Warm, sunny days with lovely autumn leaves?
Carve a jack-o'-lantern
Food as art is all the rage these days, but the trend owes everything to this classic Halloween tradition. Pumpkins abound at Miller's Country Gardens in Delaware. You can grab a pre-picked beauty or head to the patch via tractor every Saturday and Sunday in October. Visit millerscountrygardens.com.
Dance around with druid robotsHouse music doesn't normally scream Halloween - largely because it isn't played by two dudes with druid hoods and red laser eyes. RoeVy will take over Newport Music Hall near Campus on Saturday, Oct. 29, for what should be Halloween weekend's best dance party. Doors open at 8 p.m. Visit promowestlive.com.
Roast pumpkin seeds
Within the pulpy guts of your new pumpkin lantern sits a delicious snack. All you need is a strong stomach and an oven capable of baking at 325 degrees. Rinse seeds and arrange a layer on an oiled cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt, add your seasoning of choice and roast until golden, usually about 20 minutes.
Learn the city's haunted history
This town has been the backdrop for countless eerie events, and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation will recount many during a series of spooky tours running through Oct. 30. One will explore Olde Towne East by lantern, while another will bus past gargoyles and ghosts. All will be intriguing. Visit columbuslandmarks.org.
Ignite a Pumpkin Pie Bomb
Jacob Wooten of Kobo heard of this shot from a friend, then gave it a special twist. Into a half-pint of beer goes a shot of whipped-cream-flavored vodka topped with Goldschlager. The bar is currently using Brooklyn Lager - and saving its last keg of Southern Tier's Pumking for around Thanksgiving. Visit kobolive.com.