Autumn in Northeast Pennsylvania brings endless opportunities to enjoy the fresh air. Pumpkin patches. Corn mazes. Leaf peeping. Fall festivals. Haunted attractions.
And I love being outside during the fall.
But something about the season also sparks a desire to grab a blanket, warm drink, bowl of popcorn and the TV remote and settle down in front of a good movie.
My family has an annual tradition. Sometime before Halloween we make pizza and watch Frank Capra’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.” This classic is one of my favorite films, partly because of the comedic storyline and partly because of the antics of Cary Grant. I have memorized almost every line, but I still don’t get tired of the movie.
I recently got to thinking about this tradition and wondered if other families have favorite films to watch during autumn. Most people have favorite Christmas movies. But am I the only one with fall go-tos?
I had a hunch I wasn’t, so I asked the Abington Suburban team for their favorites.
Writer Linda Scott and page designers Andrew Dule and Hannah Over all mentioned TV specials based on the Peanuts characters of Charles M. Schultz. These cartoons are favorites of mine as well. Fall wouldn’t be the same in my home without “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”
Hannah and her husband Clayton Over, staff writer, both listed “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” which they watch every year after Thanksgiving dinner.
Writer Julie Manwarren shared two: “Dead Poet’s Society” and “Anne of Avonlea.”
“And my kids love to do Harry Potter movie marathons,” she added.
Writer Teri Lyon said “When Harry Met Sally” makes her “think of fall and New York City (and romance, of course).”
Two more fall favorites of my own are “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” with Don Knotts, and Jim Henson’s “Turkey Hollow.”
But I must admit, the best part of the season isn’t found through a television screen, but rather, a window pane.
Green Scene columnist Joshua Arp summed this up well after explaining he doesn’t have a favorite fall movie.
“I do like to watch leaves fall,” he offered.
So do I.
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