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Things we’re excited about in October

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It felt like summer wanted to linger for a little while longer, but I think we’ve officially made it into fall and that means there are plenty of autumn activities going on to ring in the month of October.


October events in Appleton

The month kicks off with a very special event called Grateful Plateful, hosted by the Fox Valley Warming Shelter in Appleton. This is the warming shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year, helping them continue to bring much-needed services to the Fox Valley community. The evening is filled with activities including dinner, a silent auction raffle, live music and lots of entertainment. Grateful Plateful takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Liberty Hall, located at 800 Eisenhower Drive in Kimberly.


The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve is getting into the ghoulish spirit while keeping people active with their Night Hike on Friday, Oct. 6. Attendees are invited to explore the nature preserve in a whole new light – under moonlight to be exact. Hikers will get to experience the sights, sounds and beauty of nature as they go through the prairies and forests the nature as to offer. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


What’s October without hayrides and pumpkins? Both will be the highlight at Cavanaugh’s Carriages in Neenah. It will be offering hayrides to the woods where families can take a walk, pick a pumpkin and even visit the animals at the petting zoo before catching the wagon back to their car. Details on the event can be found here.


Wisconsin is known for its love of beer, especially craft beers, and the Downtown Appleton Craft Beer Walk brings the love of beer and walking together. The event takes place on Oct. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. and only costs $20. Participants will follow the course to different downtown bars where they will be able to taste two beers at each location and talk with brewery reps about the styles and attributes of their brews. A commemorative beer glass is included for all who participate.


The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve is back again on Oct. 21 with its annual Romp in the Swamp event from 2 to 7 p.m. This family-friendly event celebrates the autumn season and includes tractor hayrides, trick-or-treating, face painting, Halloween games and a bonfire with s’mores.


Throughout the entire month of October, if you’re looking to get your scare on the Youth Go’s Haunted House is the place to be. Haunted House actors aren’t afraid to mess with your senses or bring you scares. This haunted house is recommended for ages 10 and up, but asks parents to use discretion. It is open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every weekend and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.


On Oct. 28, get moving with the YMCA for the Freaky 5K. This run/walk is a fun run and costume contest all rolled into one! Runners and walkers will follow the Fox River to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. New this year, the Freaky 5K is dog-friendly! There is even a dog costume contest with prizes for the winners at the end of the race.


Of course, there are tons of haunted Halloween activities happening throughout the entire month of October. For a full list of those events, click here.


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