1. Bike for the paws

The 5th annual Cause for the Paws Benefit and Bike Run will be Oct. 23 at Fat Burgers, 1044 N.C. 210 in Sneads Ferry. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kickstands go up at 12 p.m. Barbecue plates will be served for $7 starting at 2 p.m. The dice run costs $20 and includes a barbecue plate. Cars are welcome and the cost per extra rider is $5. The event includes an AR-15 raffle, balloon raffle, 50/50 drawing, auctions, dog kissing both, biker bachelor auction and live entertainment by DJ Dertee Ernie and The Carolina Band. All proceeds benefit the Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare. For more information, call Donna Plowman at 910-340-0455.

2. Make a difference

Saturday is Make A Difference Day, the annual day of lending a hand and making a positive impact on your community. Call your favorite charity to see how you can help out this day. More info available at makeadifferenceday.com.

3. Celebrate October

Oktoberfest will be held through Oct. 22 at 421 Court St. in Jacksonville. The Stein & Shine Glow Run is tonight, and the festival will be Oct. 22. The event is a major community fundraiser for Onslow Community Outreach. For more information, visit Facebook.com/OnslowOktoberfest.

4. Find a haunted house or hayride

Halloween is a little over a week away, making this the prime time to get to a haunted house. Go to JDNews.com and check out the list below for event listings, and seek out some spooky seasonal fun.

5. Help out the Pender Humane Society

“Wags by the Waves,” a dog pageant and fundraiser for the Pender Humane Society, will be held Oct. 22 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Surf City Bark Park, 201 Community Center Drive. For more information, visit SurfCityParksAndRec.com.

6. Never go back

There are a handful of new movies out this week: The PG-13 “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” in which Tom Cruise’s action hero uncovers a government conspiracy; just in time for all hallow’s eve is the horror flick “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” PG-13; the comedic-horror ”Boo! A Madea Halloween” starring everyone’s favorite gun-toting granny; and lastly “American Pastoral,” a R-rated drama based on the Philip Roth novel with Ewan McGregor as the director and lead.

7. Make a fall craft

Hammocks Beach State Park is holding a coastal crafts event on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at Hammocks Beach State Park, 1572 Hammocks Beach Rd. in Swansboro. The event includes making harvest bird feeders. For more information or to register, call 910-326-4881.

8. Try a wicked good pie

Sunday is National Boston Cream Pie Day! Technically the confection is a cake consisting of two sponge cake layers with a thick vanilla custard in the middle all frosted with a chocolate glaze. The dessert became the state of Massachusetts’ official dessert in 1996 — but don’t limit yourself to the original, as it is popular flavor for coffee, doughnuts, cupcakes, ice cream and more.

9. Remember the peacekeepers

The 33rd anniversary of the Beirut Bomb Blast will be remembered Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville, which is located outside the gates to Camp Johnson. Parking for the event will be at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, which is across the street. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 301 Marine Blvd. in Jacksonville.

10. Watch sports

And again we have lots of good sports on tap: the MLB playoffs, NASCAR’s Chase, NFL and college football, MLS soccer and more. Check the TV listings and sports section for more information.

11. Have a Halloweenie

Swansboro’s Halloweenie Road will be Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Olde Town Square in Downtown Swansboro. There will be performances by the Swansboro Dance Studio at 5:30 p.m. and the hotdog roast will begin at 6 p.m. The event includes Halloween games, activities, photo opportunities, and a costume and decorated pumpkin contest. Tickets are $5 each and proceeds go toward the creation of the Heritage Center. For more information, visit Swansboro.RecDesk.com.