Weekend best bets (Oct. 25-27)

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ScallywagsIt’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend:

1. Pinners Conference

With experts teaching 80 classes on pins currently on your Pinterest boards, you can’t afford not to attend this DIY event. On top of the classes, the event includes an expo of nearly 200 businesses with items for DIY, crafts, wedding planning, baby and children, cooking, party planning, scrapbooking, fashion and so much more. The conference lasts from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25th and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26th. A one-day pass costs $18 and both days cost only $27.

2. Scallywag Soiree

Step back in time with a themed adult Halloween party that will also benefit the hungry in Utah. Dress in your best pirate or Victorian era attire for Bretschneider’s Scallywag Soiree. Haunted walkways, mermaids, psychics, food and more will make for a great Halloween treat, or  maybe trick. Join the party at 126 South 140 West in Lindon with a $20 donation. Register online here.

3. Provo Halloween Half Marathon

Superheros, human animals and all sorts of costumed creatures will run down the Provo Canyon Saturday for the annual Provo Halloween Half Marathon. If you don’t plan on participating, at least you can see the creative Halloween running costumes contestants came up with for this year’s race at the 8 a.m. costume contest. The race starts at the Sundance Ski Resort in the Alpine Loop. See their website for prices to run the 5K, half marathon or full marathon.

4. “Aladdin Jr.”

Come on a magic carpet ride with Orem Junior High School in their production of “Disney Aladdin Jr.” See how the young community members interpret the classic tale on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Orem Junior High School auditorium.

5. Pumpkin Parade

Pumpkins will light the walkway at the Shops at the Riverwoods on Saturday, Oct. 26th, for the second annual Pumpkin Parade. Check out the creative jack-o-lanterns and designs while also getting a free hayride, walking around the farmers market and trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Plus, get s’more supplies when you donate to the Boys and Girls Club.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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