1. This is undoubtedly the most wonderful time of the year. Puck drops October 8, 2014 at the Staples center when the Sharks face the Kings for the first time after the unspeakable event occurred during last season’s playoffs. A new season means new hopes (and probably new frustrations) for at least the next seven months, but this year, let’s hope the season doesn’t end until June. Highlights of this season include the first outdoor game in Northern California at Levi’s Stadium.
2. October 18 – 19 is the annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin festival. Arrive early for parking and enjoy the pumpkin flavored everything. Pumpkin growers vie for the title of world’s largest pumpkin while artists display their pumpkin themed works. As with any festival, there will be plenty of vendors lined up with various goods for sale. Remember, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping.
3. While Halloween isn’t normally “my thing”, the annual costume competition at work always yields some fun. Favorite costumes usually involve a song and dance number or two, but for those who prefer to simpler ideas, punny costumes are always a classic. Go ahead. Channel your inner cheerleader and be this years’ number one ceiling fan.
4. The perfect precursor for Halloween, the Walking Dead makes it’s season 5 premiere on October 12. Last season’s cliffhanger left viewers pondering about the fate of Rick and company. Did they walk directly into tribe a cannibals or have they finally found the long awaited sanctuary? Even those who have read the comic series are in the blind. Either way, it’s bound to be must see TV.
5. Taylor Swift finally releases her new album, 1989, on October 27. While some may roll their eyes and claim musical superiority, I’ve succumbed to her charms and gleefully sing along to every song. Swift’s divergence from country is not surprising given the more pop sound of Red, it’s still bittersweet to hear her diverge from the genre that made her a star. However, if lead single “Shake It Off” is any indicator of what’s to come, I can’t hardly wait.