No tricks, just treats at these local events

By Ben Hopper

Trick or treat. Or laugh this weekend. Off you go:

Thursday night from 4-7 p.m., take the kids to BeWitching in Westloop.

The trail begins in the courtyard in front of Bellus Academy, where treat trail maps will be distributed. This map will be checked off by treat-stop merchants in Westloop and entered in drawings for prizes – including pizza parties and even a free kid’s bike.

There are more than 25 treat stops to visit, as well as a costume contest beginning at 6 p.m. and free refreshments.


Downtown Manhattan’s “All Treats Day” will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday night.

Then enjoy indoor trick-or-treating at the Manhattan Town Center’s “Boo Party” from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bring a canned food item for the Flint Hills Breadbasket and receive a free trick-or-treating bag, while supplies last.


Talented K-State musicians will celebrate the holiday with the annual Halloween Jazz Jam featuring K-State Jazz Combos at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the Union Station in the K-State Student Union.

Hallo-Indie, an Aggie Central Station event featuring Valaska with Author and Joshua Jay, is also Thursday at 10 p.m.


If you prefer laughs over tricks or treats, check out the K-State Theatre production of “Rx,” a quirky comedy about romance in the age of prescription drugs.

The play by Kate Fodor asks what we really need to heal what ails us. The production is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Purple Masque Theatre.

For tickets, visit


The McCain Performance Series continues with a salute to the baby boomer generation with the “The Wonder Bread Years.” The show stars former original writer for “Seinfeld” Pat Hazell.


Take a trip down memory lane at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with this fast-paced, side-splitting funny production that walks the line between stand-up and theater. You will laugh and savor the past like never before. For tickets, visit


Here’s a look at other area events:




Opening reception for the Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale, 4:30-6:30 p.m. for Friends of MAC, and 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the public. 

The exhibit and sale, which features unique, locally produced artwork (ceramics, jewelry, paintings, textiles and more), will be open through December 24.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This exhibit is sponsored by Florence Manufacturing, Karen and David Seay and Margo Kren.

For more information, visit or call (785) 537-4420.


Sugar Skull Decorating, 6-7:30 p.m. Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. Public Library Auditorium.


Poetry (and short Prose) on Poyntz, 7 p.m.

For more than 10 years the Gallery and the Creative Writing Program in the English Department at Kansas State have joined to host a poetry reading for readers, writers and listeners. And now short prose has been added. For questions, contact the Gallery (785) 537-2099 or the English Department (785) 532-2190. Strecker-Nelson Gallery.


Samantha Fish, 7 p.m. For tickets, visit Wareham.


High school football: Junction City at Manhattan, 7 p.m., Bishop Stadium.


UPC Film: “Moonrise Kingdom,” 8 p.m. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Student Union Little Theatre.


K-State After Hours: Girls’ Night Out, 8 p.m.-midnight.  Fingernail and toenail painting, mocktails, chick flick trivia, Henna tattoos, craft jars, wedding dress race and more. Student Union Courtyard.


Deep Friend Squirrel with Tyler Gregory, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




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


Celebrate National Bison Day and the start of Native American Heritage Month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participate in a variety of fun, educational events in the building, including a guest lecture from 1-2 p.m. by Jon Boursaw, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Legislative Representative for the State of Kansas.

Featuring bison robe and artifacts on display with demonstrations by FHDC education specialists, “Winds of the Past” permanent exhibition honoring Native Americans in the Flint Hills and themed arts and crafts projects on the second floor. Regular admission to exhibitions, free lecture in the FHDC classroom. Flint Hills Discovery Center.


K-State Football vs. Iowa State, 2:30 p.m. Bill Snyder Family Stadium.


Manhattan Arts Center presents a Comedy Night, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 and are available at the door or by calling (785) 537-4420.


The Carney Encore with Vineyard, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




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.


C.L. Hoover Opera House’s “Imagination Station” presents Wichita Children’s Theater production of “Goldilocks & The Three Bears,”  3 p.m. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 for military and senior citizens,  and $7 students age 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the C.L. Hoover Opera House box office at (785) 238-3906.


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

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