CV's Best of the Fall

CV's Bset of Fall
Posted on 10/07/2021
Best of FallFads of Fall
Meredith Seeber
Staff Writer
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To give people in the Cumberland Valley area a subjective opinion on the best places to obtain Fall accessories like costumes, Fall drinks, and where to buy pumpkins, I have had a Cumberland Valley student review multiple, local Fall fads to find the best places for our community to enjoy this Fall season.

As pumpkin flavored drinks have become a sensation during the colder months, the two most popular pumpkin coffee flavors, “Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew” and “Pumpkin Spice Lattes,” were put to the test from two locations easily accessible for those in our community: Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.

“It’s not giving what Starbucks is giving,” junior Ola Gradzka said.

As Ola savored the “Pumpkin Cream Cold” from Starbucks, Dunkin’s was almost instantly trashed; however, “Price wise? You can’t beat them,” Ola said. It is quite noticeable that a small coffee from Dunkin is much larger and less expensive than a small coffee from Starbucks.

Despite being known for having better quality coffee, the Pumpkin Spice latte from Dunkin was favored much more.

“This is weird. I don’t like this. It is also artificially orange -- why is no one talking about this?” Ola asked about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte.

As Halloween nears, the next stop was to find the best place for costumes. This time, Party City vs. Spirit Halloween -- two local stores for people in Cumberland Valley to find the scariest costume for the night.

“The decorations, cutouts, and products really put you into the Halloween spirit. I’m spooked!” Ola said as she visited Spirit Halloween.

While Party City had many costumes for Halloween as well, because it was not as focused on the specific holiday as Spirit Halloween, Spirit took first place.


Since Fall is always associated with its pumpkin decorations, it became a mission to find the best location to buy the future Jack-o-lanterns. Many places sell pumpkins including different farms, small-businesses, and grocery stores. We visited many locations, and it is clear that the best and most varied selection of pumpkins comes from farms and small shops or markets. While it is convenient to purchase your decorations at a grocery store, local farms like the Basehore Farm Market have the best Fall feel. In addition, it is always important to shop locally and help support those in our community.

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