The Hyaks Homecoming Parade is Wednesday night in Ocean Shores.

On the Beach: Lists for fall, Hyaks Homecoming

  • Wed Oct 5th, 2016 10:09am
  • Life

We have a fascination with bucket lists. A bucket list of places to visit, a bucket list of foods you must try, a summer vacation bucket list. So we probably should include a Fall bucket list as well.

1. Visit a corn maze. You can head down to Chapman farms and spend the afternoon. Visit the corn maze taking fun pictures and of course picking out your gourds, decorations and pumpkins.

2. Attend a high school football game. Boy have we got a great one for you coming up Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. It’s Homecoming. Show your Hyak Spirit by lining the streets with black and gold on Wednesday Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. The parade will travel down Point Brown Ave. There is also a business decorating contest sponsored by the North Beach Booster Club with a $100 grand prize. Grab your blankets and celebrate all things small town at the game on Friday night.

3. How about making a big pot of chili? Ever try it from scratch in the Crock-Pot? A great activity to have the kids help wash and sort the beans. Start it the night before for a delicious treat.

4. Fall is the perfect time to start a new book. Visit the library for some new reads for those rainy afternoons. Or have a book swap with some of your friends over an evening of cider or wine and dessert.

5. As you’re sorting through your winter clothes, why not put some outgrown or worn-out ones aside for a scarecrow. Set it out on your porch to welcome neighbors.

6. What about a fun fall family photo shoot? Take a drive up to Lake Quinault and enjoy the fall foliage.

7. A fall bonfire can be the perfect way to enjoy those crisp nights before the weather turns too cool; grab some blankets, the last of the graham crackers and marshmallows from your summer stash. Add hot cocoa into the mix or enjoy a new wine with the crackling fire.

8. Check out the family game cupboard and bring out the favorites. Stop by the thrift store and find a 1,000-piece puzzle to enjoy.

9. Start working on a Christmas card mailing list now. Spend some time handwriting cards this year. Keep a basket on the table and work on them this fall. You’ll be ahead of the holiday rush!

10. We can’t forget about the upcoming clam digs. One of our family traditions while the kids were still home was going out clam digging and then pumpkin carving while a pot of fresh clam chowder simmered on the stove.

Here are some events coming in the next few weeks to add to your fall bucket list:

Join Seabrook for the Great Pumpkin Carving weekend. Oct. 15-16. Professional pumpkin carvers will begin carving the 1,100-pound pumpkin on Saturday. At 3 p.m., you can enter the family pumpkin carving contest. Other activities include pumpkin bowling and a hot cider station to keep you warm. Winners will be announced Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Email to register or for more information. Interested in learning to sew this fall? The Ocean Shores Library will host a sewing class on Oct. 21 from 2-5 p.m. Space is limited so stop by the library and register today!

Be prepared for the winter season by taking an emergency preparedness class hosted by the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management. Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (

Whether you really put ideas into a bucket, or just take some time to enjoy each other and try something new, fall is spectacular here, “On the Beach.”

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