With fall in the air, specialty pumpkin goodies are everywhere. That includes the coffee market. From frozen drinks to lattes, the smell and taste practically call your name.

With a little imagination and a few guesses on ingredients and proportions, making your own specialty drink is very doable. Halloween is the perfect time to experiment.

For years, my neighbor and I have gathered on the front porch Halloween night to enjoy the costumes and conversation, both with each other and with the youngsters and their parents. This year, I see my own slow-cooked Pumpkin Latte in our future.

Maybe it’s time to get back to the old-fashioned sit-on-the-porch with a cup of coffee or tea, just with a new twist.

The thing to remember with dairy products and the slow cooker is that you don’t want to cook so long that the product curdles. Basically, what you will be doing with something like this is allowing the products to merge flavors while heating.

Yes, for those wondering, you will have quite a bit of the canned pumpkin left. Use the remainder for cake, muffins or pie. Seems a perfect plan to me.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay6122@gmail.com.