October has always been my favorite month. Temperate weather, cloudless afternoons, all pumpkin everything, a holiday whose twin centerpieces are ghosts and candy.

It starts warm and easy and ends cold and reflective -- and I've always liked that my birthday is right in the middle, in between the two extremes. Born indecisive, but not when it comes to making playlists about the crown jewel of autumn. Get the hell outta here, September.