Happy Halloween 2014! Trick or Treat Check-List

It’s finally here! Halloween! Tonight is the big night of Trick or Treating fun throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette. We thought it would be fun to put together a check list of important items you MUST remember on this special night. Preparation is key to a successful Halloween night! Please note Lafayette’s Halloween hours are 6-8pm and West Lafayette does not have set hours.

Trick or Treat Check-List (adults and children!) for those heading out to embark on a spooky fun Halloween Night!

  1. Make sure you have a fun Halloween bag that is big enough for a ton of chocolate and sugary candy.
  2. Wear or bring along a warm pair of socks, gloves and a hat as Indiana weather can be fickle.
  3. Bright colored costumes not only will make you stand out, but a safety tip for those driving by to see you.
  4. Halloween is more fun with a group of friends! The more the merrier, plus you can swap candy throughout the night!

Handing out Treats at Home Check-List

  1. What is better than having the best candy on the block? Nothing! People for years will remember your household if you give out the sweetest treats!
  2. Make sure you have enough candy to go around! Stock up. You don’t want to run out of candy before the last Trick-or-Treater arrives as you may miss the best costume!
  3. Dress up! The scarier the better! Trick-or-Treating is all about mischief and the more diverse, scary costume, the better!
  4. Decorate your home with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons, jack-o-lanterns and more to really get into the Halloween spirit and make your house a mecca for Trick-or-Treaters.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween night! To check out the list of Halloween events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/calendar/calendarofevents.html.

Weekend Update: The Dixie Swim Club & Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy a night of laughter and camaraderie at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 during the play, The Dixie Swim Club. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Visitors will laugh at this hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

It’s the event we have been waiting for all fall season; the Indiana Ceramics Celebration at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2. An amazing array of ceramics will be displayed, including about 50 pieces over 20 inches and several more over 4 feet tall. There’s a huge variety of ceramic forms, including tables, a rocking chair, a saddle, figural work, buildings, and much more. You’ll find teapots, platters, and assorted vessels in a wide array of styles. Featured artists include Marvin Bartel, Bing Davis, George Debikey, Lenny Dowhie, Scott Frankenberger, David Gamble, Bill Griffith, Dick Hay, Bill Kremer, Dick Lehman, Les Miley and many other nationally known artists with Indiana connections. Glass works by Lisa Pelo, Sharon Owens and Kokomo Opalescent Glass are also part of the exhibition. Deceased potters represented in the collection include Laura Fry, Karl Martz, The Overbeck sisters, Richard Peeler, Paul Soldner, Richard Tuck and others. Works by important Japanese potters (some of whom are Japanese Living National Treasures) who influenced the work of current clay artists will also be shown.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Congrats to Artsy Fun Giveaway Contest 2014 Winner!

We have the winner of our 2014 Artsy Fun Giveaway Contest worth over $390! Congratulations to Glenna from Tolono, Illinois. She shares, “I was so excited to read that I was the winner of your Artsy Fun Contest! I can hardly wait to come and experience all that Lafayette-West Lafayette has to offer! It has been a very tough last month or so, due to the unexpected death of my son. This is just the thing to help me get out and about again, and take my mind off of my problems. Thank you so much for choosing me.”

Glenna answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was originally built for the St. Louis World’s Fair.  What STATE was it originally built to represent at the fair?

ANSWER: State of Connecticut

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November. It will be our big holiday shopping giveaway contest!

Halloween Happenings 2014!

costumesScarecrows, a masquerade, Operation Trick or Treat and more! Halloween this year in Lafayette-West Lafayette looks to be an exciting one! The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette and West Lafayette is Halloween night, October 31. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating hours are 6-8pm and West Lafayette has no set hours. Check out the spooky and scary events taking place this Halloween in celebration of this haunted holiday:

pumpkinTo learn more about these Halloween special events and check dates and times visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Boo at the Zoo & Prophetstown State Park Festival

(Scarecrow from past Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park)

(Scarecrow from past Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park)

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s back and better than ever this Halloween; Boo at the Zoo! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with Columbian Park Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. Enjoy a night of delights, which includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. Please note this special event takes place October 22-24!

Fun fall festivities are taking place this weekend at Prophetstown State Park. Head to the park on October 24-26 to enjoy all the Halloween and fall events. Dress up and go trick-or-treating, use your creative talents to enter to win the campsite decorating contests, take a hike to see the scary, funny and unique scarecrows along the trail, take a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration.  This weekend is sure to be a deliciously scary good time!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

US Travel – Travel Effect



Have you heard of the recent research by US Travel called Travel Effects? It is research that shows the positive effects of what traveling does for you personally. It talks about overwhelmed Americans not using all their paid time off and not recognizing the importance of relaxation or that taking a break makes them better employees. In addition, this study proves vacationing is a great relationship and family builder.  There are so many benefits beyond the economic benefits that Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette staff often speak of. Travel impacts our community in wonderful ways. The feeling that visitors get from visiting our attractions, events, friends and relatives reflects well on our community while creating an environment of positive economic growth.

