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My name is Robert Melton and I founded Funtober in 2012. I started this website on nights and weekends while working as an Attorney. This is our fifth year and every year gets better. If you have comments, suggestions, or complaints about the site, direct them to me. Or just say hello because you are bored!

We’ve decided to do another pumpkin giveaway to celebrate the start of October! And this one is even better. We spent nearly double last time and these pumpkin goodies are from Trader Joe’s!


Our last giveaway was a huge success. [We’re still waiting to hear back from the winner – so Carla Diaz – check your email! But we know that we will be shipping it out soon.] And we promised we would consider doing another if it went well – so here it is!

This time, we ran over to Trader Joe’s and made our way through the aisles picking up as many pumpkin items as we could fit in our basket. Well, not quite. But we did end up with a literal mountain of tasty pumpkin treats. And a Haunted House Kit, which qualified because there is a pumpkin on the packaging. [We may have stretched our definition of pumpkin there but it is a haunted house kit. How could we not buy it?]

We set a $50 budget this time … and the bill came to around $75 !! We don’t know what happened. Things just jumped into our cart. We have to admit that there are a few things that we didn’t buy (or it would have cost us more!). Multiple packages of pumpkin bread seemed excessive, and we passed at the pumpkin seeds. [You can tell us in the comments if we should have included them.] Pumpkin yogurt was not going to make it in shipping – so we left it out. But we did add in the fall harvest salsa for your pumpkin tortilla chips!

Here is what the winner will get:

– This Pumpkin Walks into a Bar
– Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels
– Pumpkin Spice Cookies
– Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
– Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
– Fall Harvest Salsa
– Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
– Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s
– Pumpkin Pancake and Muffin Mix
– Pumpkin O’s
– Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix
– Pumpkin Butter
– Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
– Pumpkin Spice Scone Mix
– Pumpkin Spice Brittle
– Spicy CHAI Tea Latte Mix
– Pumpkin Spice Coffee
– Pumpkin Spice Rooibos
– Pumpkin Biscotti
– Haunted House Kit
– Assorted Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins

Note: We are not affiliated with Trader Joe’s and they paid us nothing to do this giveaway – we’re just big fans of there fall selection of food. We may have bought a few duplicates so that we had some snacks for this weekend. And, well, the pumpkin cookie butter is divine all year round. Try it on waffles or french toast – our faves.

We want to put this in your hands as quickly as possible – so the contest opens momentarily and will close on October 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Pacific). Contest terms and conditions and entry rules apply. We pay for shipping (within the US).

September just flew by, didn’t it? We can’t believe Saturday is October 1st. So enter now and we’ll do our best to get these items to you by next weekend!

October Kickoff with a Pumpkin Giveaway

Good luck!

Yesterday was a big day here at Funtober – and we aren’t just talking about the keg tapping at Oktoberfest in Munich, saying goodbye to the last Saturday of “official” Summer or the cooler weather here in the Philadelphia area that signals the start of fall.

At around 11 AM EST yesterday, we had our 4 millionth visitor. That’s right – since Funtober started five years ago we have now welcomed slightly over 4 million people to our website. We’re extremely appreciative of everyone’s support and patronage! When we are grinding away on Oktoberfest and Halloween in the middle of February, it’s moments like this one that keep us going.

It has been a few years since we have done a sweepstakes giveaway to thank you for your support. So we headed over to Target to grab a few pumpkin products for ourselves and a heap of tasty treats to send to one lucky Funtober guest. We just kept adding things to the cart – as you can see from the photo we got quite a few items!

Here’s what you get:

A box of pumpkin spice Oreos, pumpkin spice rolls, Kellogg’s Pumpkin Spice Crunch, Ghirardelli pumpkin spice caramel milk chocolate, Quaker pumpkin spice instant oatmeal, and Kellogg’s Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts. You also get baking materials – a can of Libby’s pumpkin, a Betty Crocker Pumpkin Bar mix, Duncan Hines pumpkin spice cupcakes, and Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix. Wash it down with a package of pumpkin spice coffee and keep open packages fresh with the included Halloween wood clips.


The contest opens at 5 PM EST and will close next Sunday (Sept 25th) at 11:59 PM PST. Enter to win using the widget below:

Funtober Fall Pumpkin Giveaway

If you have questions, just ask! And if you want us to do more giveaways of fall products, please let us know!

