Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to October


I know we’re not supposed to play favourites, but October in Ottawa is the best! After a roller coaster of a September, we should finally get crisp fall weather perfect for pumpkin pie (and pumpkin spice lattes, who are we kidding?) It’s a month of starting to live life to the fullest again by (safely) gathering with family and friends to celebrate the bounty of the season.

From Thanksgiving through to Halloween and beyond (oh, we see you, winter holidays), our Savvy Guide to October in Ottawa has got the right things to (pumpkin) spice up your month.

The Savvy Guide to October in Ottawa

Things to Do in Ottawa in October - SavvyMom

Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario in autumn. Parliament Hill is home to Canada’s federal government and is the centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape. Ottawa is known for is high-tech business sector, vast array of museums and high standard of living.


Get out and enjoy the fall weather!

Why? October is chock-a-block with fall fun for families — from pumpkin patches to Halloween haunts, there’s so much going on for families in Ottawa.


Movies and Shows for Kids Streaming in October - SavvyMom

Streaming in Canada for Families in October

Why? No Guide to October would be complete without a comprehensive list of movies and shows the whole family can and will enjoy! Check out what’s on Canadian streaming services this month for kids and parents.

Thanks for another Thanksgiving

Why? Thanksgiving seems more meaningful every year, especially after the past 2 1/2 years we’ve all experienced. Maybe this is the year you cook the perfect turkey or this is the year you finally order out for your holiday meal (like you’ve been saying you will for the past 10– here’s where to get Thanksgiving takeout in Ottawa)… Maybe this year you try a vegetarian Thanksgiving or go all out with all the turkey and trimmings, we’ve also got ideas for what to do with all those turkey leftovers.

Halloween costumes

Why? In my household, Halloween costumes are decided upon on November 1st of the preceding Halloween. But there can be occasional snags in the planning that requires a last-minute option. Or maybe you’re a spoilsport (also me) who hates getting dressed up but really needs to pull something together. If you’ve lost your Halloween mojo thanks to the pandemic and also reluctance to bring more candy into the house, these easy, last-minute Halloween costume ideas can help you get into the spirit.


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