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Fall Traditions at FHE

Whether it’s spending time with family or hanging out with friends, everyone at Forest Hills Eastern seems to have a different tradition to embrace fall. Many FHE students were interviewed and the most common ways to spend our favorite season ranged from drinking pumpkin spice lattes to carving jack-o’-lanterns, to going to corn mazes. 

Halle Koelzer and her family host a turkey bowl every year on Thanksgiving. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all go to a field, randomly select teams, and play a game of football wearing “the weirdest hats”. After the game is over, they all return to the Koelzer’s house and have pizza.

Joeti Macfield and her family all travel to New York State for Thanksgiving every year. They bring their dogs and go hiking. “Then,” she says, “We make food all together with everyone helping and singing.” Afterward, they stay up all night watching their favorite movies as a family.

Macfield Family. Photo Credit: Joeti Macfield.

Ellie Everhart and her family spend fall watching their favorite Halloween movies. “We all gather in the living room and watch whatever movie is on.” The Everharts love Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween and Hallmark movies. Ellie has been watching for as long as she can remember, and her favorite movie is Hocus Pocus. “We love watching these movies because it’s a festive tradition, and they bring us all together!” 

Paige Endres loves making jack-o’-lanterns. Every year her family goes to a pumpkin patch, and they all scramble to get the biggest possible pumpkin. ”The whole way home, each person is trying to find the best outline… it gets pretty competitive,” she laughed. After they are all done, her mom puts all of the pumpkins on the porch.