Your guide to fall festivities on and off campus

Fall is the superior season – during this delightful time, before we die of hypothermia while walking to class, there are countless opportunities for all things pumpkins, ghosts, haunted houses, apple picking, pumpkin donuts and more. If William Jewell College students are looking to get their fall festivities on, there are plenty of opportunities both on and off campus.

Jewell’s Campus

Concert Choir Fall Concert – On Oct. 21 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Gano Chapel, Jewell’s Concert Choir will be performing their fall concert, “Hard Times Come Again No More,” which features folk and gospel-styled songs, hymns and spirituals.

Margaret Miles, junior international relationships and nonprofit major and member of Concert Choir, commented on why this concert will be a little different from their usual performances.

“Instead of being on risers and in our traditional robes with folders, we have memorized half the concert, and we will be standing spread out theatrically around the stage in Gano, and we will be dressed as if we were from the Dust Bowl/Great Depression era,” said Miles.

William Jewell Fall Masquerade Ball – Put on by William Jewell Ballroom Dance, this event is free for Jewell students. Masks and costumes are optional but highly encouraged. The Masquerade Ball is Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – the day before Advising Day

Fiji Halloween Party – As tradition, the night before Advising Day is reserved for Fiji’s annual Halloween party. So find a costume and bring some friends to the Phi Gamma Delta house at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $3 if you buy in advance and $5 at the door.

Lessons and Scare-ols – Hosted by the Jewell music department Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., this event will get you in the Halloween mood with a concert of poetry and song that is to be performed in the dark.


Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Party – Hosted by Belong Community, this event on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. is an evening full of food, costumes and zombies. Mikaela Papageorgio, junior nonprofit and communications major and member of Belong Community gave information on the event.

“Instead of doing our weekly worship gathering, we [Belong Community] are hosting a Halloween event to try to get people in the community and college students involved. You can come, and there is going to be pumpkin decorating, snacks, and you can dress up in a Halloween costume. Also, there is going to be a zombie apocalypse happening, so you won’t know if you’re ‘killed’ or not. It’s like one of those games like assassin, but like a zombie apocalypse,” said Papageorgiou.

Their Facebook event page offers more information.

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch – Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. until Oct. 31. From the pumpkin patch itself to the petting zoo to the corney corral, there are plenty of wholesome fall activities to partake in for all ages.

Savannah Hawley, sophomore Oxbridge: Literature and Theory and French major, said that the food, in particular, is a highlight.

“Most importantly for me, they have pumpkin donuts and cider slush and hot cider,” said Hawley.

Hawley offered advice on how to get the full experience of Carolyn’s.

“So you eat your pumpkin donut, you pet a baby goat with the other hand and then you go to the pumpkin patch,” Hawley said.

Tickets are $12.95 on weekends and $10.95 on weekdays.

The Cemetery Club – The Corbin Theater located on the Historic Liberty Square is showing “The Cemetery Club” which the Corbin Theater summarizes as a movie about “Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart.”

There are showings for The Cemetery Club Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30. Tickets are $12.

Trick or Treat Downtown – Here is probably your best opportunity to see adorable 5 year-olds decked out in their costumes and their parents concerned about their excessive sugar intake. Trick or Treat Downtown is located in Historic Downtown Liberty Square, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. According to Historic Downtown Liberty, Trick or Treat Downtown is “A night of costumes, candy and fun for the whole family.”

Kansas City

Haunted Houses – Kansas City is home to some especially spooky haunts. Head to Kansas City’s West Bottoms for The Beast, The Edge of Hell, Macabre Cinema and The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe. Prices vary among the different haunted houses, but they are all sure to provide you with a horrifying experience.

Day of the Dead Festival – Hosted by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. The Nelson invites the public to partake in a free festival celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday where families and friends honor and remember deceased relatives and popular figures. This festival will feature live music, traditional dance performance, art activities, demonstrations, and Mexican-inspired food.

Carved Festival – venture in to the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City on Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. – 8 celebrate fall with live music and pumpkins carved by Kansas City Art Institute students. Besides observing or purchasing the pumpkin carvings, you can also amble your way through the Brookside neighborhood and visit any of the 11 locally-owned shops or stop by Café Europa and Aixios

Photo by Hannah Koehler

Hannah Koehler

Hannah Koehler is the page editor for Arts & Culture on The Hilltop Monitor. She is a senior majoring in English and psychological science.

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