17 Reasons Why You Secretly Can’t Wait For Summer To End

Screw you, bikini season.

1. Tailgating

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Grilling is great, but grilling + sports + beer + getting way too competitive is even better.

2. Hot Cocoa

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Nothing takes you back like a hot cup of cocoa, even (or especially?) if it’s spiked.

3. Candy Corn

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Here are two ways to feed your addiction for these tiny nuggets of joy.

4. Apple Picking

If you don’t pick your own apples, then you’re doing fall all wrong. This fall, make these personal apple pie cups.

5. Holiday Leftovers


Mashed potatoes for days. Cranberry sauce on errrything.

6. Hot Soup

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Yeah, there’s always gazpacho, but soup in the summer just isn’t the same. Not to mention cheddar broccoli bread bowls that’ll warm you up anytime.

7. Pumpkin Pie

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Might as well pop that top button on your pants now. It’s almost pie time.

8. Cider Cocktails


Whether you go for cider sangria or fireball cider (in a mason jar, obv), autumn is peak season for cozy booze.

9. Halloween Candy

The only time it’s acceptable to have candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

10. Monkey Bread

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There’s no time for monkey business when it comes to pull-apart bread; get there first or it’ll be gone.

11. Pumpkin Spice Lattés

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The first time of the year you lay eyes on that red Starbucks cup or catch a whiff of that pumpkin aroma — that’s magic.

12. Peppermint Everything

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The reigning queen of ubiquitous seasonal flavors. Get your DIY peppermint fix with these candy cane s’mores.

13. Thanksgiving Dinner

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The champion of all food holidays and TV marathons.

14. Mulled Wine

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The perfect beverage for every holiday party and cuddly family gathering. Get the recipe.

15. Gingerbread Men

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The spicy cookie everyone loves (right up until they bite his little head off).

16. Christmas Cookies

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Even if you don’t believe in Santa, there’s nothing like stealing a few cookies off his plate on Christmas Eve.

17. No more hot dogs.

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Bye, bye, summer, we’ll be wanting you and your weenies again next year. But for now: No. more. hot. dogs.

This article was compiled by Rachel Williamson, the editor-in-chief at Spoon University UIUC.

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