Fall has its fair share of haters, but autumn happens to be my favorite season. Here are a few reasons why fall is the best.

1. APPLES

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This autumn, you should try a few types you’ve never had before. We suggest you pick the ones with the coolest names.

2. FALLING LEAVES 

Raking leaves might seem like a chore, but when you get children—or your best friend—involved, it starts to feel more like a party. 

3. FOOTBALL

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Are you ready? Read up on how your favorite team got its name and the history of Monday's iconic theme song. You should probably brush up on your grammar and spelling, while you're at it.  

4. PUMPKIN SPICE …

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Love it or hate it, it's everywhere: We flavor our coffee, tea, cakes, candy, bread, chips, and even hamburgers with it. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte became so popular that the flavor -or at least the scent- has made its way into non-edible items.

5. … AND PUMPKINS, THEMSELVES

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I’ve written about my adventures in growing pumpkins and the many ways you can use them. If gardening's not your thing, consider giving one of these pumpkin-based sports a try. 

6. THE WORLD SERIES

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The boys of summer play well into the fall. This year’s World Series begins on Tuesday, October 27.

7. HALLOWEEN

You've got just a little over a month to perfect your costume, watch a bunch of scary movies, and decorate. I might even try some spooky Halloween recipes. Or a lot of them.

8. THANKSGIVING

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Just when you've kinda, sorta, almost recovered from your Halloween-induced candy coma, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Serving a feast? Impress your guests with tidbits about the not-so-traditional dishes they're about to tuck into.