October is here, and with it comes plenty of autumnal fun. This weekend’s roundup includes some great storytelling, a magic show, puppets, a harvest celebration and a walk for a terrific cause.  Experience a pumpkin patch like no other (we’re talking 2,000 hand-blown glass gourds!) at the Northwest Arts Museum or have some family fun at Issaquah Salmon Days.


Author Laura Numeroff at University Book Store
Fans of Numeroff (best known for giving that precocious mouse a cookie) will love her newest tale, Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever, which teaches the lesson that friends are more important than presents. (Really. They are.) Fri., 11 a.m., Mill Creek, free. Event details.

Magic Show at Youth Theatre Northwest
Islander GG Green puts on a magic show that will mesmerize the Littles (and you, too!) with cool card tricks, hidden object games and other fantastic feats of illusion. Fri.- Sat., 7:30 p.m., Mercer Island, $10. Event details.

Little Red Cap Puppet Show
An amusing version of Little Red Riding Hood, presented by the super-skillful hands of the Willow Branch Puppet Theater Group marionette puppeteers.  Sun., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $9. Event details.



Puget Sound Buddy Walk
Join an inspiring crew of families participating in a one-mile fun walk (under the Space Needle) that raises awareness for the local Down Syndrome community. After the walk, enjoy music, food and games or head over to the Fun Forest for rides and other amusement. Sun., 1 to 4 p.m., Seattle, free. Event details.

Harvest Celebration at Magnuson Park
Frolicking fall fun comes in the form of garden games, apple pressing, scarecrow making plus a rockin’ performance by Caspar Babypants. Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seattle, free. Event details.

Storytelling at Alki Community Center
You never know what you get from Alleyoop, the storyteller/poet/puppeteer/musician extraordinaire.  (You do know that you’ll have tons of fun.) Thurs., 1 to 2 p.m., West Seattle, $5 Event details.

—Kavita Varma-White