Creepy crawly creatures at zoo’s Halloween event

By Ben Hopper

Be one of the more than 5,000 people at this weekend’s SPOOKtacular, Sunset Zoo’s annual family-friendly, trick-or-treat event

Wear your costume and visit the five candy trails featuring booths sponsored by local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. New to this year’s event is a special “trunk-or-treat” trail featuring local businesses’ vehicles as candy stops.

Community members can also explore the new Nature Exploration Center as it transforms into the “Creepy World of Sunset Zoo” featuring live animal encounters with the Zoo’s education animals and visitors from KSU’s Insect Zoo.

Live entertainment will be found throughout the park and includes performances from the KSU Tap Dance Ensemble and KSU Pep Band. The pavilion will be filled with K-State College of Architecture, Planning & Design students’ hand-carved jack-o-lanterns resembling the Zoo’s animal collection. Guests can vote for their favorite design throughout the weekend.

The event will be from noon-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. Special admission prices apply: $5 per trick or treating child with two adults admitted free with each paid child’s admission. A regular admission rate of $4 per adult applies to any additional adults. Children two and under are free. Friends of Sunset Zoo members receive $1 off each trick-or-treating child’s admission.

To help avoid long ticket lines, the zoo is encouraging community members to pre-purchase their event tickets now by visiting the zoo’s ticket booth seven days a week from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or by calling (785) 587.APES.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Opening reception for “Take Shelter” by Tom Parish, 5-7 p.m. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall.

Auditions for “The Christmas Spectacular,” 7-9 p.m. Also Thursday. Do you sing and/or dance? Bring your talent and come join artistic director Mindy Thierolf and music director Craig Treinen as they host auditions for this annual show. Columbian Theatre.

K-State Theatre presents “Time Stands Still,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, visit the McCain Box Office, visit or call (785) 532-6428. Nichols Theatre.

Faculty Artist: Steven Maxwell, tuba, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

The Yawpers, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s.



Riley County’s First Barn Quilt unveiled, 10 a.m.-noon schoolchildren admission is free. In the afternoon, Manhattan-area students will be admitted free with a paid adult. Barn quilts are quilt square designs which are painted on wooden sheets and then affixed to barns. The painting of the barn quilt was done by Ralph Fontenot, an art teacher at Lee Elementary School in Manhattan, to support creation of a Flint Hills barn quilt trail. The Lazy T Ranch Fall Festival will be open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Cheryl Collins of the Riley County Historical Society will be speaking about the Forces Shaping Riley County. Lazy T Ranch.

Friends of International Program Vernon Larson Lecture: “It’s the Election- Do you Know Where Your Economy is Headed?” by Chris Kuehl, 12:15 p.m. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. (reservations required by 9 a.m. October 17). Luncheon is $15, lecture is free and open to the public. Kuehl is the Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Managers and Editor for Kuehl travels internationally and makes over 100 business and industry presentations a year. Holiday Inn Ballroom.

A & H Pumpkin Patch, day activities from 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Check out the 50 foot slide and other fun activities. Roast hotdogs and s’mores during our night activities from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Military Appreciation Day is Saturday the 20th. Get $1.00 off your admission with ID. For more information, call (785) 341-7794 or visit A & H Pumpkin Patch, 1374 Collins Lane, just a mile south of Manhattan.

An Afternoon of Video Games, 1-5 p.m. Public Library.

MPL Kids’ Film: “The Adventures of Tintin,” 2 p.m. Free. Public Library.

Cultural Studies Mini-Seminar on Rey Chow’s landmark text, “The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” 3:30-5 p.m. Chow’s book engages ethnicity, Marxism and much more. The specific chapters under discussion are chapters three: “Keeping Them in Their Place: Coercive Mimeticism and Cross-Ethnic Representation” and four, “The Secrets of Ethnic Abjection.” Room 17, English and Counseling Services building.

60th Annual Lee School BBQ, 5-8 p.m. Advance tickets available. Lee School.

Manhattan High Indians Football Senior Night vs. Washburn Rural Junior Blues, 7 p.m. The theme is “Pink Out” for breast cancer awareness. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to rev their motors at 6:45 p.m. as the team takes the field. A BBQ dinner available for $5 before and during the first quarters of the game. Bishop Stadium, CiCo Park.

UPC Film: “Young Frankenstein,” 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. K-State Student Union Little Theatre.

McCain Performance Series. Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama, 7:30 p.m. “Spirituals to Funk” features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John and five-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama. Under Dr. John’s musical direction, the world premiere of “Spirituals to Funk” represents the first-ever touring partnership between two icons of American music. Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama’s performance will build on a legacy that started with Dr. John’s appearance on the Blind Boys’ Grammy Award-winning CD “Down in New Orleans,” and continues with the Blind Boys’ appearance on Dr. John’s upcoming CD celebrating Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday. Based on the legendary Carnegie Hall “Spirituals to Swing” concerts produced by John Hammond in the 1930s, “Spirituals to Funk” features an integrated show that explores the connections between jazz, blues and gospel. For tickets and information, visit or call (785) 532-6428. McCain Auditorium.

Grocery Bingo, 9 p.m.-midnight. Play bingo and win groceries and great prizes. K-State Student Union Courtyard.



Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt.

K-State Volleyball vs. Texas Tech, 3 p.m. Ahearn Field House.

Teen Read Week Celebration, 5:30-10 p.m. Mystery Science Theater, a book-based scary movie, and creepy snacks will be the center of attention to celebrate the 2012 Teen Read Week Theme: “It Came from the Library.” Public Library.

Astronomy Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Join the K-State Physics Department and North Central Kansas Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing, a tour of the “Goodnight Moon” exhibition, and a star-based art project. Hot chocolate included. No fee or reservations. Beach Museum of Art.

The Kristie Stremel Band, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s.



K-State Homecoming: Wildcat Adventures, all week. For a complete listing of events, visit

Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.

K-State Concert Choir, Women’s Choirs, and Alumni Choir, 3 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library, Storytime Room.

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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