Edmonton Weekend Guide: October 14-16

Make this your weekend to dedicate to enjoying fall. Prepare for Halloween and nestle inside with thought-provoking insights by world-renowned authors. Or forget Halloween all together, and jump ahead to Christmas at the Greenland Garden Centre.

Admire: Edmonton in Fall Painting by Nel Kwiatkowska (shown above) 
Halloween Events for Families
Pumpkin Millet Muffins
Shop: Cerulean Boutique in St. Albert
Buy: Jacek Sipping Chocolate

Art Worth the Purchase
A really great party where you can bid volunteer hours to bid on artwork.
Make a difference in your community by volunteering your talents at the right local organization.
Where: TransAlta Arts Barns
: Saturday, October 16 at 7pm. Register online or buy your $19.50 tickets at the doors, which open at 7pm.

Novel Concept
Lit Fest

What: A nonfiction festival with a series of events, chic gatherings and gourmet experiences.
Why: The line-up of events reads better than a great novel – non-fiction writer, Ken McGoogan, will share stories of courage and humour at Canadian Scotch, complete with a toast to Scotland including music, food, drink and dance. At Genu-Wine authors tackles serious global issues, accompanied by samples of seriously good wine, and a sampling of the brilliant fare at the Hardware Grill
Where: All over Edmonton and surrounding area.
: October 12-23 – view full schedule and buy tickets.

It’s beginning to a look a lot like…
Christmas Unwrapped
What: Greenland Garden Centre unveils a dazzling display of Christmas.
Why: View new festive décor for 2011 and vote for your favourite themed trees.
Where: Greenland Garden Centre (map)
Friday, October 14 at 5pm.

Haunted Happenings
Scarecrow Festival

What: This Halloween event is full of spooky activities including ghastly games, life-sized scarecrows, a haunted house, a pumpkin house and ofcourse – C-A-N-D-Y.
Why: Where else can you turn yourself into a mad scientist, zoo keeper, scarecrow or mummy. Best of all – costumes are encouraged.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre
: Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16