Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to October

SavvyMom April 8, 2016
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Fall into October with our guide. Find out more.

We start the month being grateful and we end it by eating candy. In between we dress up and carve pumpkins. Here’s our guide to enjoying the bounty of fun that comes with October.

DO
Go to a pumpkin patch
Why? Because everyone else is going to have a picture of their adorable kids in a pumpkin patch this year. Get on it.

GO
To PUMPKINFERNO
Why? Because you’ll see 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins arranged in artful exhibits against the backdrop of Upper Canada Village at night. It’s a spellbinding, not-to-be-missed event for the whole family. (From Our Partner: Upper Canada Village)

GET
A costume for yourself
Why? Because you don’t want to be the lame mom without a costume. Find a wig, a mask or a crazy hat—before the only costume left at the store is that little naughty nurse number—and have some fun.

SHOP
Our Etsy Canada picks
Why? Because we carefully curated our top picks for mom, dad, kids, baby and home. There’s something for everyone.

PLAY
Halloween Candy Toss or Skeletons in the Closet
Why? Because these great small group games are a blast, whether you’re having a party at home or at school.

READ
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
Why? This toddler approved book about showing gratitude is so sweet it made our list of 12 Children’s Books Everyone Will Love.

GREEN IT
Buy local for your Thanksgiving dinner
Why? Isn’t that the purpose of the harvest meal? Be grateful for our bounty of fresh produce and turkeys from local farmers.

SURF
HomeZada
Why? Because it’s a new free web app for staying organized and sane(ish). Think of HomeZada as your online home for everything house-related. You do things like enter data about your home and it does things like catalogue home inventory and schedule basic repairs. Darn useful.

APP IT
Don’t Forget Your List
Why? Because you don’t want to forget your list, do you? This app makes sure you don’t—by reminding you of what you need based on your geographic location. It’s a busy month—get organized.

MAKE
Our classic homemade cranberry sauce
Why? Because even if you’re not hosting, you still need to bring something.

HELP
Bark for Life
Why? Because Fido wants to help fight cancer too. The Canadian Cancer Society is calling all dog owners and their furry friends to participate in this fun walk to let cancer know that it’s barking up the wrong tree.

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