Hot dog roasts, pumpkin patches and more this weekend in Manhattan

By Ben Hopper

With the start of October, Halloween is just around the corner. These fall activities will get you in the mood for fall, cooler weather and trick or treating.

It’s opening weekend at the A & H Pumpkin Patch at 1374 Collins Lane, just a mile south of Manhattan, with day activities featuring hayrack rides, a zip line, a friendly fire arena, train rides, a milking cow, petting zoo and much more from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

There are also night activities including roasting hotdogs and making s’mores from 7-10 p.m. For more information, call (785) 341-7794 or visit <>

Get a head start on spooky things as you examine various legends and ghost stories of the Flint Hills with the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s “Footsteps in the Flint Hills” from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration for this kids event is required at the Discovery Center.

The Third Annual Zombiewalk for Hunger, an annual campaign with a Halloween theme to help the Flint Hills Breadbasket, is set for 5 p.m. Saturday. Bring a canned good and have fun in Aggieville.

Here’s a look at other area events.



Holophusicon: The Leverian Museum Lecture by Adrienne Kaeppler, 6 p.m.

Kaeppler, curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, discusses her book “Holophusicon: The Leverian Museum, An Eighteenth-Century English Institution of Science, Curiosity, and Art,” which recounts her forty-year journey tracking down the museum’s collection.

In the 1800s, the entire contents of London’s Leverian Museum, also known as the “Holophusicon,” a popular and eclectic assortment of artifacts and art objects from around the world, was sold at auction.

Reception to follow. Kaeppler’s book will be available for purchase. In conjunction with the “Museum of Wonder.” Beach Museum.

K-State Theatre Performance Series presents “Detroit,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Purple Masque Theatre.

Guest Artist Victor Morosco, saxophone, and the K-State Saxophone Studio, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.




Mustache Baby Party with Author Bridget Heos, 10 a.m.

Heos, author of the humorous picture book “Mustache Baby” and numerous children’s nonfiction books, will give a brief presentation, read “Mustache Baby,” and lead some games and a mustache craft.

Claflin Books & Copies will have several of Heos’ books available for purchase, and the author will stay to sign books after the presentation. As a special treat, Varsity Donuts will provide free mustache donuts for participants after the event (while supplies last). Public Library.


International Student and Scholar Services Coffee Hour: Indonesia, 4-5 p.m.

McCain Performance Series presents Momix Botanica, 7:30 p.m. Momix combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create a spellbinding multimedia experience.

Momix transports audiences to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting, large-scale puppets, projected imagery and larger-than-life props.

The Historic Columbian Theatre in Wamego presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” 7:30 p.m.

There will be performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; and again October 11-13 and October 18-20.

Dinner is 90 minutes before each performance. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.

The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Roger Corman.

Tickets for show only: $20 adults, $15 for students and children. Tickets for dinner and show: $37.50 adults, $32.50 students, $26.50 children. For tickets and information, visit <> or call (785) 456-2029.

K-State After Hours: Grocery Bingo, 8 p.m. until the groceries run out. Student Union Courtyard.

UPC Film: “War Games,” 8 p.m. $2. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $2. Student Union Little Theatre.

Mother Kali with Parallel Path, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1p.m. Dillard’s west parking lot.

Rural Cemeteries of Central Riley County Auto Tour, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

A driving tour of rural cemeteries of central Riley County, including Grandview/Mill Creek, Riley, Fairview, E.U.B., Leonardville, Bala and Vinton.

The tour will leave the Riley County Genealogy Society parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. No public restrooms along the way. Bring snacks and water. Bring a C/B radio if possible for commentary along the way.

Approximately 90 miles and 6.5 hours. Led by Kevin Stilley, who was born in Manhattan and graduated from MHS in 1975.

“Museum of Wonder” Farewell Weekend, noon-5 p.m. See “The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attractions and Museum.” Beach Museum Parking Lot.

MPL 80s Films Series: “The Empire Strikes Back” and Star Wars Day, 2 p.m.

Features a collection of Star Wars books when libraries and bookstores all over the country join together to celebrate all things Star Wars.

Reading inspired George Lucas to develop the concept for Star Wars. Take a picture standing next to our cool Chewbacca cut out. Public Library.




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

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.

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

McCain Performance Series presents: The Price Is Right Live! Stage Show, 7:30 p.m.

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