Leff’s Picks | October 2023
Fall fun & autumn memories
As a California transplant, seasons are a novelty to me. Temperature fluctuations? Sunsets at 4 p.m.? Precipitation?? It’s all somewhat bamboozling. Still, I love how seasonal changes bring a rhythm to the year. And of all the seasons, autumn has always been my favorite. You can’t not get excited for fall when the air gets crisp, the leaves change color, and the PSLs start popping up around you like daisies (OK, that’s a vernal metaphor, but you get what I mean). To me and to my colleagues at Leff, the chillier weather is a chance to slow down from the high energy of summer and gather with families and friends. From pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating to canvassing with family during election season, my colleagues at Leff shared their favorite cozy memories (and some adorable pictures) to get you in the fall spirit.
Autumn means election season
Election season brings to mind door-to-door canvassing back in the day, supporting our favorite candidate (who also happened to be our dad). This photo (of me and my big sister Joan) was taken a number of years before we became mortified at the thought of driving around town with a sign on top of the car!
Children’s Farm at The Center
Over the last few years, my cousin and I have met up with our kids at the Children’s Farm at The Center in Palos Park, IL. It has all the fall activities one could ask for! We usually start with the hay bale climber; move our way over to check out all the farm animals (their volunteers are so nice to answer our questions and let the kiddos interact with the animals); attempt the corn maze; and, of course, pick the best pumpkins from their U-Pick pumpkin patch, which is my kids’ favorite. You can also grab some concessions or bring a picnic lunch. It’s been a tradition that my kids look forward to every year.
Trick-or-treating with my nieces
For many years, I was lucky enough to be able to join my nieces when they were still wee enough to want to traipse around the neighborhood in adorable costumes. In 2011, Madeline (left) was seven and Sydney was eight, and they decided that my Statue of Liberty costume was not complete without a homemade torch. So we got out the construction paper and completed my look. After a few hours of collecting candy, we retreated to their mom and dad’s house for another treat: takeout from Maggiano’s.
Our favorite Halloween costumes
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When I was seven, my parents attached leftover strips of upholstery fabric to an umbrella to create a jellyfish by raising and lowering the spokes.
I dressed my towheaded two-year-old son as a “motorcycle dude,” complete with a Harley-Davidson jacket and slicked-back hair.
Last year, our three-year-old insisted on being a farmer for Halloween. Being supportive parents, we dressed as a scarecrow and corn.
Movie theater floor
Our daughter dressed as the floor of a movie theater. She glued strips of carpet, popcorn bags, popcorn, candy boxes, and drink cups to a sandwich board.