TOKY Friday Five: Fall-ing in LOVE

It’s the first weekend that actually starts to feel like a good Midwestern fall in St. Louis. There’s a chill in the air and the trees have just started to test out their change-of-season showstoppers. It’s a little cliche to wax eloquent about autumn, but we’re actually able to wear a sweater today, so why not?

I asked “On a scale of zero to ‘white girl wearing Uggs and a North Face jacket’, how into #PumpkinSpiceLatte are you right now?” and Team TOKY answered with their favorite things about fall.

I love every part of fall — the changing leaves, campfires, tent camping, fall hikes, Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, road trips, wineries, microbrews, outdoor yoga — all of it. If I had to choose one, though, it would be the fall colors.

// Jane Winburn, Account Manager


EVERYTHING. Finally the air weighs less than a lead jacket! The sunsets are daily reminders of color at it’s most awe-inducing joy. Bonfires and marshmallows. The crunch of leaves. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and red wine. Movies are about to erupt. Mosquitos are gone and life is good.

// Katy Fischer, Creative Director


It’s kind of a tie… First, October is a great month for the networks to run horror movies all month long. For those that are interested, here is a list of the good, the bad, and the actually scary. Second, New England [Mel is located in Boston] has some of the best haunted attractions in the country. In addition to having autograph signings with everyone from Alice Cooper to Tony Moran (the original Michael Myers), the attractions, costumes, makeup, and general creepiness of the actors are all top notch.  I have nightmares for a week!
// Melissa Allen, Senior Web Strategist


Fall poetry is the most evocative. Read October by Robert Frost.
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
                     — October, by Robert Frost (1915)
// Eric Thoelke, President + Executive Creative Director


Pumpkin Spice lattes! (Just kidding.)
// Laura McCarthy, Account Manager


Like, oh, my god. I can’t even.