Weekend Update: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette & Ballroom Dance

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

If you love theater and mystery, this weekend the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents a show just for you! This Friday, October 26 is the opening night of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. This exciting show runs on weekends from the 26th until November 10th. Fridays and Saturdays, the show begins at 7:30pm and on Sundays the show begins at 2:30pm. Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch as Holmes and Watson try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Click here to find more information and purchase tickets!


Are you a lover of dance, or just want to check out something new? Stop by the annual ballroom dance competition at Purdue hosted by Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team. This Saturday, October 27th from 7am to 9pm, you can enjoy a great number of dances at this event. There will be hundreds of dancers from Purdue and other schools! Get moved by the music and support our school’s dance team. Please visit their website for further information.


For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Wagyu Burger-liciousness at East End Grill

Burger-liciousness is taking place all over Lafayette-West Lafayette this month! We have been featuring some of our favorite burger joints across town and enjoying every delectable bite. The featured restaurant today is East End Grill.

We are happy with our selection!

East End has 2 burgers that put it on our burger map.  First is the East End Burger. This burger is an 8oz prime beef patty with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle & baby greens. Ashley from our office shares, “The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing!”

East End Burger – check out that thick slice of fresh tomato…Delicious!

The Prime Valley Farms Wagyu Burger is the other burger that had our taste buds soaring. This burger is locally raised 100% full blood Wagyu Beef. It is on their menu throughout the year when East End Grill gets Wagyu beef supplied to them from a local farm, so it is featured on a limited time basis. (Fingers crossed it is served when visiting because it is an amazing sandwich.) This burger is served with a sweet tomato relish, creamy Saint-Andre Cheese and arugula. A co-worker and I ordered this burger. It will melt in your mouth with the dense marbling that makes it juicy and delicious! The relish, cheese and arugula give it the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It is one of the best burgers I personally have ever ordered out. Add in some of the East End Grill fries, and you are in burger/fry heaven!

Wagyu Burger -OH YUM!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from East End Grill or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Spooky Halloween Trick or Treat Update 2018 Part 2

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween Trick or Treat activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Trunk or Treat at St. James Lutheran
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 3-5 p.m.
    2. Where: St. James Lutheran, 800 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Games, popcorn and crafts. Hot dogs & drinks for sale. Lots of candy!
  2. Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Crestview Community Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Crestview Community Church, 1400 Ortman Ln, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join us Crestview Community Church for our Annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat. From 5p – 7p we will have bounce houses, face painting, live music, games, food and more! From 7p – 8p the Trunk or Treat will take place. Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening.  This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome!
  3. Mall-O-Ween
    1. When: Thursday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy. S., Lafayette
    3. Details: Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at entrance A by JCPenny. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillowcase to trick or treat around the mall. Please no full-face mask or painted faces on kids 8 and up. No toy guns or weapons of any kind.
  4. Trunk or Treat Cruise in Car Show
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: AJ’s Burgers and Beef, 3575 Promenade Parkway, Suite 700, Lafayette
    3. Details: Bring the Cars and Bring the kids! Weather permitting, we are hoping for a great final event to head into winter time. Stop on by AJ’s Burgers and Beef in Lafayette on Friday October 26th, from 6-9PM for a Trunk or Treat! What does that mean? Well, instead of going door to door, you can go car to car showing off your great costumers while showing off your cool rides!
      This event is family friendly and for the kids! Prizes will be given to the kids with the best costumes. The best part about this event is its FREE to participate in!
  5. Trunk or Treat at Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson, 225 Progress Drive, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join Hunter’s Moon H-D for our annual Trunk-Or-Treating! This year, we are inviting the community to come out and pass candy out in the parking lot as well! Hunter’s Moon H-D will be giving the best decorated vehicle a $100 gift certificate!!
      The dealership will also be decorated so be sure to bring the kiddos inside for more treats at each of the departments. Hot cider and treats will be served inside in our customer lounge
  6. Trick-Or-Treating with the Animals at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come dressed in your costume and share this festive weekend with The Farm animals. Find each station on The Farm and receive a treat. They will have plenty of candy to share! Learn about how trick-or-treating came to be and see the house decorated for a 1920’s Halloween party. Several of the animals will be in costume and the Tenant house will be open for tours. Don’t miss this fun event! FREE with park admission.
  7. Trunk or Treat at Faith East Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Faith East Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette
    3. Details: Faith East Community Center is excited to host its annual Trunk or Treat event. All of the fun of trick or treating in one safe, family-friendly environment. With over 50 stops, carnival games and bounce houses, and more candy than you can count – you are guaranteed to have a great time!
  8. Trunk or Treat at Northend Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Northend Community Center, 2000 Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette
    3. Details: Northend Community Center will have trunks lining both sides of their front parking lot. When you get done with your last trunk, join everyone inside the Community Center for more games, bounce houses, and of course free popcorn, hot chocolate, and apple cider!
  9. Operation Trick-or-Treat with Friends of Downtown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.
    2. Where: Downtown Lafayette Businesses (11th and Main down to Plaza)
    3. Details: Trick or Treating from 2-4pm, pet costume contest, costume contest at 5pm, community dance party from 2-6pm followed by “Thriller” flash mob in Riehle Plaza at 6pm.
  10. Trunk or Treat Riehle Plaza
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6pm p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza, 200 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Have small children or looking for a fun event to show off your Halloween costume and indulge in some candy? The Lafayette PD, West Lafayette PD and Tippecanoe County Sheriffs will be passing out candy on Saturday, October 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Riehle Plaza.

