It's that time of the year again: summer starts winding down and the weather feels a little cooler. Mornings have a briskness in the air and pumpkin candles, food, and drinks begin turning up pretty much everywhere. The leaves on the trees begin to turn gold, orange, and brown, soon to fall to the earth to cover it with a mushy pile of color. That's right: fall is here, meaning that memes about the season are all over social media, blogs, and other websites. Some of these memes are inspirational (metaphors about the changing of the seasons), while others are just funny. Many also mention fall's best holiday, Halloween, while others just embrace a time of sweaters, boots, and scarves. Here are some memes that let us know that fall is on its way.
18 Fall colors, fashion, and food
Fall means the ends of tank tops and shorts: no more swimsuits and flip flops. When this time of year arrives, we want to put on our hoodies, boots, and scarves and have pumpkin-flavored drinks and food. There's nothing like a chill in the air to make you crave these things, so this meme taps into that, including the beautiful copper colors that come when the leaves fall to the ground. There's nothing better than pulling a hoodie over your head and burying your face into a pumpkin spice latte, right? But something that's even better is gathering around the bonfire and toasting marshmallows so that they can join with chocolate and graham crackers for the best autumn treat ever, s'mores. This meme celebrates that.
17 Autumn isn't always pretty
Oh, fall, when the leaves turn brown, red, gold, and orange and the days are full of color and light. That is, of course, unless you live in the South, when fall usually means torrential downpours that turns the ground a lovely shade of brown and brings more mud than you ever see anywhere else. In some places, the leaves basically just disappear, leaving the trees bare and the ground exposed. And it's usually an ugly mess. And forget about those beautiful piles of soft leaves that you can jump into. Instead, there's mud everywhere that ruins your boots and somehow manages to get all over your clothes. This meme is for those places where fall isn't necessarily pretty. But hey, we can dream, right?
16 How much pumpkin stuff is too much?
Fall usually really only means one thing: pumpkins. There are pumpkins everywhere! And this meme taps into those who must have everything pumpkin-flavored, pumpkin-scented, and pumpkin-colored. This "hot" gentleman is ready for fall dressed only in pumpkins, for those people who just can't get enough of the orange gourd. These are the true sights of fall, and for those obsessed with pumpkins, don't worry, they are everywhere, even in this meme with an image that just can't get unseen. This guy is ready to make all your pumpkin fantasies come true, whether you want them or not. For others, this is a nightmare, or just a funny joke about the fact that we seem so obsessed with all the pumpkins at this time of year.
15 Pumpkin-flavored everything
Did we mention that fall means an unnatural obsession with pumpkins? Well, it's true: this is the time of year when all the retailers, restaurants, and others begin rolling out pumpkin-flavored desserts, beverages, and everything else. It's like that guy with shrimp in Forrest Gump, but instead, with pumpkin. "You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's pumpkin kabobs, pumpkin cookies, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. Pumpkin soup. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin salad. Pumpkin sandwich. Pumpkin cake." For the next three months, almost everything we eat will probably have pumpkin in it. Even the beloved Oreo gets a pumpkin facelift this time of year. Also, everything gets painted the color of pumpkins, so the gourd turns up everywhere, even when you're not looking for it.
14 Blink and it's Christmas
Sometimes, we just like to pretend fall isn't even happening and jump straight ahead to a happier holiday instead. Fall usually means that stores begin readying themselves for Christmas, even before Halloween is over. Even now, Walmart stores are already trying to sell us Christmas trees, along with wreaths, decorations, and things that should never appear anywhere until November. But things really pick up right after Halloween, literally, the day after. Blink on Halloween and it's midnight and suddenly, everyone is in full Christmas mode, digging out their ugly sweaters, hanging their lights on their houses, and singing Christmas carols well before their time. Enjoy the short Halloween season while you can, because it never lasts long when Christmas is ready to pounce on everyone in its path.
13 Pugkin spice latte
It's not just the pumpkin itself that we become obsessed about during the fall. We also have a great love for all things pumpkin spice, thanks to Starbucks' now infamous pumpkin spice latte. It's crazy how well that particular beverage caught on, but for anyone who has tasted this sweet nectar that's only available this one time of the year, it's all we can think about and it makes us crave pumpkin spice in almost everything we eat and drink. It's not even pumpkin, but the spices used in pumpkin pie, but it doesn't matter, because we love it. But we love it even more when it becomes a meme with an adorable dog: in this case, a pug. Who couldn't resist a pugkin spice latte?
12 Fall means not shaving your legs
When it comes to summer, it's hard being a woman and living up to society's standards. Not only do women have to worry about their bikini bodies and tans, but there's also the case of body hair to deal with. That means shaving and waxing parts of ourselves we wouldn't normally bother with at other times of the year so that we can wear our dresses, shorts, bathing suits, and other clothes that expose a lot of our bodies. Fall, though, comes as a relief, because we can now cover up with heavy sweaters, leggings, long pants, and boots, and that means not having to shave our legs until spring rolls back around. This is what freedom is all about and why so many women embrace the fashion of fall.
11 Green Day rules fall
Green Day fans are very familiar with the song "Wake Me When September Ends," and every year, at the end of September, one meme or another pops up to remind us to wake that guy up because he asked for it way back in 2005. Technically, though, the first day of fall is in September, so this guy will sleep through a couple of days of it, but when October 1 turns up, he's wide awake. "Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last. Wake me up when September ends." It's a depressing song, too, but at the same time, it has become the anthem for fall-lovers everywhere. Summer is so depressing, autumn means more happy thoughts, right? Goodbye, summer, don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Having a toned summer body is well and good, but fall means looser clothes with more layers, which means our bodies officially have more room for the treats of the season, including candy and pie. In fact, pie could be one of the main reasons we love fall, particularly when it means that we're wanting to bake (or have others bake) some of our favorite desserts. With certain fruits, such as apples, finally in season, the best way to prepare them is by putting them in a pie, and nothing says autumn like the smells of pumpkin and apple pie wafting through the house on a crisp fall day. This meme suggests that Pusheen agrees with us: fall is all about pie and that makes fall awesome.
