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Fall is my favorite time of year. My absolute favorite. As soon as August hits, I start getting ready. I dream about the new fragrances that are set to come out in stores, I plan my decorations, I long for cooler weather.

I love everything about fall.

When people ask why I love fall and not summer, spring or winter. I answer simply. Fall is just right. Winter can be too cold, summer can be too hot and spring comes with a lot of allergies. Okay, spring isn’t so bad but I think knowing it’s about to be really hot is kind of a ‘buzz kill’ as you’d say.

Fall also comes with a lot of fun activities including baking.

Pumpkin pie is one of the first on the list. Obviously.

Another favorite activity, leaf collecting. We are lucky enough to live on a road covered in all different kinds of trees. This makes for fun collages. How many colors and shapes can your children find?

Once they have all their leaves, make a fun collage or cards to give to friends & family!

Lastly, what would fall be without a fun trip to the drive-in. Yes, they still exist. Barely.

One of our favorite things to do in cooler weather (when it’s hot, it’s a little sweaty and buggy) is go to the drive-in. One movie we are already planning on seeing: Hotel Transylvania. Before I even got an email about this movie, it was on our to-do list. When taking my daughter to see a movie a few weeks ago, we saw the preview and it looked so awesome. I knew when I heard the voices that I would like some of the characters.

The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, CeeLo Green, David Spade, Molly Shannon, and Fran Drescher.

The story is as follows: Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday.

For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

Sounds spooky? It’s actually not. It’s really quite cute. My 5yo was jumping up and down wanting to see it RIGHT THEN.

“Hotel Transylvania is a story about a father and a daughter – it’s just that the father happens to be Dracula,” says Genndy Tartakovsky, director of the Sony Pictures Animation film, Hotel Transylvania. “Like all fathers, he’s an overprotective, psychotic, and endearing guy who’d do anything for his daughter, but unlike other fathers, he’s the Prince of Darkness.”

Our favorite? Mavis. Of course.

Mavis is totally pampered by her father; however, she is headstrong and smart, and in many ways, a typical 18-year-old teenage girl. She’s grown slightly bored with the domain of her childhood—she has lived within her father’s hotel and its grounds all her life—and she longs to travel, experience life and see the world. Now, she’s met a newcomer who could make that a real possibility: but should she leave and risk breaking her father’s heart, or remain, and break her own?

Selena Gomez voices the role. “Selena found a way to play the character that can be sweet and loving to everyone – and also be the only one who can put Dracula in his place,” says Murdocca. “Dracula is a softy who’d do anything for his daughter – and doesn’t she know it. Selena makes her a regular teenage daughter who knows what she wants and she’s gonna get it from her dad.”

Sony Pictures Presents “Hotel Transylvania”, where monsters go to get away from it all. Check in September 2012.

Compensation was provided by SONY via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SONY

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