KSU Homecoming plus Halloween

By Ben Hopper

With K-State’s Homecoming this weekend and Halloween around the corner, many events this weekend are geared to celebrate “Wildcat Adventures,” this year’s Homecoming theme. There are also several pre-trick or treat events taking place.

Adventure out tonight with Union Program Councils “Willie in Wildcatland” Children’s Carnival from 6-8 tonight in the K-State Student Union Courtyard. The community is invited to trick-or treat at interactive booths by UPC and the Homecoming pairings at this annual event that is part of homecoming week.

Continue the trick-or-treat adventure from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday in Aggieville. This free, safe and fun event precedes the annual homecoming parade, which starts at 5 p.m. from Manhattan Town Center and goes to Aggieville. A K-State pep rally featuring the K-State cheerleaders and Classy Cats will follow at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park.

The K-State football team will treat fans with another exciting game as they take on Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. After the game, head on over to Ahearn Field House to watch the No. 16 K-State volleyball team take on Baylor at 7 p.m.

Trick or treat at vehicles in the parking lot at the First Baptist Church’s inaugural Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at 2121 Bluehills Road. Also enjoy an outdoor movie, popcorn machine and bounce house. Inclement weather moves the event indoors, in the lower level of the church.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Crafty Seniors Craft Show, through Saturday. Manhattan Town Center.

McCain Performance Series: “Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Shakespeare’s provocative comedy starts with Bassanio’s quest for Portia. Funded by an ill-conceived loan drawn against Antonio’s expected fortunes, the road to true love will not be smooth. When plans go awry, betrayal and blind anger face off against a cry for compassion and a clever young lawyer in disguise. In the end, on a moonlit night in Belmont, all are left to question justice, the power of love and how far people go just to belong. Presented by Actors from The London Stage, one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world. For tickets or information, visit or call (785) 532-6428.

Student Recital Series: voice studio of Reginald Pittman, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Thursday Starts the Weekend, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Union Recreation.



Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m. Sunset Zoo staff present animal-themed stories and share animal artifacts from the zoo. Some programs include a live animal as well. Monthly book give-away sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership. Public Library.

Mad Scientist Party, 2 p.m. Public Library.

International Student & Scholar Services Coffee Hour Series: Spain, 4-5 p.m. Presented by Manuel Novas-Garcia. Refreshments typical of the student’s home country will be served following the presentation. Free and open to the public. Multipurpose Room, International Student Center.

Opening reception for Friends of MAC the Manhattan Arts Center’s annual Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale, 5:30-8 p.m. Featuring dozens of artists; most are from the Manhattan area, with several others coming from various locations all over the Midwest. The exhibit and sale runs October 27 through December 24. The galleries are open noon-5 p.m. Sunday thru Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

K-State Singers Fall Show: “Bodies in Motion,” 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets available from K-State Singers. Tickets available at the door. McCain Auditorium.

Laura Wetzel, 8-10 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.

UPC Film: “The Dark Knight Rises,” 8 p.m. Friday for $2. Also 7 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State Student Union Little Theatre.

K-State After Hours: Fall Night, 8-11 p.m. Featuring pumpkin carving contest, photo booth, Batman-themed activities, apple cider, caramel apples and more (while supplies last). Free. 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.

A & H Pumpkin Patch, day activities from 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 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. Pick all the gourds they can carry from the field for free. For more information, call (785) 341-7794 or visit A & H Pumpkin Patch, 1374 Collins Lane, just a mile south of Manhattan.

C.L. Hoover Opera House presents Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Hear the classic Philadelphia sound—R&B, soul & doo-wop—of the legendary Blue Notes. Meet and greet the Blue Notes after the late show only. Cost: $25 per person (6:30 show) or $30 per person (9:30 show). C.L. Hoover Opera House.



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

Art Beyond Sight Open House, 1:30-3 p.m.  Beach Museum of Art. This free event is held as part of national Art Beyond Sight awareness activities.

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.

Mary Ellen Sutton, organist, 3 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

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

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