1. Celebrate October

October is almost upon us, so it’s time to start decorating for Halloween! You can do it on the cheap, too — have your kids draw spooky decorations, make your own ghosts or whatever you can think of. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses and corn mazes are starting to open as well. If it’s already gone a bit chilly outside, be sure to enjoy some hot apple cider to celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day on Sunday.

2. See a movie

The big movies opening this week are “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” a PG-13 rated fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton; “Deepwater Horizon,” a PG-13 film about the events leading up to the April 2010 explosion and worst oil spill in U.S. history; and the bank heist comedy “Masterminds,” PG-13, starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis.

3. Walk your dog

Grab Fido or Rover and take them for a walk on Sunday to start off National Walk Your Dog Week right! If you don’t own a dog, accompany a friend or volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter.

4. Watch your favorite team play

This time of year is great for sports fans, as baseball and soccer leagues are gearing up for the playoffs and college and pro football are in action. Check out the website of your team or league for schedule information.

5. Enter a recipe in a cookie contest

The MyOnslow Magazine Holiday Cookie Contest judging will be held Oct. 8 at the Piggly Wiggly, 2960 Richlands Hwy. in Jacksonville (near the Yopp Road Walmart). To enter, drop-off six fresh-baked cookies along with a printed copy of the recipe between noon and 2 p.m. at the grocery. The first place winner will receive a $500 Piggly Wiggly gift certificate, while second place will receive a $300 Piggly Wiggly gift certificate and third place will receive a $100 Piggly Wiggly gift certificate. Top and selected other entries will be featured in the Holiday edition of MyOnslow Magazine. For more information, contact My Onslow editor Cyndi Brown at cyndi.brown@JDNews.com.