October fun

Pumpkins, crisp air and football are all synonymous with the arrival of October. The tenth month gives us several notable days to commemorate and celebrate. So grab a handful of candy or a piece of pumpkin pie and check out these ideas on how you can get involved.

Remember that biology teacher who inspired you to become a doctor or the English professor who ignited a desire to pen the great American novel? Or, perhaps you were called to the teaching profession. In 1994, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) designated October 5 as World Teacher’s Day, the perfect time to thank teachers for all they have done – especially these days!

Former students can show their appreciation by writing teachers a special note telling them the important role they have played in their success. For current students, one of the ways to show appreciation is presenting your teacher with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or a collection of their favorite candies. A sincere and heartfelt “thank you” for their hard work will go a long way, as will treating teachers and classmates with respect.



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Arizona website, “every two minutes a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the U.S.” Their signature fundraising event is vital to maintaining the organization’s research and advocacy efforts.

The 2021 race will be virtual and held on Saturday, October 23. Entitled “Walk Where You Are,” this race encourages participants to walk locally – in the yard, the neighborhood, around the park or on a treadmill. Invite friends, pop in your earbuds and make a day of it by going out to lunch or dinner afterward. Komen officials want everyone to participate at their own comfort level. 



All month long, witches, ghosts and goblins have been gathering, eager to usher in the most spooktacular day: Halloween. Meanwhile, families have been busy crafting, decorating and baking, hoping to give their spirited visitors a most spooky welcome.

As All Hallows’ Eve draws near, families can celebrate the season at events like these:

The Epic Toy Show Halloween Bash

October 30 at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix. This family-friendly event features costume contests, trick-or-treating and plenty of toys and comic books for sale. Admission is $8 and children 12 and under are free. 

Visit the Epic Toy Show Halloween Bash Facebook page for more information.


The Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm

Throughout October at 1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. It’s a bit of a drive, but for $10 per person, families can pick a pumpkin, go on a hayride, experience the Spider Web Crawl, pet and feed animals and find their way out of the Alexander’s Adventure Maze.