10 Things to Do in Prince Edward County in October 🎃
Scarecrows? Check. Pumpkins? Check. Pie? Check. Zombies? Check and check! We have it all this fall – here are just a few “pumpkin spice optional” happenings in The County this month.
One of The County’s most beloved events, Scarecrow Festival is a creative play-land, where the final product will help keep the birds from your crops. Don’t have crops? Doesn’t matter. Harness your glue gun and glitter love and bring it to Small Pond Arts on Oct. 6 or 7 to make your dream field hand.
Prince Edward County’s South Shore becomes a resting spot for weary bird life on their annual migratory journeys. Join volunteers at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory for the banding of saw-whet owls, an opportunity to see these small, nocturnal birds up close. Part of Project Owlnet, volunteers use mist nets to gently capture the birds before they are weighed, measured, assessed for gender, age and health, and finally banded. See the process in action and catch a glimpse of the usually unseen saw-whet owl during public banding sessions on Oct 4-6, Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20.
Or plan to attend the Chart the Dark Sky event on Oct. 12, when owl spotters will have the chance to use a telescope to take a closer at the night sky. With clear skies, you’ll see Mars and Saturn, the crescent moon, as well as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
Experience the authentic rural people and wild places not found in the tourist guide books with photographer Phil Norton of County Outings. He’s got half-day “horn trips” planned for the final three Saturdays in October. While the itineraries are whimsical and ever-changing, picture driving through tunnels of trees with blazing autumn foliage, stone fences with draft horses grazing near century-old barns, aqua-coloured waves, lighthouses and maritime scenes, donkeys and llamas on a family farm, or migrating birds gathered in The County to cross Lake Ontario.
Mead is a delicious fermented beverage (similar to wine) but made using honey. It’s often associated with medieval times, given its appearance in novels, epic poems and memoirs published at the time. Give it a sample on Thanksgiving weekend during a mead and pie pairing at Honeypie Hives & Herbals.
On Oct. 13, succumb to the gods of pumpkin spice at Wellington’s annual Pumpkinfest. Started in 1997 by the late Bill Greer, Pumpkinfest celebrates the fall harvest with community and local growers coming together for a pancake breakfast, parade, kids activities, vendors, great food and of course the infamous giant pumpkin weigh-off! Be sure to wear your knit pumpkin hat.
Callen Schaub is an abstract artist working with paint, natural forces and machines in an innovative way to produce bold and thought-provoking contemporary artworks. Using swings, potters’ wheels and more, Schaub creates his paintings live in a process that relies more on physics than paintbrushes. Celebrate the opening of the new Callen Schaub solo show on Oct. 18 with a live painting performance at the Hatch Gallery, featuring food by Jamie Kennedy, cocktails and a live DJ.
It’s been the stuff of books, movies and heated dinner table discussion: could you survive a zombie attack? Test your skills picking off zombies with paint on Oct. 20 at Zombie Paintfest, a fundraiser for the equine therapy centre Archway Connections. Separate times for kid and adult zombie killers.
Celebrate local growers, makers and tasters of craft beer, cider and spirits in The County and beyond at Homegrown, Oct. 27 at the Crystal Palace Fairgrounds. Sample from more than 25 breweries (think beer, cider, mead and distilled spirits) from Cobourg to Kingston! Pair your pint with eats from local food vendors. Between beverages, soak up local live music, play beer and harvest-themed games (keg-tossing anyone?), enter the home-brew competition or meet resident hop growers and barley maltsters. Kids are free!
Join Jeremy Bensette, diehard birder, naturalist, conservationist, wildlife photographer and tour guide, for a presentation and talk about his “Big Year: Breaking Birding Boundaries,” in which he sighted 346 species of birds in Ontario in only 365 days. The talk, silent auction and buffet dinner on Oct. 27 will raise funds for the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory.
What’s almost as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice? That rolling script that adorns everything from wedding invites to pillows and postcards. Learn the basics of modern calligraphy on Oct. 27 at an all-day workshop with Victoria Monique Designs at Compass Rose Suites, an idyllic rural space for summoning your creativity.
Haunting in the Hamlet is like pre-gaming for Hallowe’en. On Oct. 27, things get a little creepy in Consecon! Move along the main street for a full day of crafts, games, photo ops, painting, a bake sale and hotdog stand and of course, a haunted house. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, an escape room, drumming circle and spirit walk through the village. Or cruise on a carriage ride and be delighted by Randy Rodgers, the Mind Magician.
If your Hallow’s Eve is more about tricks than treats, show ’em what you got in the vocal department at Hallowe’en Scaryoke at the County Canteen. Let’s hope they’ve got Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” all queued up and ready to go!
Hitch a ride on the wagon, or find out how many pumpkins you can carry at one time at Campbell’s Orchards as part of their Fall festivities during harvest season. The tall and small love the corn maze (filled with word puzzles too), and picking-your-own apples and pumpkins never felt so wholesome. Stock up on all your autumn veg, sweet cider and other treats from the shop – and don’t forget the classic big-chair picture* before you go (*dogs not necessarily included).