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The TueDo List: Get Spooky, Organize Your Life and Prepare for Day of the Dead

Lists. We make them, we need them, we love them, we hate them.

Here is a list of some fun things to do, read and buy this weekend. And more lists — some of them even about lists— in case you aren’t full up.

Halloween Adventure List

It’s the last weekend before All Hallow’s Eve, so the main events in most locations will involve pumpkins, costumes, ghosts and that most important component of the holiday — sugar. Finding the fun in your town is an internet search away, but there are some highlights. Baltimore has one of the coolest lists of Halloween events I’ve found, as befits a city known for its famous son, Edgar Allen Poe.

Time Out Los Angeles will hook you up out there. and if I could go anywhere, I’d pick the 41st annual Village Halloween Parade in NYC (Whoopi Goldberg is this year’s grand marshal).

Wherever you are, we know you can find something fun, even if it’s mini-Snickers and a movie at home, because that sounds really fun to us right now.

Wish List

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is next week, but you may want to get geared up this weekend.. And by that I partially mean buying another cool bag. (I have more of an obsession than is healthy, I know.) I love these sugar skull tote options from Loungefly. You can go full neon — which I encourage — or for the more understated black embossed option.

Search “sugar skull” on Loungfly for a ton of cool options, including wallets and pencil cases.

(Photo: Courtesy Loungefly.com

Grocery List

More than 8,000 events in all 50 states are happening for Food Day 2014 on Saturday, October 25th — a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities. This year’s event focuses on food access and justice for food and farm workers.Want the list of things to do near you? Enter your zip code in the database and you’ll find the events in your area.

My search returned lots of cool options in the DC area, including a Harvest Festival at National Geographic that sounds like so much fun.

Spooky Lists

Listverse is a searchable site for lists of pretty much anything you could possibly want, including a timely list of the 10 Scariest Lists for Halloween. Scary and meta.

If you’re in a scary movie-watching mode for the holiday, Boston.com has a list of the 50 scariest movies ever and PopSugar has 15 movies for wimps. (Or as I prefer to think of it, people who like to hold on to their popcorn and not drop it and scream. Guilty.)

Musically speaking, none other than Mother Jones has your list of 21 spookiest and silliest  songs for Halloween that I just love. (Tracy Morgan’s “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” and Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line (Shake Senora)” of Beetlejuice notoriety are two of my faves).

Read The Li.st @ Medium

We couldn’t let an issue called Lists go by without mentioning The Li.st co-founders Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol. The women-empowering dynamic duo have assembled a worthy compendium of women’s voices over on Medium.com. The stories focus on career, power, feminism and are marked by personal flair and worldly-wise commentary (even this one from a 14-year-old feminist!). Compelling reads and worthy additions to your virtual library.

Check Your List

Want to organize your list? Poppin has one hundred (colorful) ways.

And for those lists you may want to make on the fly, the Moleskin extra-small Volant notebooks are my go-to. They’re super tiny — just right for a shirt, jeans or purse pocket — and the perfect solution when my iPhone notes just don’t do the trick.

(Photo: Courtesy Poppin.com)

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Laurie White

Laurie White is a writer, editor, photographer, and occasional college professor and counselor. She found the internet in the late 90s and has not emerged since. A contributing editor at BlogHer.com, pop culture writer for Babble.com, and community and communications manager for Mom2.0 Summit, she is a professional aunt who lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. You can find her at LaurieMedia (lauriemedia.com), on Twitter @lauriewrites and on Instagram @laurieanne.

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