BY ALLY DEITERS Staff Writer
There is no doubt that McKendree in the Fall is one of the most beautiful scenes, such as the front lawn, all the fountains on campus, and who can forget about all the beautiful old buildings on campus. Along with the leaves turning, so are all the activities here at McKendree, as well as in the surrounding area. We have Fall Family Weekend coming soon to McKendree, Witches Night Out, haunted houses, and pumpkin picking and apple picking!
Fall Family Weekend is quickly approaching. This is Nov. 6-8, 2015 and is when McKendree invites families of the students to come and see what a student’s life at McKendree is, activities for the mind, body, and soul, as well as entertainment for the rest of the family. The bookstore will be open all weekend, the McKendree Art Gallery Exhibition is on Friday from 2:00-5:00PM, there is a Women’s Volleyball game against Missouri S&T at 7:00PM, the Theater Department Fall Play at 7:30PM on Friday, and Open Mic Night in 1828 at 8:45PM. On Saturday, there is tailgating and a home football game against Quincy at 1:00PM, the Quad Festival from 10:00AM-1:00PM, a volleyball game, movie night in the Lair, and Family Game Show at 8:00PM. On Sunday, there is Family Worship Service at 8:30AM or 11:00AM, Brunch with your Bearcat, Murder Mystery Lunch, and more! It is a whole weekend packed with family fun that you don’t want to miss.
On Sunday, October 25th, Lebanon hosts a Witches Night Out downtown on the brick road. This is an annual event where the shops on the road are open late and people from all around come dressed up as witches and shop. The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce says, “The Lebanon Witch’s Night Out event is truly a great time! There is no cost, and it is really promoted for adult women, not children, as a “Ladies Night Out” event. It’s from 5-9pm. We close down a few blocks of the brick street and have some food and entertainment while the women walk around and shop (stores stay open all night), take part in the costume contest, and more.”
There are many haunted houses and trails around the area that you could enjoy also! One of the best ones is “The Darkness.” This is a 30,000 SCREAM foot indoor haunted house featuring 3 attractions including Terror Visions in 3D and the Monster Museum inside two floors of fear. Abby Hagler, Junior at McKendree says, “This is one of the scariest haunted houses I’ve been to in a long time, I went last weekend, it only took about 25 minutes to get to from McKendree, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who really wants a good haunted house to go to.”
Eckert’s is one of the best know pumpkin patches known around this area. But they have so much more too! They are three locations, Belleville, Millstadt, and Grafton. They have restaurants, country stores, cooking classes, kid activities, apple-picking, and live shows! This is a great destination for families, kids, or even a date!