October in the Treasure Valley tends to be kind of gorgeous, packed with many opportunities to find a harvest festivals, Oktoberfest, tailgating party or foot race near you. Those are all a given. I'm going to highlight some of the rest.
See Spot Walk
October 6th: 9am-1pm
This walk benefits the Idaho Humane Society— the place we were untied with this ridiculously good and cuddly-sweet 60 lb lap dog with occasional horrible gas. (You can’t win them all.)
Treasure Valley Dog Show
I grew up learning dog show and obedience training through volunteer in a 4-H Program in southeast Idaho. The more my dog did her own thing, the more my respect for other trainers grew! There is some serious diligence that takes place with that hobby. I think that’s why I love taking our boys to these as a spectator and appreciating the many different breeds in all their blow-dried, coiffed glory. The obedience and agility courses are impressive. And, it’s fun to see if people really do tend to look like their dogs. : )
Plan some time there, then go home and watch Best in Show.
Sun Valley Trailing of the Sheep
The Trailing of the Sheep
This festival is in its 22nd year and has unique things to see…. just watch this short clip.
Truly. Where else are you going to see these things? True— there’s one in Cedar City, Utah and in Madrid, Spain. But those are further than the 3 hr drive away, and in Idaho you can also visit the Sun Valley Lodge, rent a cruiser, and ride Ketchum’s greenbelt, hike, ride up Baldy’s lift, ice skate, golf, and paraglide.
If you have lots of time, make it a loop and drive past the Sawtooths, over Galena Summit.
Summer is over and the training is about to pay off for so many runners. I’ll just highlight two. Those who race, already know very well which race they are running and why! : )
The Harrison Classic Kids Run is for kids 13 and under. Racers will start with other children their age. The course is 1 mile up Harrison Boulevard with its beautiful row of big shady trees and festive yards. It’s an awesome thing to see kids rise up to race and give their full effort and participation is emphasized over winning…. but kids know. : ) Hearing their friends and family cheer for them, encourage them and congratulate them for being brave enough to get in a race can make even a loss a win.
YMCA Halloween Run
I choose this one because it’s in the evening, I like the variety of racers a YMCA event brings, and I guess I’m just a sucker for costumes. Just like the Christmas Run, there will be prizes for costumes (male, female and team). Start and Finish are at Ann Morrison Park and the race is at sunset.
Villains in the Village
October 24 6-8pm
At the Village in Meridian, you can watch a reptile show put on by Corbin Maxey (he’s been doing this since he was just a kid!), then watch a performance by the Treasure Valley Children’s Theatre. There will be face painting, balloon twisting and more. This sets me up to drink a sweetened coffee, sample something at Sur La Table, and negotiate some time with my anti-shopping 9 and 11 year old boys to browse Anthropologie.
Thriller Dance Mob- watch or participate!
October 27 at 4pm at the Spectrum at Edwards 21
This is a scheduled performance of the same dance you see in Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video. Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in the performance and can learn the steps online and/or through classes around the Treasure Valley throughout the month.
As someone who grew up watching music and had that Michael Jackson RECORD album, the chance to learn that zombie dance is very exciting!
Warning… if you let your kids watch the original video, they might be joining you in bed for the next several nights.
Boo at the Zoo
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for kids (3-11), and infants 2 and under are free
Boo at the Zoo is fantastic for the young trick or treaters! Besides getting to see the animals of Zoo Boise, kids get to trick-or-treat the booths set up by different businesses and organizations including some that may or may not give away toothbrushes. The costume contests are fun to see and the zoo will also add “Halloween themed animal enrichments” (think animal toys) during this time for visitors to see.
68th Annual Ski Swap
Don’t forget to drag out that winter clothing bag now and take inventory. The Ski Swap comes RIGHT after all the hullaballoo of October and all it’s sugar and scariness. Figure out now what is too small and what gloves need to be replaced. Then go to the Ski Swap with your budget in mind. There are great deals to be found, but if you show up without a shopping list in mind and no idea of your budget and no idea what a great deal really is, it might not be for you. The great thing about this is proceeds benefit the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation.