Loving Fall

It’s October, and it is officially feeling like fall after a somewhat extended summer. I love this time of year in Greater Lafayette; the trees are all changing colors, it’s the perfect weather for wearing my favorite hats and sweaters, and there are so many fun things to do around campus and town!

My husband reminded me yesterday that we should be on the lookout for chili cook-offs, since this is their prime season. That reminder came just in time, as I looked online and found out about a chili cook-off happening at the Lala Art Gallery on October 18th from 6 to 8. There will be 20 different kinds of chili to taste and vote on for a very low price, and proceeds benefit the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program. And you have the option to make your own ceramic chili bowl at the Lala Studio for an extra 5 dollars! I am seriously excited for this event. You can find more info here www.lalagallery.com.

Aside from hunting for chili-cook offs, I am preparing for Halloween, which I am extra enthusiastic  about this year since my son is 2, and will be the cutest little robot ever. We still need to get some pumpkins though to really get in the spirit of things. Luckily we know right where to go: Exploration Acres (http://www.explorationacres.com ) is a farm a few miles south of town that has a huge pumpkin patch, and Indiana’s largest corn maze which turns into a “fields of fear” after dusk. We went last year and had an awesome time, and are planning on going with some friends this coming Saturday.

What else I will be doing in October remains to be seen, but there are a lot of options out there, including seeing the Rocky Horror Picture show at the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU) on Friday October 26th, and going to “La Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebration on October 31st,also at the PMU. You can check out details for those events as well as other upcoming campus events here: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/events/events_month.html

Have a great fall season everyone! Boiler Up!

— Erin McConnell, Senior, Psychological Sciences

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