Spooky Season Guide

Story by: Maddie Lajewski and Isabella Trujillo

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch photos by: Maddie Lajewski

“The Shining” promotion provided by: Broadway Theatre of Mount Pleasant

Spooky Activities

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch: The only pumpkin farm located in Mt. Pleasant, off Summerton Road. It is a family-friendly business offering hayrides, a corn maze, and a petting zoo. They also offer fresh apple cider and a variety of different doughnuts, as well as an assortment of jams and salsas. There are many different photo locations for students to take advantage of.

Uncle Johns Cider Mill: Uncle Johns, located in St John about 40 minutes from Mount Pleasant, offers a variety of activities for not only families to enjoy, but friends and students as well.

“Seriously, we take great pride in our farm,” co-owner Dede Beck, Central Michigan class of 1994 said. “We have many great activities and things for students to enjoy. Our pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily, along with all of our retail stores and bakery. Students can enjoy live music Thursday – Sundays, and those 21 and older can visit our taproom and try our hard ciders. On the weekends, we press fresh cider and offer wagon rides through the orchard and train rides. We have food trucks and a great festive atmosphere.

Uncle Johns offers CMU students the opportunity to get out of Mount Pleasant, and enjoy a different environment to have fun and relax.

“My personal favorite thing is our new ‘Tractor Tire Donuts’ and taking a walk through our orchard,” Beck said. “We do not offer apple picking, since we use every apple we grow for cider, but a walk through the orchard is great for the soul and a nice break from campus.”

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market: Students and locals can enjoy the Mount Pleasant farmers market every Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until October 27 at the Island Park-South Shelter and every Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until October 8 on Broadway St. between Main and University. This provides people with the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors before the harsh winter weather, and to support local vendors and businesses.

Terror on 27: Located off of Bagley Road in Ashley, is a haunted attraction, offering four distinct haunts to fuel your fear. Insanity (haunt 1) is a mind twist, where you’re met with a bellhop who takes you down to the gates of hell. Entanglement (haunt 2) takes you through a mine shaft, full of terror, which features a waterfall of blood. Animosity (haunt 3) is a haunted maze with no direct route, where your fears follow. Last but not least is “the house”, which is a Victorian style haunted house, featuring spirits from the past coming back from the dead. Actors are not permitted to touch you.

Ticket prices start at $10 for one attraction, $15 for three attractions, and $25 for fast pass. The house attraction is $10 and is excluded from fast pass and the triple attraction deal. Cash only.

Opening night is Sept. 30 from 7:30 am-12 am, continuing every Friday and Saturday in October, with special dates on Oct. 16, 23, and 30, which are open from 7:30-10 p.m. 

“VHS Night” at Broadway Theatre: The Broadway Theatre, located in downtown Mount Pleasant is doing a throwback showing of “The Shining” on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $8.00 and at the door for $10.00. Also included in the VHS night is trivia and a spooky craft fair.

Halloween concert with Moore Media Records: Moore Media Records will be hosting a concert featuring three bands on Oct. 29 at 8:00 p.m. at Wesley. Attendees can wear costumes if they so choose, and light refreshments will be provided. Promotions manager Cora Fassett said admissions is “pay what you want, donations-based.”

On-campus events

Every day of the week leading up to Halloween there is an event on-campus for students to participate in.

Monday, Oct. 24: Pumpkin carving event

“Students who participate during this event will be entered into a pumpkin contest,” Office of Student Activities and Involvement intern Emma Massey said. “Photos will be taken of each student’s pumpkin, then posted on the SAI Instagram story (@cmuactivities) side by side for public voting. The winner will be announced once all rounds of voting have been completed.”

Students must RSVP on Engage Central before attending this event.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Drunk Horror Story

To go along with Res Life’s “Sober for October” campaign, the Office of Student Activities and Involvement is hosting a night where students can experience a drunk driving simulation, sample various “mocktails” and discuss party alternatives for Halloween weekend. Location and time to be announced.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: The Conjuring Showing

Program Board will be hosting a showing of The Conjuring located in the Powers Ballroom from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Halloween treats will be provided as well.

Friday, Oct. 28: Legends of the Dark returns!

A popular CMU favorite will return to campus that evening. Legends of the Dark is a tour that takes students around CMU’s haunted campus right before Halloween. Times are to be announced, and there will be a call sent out soon for volunteers and actors.

Monday, Oct. 31: Candy bags

Students can pick up a Halloween candy bag from CMU staff and administrators who will be handing them out in front of the University Center from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.