Wotan with the Sun Behind his HeadMassachusetts visitors to Wolf Park, Ken & Rose Laytin stated, “Our visit was very educational and lots of fun. Your work, knowledge and dedication to these magnificent animals was just amazing…already wowing friends and family with the shots we went home with.”

A guest to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon from Cincinnati, OH brought her granddaughter to the Feast and the granddaughter said she likes it better than Disneyland.

A Trip Advisor review of Tippecanoe Battlefield gave them 5 out of 5 stars – “Amazing history near Purdue University, after taking the son back to Purdue University, finally took time to visit the Tippecanoe Battle site and Museum. Such a great historical site and also a scenic drive along the great Wabash River. Allow some time to see all the unique displays about the battle and the times that it occurred in. If you like vintage firearms, the Museum has a great collection.”

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Shane Weist, General Manager of Coyote Crossing Golf Course, explains that 15% of their business comes from out of town guests. He states, “Although local consumers are essential to our business, we rely heavily on visitors to the area to frequent the facility. We work hard to attract out of town guests and are sure to offer them an experience that encourages them to return. Many of our larger non-local groups schedule a visit each year and typically grow as they share their experience at Coyote Crossing.”

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

Janet Wedekind from Sonoma, CA shared about SAMARA, our West Lafayette Frank Lloyd Wright home, “Just wanted to thank you for a FABULOUS Field Session!!! It was absolutely WONDERFUL! SAMARA is a treasure and I am so glad that you shared it with us…”

While Lafayette-West Lafayette doesn’t have the oceans, mountains or multimillion-dollar theme parks, we do have wonderful attractions, events and a variety of things to do and appreciate. They bring us pride and notoriety for how well they are presented, designed or interpreted, bringing the community businesses and new residents. Visitor spending adds to the health of our community and not only helps keep but also adds to the variety of restaurants, shops and hotels. At the same time those of us who live here are reminded of all we have to be proud of in Tippecanoe County and its surrounding counties.

Jo Wade, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette President, shared this blog.

Artsy Fun Getaway Contest 2014 Details

Ada Shulz Washday at Haan Mansion

Ada Shulz Washday at Haan Mansion

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our Artsy Fun Getaway Contest 2014 to our 2 great cities.  The competition started on Monday, October 13, and we want to share why each business who donated to this package is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth $390!

  • What is better than staying right on Purdue Campus at the The Union Club Hotel, Purdue Memorial Union where you can tour the grounds, bowl at the Union Rack and Roll and enjoy a comfortable night stay in a deluxe room.
  • When we speak of the arts one of the first places that come to mind is the Grateful Heart Gallery, which features one of a kind ceramics, mosaics, sculptures and more.
  • Lafayette’s newest attraction, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, is a mixture of art and history drawing everyone from art aficionados to history buffs in one setting.
  • The winner of this prize will get to pick a concert of his or her choice from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Would you pick the sounds of holiday music at the Holiday Pops, a fun-filled evening for the entire family at Lolli-pop or another?
  •  Can a business be famous for its salad? Yes! Arni’s offers their “Junior Arni’s Salad” that is loaded with cheese, meats, radishes, onions and croutons.  Top it with their French dressing and you have a ”salad masterpiece”!
  • Their menu encompasses everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups. Where?  Scotty’s Brewhouse
  • Interior decor: vibrant artwork, hanging colorful lights, and open space! Plus amazing sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas, pizzas and more at Red Seven Bar & Grill
  • Having a bad day? We recommend heading to Kathy’s Kandies where one is instantly greeted to relax and enjoy the fun young atmosphere while munching on homemade delicious treats.
  • Enjoy premium self serve yogurt where you can grab your own cup, fill it to your heart’s content and add all the goodie toppings at Yogurt reTREAT
  • Do not miss heading to Prophetstown State Park on October 24-26 for their fun fall festival! Festivities include a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration.
  • Wolf Park Pumpkin Party for the Wolves is October 25! Wolf Park staff and volunteers create jack-o-lanterns filled with tasty, animal-friendly treats for the wolves, coyotes and foxes.
Burger and loaded fries from Scotty's

Burger and loaded fries from Scotty’s

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=5536 to sign up!  Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 20, 2014 at noon. A winner will be announced the week of October 27, 2014.

Outdoor Fall Fun Weekend Update 2014!