9 Some people prefer fall
There are a lot of summer people in the world and many of them get very sad when fall starts rolling around. Gone are the long and lazy days of summer, replaced by the cool breezes and chillier weather brought by fall. But that doesn't mean that some of us don't enjoy fall even more: for some of us, it's our favorite time of the year and we're more than happy to embrace it with wild abandon.
So while some of our friends spend their time complaining that summer is over, we're doing happy dances of joy with pumpkins, sort of like Sigourney Weaver here in this meme. We will love on a pumpkin so hard this season because it's certainly the best time of year.
8 No more bugs
Many people who love fall also really hate summer. Summer means a lot of hot days when it's too warm to do anything outside except sweat. But fall brings the cooler and more comfortable weather, meaning that we can dress up in our favorite comfy sweaters, hoodies, and jeans. The season also brings one of the best holidays of the year, Halloween (candy and costumes is a no-brainer way to have fun), as well as everything else that makes autumn the number one best time of the year. Most importantly, though, as this meme points out, fall ends the season of bugs, because they are everywhere in the summer and invade even our best of times. So die bugs, fall is here and we're done with you.
7 Fall leaves
Those fall leaves sure are pretty, what with all the colors they become this time of year. But they also quickly fall to the ground and start to pile up, and if one were to, say, fall asleep on a comfortable autumn day under a tree, they may wake up buried under a mound of crunchy leaves.
This dog here doesn't seem to have much problem with that, but fall does come with a lot of leaves, usually ones that we must rake into smaller piles later in the year. They're still pretty, but not so much when we have to deal with them on a daily basis, right? So it's probably a bad idea if you're a cute little puppy to go take a nap under the fall trees.
6 What's in a name?
It is kind of interesting that in the U.S., this time of year is known mostly as fall, more so than it's official term, autumn. This meme basically pokes fun at the simple brains of Americans who decided to make the holiday name something that makes a little more sense: leaves falls down, so this is the time of fall.
Autumn still has a much more formal sound to it, after all, and who wants to be formal now that we can dress up in our favorite sweaters, scarves, and boots (or more importantly, leggings, and yoga pants). The word "fall" even sounds like a lot more fun than the Latin-based word "autumn," right? So here's to fall and all those leaves falling down. Score one for the U.S.
5 Why all the candy corn hate?
One of the most prevalent kinds of candy seen this type of year is the sugary orange and white concoction known as candy corn. And it's obviously popular and a lot of people eat it, but for some reason, it garners a lot of hate on the meme circuit. This meme suggests that candy corn isn't really even edible (we disagree) and has uses that goes beyond its purpose as a tasty snack. The nose plugs suggestion is particularly interesting, because it's likely some child has already attempted to shove the perfectly-shaped candy up its nose. That also goes for the suggestion of using candy corn as ear plugs. These are all wastes of a perfectly good candy, but what can we say? Haters are going to hate.
4 Fall TV
Fall isn't just about cooler weather, pretty colors, and pumpkins, though. Fall is also about that most important spectator sport of all time: watching TV. Fall brings new seasons of some of our favorite TV shows (as well as new shows), such as The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, Gotham, Supergirl, and Supernatural. But that means that our TV viewing time gets taken up by this fall television watching, which leaves us with a lot less time for the summer habit that we got into: binge-watching Netflix. How do we balance out all this entertainment? The simple answer is we don't, because it becomes even harder when Netflix offers up some of its best original shows in the fall, too. What's a TV viewer to do?
3 One word: Halloween
What's the best part of fall? Halloween, of course, which we could argue is one of the best holidays of the year. It's all about costumes and candy, but it's also about some great movies, including the classic Disney film, Hocus Pocus. But what's that? You say you don't believe in or celebrate Halloween? Is there something wrong with you? It's the only time of the year where it's okay to dress up in a costume and knock on strangers' doors asking for gifts! When can you do that throughout the rest of the year? Here's the answer: you can't. So Halloween non-believers can step off, because here's the look we'll give you when you tell us what you really think. Halloween is one of the most wonderful times of the year.
2 Where's the dog poop?
Look at all those pretty leaves on the ground and all those beautiful colors. Lots of animals have walked across those leaves (or slept under them), including dogs who have spent time out on their walks enjoying the crunch of the leaves beneath their feet. Those dogs have also left special presents underneath this foliage, too, particularly those with irresponsible owners who don't clean up after their animals.
A ground covered in leaves is a sure bet that you'll end up with dog poop on your shoes at some point, because it's not like you can see it among all those colors. Fall leaves are a dog poop trap, a virtual minefield of stinky little bombs left behind by someone's pooch. Be sure to tread carefully.
1 Brace yourself
Nothing says the start of a season like Ned Stark of Game of Thrones fame. Mostly known for his declaration that "winter is coming," he's now a meme that now warns us that anything and everything is coming. So, appropriately enough, there is a Ned Stark meme for fall, too, to warn of the upcoming apocalypse... err ... the upcoming season of pumpkin spice lattes, hoodies, and Halloween. It's always nice to have a reminder, right? Thanks, Ned, for the warning: we'll be sure to start digging out the winter clothes for what comes next. Fall is coming, people, and for some of us, it's the most wonderful time of the year. It's time to enjoy those lattes, hot chocolates, pies, and brisk mornings and nights.