition for a lot of families, but it just doesn’t seem fun. You know what’s better than all those shenanigans? Sitting on the couch and watching it from my warm living room while I get dinner ready. I love the parade and the floats but I much prefer to have it on TV.
Apples You Need to Eat on a Stick
I debated putting this one on the list because I do enjoy them every so often (and gave them out as baby shower treats). But caramel apples (and candied apples) are so impossible to eat without making a mess. I can never enjoy them AT a pumpkin patch or fall fest because once I open the container I know my hands will be covered in caramel and the floor will be covered in rogue peanuts or sprinkles. This is a sit-down and eat-it-at-home snack.
Bonus Item No. 6: Fall and Halloween haters
What is it with the increase of people who love to hate on the fall season? Every year I see more and more memes of people making fun of pumpkin spice aficionados and October lovers. I don’t get it!