5 ways to connect with fall over Homecoming weekend

Claire Oliver

CSU homecoming weekend is full of events for current Rammies and alumni to showcase their Ram Pride. After a week of midterms, a more relaxing weekend is also an option for Rammies staying in town during Homecoming. With the fall weather keeping more people inside here are some options for anyone who wants to stay in during Homecoming week. 

  1. Stay in a read a book.
Truman Capote’s captivating novel “In Cold Blood” is a great option for those who are spending the day inside (Colin Sheperd | Collegian).

It is nearly perfect weather to curl up and read a book. Whether it’s revisiting an old favorite or reading something new, when cold weather starts to roll in staying inside and reading is one of life’s great gifts. After a long week of studying for midterms, students deserve a break to sit down and enjoy reading a book that isn’t assigned to class.


Since Halloween is near, here are some spine-tingling books to check out from the local library.  CSU students can use their student IDs to check out books at Poudre River Public Libraries. 

  1. “In Cold Blood” Truman Capote
  2. “The Shining” Stephen King
  3. “Helter Skelter” Vincent Bugliosi 
  1. Stay in and make dinner

Cooking can really bring people together. What better way to stay connected to your “Ramily” than cooking dinner for them? For those living in the residence halls, each hall has a kitchen for residents to utilize. Cooking with Audrey, a weekly Collegian column highlights affordable and easy recipes for students to cook at home or in the dorms. You can split the bill with friends and enjoy a home-cooked meal on campus.

  1. Watch a classic horror movie.
shelves of movies
Gorehound’s Playground is a place for fans of not only horror but sci-fi and cult classics as well. With movies showing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as a wide variety of merchandise for sale. Their theater can fit up to 30 people and has a full concession stand. (Vinny Del Conte | Collegian)

Halloween is looming ever closer and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than watching a classic horror movie?

 “Halloween” is finally coming out with a sequel that looks promising. For those who haven’t watched the cult classic, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to rent it on Amazon Prime. For those who don’t have an Amazon Prime, signing up with email grants you a free week of content.

Another classic to check out is “The Strangers,” a creepy movie about the brutal attack of a couple out in the middle of nowhere. The movie has plenty of jump scares and a classic last line. Another option is a newer horror movie, “Hereditary.”  This movie is full of gore, jump scares and just regular horror movie plot confusion. Of course, you can also watch “Hocus Pocus” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” if your Halloween tastes are a little more subtle.

  1. Start working on a Halloween costume.

This weekend is also a great time to start brainstorming ideas for Halloween costumes. There are some great finds waiting on the racks of Good Will.

From cute couple costumes to creative costumes, Halloween can be totally DIY and doesn’t have to break the budget. Some easy and quick ideas include:

  • Any member of the “Scooby-Doo” gang.
  • Waldo from “Where’s Waldo,” Charlie Chaplin, Rosie the Rivator a sheet ghost and a toilet paper mummy.
  • For couple costumes, try Cosmo and Wanda from “Fairly Odd Parents,” Mary Poppins and Bert, Blue and Steve from “Blues Clues” or Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.  
  1. Visit a pumpkin patch or a corn maze.
maze overhead
Fritzler Farm Park, formerly Fritzler’s Corn maze revealed their new maze design on Sept 13, 2018. The park continues its regular fall events, the Oktoberfest from Oct. 6-7 and Hometown Heroes from Oct. 13-14. (Colin Shepherd | Collegian)

Since most people will be on campus, this weekend would be a great opportunity to go visit a pumpkin patch or a corn maze without the crowds.

Fritzler Farm Park is a short drive to La Salle, 45 minutes east of Fort Collins. The farm offers not only a corn maze, but live shows and a beer garden. For those who want to go pick pumpkins, Something From the Farm sells pumpkins by the pound. This family-owned farm has fun events including a corn maze and hayride. 

Claire Oliver can be reached at entertainment@colostate.edu or on Twitter @claireity21.