Around my house, this is how we can tell that it's October.
Forget a calendar or temperature changes, when our house is surrounded by GIANT Spiders, that's how we know that Fall has arrived.
When we moved in, years ago, it was right around Halloween and the whole place looked expertly decorated with cobwebs. The shrubs outside looked like they belonged to a haunted house. We quickly found out it was because we were moving into Spider Territory. I also quickly learned that there was no use in screaming and rushing behind the Guy for protection. He's not much better with them. (Sorry, Babycakes. You know it's the truth.) EDIT: I want to assure everyone out there, that Dillon is not afraid of spiders. My mistake. He just doesn't like them on his head. (Uh, yeah. Don't know too many people who are fond of that, but I digress...) Okay, now that we're all clear on that, we can move on.
This particular Spidey has been living near our front door for a while now, quite close to face level. He is much too big for me to try to get rid of.... (ughhh, I'm getting chills just thinking about it.) If it is running towards me on the ground, yes, I will stomp it...furiously. However, if it is up in a corner or minding it's business in a web, I will leave it alone.
Perhaps, I read Charlotte's Web too many times as a child. Or maybe it's that there it's too much of a risk of it landing on me if I try to brush it down. You decide.