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Fall Around Columbus

Updated: Aug 11, 2023


October 2022 Organization Pending Newsroom Upper Arlington, Ohio


hay bales stacked in a barn

Welcome to Organization Pending's Newsroom,

October 2022: Fall Around Columbus edition.

This month's highlights include a Book and Tip of the Month to go along with the season, and information on ways to celebrate Halloween and autumn around town! Make sure not to miss the local resource for pumpkin recycling after the holiday as well.

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StoryWalk® is an ongoing project of the Upper Arlington Public Library and the City of Upper Arlington, sponsored by the Upper Arlington Rotary Club, Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library and Kiwanis Northwest Columbus. The StoryWalk® Project is a registered service mark of its creator, Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, who collaborated with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for its development.

Runaway with Halloween

Upper Arlington will celebrate Begger's Night on Monday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Not in Upper Arlington? Check out this article from NBC4! List: 2022 Trick-or-Treat dates in Central Ohio.

If Trunk-or-Treat is better suited for your family, on October 19 from 5 to 7 p.m., The Childhood League Center at 3360 Tremont Road in Upper Arlington will be giving out treat bags, with face painting, games, raffle prizes and more! Looking for more options? Search "trunk or treat 2022 near me" on Facebook to see event posts near you!

Looking for a fun fall activity to do with younger children? Head over to the StoryWalk® at Fancyburg Park, featuring Runaway Pumpkins by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. This display is changed quarterly, and wraps around the playground trail. Make sure to follow Upper Arlington Public Library on Instagram and Facebook for notifications when the display is changed!

While you're following the UA Public Library, take a look at their other posts, highlighting many free events for families, children, teens, and adults, or head over to their website for an upcoming view of events in the Library Link Program Guide.

Some of our family friendly seasonal favorites included Pint-Size Pumpkins on Tuesday, October 25 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Miller Park Library, and the Pumpkin Parade on Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library. Registration is not required for either of these events.

Looking for a teen or adult program? Check out Halloween History and Folklore on Wednesday, October 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Main Library, or Ghost Hunting on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lane Road Library. Registration is now open for both of these events, and can be found on the Events Calendar under "Events & Programs" at


Cleaning Up: Leaf Collection and Pumpkin Recycling

It's yard clean up time! The City of Columbus offers yard waste collection throughout the year, including leaves. Instructions and drop off centers can be found on their website.

Curbside leaf collection services begin October 17 in Upper Arlington. Take a look at their Leaf Collection Tracking Map to keep updated on their five pass throughs of the City, and to find full details on how to prepare your leaves for collection. Not in Upper Arlington? Check your city's website to see what leaf and yard waste collection services are available, or visit Organization Pending's Community Recommendations page for a landscaping recommendation!

A pumpkin only recycling collection bin will again be available in Fancyburg Park from October 31-December 4. This special bin will be located near the lime-green food waste containers, brought to you through the City's partnership with GoZero Services.


screenshot of Episode 15 Organizing Halloween Decorations from the Organizing with Ease Podcast

Tip of the Month

This 11 minute episode from the Organizing with Ease podcast discusses the how and where of decluttering and organizing your Halloween decorations, including useful tips that work for all of your once a year decorations.

For those who enjoy a more DIY craft approach for themselves or children, check out their ideas for fun and recyclable autumn décor options!


the book Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw set upright with a pumpkin and vines in the background

Book of the Month

Tabi Berkey

Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas who want more story will enjoy this imaginative tale of what happens after Jack and Sally's wedding. Told from Sally's perspective after she is crowned Sally Skellington, Pumpkin Queen, this loved character who doesn't get as much development or voice in the film is finally given a more fully formed backstory with some surprising twists.

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen, by Shea Ernshaw, does reveal itself to have the overarching coming of age theme that many young adult novels contain. Through exploring feelings of loneliness and isolation, and coming through as a person who can rely on themselves more after their trials, the spooky details of Sally's journey satisfied my seasonal wantings. I enjoyed the new characters and further exploration of other towns, as well as a terrifying new villain. I hope Ernshaw is able to continue writing books for old and new fans based on this Tim Burton classic.


LGBTQIA+ Resource

Community experts will be presenting "How to Support Your LGBTQ Student" for the parents of teens on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Friends Theater at the Upper Arlington Public Library. This panel includes Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and is sponsored with Rainbow UA and The Stand Project. Registration is not required.


Congratulations to the Winners social media post with pictures of the prizes and descriptions underneath

Company News

Organization Pending celebrated the local community during their 1K Follower Giveaway in September. Participants had two ways to enter for the chance of winning one of three prize packages. Each package included a gift certificate for 10% off a five hour organizing session, a $10 The Container Store gift card, and a $5 treat yourself gift card to one of three local LGBTQIA+ owned bakeries: Bake Me Happy, Pattycake Bakery and Kittie's Cakes. Congratulations again to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!



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