by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian
Homecoming and pumpkins and trick-or-treaters, oh my! Fall is officially here, and with it, all the exciting seasonal activities. Homecoming and Halloween are center stage both this weekend and next week, so make sure to clear out some space on your calendar for these annual traditions.
- October 19-25: K-State Homecoming Week
- October 24 at 5pm: Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. Starting at Manhattan Town Center and ending at City Park, the homecoming parade will feature former Wildcat football players and brothers, Kevin Lockett and Aaron Lockett, as the grand marshals. Following the parade, there will be a pep rally at 6:30pm at the Larry Norvell Band Shell featuring the KSU Pep Band, cheerleaders, Classy Cats and Willie…plus appearances by football coach, Bill Snyder, and women’s basketball coach, Jeff Mittie.
- October 25 at 11am: K-State vs. Texas Homecoming Football Game
- October 24, 3PM-7:30pm: Trick-Or-Treat Aggieville. Aggieville gets spooky starting at 3pm for its annual, family-friendly Halloween celebration. Bring the kids for trick-or-treating at Aggieville businesses, but stay for the The Dusty Bookshelf’s haunted house, the free mini-donuts at Varsity Donuts, and the Halloween photo booth. Bonus: Get there early and snag a prime spot for watching the K-State Homecoming Parade.
- October 25, 8am-1pm: Happy HalloBirthday! Downtown Farmers Market is hosting its 35th birthday party AND a Halloween party this Saturday. Come in costume, trick-or-treat at vendor stalls, and enter the pumpkin decorating contest. Pumpkins must be turned in at the market by 10am.
- October 31: Halloween! Whether you are in it for the costumes, the candy, or just the general festiveness of the holiday, there are lots of great spots in the Manhattan community to visit on Halloween.
- All Treats Day from 4-6pm in downtown Manhattan. Make sure to stop by Manhattan Public Library for a special treat!
- Bewitching in Westloop from 4-6pm
- Boo Party at Manhattan Town Center from 5:30-7:30 pm
Please make sure to stay safe as you enjoy the community activities. The City of Manhattan offers a number of valuable safety tips for making sure costumes, treats, and decorations are safe, and ensuring a fun time for everyone.