It’s that time of year when carving pumpkins and exploring corn mazes are on our minds, but there are other ways to spice up your weekend sans pumpkin spice. Slurp up bivalves in the suburbs or in the city, indulge your sweet tooth or try a comforting bowl of bun bo hue from the hands of an expert.

1) If you like oysters, Friday is the last day of Oyster Fest at Shaw’s Crab House, which has locations in both the city and the suburbs. Snag special oyster-centric dishes like blue crab-stuffed oysters, fried oysters, grilled oysters and more po’boys. Live blues bands will jazz up the evening. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, 847-517-2722,