Goodbye summer: Your 2014 fall survival kit

Keegan Williams

Say goodbye 80 degree heat and hello to changing leaves. Fall has arrived in Fort Collins, but what do you need to know to survive the changing seasons?

Fall Movies
Fall Television
Fall Video Games
Fall Events
Best places for pumpkins and fall produce
CSU Talks Fall

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Fall Movies

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, November 21

The first installment of the highly anticipated Hunger Games finale is coming to theaters this fall. The popular franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and the final installment acts as a climactic finish, pitting protagonist Katniss Everdeen against President Snow.

Into the Woods, December 25

A modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairytales, “Into the Woods” is coming to theaters this Christmas. With a star studded cast, the film is likely to be a major hit for the 2014 holiday season.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, December 17

The last part of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” is arriving in theaters this fall. The adventures of Bilbo Baggins are brought to a close as the hobbit deals with the deadly dragon Smaug and his destruction of Lake-town.

Dumb and Dumber To, November 14

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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as the kooky, and unintelligent, duo from the 1994 comedy in this sequel coming in November.

Horrible Bosses 2, November 26

The trio from the first film decide to launch their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2,” but conflict arises when a tricky investor rears his ugly head. Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey reprise their roles in this sequel.

Fall Television

American Horror Story: Freakshow, Premieres October 8 on FX

The fourth installment of the FX horror anthology follows a band of freaks in the 1950s. Cast members from previous installments Murder House, Asylum and Coven return for this fright fest.

The Walking Dead, Premieres October 12 on AMC

It’s 2014, but zombies are still in. The fifth season of “The Walking Dead” is coming soon, chronicling a group of people and their struggle to survive.

Family Guy, Premieres September 28 on Fox

The beloved and long running cartoon series premieres its 12th season this fall.

Fall Video Games

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, November 21 for the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS

Get ready, trainers. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are coming to Nintendo’s handheld systems soon. The games are 3D remakes of the Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby games originally released on the Gameboy Advance.

Super Smash Bros., October 3 for the Nintendo 3DS and Holiday 2014 for the Wii U

We all remember sitting around the Nintendo 64 battling it out as kids. The magic is reborn this fall in the newest installments of “Super Smash Bros.” featuring many new characters, items and an opportunity to form bitter rivalries with friends.

Little Big Planet 3, November 18 for the Playstation 4

Featuring new players with distinct, special abilities, the creatively crafted and visually stunning “Little Big Planet” series will see its third installment coming to the new Playstation consoles this fall.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, December 31 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Xbox One and Playstation 4

Solid Snake returns in the highly anticipated “Metal Gear Solid V,” with open world environments and stunning graphics.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX, December 2 for the Playstation 3

In anticipation for “Kingdom Hearts III,” which is currently under development, the second Kingdom Hearts game is being re-released in HD. The re-release will also feature an HD re-release of the Playstation Portable game “Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep” and HD scenes from “Kingdom Hearts: ReCoded.”

Fall Events

Old Town Zombie Fest, October 25

Nate Barnhart carries his daughter, Aliya, through Old Town Plaza acting as the undead during the 2013 Fort Collins Zombie Crawl. Barnhart and his wife participate in the celebration nearly every year with their young children.
Nate Barnhart carries his daughter, Aliya, through Old Town Plaza acting as the undead during the 2013 Fort Collins Zombie Crawl. Barnhart and his wife participate in the celebration nearly every year with their young children.

It’s basically a Fort Collins tradition. Dress up as a zombie and crawl about Fort Collins to get into the Halloween spirit.

Fort Collins Ghost Tours

Ghosts

While the Fort Collins ghost tours happen year round, fall is a great time to give the spooky excursion a try.

Malt Monster 5K, October 11

The Fort Collins Brewery is putting on a 5K, and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite monsters. The race is complete with a costume contest and will be followed by a party.

Horror movies at the Lyric

Throughout October, Lyric Cinema Cafe will be playing horror movies to get Fort Collins ready for Halloween. Movies include “The Shining,” “The Ring” and “Let the Right One In,” among others.

Homecoming week, October 16-19

Best places for pumpkins and fall produce

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bartels Farm and Pumpkin Patch, 3424 E. Douglas Rd., Fort Collins

Something From the Farm, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins

Jake’s Farm, 3620 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland

CSU talks fall

Since the seasons are changing, we decided to ask Rams around campus what they thought about summer coming to an end and fall starting up.

Collegian Social Media Editor Keegan Williams can be reached at socialmedia@collegian.com or on Twitter @keeganmw.