Attention fall lovers: your time to shine is HERE! Find all kinds of Halloween happenings and autumn activities around campus and Champaign-Urbana during the month of October. Whether you want to be chased by killer clowns, dance to the Time Warp, or drink some apple cider in the crisp fall air, read on to find the perfect October event for you!
One Book One Campus G. Willow Wilson Author Lecture
Friday, October 6th 7pm at Illini Union. Free admission.
U of I is yet again participating in One Book One Campus, and this year we are reading Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal. Go to the Illini Union for a chance to see the author, G. Willow Wilson speak. Immediately after the lecture, there will be a book signing and refreshments. You do not want to miss out!
Saturday, October 7th, 11am-4pm at Hessel Park. Free admission.
Don your favorite plaid shirt and head over to Flannel Fest for a day filled with fall activities! There will be music, art, games, food trucks, and even a mustache contest. With the Timberwork’s Lumberjack show doing demos throughout the day, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Check out the Facebook event page to get a full schedule.
Hocus Pocus Screening
Saturday, October 7th, 2 pm at The Virginia Theater. $5 admission.
Let the Sanderson Sisters put a spell on you during this screening of the classic Halloween movie! The perfect way to spend an October afternoon. Find tickets and more information at their Facebook event page.
Midway of Madness
Every Friday and Saturday in October (plus Halloween), 6pm-11pm. $15 admission.
Scare yourself silly at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. Midway of Madness is the perfect haunted house attraction for all you thrill seekers looking for a fun Halloween event.
Check out their website for more information… if you dare!
Sunday, October 8th, 3pm-6pm at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery. Free Admission.
This cute celebration of fall will include cider-pressing demonstrations, apple cider floats for purchase, $5 hayrides through the farm, and more! Enjoy the beautiful fall weather by strolling around this local farm and checking out all they have to offer.
Illini Wellness Week
October 9th-12th, Locations Vary
Don’t forget to take care of your health this month! Student Affairs will be set up at different locations around campus October 9-12 and offering varying services such as yoga, counseling services, a health expo, and the ever pawpular therapy dogs! One therapy dog will be at the UGL from 1-3 pm on Monday, October 9th. For a full list of events and locations, visit their Facebook event page.
The Toast of Champaign
Saturday, October 14th, 1-10 pm at The Blind Pig Brewery
For those over 21, The Blind Pig is hosting a “hyper-local” beer fest! Swing by their beer garden to check out some local favorite breweries include Triptych Brewing, Riggs Beer Company, and many more! More information is available at their Facebook event page.
Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch
Through October. Free Admission, prices for activities varied.
One of the most popular fall destinations in the C-U area is Curtis Orchards! Just a fifteen minute drive from campus, Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch features U-Pick apples, a petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and live music. Check out their Facebook page for more information!
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, October 20; Saturday, October 21; Wednesday, October 25; Thursday, October 26, 10pm at The Art Theater. $10 admission.
Event is anticipated to fully sell out. Buy tickets early!
What’s the Halloween season without a late night screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Grab some friends and head over to The Art Theater where the Illini Student Musicals will be accompanying the movie with their live performance. Don’t forget to practice your Time Warp moves!
Can’t make the Art Theater dates? Try to catch the screening of the film at the Virginia Theater on Saturday, October 28th at 7pm. Tickets are $5.
Links to purchase tickets can be found on the Facebook event pages:
The Art Theater
The Virginia Theater
Hopefully we’ve covered most of the major events happening around Champaign-Urbana for the month of October, but if we missed anything, reach out to us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, and stay tuned for an events post every month!