What We Love So Much About September

PHOTO: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Aug. 23, 2014, in Denver.

There's a lot to love about September.

Sure, summer isn't over. But after Labor Day, it's not long until leaves start changing colors and Halloween candy shows up in stores. Many kids are already back in school, and with sweater weather right around the corner, we're ready to ring in fall.

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Here's what we're looking forward to this month:

Fall

September marks the beginning of (almost) everyone's favorite season: fall. After an unpredictable summer, crisp weather and cozy knits are ahead.

Football

Break out the jerseys. Anticipation is running high as NFL preseason is in full swing, and most fantasy football drafts have taken place. Let the trash-talking begin.

PHOTO: A third grade student arrives by bus on the first day of school at Ellis Elementary in Boston, Mass. on Sept. 5, 2012.
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PHOTO: A third grade student arrives by bus on the first day of school at Ellis Elementary in Boston, Mass. on Sept. 5, 2012.

School is Back!

What's not to love about back-to-school clothes and new notebooks and pencils? Most kids return to class this month.

... And So Are Your Favorite TV Shows

We missed Olivia Pope, too. ABC favorites including "Scandal" and "Revenge" will return, and newcomers including "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Black-ish" debut this month, too.

PHOTO: A Drakes Bay Oyster Co. worker sorts freshly harvested oysters on September 4, 2013 in Inverness, Calif.
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PHOTO: A Drakes Bay Oyster Co. worker sorts freshly harvested oysters on September 4, 2013 in Inverness, Calif.

Oyster Season Starts

Foodies know it's best to eat oysters in months that end in "R," so September kicks off the season.

Indian Summer

Despite the joys of fall, September usually sees a burst of heat known as an Indian summer. It's warm enough to go to the beach, but late enough in the season to miss the crowds.

PHOTO: Colorful leaves hang on a tree in Craftsbury, Vt. on Sept. 12, 2012.
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PHOTO: Colorful leaves hang on a tree in Craftsbury, Vt. on Sept. 12, 2012.

Changing Leaves

It's hard to understand why someone would take a trip just to see leaves change colors, unless you've seen the foliage yourself. Leaves in the northeast start to turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange as early as September.

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Sure, sometimes Starbucks jumps the gun before you realize it's pumpkin spice season. But who can resist a spicy latte with whipped cream? Other bakeries and restaurants start to introduce their pumpkin spice treats, too.

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