Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Memory Making

Some fun things to notice and do this month...I'm a bit late with this, so we've already done some of the things, but we have a lot more to look forward to. October and November are my favorite months of the year!

Special Dates to Celebrate

*October 5th ~ The Full Harvest Moon*

There is just something so special about that October full moon, and I always make a point of noticing it and trying to point it out to the kids. 

*October 31st ~ Halloween*

Our Halloween traditions are changing a bit as the kids get older, but we still have one trick-or-treater this year, which I am grateful for! The older three enjoy handing out candy and I gift them with a little treat basket of their own when we are done making the rounds. I like to plan a fun activity or two for this day and keep it light school-wise. This year, we plan to make monster slime and spooky lava lamps. I like to have something Halloween-themed for dinner on the big night ~ this year I am thinking about spider pizza. On the Sunday after Halloween, we make monster pancakes (pancakes decorated with candy faces) to use up some of that candy.

Things to Notice & Do This Month

  • Dry cornstalks in fields along the roads ~ with so many crows 
  • Pumpkins everywhere 
  • Chrysanthemums for the front porch, to go with the pumpkins
  • Stock up on cranberries when they appear at the grocery store
  • Watch for the first birds to return ~ although we can't hang the feeders till well into next month due to bears!
  • Watch for woolly bear caterpillars
  • Enjoy the foliage
  • Watch for that first frost 
  • Pumpkin everything ~ especially quick bread and muffins
  • Go apple picking and make an apple crisp
  • Make Halloween treats all month long ~ my picks for this month are linked below!
  • Make caramel apples 
  • Switch to flannel sheets on the beds
  • Get the fall clothes out; pack summer outfits away
  • Put up storm windows and doors
  • Rake
  • Get out the Halloween books
  • Start Christmas shopping
  • Purchase & stack firewood
  • Watch Halloween-ish movies, like The Addams Family, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and Hotel Transylvania
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Go trick or treating
  • Make pumpkin croissants ~ we made this recipe last week and they were fabulous! 
Crafts and Treats to Make
A few things I'd love to do with the kids this month
I probably won't get around to doing all of these things, but we'll have fun trying... Happy October!


  1. These are my favorite types of posts of yours! I love reading about what you all are keeping busy with each month -- you come up with such fun ideas!

  2. Thank you! I love brainstorming lots of things...the trick is to try not to get stressed out when I can't fit it all in!


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