October is one of my favorite months.

Sure, I love the summer, and spring is full of new life and inspiration, but fall just seems to draw me in.

The only reason I like spring is because it signifies the end of winter and start of summer. But fall is the opposite. It means winter is coming — both my least favorite season and Jon Snow’s — and it means summer is over.

But I still really enjoy fall, proving it can stand on its own as a very solid season. And October, right in the middle of the season, encompasses everything I love about it.

September is usually an Indian summer in Kansas. November starts the terrible descent into winter. But October has warm days and cool nights. Perfect for still spending time outside with a cozy sweatshirt or jacket on, or sitting around the fire with friends or family.

October is also when we see the most color variation on leaves and houses decked out with pumpkins. It washes the whole world over in oranges and browns and reds.

It is one of the most quiet months. There are times you can step out into a cool crisp night, with clouds overhead and leaves blowing, and there is seemingly no one around. Everything is quiet except for the leaves sliding down the street. It is almost a little eerie, but I love it.

Then there is Halloween. It is one of my favorite holidays, because it has a season in the same way Christmas does. There are halloween movie marathons, halloween decorations all over yards and a growing feeling of excitement at October 31 draws nearer.

I can’t get enough of Halloween movies — both horror and the kind they show on the Disney Channel. I love the tropes used in Halloween episodes of sitcoms. Not to mention getting dressed up was awesome as a child.

I’m not sure what exactly makes me love October. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s Halloween, maybe it’s the changing colors.

Maybe it’s the fact that October is the last month before the cold really kicks in. The last month to spend outside without the bite of winter.

I enjoy the Christmas season, too, but I’m not looking forward to snow, slush and cold wind. At least I’ve got a little more October to enjoy.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.