October is a pretty great month in my opinion. Life settles in a bit after the frenzy of back to school. The weather cools but isn’t too cold yet, and the beauty of nature’s autumnal color show is often breath-taking, making even simple drives around town a visual delight. For those itching to get out of town for even more seasonal entertainment, we’ve included a special feature story this month with tips from a local travel writer about some of her favorite Minnesota locales to visit in the fall, complete with suggestions on sightseeing, shopping and eating.
This month also brings out the party “professionals” among us with Halloween lovers ever on a mission to spookify their homes and host devilishly fun events for family and friends. We tapped Edina shop owner Jamie Carl, known for her over-the-top Halloween decorations and entertaining, to give us some tips on pulling out all the stops when it comes to creating a haunting Halloween party for adults, including décor, dishes and craft cocktails! Turn to page 43 to get your ghoulish game on.
Prefer the “lighter” side of Halloween? We’ve got that covered too with our interview of a Jerry’s Foods marketing manager Elizabeth Kriel who, in her free time, creates adorable homemade Halloween costumes for her daughter that are imaginative and playful, never scary or spooky. See some of these delightful dress-ups on page 20 and get inspired to try your hand at making your own fun.
Fall also means spending a few more hours indoors, making it a great time to reimagine your home’s interior. The Minnesota Parade of Homes wraps up this month, an event that helps homeowners envision potential updates or upgrades to their living spaces. In this issue, we have design tips for your entryway by local interior designer Jeanne Anselmo along with the latest in kitchen appliance trends from the folks at Ispiri Design Build and Warners’ Stellian Appliance.
From local travel options to incredible entertaining and home improvement ideas, the season and this issue are filled with possibility and inspiration. Enjoy!