While October is the time to pick the perfect pumpkin, November is also a great time to have fun at Spooner Farms; wander the five-acre corn maze, take a group tour of the grounds and check out the huge holiday display with tons of lights and decorations (December’s right around the corner). Farm open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Corn maze open Monday-Friday 3-5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The light display begins after Thanksgiving. Adults $7, children $6, 5 and under free, family pack $20. Spooner Farms, 9710 S.R. 162 E., Puyallup, 253-840-2059.
Rain or shine, more than 200 entries and 25 marching bands pay tribute to the military and veterans of America at Auburn’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Attend the Remembrance Ceremony beforehand, from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. at Auburn Veteran’s Memorial Park, 411 E. Main St., for flame lighting, rifle ceremony, wreath placement and taps. Then, at 11 a.m., watch as the parade takes off down Main Street, signaled by a military flyover. Saturday, Nov. 10. 253-931-3052, ci.auburn.wa.us
Stretch your legs with the family and explore the Lincoln Tree Farm in Spanaway with an experienced nature guide. The Tacoma Nature Center’s Discovery happens on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. $5 per person. Preregister; you’ll get directions to the walk location. 206-591-6439, metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=217#alpha2
Work off that Thanksgiving bulge before the day of feasting even begins at Tacoma’s Turkey Trot! Win door prizes, take part in the canned food drive and old running shoe drive, and earn your Turkey Trot shirt! Prizes will be awarded for the best turkey costume. The Trot takes place on Nov. 22 at the Centre at Norpoint. Register by Nov. 22 to save a few bucks. Cost for running the 5K course ranges from $25 to $30 and the Kid’s Dash (for ages 3-8) is $10-$15. 253-591-5504, metroparkstacoma.org/events.php?id=8523