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Ashley Garrett

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Hello everyone!  I will be using this “Current Favorites” series to update everyone on my “favorites” of the week, such as TV shows, Restaurants, and Activities.  This week is a Halloween-inspired list of favorites, so I hope you enjoy!  Feel free to email me with any recommendations or ideas that you have 🙂

TV Shows

 

The Office

The Office is probably my all-time favorite television show, so naturally it had to make the list.  Episodes are only 20 minutes long, which means you can squeeze an episode in between homework assignments, or finish an entire season in one night.  The show is designed to look like a documentary filmed by a crew that is following the employees of a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Under the leadership of regional manager Michael Scott, the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company employees have funny and relatable experiences that never fail to make me laugh.  All nine seasons are on Netflix, so you can watch episodes whenever is convenient for you.

 

Riverdale

For anyone who was a fan of Riverdale last year, you probably already know that the Season 2 premiere aired on the CW on Wednesday, October 11.  The show takes place in a small town called Riverdale, where a murder has recently taken place.  The main characters must find the killer and his motive, while also trying to survive their high school experience.  Season 2 is sure to be filled with suspense, mystery, and drama.

 

Movies

Horror Movies

Personally, I am absolutely terrified of horror movies.  9 out of 10 times, I refuse to watch them because I get scared very easily.  However, I will watch horror movies in October to get in the spirit of Halloween.  When you have friends to protect you from all the clowns and monsters, watching horror movies can be a lot of fun.  

 

Happy Halloween Movies

If you are anything like me, the happier Halloween movies are probably more your speed.  If you’re feeling nostalgic this October, I would highly recommend watching Disney Channel’s Monstober.  Classics like “Hocus Pocus” and “Twitches” never disappoint during the Halloween season.

 

Food

Hot Chocolate

Whether or not you are a coffee person, hot chocolate is a win.  The classic is delicious, and Dunkin Donuts has flavors like “Mint” and “Oreo” if you are feeling adventurous.  

 

Candy Corn

Now I know that candy corn is a very controversial candy; either you love it or you hate it.  It is a personal favorite of mine, and I go through multiple bags every October.  However, if candy corn isn’t for you, any other Halloween candy will suffice.

 

Pumpkin Spice…Everything

The annual pumpkin spice epidemic has officially taken over.  I must confess, I only like a select few “pumpkin spice” flavored foods, like muffins.   But if you have hopped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, this is your time to stock up on all of the many, many, many pumpkin spice flavored treats.

 

Activities

Pumpkin/Apple Picking

If you have any free time during the fall season, I would highly recommend going to a local farm that has an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch.  There are tons of farms around the area, so get a group of friends together and go on a hayride, take Instagram pictures, and eat lots of doughnuts.  Afterwards, you can bake an apple pie or carve a jack-o-lantern with friends to get in the autumn spirit.

 

Go on a hike

I’m not always a fan of voluntary exercise, but I do think that October is the perfect time of year to go for a hike.  The air is not too hot or too cold, and the different colored leaves are gorgeous.  I swear, it won’t even feel like a workout.

 

Have a movie night with friends

If you don’t want to watch those horror movies all by yourself, invite some friends over to watch it with you.  You can order a pizza, bake some cookies, and curl up with a blanket to shield your eyes from the horror movie.  Last week I did this with Graceanna, and we had such a great time.  If you are having trouble picking a good movie, read “Top Three Movies to Watch in October,” by Renata Lee.

 

Restaurants

Chopt in Florham Park

While I haven’t actually been to Chopt, I have heard many great reviews, and it is at the top of my Restaurant Bucket List.  Everyone on the field hockey team is completely obsessed.  At Chopt, you can either order off of the menu or build your own salad, so there is something for everyone.  I have also been told that the salads are fairly affordable.

 

Shake Shack in Livingston  

So, last week I had my first ever Shake Shack burger. . .and it was the best burger I have ever had.  I am not just saying that, I swear.  It is really that good.  No burger is complete without a shake and fries (crinkle cut are the best, don’t fight me on this), and I must admit both were also heavenly.  The Shake Shack that I went to was in Livingston, and it just opened this past August.  If you’re a burger person, or even if you’re not, you absolutely have to try Shake Shack.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.

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