Mantua Potato Festival - Mantua, OH - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Enjoy potatoes, beer/wine garden and live entertainment for three days.

Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival - Huntsburg, OH - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
A free family day in the country with free admission, parking, games, entertainment and attractions.

Algonquin Mill Fall Festival - Carrollton, OH - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Pioneer village, craft demonstrations, old fashioned foods and children’s area.

Kittitas County Fair - Ellensburg, WA - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2016
A Labor Day weekend fair about 40 minutes north of Yakima.

Ellensburg Rodeo - Ellensburg, WA - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
75th anniversary hosted in conjunction with the Kittitas County Fair.

Chelan County Fair - Cashmere, WA - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
A county fair and rodeo.

Downtown Harvest Festival - Wenatchee, WA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Formerly called the Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest.

Autumn Leaf Festival - Leavenworth, WA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Celebrate the turning colors of the leaves at one of the oldest festivals in Washington State.

Darkside Festival - Wenatchee, WA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Mountain bike rides, trail runs and a hike at the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

Fresh Hop Ale Festival - Yakima, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Festival is located at 7 South 3rd street, Yakima, Washington.

Grotonfest - Gronton, MA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Enjoy food, arts & crafts, and displays from local businesses and non-profits at Legion Common.

Spirit of Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury, MA - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
A community festival celebrating the culture and history of the area. Parade, 5K, fishing derby, craft fair, children’s talent show, car show, scarecrow contest and more.

Great Pumpkin Fest - Worcester, MA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Held at Ecotarium.  This Halloween event features over 1000 carved pumpkins, live entertainment, family fun with trick-or-treating, displays and more.

Paradise City Marlborough - Marlborough, MA - Nov 18 to Nov 20, 2016
The city features 175 American artists and master crafters who compete in a number of talent areas.  An annual event at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.

Shine to Wine Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
12th annual event. Wine/beer/spirit tastings, live entertainment, art and food. General admission is free. Tasting ticket is $15 in advance or $20. It is held annually on the third Saturday in September.

Mayberry Days - Mount Airy, NC - Sep 21 to Sep 25, 2016
Live music, comedy, magic shows, Barbecue Cook-off, parade, games and family fun. Hosted by the Surry Arts Council at various locations including the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre.

Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016

Mountain Heritage Day - Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Held at Courthouse Square it features the best folk and roots music bands in the area.  Sample local wine and brews plus great southern styled foods.

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - Wilkesboro, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
One of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Free admission. 4 different music stages, folk dancers and other live entertainment. Attended by over 160,000. Activities begin on Friday night with the “Apple Jam.”

Autumn Leaves Festival - Mount Airy, NC - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
50th anniversary event. Nearly 200,000 typically attend over the course of the weekend. Toe tapping, foot stomping, hand-clapping music with arts & crafts and great food choices. Known for its old time Bluegrass and Gospel music.  Admission is free.

Yadkin Valley Grape Festival - Yadkinville, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Their 12th annual festival with live entertainment, food, fun, and of course wine events.  Wine tasting tickets are $15 (advance) and $20 (door).

Carolina Balloon Fest - Statesville, NC - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
Watch 50 hot air balloons. Tethered balloon rides are $5-10. Proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofits.  Live music entertainment on 2 stages, plus a kids zone, artisan marketplace, 5k run, wine and beer tasting and more.

Barbecue Festival - Lexington, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Free admission for over 100,000 people to the barbecue capital of the world.  Great food, live entertainment, and the finest exhibits along with a wine garden, barbecue carnival, sand sculpture make this a fun day.

Colfax Persimmon Festival - Oak Ridge, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
An annual event at the historic Stafford farm. A celebration of persimmon and historic farming. Admission fee is $7. $5 suggested donation for parking and shuttle.  Also enjoy the live music and demonstrations.

Arden Fair - Arden, DE - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016
Food, beer & wine, live music, craft vendors, art exhibit, antiques market, folk dancing demo, plant sale and more.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts - Wilmington, DE - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
An end of summer celebration at Josephine Gardens with over 250 exhibiting artists, live music performances, children’s activities, and local food vendors.

North Carolina Rice Festival - Belville, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Rice cooking contest, live music, arts and crafts, art contest, kids play area and a beer garden. Held at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

Muscadine Festival - Kenansville, NC - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Celebrate North Carolina’s State Fruit at Duplin County Events Center. Amateur wine making contest, cooking contest., live music, food, arts, crafts, fun and over 30 local wineries.  Held at the fairgrounds.

