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Five Fun Things to Do in October

By Isabel Kallman

1) Start a Halloween Boo Tradition in your neighborhood.
Halloween Boo is ring-and-run at its finest. Neighbors surprise each other with gifts of candies or other treats along with a Halloween Boo poem. If your neighborhood is not in on the fun yet, think about starting the tradition. We have a tutorial on how you can get the party started and your neighbors excited for October 31.

2) Visit a Corn Maze.
Before it gets too chilly, have fun getting through (or not) a winding corn maze. My friend Gabby of Design Mom welcomed autumn by visiting a corn maze. And even though she and her family were lost for a while, they had lots of fun and that’s what it’s all about.

3) Go Trunk-or-Treating.
Yes, you read correctly. Trunk-or-Treat is like tail-gating meets trick-or-treating. Except it’s confined to the parking lots of schools and churches. Party on.

4) Participate in a Chili Cook-Off.
It’s National Chili Month. Of course it is! So, it’s time to compete in that chili cook-off competition just like your friends have always said you should. A little bit of googling will take you to listings of cook-offs in your area.

5) Curl up with the Hunger Games Trilogy.
I’m on the second book, Catching Fire, of the young adult fiction series Hunger Games and I just can’t put it down. Katniss, the teenage heroine of the series is physically fearless, strong and yet vulnerable. In short, she’s very likable (at least up to where I’m at in the book series) and it really highlights what a whiner Bella of Twilight is. Heh.

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Published October 4, 2010. Last updated September 21, 2018.
Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

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  • Betsy

    October 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love the Hunger Games stories. I am waiting for my son’s school library to get the third book in so he can check it out for me! I am hoping now that all three are out, there will be a box set of the three stories. Can we say Christmas?

  • Marinka

    October 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Sounds great! Do you have any books for adults to recommend?

    Isabel: ha!

  • Jaymee

    October 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the new “5 Things To Do In ________” articles?section?posts?-not sure what word I’m looking for here. I hope you continue to do it!!!!!!

    • Isabel


      October 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Jaymee! Will keep at it.

  • BethB

    October 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    If you do one of these for November, perhaps I would suggest a family volunteer day at a food bank or food drive? Here’s some great tips on food drives that you might find useful:

    I think it’s a great way to make kids aware that not everyone sits down to a feast and to really be grateful for what you have. For Christmas, the kid and I are sorting her old toys to share with others and filling a box of school supplies for a child in need.