Exploration Acres

Exploration Acres

Outdoor Fall Fun Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Bring on the adventure at Exploration Acres this weekend! Warm-up with a quick run through the straw bale maze, then visit the 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns. You can test your skill at a pedal car race, fire a three-ear corn cannon salute or just dive into a mound of hay. There is a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and picnic area with fire pits.  Enjoy a gem mine, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating/race.

Clegg Autumn

Clegg Autumn

On Friday, October 17, take part in the NICHES Land Trust Groundbreaking Ceremony! Explore the beautiful grounds at Clegg Memorial Garden and check out how the Niches Land Trust is planning on preserving this natural habitat. NICHES protects, restores and sustains Northern Indiana ecosystems.

Be spooked at an evening of chilling Ghost Tales presented by the Tippecanoe Storytellers’ Guild and sponsored by the Tippecanoe Parks Department on Friday, October 17. Head to the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater for this annual night of chilling ghost tales! Donate $1 to Book Cycle, a local free book program for preschoolers.

Cheer on the runners at the Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K taking place Saturday, October 18! Or maybe you are running yourself. Good luck to those runners taking on this arduous running adventure!

Be prepared to be scared at Haunted Adams Mill! Each year around Halloween, the Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place. Take guided tours on Saturday, October 18 through the ghostly three floors of the Mill, which reveal many spine-tingling experiences. Outside, tractor-drawn hayrides take visitors through the haunted forest and then down to the warm campfire. Warm drinks and other treats are available under the overhang at the front of the Mill.

Ride the Delphi!

Ride the Delphi!

Explore the pioneer village at the Wabash and Erie Canal on Saturday, October 18 at the Harvest Festival when we celebrate the end of the outdoor season. Pioneer buildings will be open from 10am to 4pm. Craft booths and food vendors will be set up throughout the village, and there will be demonstrations from the leather guild, the blacksmiths, broom makers, basket weavers and copper. Skills such as tatting, wood working and spinning also will be shown. Take the final rides for the season on the Delphi up and down the Wabash and Erie Canal.

It’s Pumpkin Patch Activity Day at Congress Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 18. Enjoy children’s games and a health fair while shopping for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more!

More running and walking fun is taking place on October 19! Watch or get your exercise on at Point 1K! The race will start at 3 p.m. West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis will start the race. The EMT Food Truck will be there selling food. All proceeds benefit the YWCA Women’s Cancer Program.

Lastly, but definitely not least, head to Wea Creek Orchard on October 19 for the Boo Bash & Family Movie Night. What to expect on this fun night: pumpkin seed spitting contest, HAYRIDES, prize baskets, pumpkin bowling and more! Costumes are encouraged!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

An Artsy Fun Giveaway Contest 2014! Enter Today!

Artsy Fun Giveaway Contest 2014! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a weekend with your friends and family to enjoy the eclectic arts and entertainment in our area.  You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth $390 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special person. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was originally built for the St. Louis World’s Fair.  What STATE was it originally built to represent at the fair?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm. A winner will be announced the week of October 27, 2014! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

“One Great Wedding Destination” The Outpost

Outpost2014.22 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues that will make your day special. One such location that not only offers a great space to have a wedding but also a wonderful catering menu is The Outpost Catering and Banquet Facility. They offer some of the best customer service in town with delicious food and space for wedding parties up to 300 people!

It’s fall, which means we are in the midst of wedding season! Mums, pumpkins, the earthy, musty smell of falling leaves, harvest, clear blue skies, and more; this is what I think of fall! Is there a better time for a wedding? Not that I can think of! I have been to so many fall weddings, and I have to say it is my favorite season to attend someone’s special event. (You may note I did not get married in the fall, but I married a farmer and fall is off limits! ha!)

A few years ago in October, one of my dearest friends had a great big outdoor wedding.  When I say big, I should really say “huge!” They invited over 700 people and of those invited I would say almost 100% showed up. The Outpost catered the event, and they did an amazing job! The menu included pulled pork barbeque, baked potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw. The Outpost came with their big outdoor cooker and slowly cooked the BBQ to perfection. It literally melted in my mouth and the compliment of loaded potato salad, savory baked beans and crisp cole slaw was heaven! I shouldn’t admit this, but I went back for seconds! My good friend shared how wonderful the staff was to work with. Wedding planning can be stressful and she said their great customer care made her event run smoothly and relieved so much of her stress.

The Outpost Catering also has a banquet facility for rental for special events. They offer complete food service, whether it be plated or buffet, and also a full bar service with licensed bartenders. They can accommodate an event anywhere from 25-300 guests. The space is a blank canvas so brides and grooms can decorate and make it into the perfect memory-making site of their dreams. I have never attended a wedding at this venue, but we did host our National Tourism Week Social Media Workshop at this facility. The food was delicious and the customer service was exceptional.

Outpost2014.7For more information about this venue and others in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com