Now that the weather has turned cooler and the kiddies are back in school, it’s the perfect time to schedule some time with your sweetie (or BFF), and take advantage of one of our area’s adult activities. No, not those kinds of activities – the good, clean, fun activities that either kids aren’t allowed to attend or are more fun without tots in tow. So dial up your favorite sitter, read on and take advantage of one or more of these fantastic October happenings.

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1. Attend an Oktoberfest Celebration 
Fall mean cooler temps, changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes along with a variety of area Oktoberfests. While Germany’s huge Oktoberfest in Munich actually happens in September (and the Fremont and Kirkland festivals were also in September), you can rest easy with a variety of other cities around our area hosting German-themed, beer-drinking, bratwurst-eating festivus-es. The biggest and most authentic of all them all is, of course, in Leavenworth and runs three weekends – Sept. 29-39, Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 13-14. Bust out your lederhosen, braid your hair and hit the town for all kinds of German-themed fun. There’s also Oktoberfest Northwest taking place Oct. 6-8 at the Washington State Fairgrounds, Bier on the Pier in Anacortes on Oct. 6 & 7 and Bellingham’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 7. Prost!

photo: Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

2. Dine out During Seattle Restaurant Week
End your day on a delicious note, and take part in Seattle Restaurant Week. Running three weeks in total from Oct. 15-Nov. 2, this year’s restaurant week features over 165 restaurants, offering delish delights from seafood to sushi, pizza to Parisian, and everything in between. Of course, you can take the whole fam, but why not try out that fancy place you’ve been dying to go to – or enjoy a cuisine the Littles aren’t big on. And with three courses for $33, it’s not heavy on the wallet either.

photo: Shane Gorski via Flickr

3. Take in a Scary Halloween Attraction
Maybe your love of Halloween rivals that of junior’s, so take advantage of the sitter and visit a super-spooky Halloween haunt. Stalker Farms in Snohomish takes scary to the next level with gory attractions, a paintball shooting range, freak shows and a macabre magic show called “Abra Kadaver.” In the South Sound, Maris Farms in Buckley offers a Haunted Woods attraction that offers plenty of thrills and chills. South of downtown Seattle, the Georgetown Morgue is gruesomely great and is open Thurs.-Sun. during the month of October. And if you’re still looking for more bloodcurdling fun, the Nile Nightmares Haunted House in Mountlake Terrace and the Frighthouse Station Haunted House in Tacoma are both spook-tacular!

4. Get a Jump Start on Your Holiday Shopping
If “October” simply means to you that you’re just that much closer to the holidays, then fire up your sleigh and head to the Tacoma Holiday Gift Show. Running Oct. 19-22, this is the 35th annual holiday food and gift festival at the T-dome, and the largest holiday show in the west. Not only will there be over 500 booths of holiday delights, there will be tasty treats to try, entertainment to enjoy and cooking programs to get you into the holiday spirit. Tickets are $15.50 and good for all four days, if you just can’t do it all in one day. And kids under 12 get in free, so you’re OK if the sitter bails.

photo: Jennifer Davis

5. Attend a Charity Event 
If you’re feeling philanthropic, why not attend a charity event this October? From formal balls and black ties auctions, to more casual football-themed fundraisers and pet-themed walks, there’s something for everyone this month. The Arthritis Foundation’s Bone Bash takes place on Oct 21 and is a “good cause—masquerading as a good time.” (Hint: wear your Halloween costume!) Several guilds that support Seattle Children’s Hospital have events taking place during October, including Touchdown for Tots (a casual football-themed auction pictured above) and Where Miracles Take Flight (a dressier fundraiser that includes dinner and dancing). Or consider Greenlake’s Glow in the Park fundraiser, where both you and Fido can walk and support the Seattle Humane Society.

photo: Kristine Elliott

6. Root for the Home Team
In many homes fall means football, so why not put on your 12th Man gear and root for the Hawks. If you haven’t been to a Seahawks home game yet, grab your significant other or your BFF and experience the spirit, noise, 12th Man pride (and did we mention spirit and noise?) at CenturyLink Field. Home games take place on Oct. 1 and 29 and tickets are still available. If “football” (aka soccer) is more your thing, the Seattle Sounders play at home on Oct. 15 and 22. Beyond that, the Washington Huskies have home games on Oct. 7 and 28 in the newly renovated Husky stadium. Or maybe your alma mater has the “Big Game,” so find a local hot spot, park yourself amongst fans and take in the action on the big screen.

photo: Cinemark

7. Catch a Flick 
Speaking of big screens, sometimes there’s nothing better than catching a new release, while it’s actually still in the theater. And if you haven’t heard, there are now theaters designed just for grown-ups. For real! Think large comfy seats, yummy food, adult beverages and even people to serve you at your seat during the movie. Ahhhh… sounds nice, huh? Check out Big Picture, iPic Redmond, Cinnebar Mountlake 8, Cinerama, McMenamins and the new Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square (pictured above) in Bellevue.

photo: Susan via Flickr

8. Get in Touch With Nature 
If all else fails, go take a hike. Seriously! Nothing revitalizes the body and mind like being outside. And with so many mountains, hills and parks around our area (along with scenic spots to see fall foliage), Seattle has a hike for everyone. (Psst…you can definitely hike longer and faster on adult-sized legs than with a kiddo strapped to your back!) And we’re not judging if that hike is to see Snoqualmie Falls and ends in dinner, or a massage or even a night at the Salish Lodge & Spa. Shhh…

Did we miss a favorite fall sitter-required activity? Tell us in the comments below.

— Jennifer B. Davis