It's Friday, October 1, "October first", or "October One" as my grandmother would say. Love it or hate it, fall is here and the holidays are on the way...

OCTOBER MEANS THESE 10 THINGS IN MASSACHUSETTS

1. WE CAN WAKE UP BILLIE JOE FROM GREEN DAY

In Green Day's 2004 hit "Wake Me Up When September Ends", lead singer and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong expresses sadness over the death of his father in (Sept. of '82), he implores, however, that you wake him up once the month ends.

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2. BONFIRES WITH BEER

The pool is closed, but chilly nights around the fire with friends and beer are paramount.

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3. PUMPKIN PICKING

Whether it's Whitney's in Cheshire, MA or wherever this is sure to satisfy the kids.

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch with ripe Pumpkins
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4. HOODIES

Not Hoodsies, that's a summer treat, but hoodies. Sweater weather, hooded sweatshirts, and jeans make their way back in rotation.

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5. APPLE CIDER (DONUTS)

Whether it's Bartlett's Apple Orchard in Richmond, MA, warm or cold apple cider, and of course apple cider donuts are precedent.

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autumn apple cider in plastic gallon jugs with apples at the market
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6. PLAYOFF BASEBALL

As I write this, the 2021 Red Sox are barely holding on to a wildcard berth. But, 2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018 were AMAZING.

World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five
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7. OCTOBERFEST BEER

Shipyard? Sam Adams? Who ya got?

Three Frosted Beer Glasses on Granite Counter
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 8. VISITING SALEM

Lots of history here in terms of witches. Salem around Halloween is awesome. Stay away if you hate crowds!

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9. CLOCKS GO BACK

Just kidding, Daylight Saving Time used to end in October; however, now it's in November. 11/7 this year.

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10. HALLOWEEN/TRICK OR TREAT

CDC says it's safe to trick or treat outside!

Children in Halloween costumes
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Trick or Treat
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Jack O' Lantern on leaves in the woods
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LOOK: Things from the year you were born that don't exist anymore

The iconic (and at times silly) toys, technologies, and electronics have been usurped since their grand entrance, either by advances in technology or breakthroughs in common sense. See how many things on this list trigger childhood memories—and which ones were here and gone so fast you missed them entirely.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.