Monster Mash: Your October guide to events around Manhattan

(Photo illustration by Katelin Woods | Collegian Media Group)

Oct. 5 & 6

The 45 annual Pumpkin Patch Arts & Crafts Fair

What: A pumpkin patch and arts & crafts fair hosted by Via Christi Health.

When: Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: CiCo Park

Oct. 6

Riley Fall Festival

What: A “car show, BBQ contest, city-wide garage sale, vendor booths, parade, pie contest, free-will donation lunch, cornhole tournament, beer garden, and live music by Lucas Maddy,” according to the event Facebook page. The event is hosted by Riley PRIDE.

When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Downtown Riley, Kansas.

Oct. 12

Trick or Treat in the ‘Ville

What: Halloween is coming early in the ‘Ville. Grab your family and friends and come trick or treat!

When: 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Aggieville

Oct. 13

2018 Harvest Festival presented by Hildebrand Farms Dairy

What: Hildebrand Farms Dairy will be hosting a festival that according to their Facebook page includes, “guided tours, tons of samples, a cow bouncy house, kids craft corner, hay rack rides, educational demonstrations, hay bale play area, corn pit for the kids, and live music from Savanna Chestnut!” They also will be offering a picnic while supplies last.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Hildebrand Farms Diary in Junction City.

Oct. 19

After Hours: Haunted Union & Zombie Prom

What: The Union Program Council and Union Ambassadors will be hosting a haunted house and zombie prom. This event is free and for college students only.

When: 8 to 11:59 p.m.

Where: K-State Union Courtyard

Oct. 20

2018 Aggieville Chili Crawl

What: Aggieville is hosting their 17th annual chili crawl. For $15, you get to sample all the chili this even has to offer, then vote on the best recipe.

When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Aggieville

Oct. 20

Little Apple GLOW Paddle!

What: Manhattan Parks and Recreation is hosting a 2 mile kayaking trek. The event’s Facebook page says, “Meet at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont boat ramp. At 6:30pm we kayak to the Manhattan boat ramp/Linear Trail Head. Bring your own kayak or rent one of ours. Life jackets are required; costumes, boat decor, and lighting highly encouraged! Enjoy s’mores around the campfire. Prizes will be awarded for best-decorated boat and costume!”

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Fairmont boat ramp, camping site TBA.

Oct. 26

Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)

What: An interactive film showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. The content is R-rated. Tickets are $7 and includes: pre-show, movie, & prop bag. They can be purchased the night of the event.

When: 10:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.

Where: The K-State Union ballroom on the second floor

Oct. 26

Monster’s Ball

What: This 21+ event includes “dancing, cocktails and costumes.” Tickets are $5.

When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Garden

Oct. 27

Drag Queen Story Hour Booktacular!

What: Little Apple Pride is hosting a drag queen story time. This event will also include crafts and costumes. All ages are welcome.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Manhattan Public Library

Oct. 27 & 28


What: Trick or treat amongst animals at Sunset Zoo.

When: 12:30 to 4:30 on the Oct. 27 and 28

Where: Sunset Zoo

Oct. 28

A & H Pumpkin Patch Vendor Day

What: Local vendors will be selling goodies at A & H Pumpkin Patch.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: A & H Farm

Oct. 31

Farmers’ Market

What: Local vendors from the Manhattan area will selling their items on campus.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bosco Student Plaza

My name is Katelin Woods and I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in public relations in May 2020. I worked as the first audience engagement manager of the Collegian from 2019 to 2020 and took photos for the multimedia staff. I was also the founding editor of the culture desk in 2018. I am an enthusiast of a poetry, pizza roll and pajamas.