Marvel’s Scarlet Witch, Mary Poppins, a banana, Peter Pan and an astronaut were among the visitors to Mississippi University for Women Friday evening as the Student Programming Board held its annual Oktoberfest.
Student organizations at the W set up tables that included crafts, games, food and other entertainment at the family-friendly event.
“We’re especially excited about this year’s Oktoberfest after having to sit out last year due to COVID,” said Mea Ashley, director of Student Life in a press release.
For 50 cents, visitors could buy a ticket to participate at some of the table games. The activities ranged from throwing darts and balls to hit a target to get prizes, playing tic-tac-toe and painting mini pumpkins.
There was also a costume contest for the younger children and W students attending Oktoberfest.
Taco Amigo and Blue Plate Mafia food trucks offered food during the three-hour event.
The W has celebrated Oktoberfest for more than 40 years. The event is an opportunity for student organizations to raise funds for their activities and to be involved in the community.
“The event is an integral part of The W’s work to be part of the community because it’s something people look forward to every year,” Ashley said. “Alumni come back and bring their kids, we have vendors and it’s just an all-around good family-friendly event for everyone to enjoy.”
Several churches and other organizations are offering fall and Halloween-themed events.
If you know of any activities that should be added to the list, please email either a copy of the flyer or email the information to Lifestyles Editor Nicole Bowman-Layton at [email protected]. Information will run in upcoming editions as space allows and online at cdispatch.com .
This list is arranged by date.
■ Family Fun Pumpkin Patch will be open through Oct. 30 at Life Church, 4888 North Frontage Road, Columbus. The pumpkin patch will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. Sundays.
■ Trick-or-treat from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 21 on Mississippi State’s fraternity and sorority row.
■ Starkville Community Market’s Halloween Market from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 23, at Fire Station Park. Event will include a pumpkin-painting station, trick-or-treating, bounce houses and face-painting. A kids’ costume parade (10 & Under) and a Pet Costume Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively.
■ Jack O’ Lantern Jam will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Choctaw County Courthouse, Ackerman. Activities, which include trick-or-treating, are geared toward kids ages 12 and under.
■ Apex Trunk or Treat and Car Show will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23 at Apex Performance Shop, 9829 Highway 25 South, Starkville. For information, call 242-7649 or email [email protected]
■ Hospital Road drive-thru trick-or-treat will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Starkville.
■ Haunted House: “The Dead Pirates Cove,” presented by Community Benefit Committee and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, will be held Oct. 28-31 at the Columbus Fairgrounds, Highway 69 South. Hours will be from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Cost is $10; proceed to benefit Lowndes County children for the Christmas Bike Program.
■ Columbus-Lowndes Public Library’s Haunted Library will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28 Dress in costume and join the library staff for some fun.
■ Talledegourd 500, charity pumpkin race, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 28, during Pumpkinpalooza in downtown Starkville. Entry fee is $25 for individuals/family; $50 for businesses. Register at msuceo.com/go/pumpkin
■ Pumpkinpalooza will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28 on Main Street, downtown Starkville, visit.starkville.org
■ Downtown West Point will host the Boo Parade at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 29.
■ Trunk or Treat will be held from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Cannon Ford-Lincoln, 12249 Highway 182, Starkville. To enter contests, bring at least five non-perishable food items.
■ Drive-thru Fall Fun will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Propst Park, Columbus.
■ Trick-or-treat on Main will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30 on Main Street in Caledonia. For a list of participating businesses, visit the town’s Facebook page closer to the time of the event.
■ Trunk or Treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2698 Ridge Road, Columbus.
■ Eighth annual David Kirkman Memorial Bullride will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Covered K Arena in Maben. Trick-or-treat with the bull riders will start at 6 p.m. Costume contest to follow. Admission is $10; people wearing costumes get in free.
■ Trunk or Treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at McKee Park, Starkville. Set-up starts at 4 p.m.
■ Truck or Treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Meadowview Baptist Church, 300 Linden Circle, Starkville.
■ Fall Festival Block Party will be held from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31 at Fairview Baptist Church, 127 Airline Road, Columbus. Wear your favorite sports team gear.
■ Fall Festival will be held on Oct. 31 at Griffin United Methodist Church, Starkville, immediately after the 9:30 a.m. worship service.