1. Get spooked
The Halloween Hoopla is slated for Onslow Pines Park, 1244 Onslow Pines Road in Jacksonville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. Enjoy a round of cosmic boo-ball (commonly known as glow in the dark dodge ball), enter your pup in the dog costume contest, enter the costume contest yoruself, and enjoy a movie under the stars. For more information, call 910-347-5332.
2. Get crafty
Make custom wall art at Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main St. Extension, Swansboro, on Oct. 20, 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm. Bella Cutz will be hosting a fun DIY crafting session where you will go from a pre-stained board to a wall worthy masterpiece. Choose from a 12”x24” customized with your last name for $35 or a 12”x12” for $25 “Home Sweet Home”, “Eat, Drink, and Be Scary” Halloween design, and a “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” fall theme. You can also register with a friend for a discount, two last name 12”x24” for $65 or two of your choice 12”x12” for $45. These cute creations will be a great addition to any home. Make sure to wear your paint clothes, class consists of placing and applying vinyl cut outs and then painting and finishing. Register by Oct. 17 to choose your design, anyone who registers after Oct. 17 will be able to complete the default “Home Sweet Home” design. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Ext for more information.
3. Play a game
Jacksonville Commons Senior Center, 100 Recreation Lane in Jacksonville, hosts Haunted Family Game Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20. Join for Halloween themed games and activities featuring Life Size Pac Man! Teams of 2 will venture back in time to become their own Pac Man character and gobble up dots. Event is free with concessions available for purchase. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, jacksonvillenc.gov/recreation or 910-938-5312.
4. Beer Yoga
Northstar Cafe, 2355 Western Blvd., will host Beer Yoga from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your mats, tables will be moved out of the way to give you the needed elbow room for your yoga moves with a beer. Contact Nick Freitas for reservations, pricing and more info at 808-342-8744.
5. Catch a movie
There are a number of new movies out this week: “Wonderstruck” rated PG and adapted from the best-selling 2011 children’s novel about a young boy in the Midwest and a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection; “The Snowman” an R-rated crime-thriller about a detective (Michael Fassbender) investigating the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman; the PG-13 comedy-horror “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween; where Perry’s gun-toting granny character faces off against monsters, goblins and the boogeyman; “Only the Brave” the true story of a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire; and ” Geostorm” a PG-13 sci-fi film about a race against the clock to stop a network of satellites (designed to control the global climate) from attacking Earth.
6. Eat Pasta
October is National Pasta Month and you can celebrate it by inviting friends and family over for dinner. Show off your favorite homemade red sauce or make a pasta bar — by having a spread of various pastas, sauces and toppings and giving guests the chance to create their own special dish.
7. Go haunting
Halloween is a little over a week away, making this the prime time to get to a haunted house or to buy or finish making your costume. Check the newspaper for listings, or seek out some other spooky seasonal fun.
8. Eat a pie
Monday 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 the it is popular flavor for coffee, doughnuts, cupcakes, ice cream and more.
9. Catch a game
The MLB playoffs continue this weekend with the Yankees versus the Astros and the Cubs versus the Dodgers. Not a baseball fan? Then check out the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 at the Kansas Speedway, the World Cup qualifying soccer matches or some college football.