It's Halloween Weekend! We have picked some fun things to do, a non-Halloween activity, and even a yummy recipe to get rid of all those pumpkin seeds!

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Do: Spooktacular Extravaganza 

When: Friday, October 27th, 5-8pm
Where: Downtown Maryville 

Downtown W. Broadway Avenue will be closed from 4:45 – 8:30 p.m. from Boyd Thomas Clothing to CBBC Bank. Activities will include trick-or-treating, a carnival games area, a pumpkin contest for youth and adults, a dog costume contest, and a costume dance party for families! General activities are open from 5 - 8 pm, but a dance party at the Capitol Theater will be open until 9 pm. Most activities are free except for the $5 dog costume contest and the $2 dance party at the Capitol Theater. For more information on the event, visit http://www.parksrec.com/halloween.html

Photo Courtesy of Blount County Parks & Rec Facebook Page

Eat: Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Pumpkin Energy Bites 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

Photo and Recipe Courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com

Try: The World's Largest Dance Party

When: Saturday, October 28th, 5pm

Where: Market Square Knoxville 

Thrill the World is a worldwide attempt to break World Records for the Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  The event will be held in conjunction with the Knoxville Zombie Walk, which begins at 3:00PM in front of Scruffy City Hall. All proceeds will benefit Young-Williams Animal Center. Attendees are requested to make a donation at the event or online, or bring items to donate from the YWAC wish list: https://www.young-williams.org/donations/shelter-wishlist/ Free dance lessons are offered every Monday and Thursday in October at 6:00PM at The Edge, 7211 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. There will also be several rehearsals in the hours preceding the event. The attempt will take place on Market Square, and registration will begin at 5:00PM. Anywhere between 150 - 200 dancers are expected, costuming is everything from zombies to their favorite science fiction or pop culture characters. For more information on Thrill the World Knoxville’s world record breaking attempt, please visit http://www.thrilltheworld.com/ for general information and to learn the dance, or contact [email protected]

Photo Courtesy of Thrill The World Knoxville Facebook Page


Buy: 13 Acres, 4 Homes, Bunkhouse, & Cabana - Private and Creek-front

 Listed by: Great Life RE 

Contact: Your Great Life RE Agent at 865.336.1990

Located just an hour outside of Knoxville in picturesque Deer Lodge Tennessee. The two properties are on over thirteen, private, wooded, creek-front acres in a gated development. Combined they boast four homes, a bunk-house, a cabana house, a play area, a barn and an RV garage. These extraordinary properties would make an incredible full-time residence or could be used as a multi-generational family compound, a getaway retreat for a group of friends or a corporate retreat. The possibilities are countless!


NOT Spooky: Open Streets Knoxville 

When: Sunday, October 29th, 2-6pm 

Where:  901 Langford Ave. Knoxville 

We wanted to give you at least one non-Halloween option this weekend. Open Streets Knoxville brings together community groups and local businesses, encouraging the use of active transportation and healthy living, with a goal of giving residents an opportunity to rethink our streets as public space. Join in the fun at this FREE event as they close the Gay St. Bridge and Council Pl. to Sevier Ave., wrapping around to Suttree Landng Park. People of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, dance, and much more in the streets - all in a setting that is fun and safe!

Photo Courtesy of Open Streets Knoxville Facebook Page 

Get To Know: Luann Labedz

Contact Lulu Today at: [email protected] or 828.273.6764


Luann, or Lulu as we know her, is an Affiliate Broker with Great Life RE. To know Lulu is to love her. She loves the mountains and they inspired her to begin her real estate journey. Lulu specializes in mountain and urban properties. Her warmth, optimism, integrity, compassion and infectious sense of humor make her the kind of real estate agent you will enjoy working with. Find out more about Lulu and how she can help you live your great life!


Family: Costumes and Classic Cartoons Open House

When:  Saturday, October 28th, 11am-2pm

Where:  Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay St. Knoxville 

Costumes, cartoons, and tours! This open house pays homage to the memorable Saturday morning clubs of our history that offered children’s programming, movies, and cartoons. Children (ages 12 and under) are welcome to come dressed in their family-friendly Halloween costume. A short reel of Warner Bros. cartoons will be shown. Each screening will be introduced with organ music played by house organist Bill Snyder on the Mighty Wurlitzer. There will be face painting stations for children and old-fashioned candy treat bags provided by Mast General Store. The theater will be open to the public for self-guided tours. Popcorn, soda, and candy will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. (Costumes must be family friendly, not scary, and toy weapons will not be permitted. The stage will not be accessible as part of the tour.) *Free Admission*

Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Theatre Facebook Page 


Have a great weekend! Be sure to let us know if you give something on this list a try. 


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