The Signs of Autumn: Halloween Night


Written by Tiffany Nguyen


Photograph credits: Tiffany Nguyen

The feeling of the familiar warm, heavy air twists into something more rigid--a crisper tone with a cooler atmosphere.

As day transitions into night, the air grows colder while the moon glows brighter. There is beauty in the eeriness of the dark night, and cool temperature. The slight breeze that leaves a chill through the spine, leaving a tingling sensation all throughout your body. The ice cold fingers, hands rubbing against each other trying to keep warm.


The sound of beach waves turns into the crunches of leaves and twigs, each step ensues a ringing pleasure--the satisfying noise of a transitioning season.

The rustle of the restless leaves as the wind blows by, some even falling off the branches, leaving a skeleton of the tree. The screams of young children as they run around their neighborhoods, asking for a “trick” or a “treat”. Eerie noises of witch cackles, werewolf howls, and the unwrapping of cavities.


The smell of pumpkins and apple ciders circulate throughout the air, filling us with the hit of autumn.

The aroma of smoke from bonfires, pumpkin patches, and hay from hayrides linger in the air. The smell of sweet treats such as pumpkin, chai, and cinnamon flavored baked goods surround us. The subtle yet distinct smell of fall leaves that many recognize.


The sight of bright colored days fade into a contrasting shade of warm colors; the bright reds, oranges, and yellows that capture our eyes.

Blurred visions from smoke machines, the flashing bright, red, white, orange, and blue lights, a stark contrast to the soft, delicate warmth of the morning fall leaves. Colorful face paint, fake red blood, white sheets all clashing in one night; a parade of color.


The taste of rich warmth in a cup--the limitless hot beverages of all sorts that sink into your stomach; the mimic of a hug.

A cup of hot chocolate, chai tea, apple cider, or pumpkin spiced flavored anything by the fireplace, sitting around bundled up watching horror movies. A night in or a night out, the feeling of the liquid drop down to your stomach, spreading throughout your body.