It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for October 5 to 8 Pumpkin pie wishes and stuffed turkey dreams! October has arrived and with it comes Thanksgiving feasts, pumpkin treats, and bone-chilling thrills. This weekend, if you aren’t already booking a haunted tour, being scared silly at Six Pines, or discovering dinosaurs, here are some more fun things to do:

Pumpkin patches

Open daily | Locations across Manitoba It's pumpkin season! Oh yeah. From pumpkin pie to jack-o-lanterns, the orange gourd is a round bundle of wonderful this time of year and Manitoba has a bunch of pumpkin patches to visit and enjoy: A Maze In CornSchwabe PumpkinsPenner PumpkinsMeandher Creek Pumpkin Patch.

And if you're looking for Manitoba's greatest pumpkins, look no further than the Roland Pumpkin Fair on Oct 6. Be there for the weigh-off to see who has the largest gourd around.

Migration Weekend

Oct 5 to 8 | Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary, Whiteshell Park Celebrate the fall migration in the Whiteshell at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary. See hundreds of migrating birds up close, participate in a scavenger hunt and learn the important legacy of Alf Hole.

Hoof 'n' Holler Days

Oct 5 to 7 | Ste. Rose, Manitoba Kick up yer' heels and head out to Hoof 'n' Holler Days for a rollicking good time at the rodeo! Enjoy other activities like a Moonlight Madness street dance, indoor garage sale, games, crowning of Miss Hoof 'n' Holler and tracking down Ste. Rose's MOST WANTED. There's sumo wrestling and human hamster ball races too?! We definitely want to see pictures of this!

Leo Mol Garden

Open daily | Assiniboine Park What better way to enjoy the changing colours of fall than taking a stroll through the quiet retreat of the Leo Mol Garden? Always open and always free, this garden is full of fish ponds, secret paths and the magnificent works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol.

Farmers’ markets

Locations across Manitoba It’s getting to the end of our harvest season, which means there's only so many opportunities left to get fresh goodies at your local farmers’ market. Not only will you be eating good, you will be supporting your local Manitoba food producers. It’s a win-win. Find a farmers’ market in your area.

Riding Mountain National Park

If you're looking to get out of the city, a drive to Riding Mountain is a great way to take in the beauty of autumn. While in the park, take some time to meander the boardwalk through Ominik Marsh, a short walk from the Visitor Centre. Then find your way to Poor Michael's Bookshop in Onanole to peruse the books and art in this unique store while sipping on a toasty coffee or tea.

Whatever you end up doing this long weekend, we hope it's also full of time spent with family and friends and enjoying a glorious meal. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!