This is why October stands out to me. There are so many good things usually happening in October (unless you're looking for an Olympic Games or a new Star Wars movie because neither of those things ever happen in October), and I wanted to share some of mine. (Plus, full disclosure, my homework this week is to share a social story so hi, this is why I'm writing in my blog again after a long, long hiatus.)
October is pretty awesome, because it's finally starting to cool down. Sweater weather (sweatshirt weather? might be more accurate) is my favorite, and I'm ready to wear scarves and stuff again - I like summer but it's always way too hot for scarves! I'm not a huge fan of snow... but I know my skiing and snowboarding friends are pumped for powder in the mountains. Usually the first measurable snow in Colorado is in October (in the past 10 years, seven have had measurable snow in October according to the National Weather Service), and if you live in a place like Colorado Springs, the snow usually melts the same day it falls. You can't beat that.
Plus, the leaves start to change colors and if you didn't already know, there are few things I love more than trees about to lose their leaves.
Mostly when you think of Halloween, you think of candy and costumes and all kinds of spooky things. There are awesome movies (Hocus Pocus, Casper - you know you agree) and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! And while it's sometimes a holiday that gets little respect compared to Thanksgiving or Christmas, it still has roots in history from hundreds of years ago that has nothing to do with a Batman costume or a pumpkin full of Twix. From the Library of Congress:
Virtually all present Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead. Halloween is a holiday of many mysterious customs, but each one has a history, or at least a story behind it. The wearing of costumes, for instance, and roaming from door to door demanding treats can be traced to the Celtic period and the first few centuries of the Christian era, when it was thought that the souls of the dead were out and around, along with fairies, witches, and demons. Offerings of food and drink were left out to placate them.
I don't know about you, but it's cool to me that there's such a long history of the traditions of what sometimes seems like such a wild holiday!
Obviously there's a lot happening in the wide world of sports... Baseball playoffs (Eat 'em up, Tigers!), football (go Spartans!)(go Lions!), the start of hockey season (go Red Wings!)... and if you're into endurance sports, the Ironman World Championship always takes place in mid-October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Plus, this year, the Warrior Games are taking place here in Colorado Springs. Wounded service members from all branches of the military are here competing in a number of different sports, like swimming and cycling, showing how sport can have a positive impact after a sometimes traumatic experience. Read more at USParalympics.org.
There's also Oktoberfest in Munich, which starts in late September and lasts for 16 days into the early part of October, including the first Sunday of the month. German beer isn't my favorite but I loved Munich and I would absolutely go back again to experience the festival.
While I'm sure there are more things I could think of to love about October, I won't ramble on forever. I will say though, it seems like fall is also a great time for a new start or turning over a new leaf, so to speak (you can probably find one on the ground). Usually the feeling is associated with January 1 or springtime, but there's something about fall that sets the stage for taking a new leap, going on an adventure, and trying something that otherwise seemed a little scary. In that Library of Congress article, what is now our Halloween season "marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle." Might as well go for it, right?
What are your favorite things about October? What do you look forward to this month every year? Share with me in the comments!