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It’s finally October! One of my favorite months—the weather cools, fall festivals abound and, of course, Halloween is upon us. Halloween is a favorite holiday in my family and in recent years, we’ve taken to helping my 6-year-old throw a fabulous party for all of her friends. It’s a big job (thanks, grandma!), but so worth it to see these cute little costumed kids running around and my daughter’s happy and proud face. We have been steadily increasing the “scare factor” each year and this year will be the scariest yet (for 6-year-olds, that is). In this issue, we enlisted the help of local Halloween experts Shawn and Lynne Mitchell to put together a DIY Halloween project for you, our dear readers, to try at home. Their project was so cool that we are definitely going to try it for my daughter’s Halloween party. So, get out your crafting tools and give it a try, too. Details are on page 35.

October also marks another issue of Pensacola Magazine’s Home and Garden in which we feature an interesting local home. This time, we visited the home of super sweet and creative couple Dianne Krumel and Barry Goodson. Their tropical treehouse is truly a local slice of paradise. The couple’s meticulously tended gardens are filled with thousands of tropical plants—from bromeliads and plumeria to ginger, banana and much more. To complement the gardens and to offer superb views of both the flora and Pensacola Bay, the couple installed floor to ceiling windows on the upper floor and the results are incredible. Check out their unique, art filled home on page 38.

October is chock full of fun in Pensacola, too. Visit the Greater Good Festival Oct. 11 and 12 for some charitable, earth loving fun. This year’s event is being held at the Maritime Park, so the turnout and the weather should be fantastic. Another local staple, Pensacola Greek Fest offers up some delectable and culturally enriching fun October 10-12. Opa! And don’t forget to get your local fall treasure—glass pumpkins. First City Art Center’s annual Pumpkin Patch is takes place Oct. 10 and 11.

Happy Fall!

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