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Autumn Academia is an aesthetic that revolves around the pursuit of knowledge through reading, writing and research. It is ideologically similar to its other counterparts, and visually similar to Dark Academia, but the warmer colors and the autumnal visuals set it apart. Despite retaining some of the Gothic aspects similar to other Academia aesthetics, it focuses on a cozy and snug atmosphere over a mysterious one. It may also contain elements of Halloween, such as a recurring motif of pumpkins and Jack O' Lanterns, as the aesthetic of Autumn and the aesthetic of Halloween are oftentimes very closely linked.


  • Turtlenecks
  • Trench coats
  • Belts
  • Jeans
  • Overalls
  • Wool sweaters
  • Doc Martens



  • Heart and Soul by Sophie Marling
  • A Silent Spark by Lama House
  • Valse Sentimentale by Tchaikovsky
  • There Will Be Rain by Million Eyes
  • Pinô by Otto A. Totland
  • The Beggar by Franz Gordon



  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling



  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Sketching
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Baking
  • Knitting
  • Walking


  • Forests (especially during Autumn)
  • Libraries
  • Book shops
  • Historical buildings (especially during Autumn)
  • Historical towns (especially during Autumn)
  • Cafes


Halloween Academia (Subgenre)[]

Halloween Academia is near-identical to Autumn Academia in terms of visuals, except it retains an added focus on Halloween motifs and leans into more gothic inspirations, darkness and mystery that Autumn Academia tends to lack. Motifs tend to include things such as pumpkins, skulls, books, candles and lanterns.


  • Skater skirts with spooky prints
  • Blouses or shirts
  • Spooky embroidery
  • Handbags with spooky prints or a shape related to Halloween (ex. skull-shaped handbags, pumpkin-shaped handbags)
  • Creepers (shoes)
  • Ankle boots


  • Marsh Of The Undead by Adrian Von Ziegler
  • The White Specter by Adrian Von Ziegler
  • Fear In The Dark by IMAScore
  • Frights & Thrills by IMAScore
  • The Awakening by Peter Gundry
  • The Vampire Masquerade by Peter Gundry
  • Ravenville by Brandon Fietcher and Derek Fietcher
  • Legend Of Ravenville by Brandon Fietcher and Derek Fietcher