Art on the Green - New Castle, DE - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Wilmington Riverfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
150,000 visit the three day celebration located from Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Live music, dancing and more on multiple stages. Kids zone includes facepainting, airbrush tattoos, mardi gras mask making, inflatables and more.

Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival - Carolina & Kure Beach, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
A weekend of non stop musical talent on both the Jazz Stage and Blues Stage complete with nightly headliners Jonny Lang and Samatha Fish.  Enjoy the Arts & Wine Garden, crafts, wine tasting, food, and Kidz Zone.

Swansboro Mullet Festival - Swansboro, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

mumfest - New Bern, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Enjoy the 36th annual event attended by more than 90,000 every fall to enjoy the family fun, entertainment, foods and attractions.  Country music artists perform at Tryon Palace.

NC Oyster Festival - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off Contest and the Oyster Shucking Contest.  Describes itself as a Food Festival, Arts Festival, Oyster Festival and a Music Festival.  Held 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

Autumn with Topsail - Topsail Beach, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Arts, food and beach music including arts & crafts, and children’s activities including sand art, inflatable rides and more.  Over 100 regional artists plus live music, amazing food, beer, wine and games.

Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Sample from the 100 craft breweries and wineries in one place.  Held for over 15 years in Wrightsville Beach.

North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival - Whiteville, NC - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
Features the Columbus Cooks Pecan cooking contest, kid’s block, Tri Beach Cruisers car show, art show, boat show, festival food, craft demonstrations, 5k run, festival parade, and of course lots and lots of pecans.

Cucalorus Film Festival - Wilmington, NC - Nov 9 to Nov 13, 2016
Founded in 1994 this annual festival screens over 200 films at several area venues.  Dress up for the red carpet and enjoy your nights out.

Delaware Antiques Show - Wilmington, DE - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2016
53rd annual event. One of the nation’s most acclaimed antiques shows. Held at the Chase Center at the Riverfront, it supports educational programming at Winterthur Museum.

Kansas State Fair - Hutchinson, KS - Sep 9 to Sep 18, 2016
Midway, carnival rides, car show, antique farm machinery show, exotic animal petting zoo, pig races, motorcycle rally & parade, antique tractor pull, pedal pull championships and more.

Derby BBQ Festival - Derby, KS - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
People’s Choice Cook-off and kids chocolate chip cookie bake-off.

Walnut Valley Festival - Winfield, KS - Sep 14 to Sep 18, 2016
45th annual event. A music festival with bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Attendance is approximately 15,000 annually. Held on the third weekend in September at the Cowley County Fairgrounds.

Clearwater Fall Festival - Clearwater, KS - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016

McPherson Festival of Cultures - McPherson, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016

Goddard Fall Festival - Goddard, KS - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016

Rod Run - Hutchinson, KS - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
A classic car show with main street cruise.  Hot rods, antique cars, motorcycles and more.

Bethel College Fall Festival - North Newton, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The Saturday fall festival is preceded by Taste of Newton on Thursday, special events on Friday, and followed by the final performance of the fall fest stage production on Sunday. Fest has children’s activities, sports events, food, music and more.

Haysville Fall Festival - Haysville, KS - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016

Arkalalah Fall Festival - Arkansas City, KS - Oct 26 to Oct 29, 2016
85th annual event. Carnival, parade, street games, food vendors, Queen Alalah and Little Mr. & Miss Arkalalah, and more.

Emerald City Steampunk Expo - Wichita, KS - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2016

Central Wisconsin State Fair - Marshfield, WI - Aug 31 to Sep 5, 2016
Midway carnival rides, draft horse show, tractor pull, demolition derby and more.  Located at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds at 513 East 17th Street, Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Jonesfest Music Festival - Kennan, WI - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016
Bring your lawn chairs as musical acts raise money for a music scholarship offered to a Phillips High School senior.

Riverfront Jazz Festival - Stevens Point, WI - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2016

Maple Fall Fest - Marshfield, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Handmade craft items. Petting zoo and inflatables for children.  Located at Wildwood Park, 1800 S. Roddis Avenue., Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Eagle River Cranberry Fest - Eagle River, WI - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Eat, drink, and play with the more than 40,000 attendees of this annual event held at Riverview Park.  Taste the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake.  Also hundreds of crafters and artisans.