From the Publisher – October ’23

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It’s Fall Festival season! This is the time of year that the morning air has an extra crispness to it, the leaves are beginning to change into those beautiful fall hues, and families prepare their porches with the most creative and silly jack-o-lanterns. It’s also time to pull out those warmer jackets and get your family’s Halloween costumes picked and put together. Soon it will be time to head to the town square for an evening of trick-or-treating and playing festive games.

Did you know that there are two family-friendly fall festivals planned for the Opelika community? Mark your calendars for October 24 at the Opelika SportsPlex Soccer Fields and October 29 on the Downtown Square, sponsored by First Baptist Church Opelika. There will be yummy candy, bouncey houses, outdoor games, pumpkin carvings, and so much more! Does your family delight in festive car trunks decorated like storybook characters and movie heroes at a trunk-or-treat? You are in luck!

KidStrong invites the community to theirs on October 20 and visit the Lee County Justice Department on October 23. Your children can go from trunk to trunk gathering lots of goodies along the way. Maybe you are looking for something unique to do this season. Check out the Enchanted Forest on October 19-21 that is hosted by the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center on North College Street. Enjoy a hike through the trails and meet costumed characters around every corner. End the evening around a bonfire with gooey s’mores!

After all the pumpkin treat bags are filled to the brim with Laffy Taffy, Skittles, and Reese’s Cups, why not keep the fall fun going at home? In the feature article, FaBOOlous Fun for Everyone: Halloween Gatherings That Impress, the author gives some creative ideas to try this year.

From a spooky movie night to pumpkin carving with friends, there is always something to do this October to bring friends and family together. How about starting a new tradition on your street like the Gross Science Play Date mentioned in the article? A few years ago, making homemade slime was all the rage.

Bring back this activity and add some science learning to the mix. What kid doesn’t like getting their hands in green, slimy goo and pretending that they are a mad scientist or a member of the Ghostbuster’s team? The play date could end with a delicious science experiment where the kids make their own sweet concoctions using ice cream to build a dirt sundae with gummy worms. Let them get sticky and hands-on this Halloween!

With all the festivals, trunk-or-treat events, and party gatherings in store, this fall is going to be unforgettable! When planning your October weekends filled with treats for all, make sure to stay safe and avoid all the tricks. From one parent to another, Happy Fall Y’all!

Kendra Sumner
Author: Kendra Sumner

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From the Publisher – October ’23

by Kendra Sumner time to read: 2 min