      Farm at Prophetstown animals will be decked out in costume!

  11. Trunk or Treat at Christ United Methodist Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 28, 1-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come out dressed in your best Halloween costume to Christ United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat! After you’re done Trunk or Treating enjoy our concession stand with hotdogs, chips and drinks! Hope to see you there!!
  12. Trunk or Treat Halloween Celebration
    1. When: Monday, October 29, 5-7 p.m..
    2. Where: Bob Rohrman Toyota, 3900 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come and enjoy a fun and safe environment with your kiddos! We will have plenty of candy and Free Hot Dogs for the family!
  13. Haunted House and Trick or Treat at St. Mary Healthcare
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    2. Where: St. Mary Healthcare, 2201 Cason St., Lafayette
    3. Details: For ages 10 and under
  14. Calvary Baptist Candy Crawl
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    2. Where: Calvary Baptist, 310 Kalberer Rd., West Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Candy Crawl is a safe, free, and family friendly event for the whole community. Kids (and adults) can wear costumes and trunk or treat going from car to car in the church parking lot getting more candy! Activities will be indoors and outdoors. Hot dogs and drinks served. We will have indoor activities for children with autism and sensory disorders. Please contact us before the event to find out more about our sensory friendly activities. An area with games and pumpkin decorating will be open from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Please avoid scary or inappropriate costumes – there will be lots of little kids everywhere!
  15. Trunk or Treat at Immanuel United Church of Christ
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: We will have Trick or Treating, Games, Hay Ride, Food & Drinks, Photo booth more. This event is free and family friendly. You won’t want to miss out on this fun filled evening.
  16. Trunk or Treat at Haan Mansion
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, 920 East State Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches and more, stop by the Haan Museum for candy galore!
  17. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: Observed on Halloween, but no set hours.
  18. West Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: No mandated date, but usually observed on Halloween.

Click here for a listing of other spooky Halloween special events (Part 1) taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette.  Enjoy and have fun this Halloween!

Purdue Football Fun: A Game Weekend Checklist

With Purdue football season underway, we’ve compiled a list of must-do game weekend activities. This checklist is full of traditions and experiences that are sure to get everyone from campus newcomers to Purdue football regulars in the Boilermaker spirit!

1. Go to The Den

Photo of a red, white and blue donut atop a Den Pop in front of the Discount Den store

Den Pops and donuts – what a delicious combination! Photo courtesy of @discountden

The Discount Den is a popular convenience store located in Chauncey Mall. It’s a great spot to pick up affordable Purdue attire, snacks, soda and more. Home of the iconic “Den Pop,” The Den is most known for its soft drink bar where you can create your own soda concoction. Also, be sure to grab some delicious Hammer Donuts! The Den is open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Walk Around Campus

Photo of The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower in spring

The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower

Walking around campus during football weekends is a fun way to see many iconic Purdue landmarks. Additionally, it’s a great chance to take pictures with friends and family to remember the experience. Listed below are a few of the must-see spots:

  • John Purdue – Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished P – Next to Stewart Center
  • Campus Fountains – We recommend Loeb Fountain by Beering Hall and The Engineering Fountain on Engineering Mall
  • Bell Tower – Across from WALC
  • Neil Armstrong – Outside of Armstrong Hall

A campus walk also allows campus newcomers and alumni to see new changes and recent additions to Purdue. The most notable addition to campus currently is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, located across from the Bell Tower.

3. Eat at Popular Purdue Restaurants

Photo of Basil Thai's curry pineapple fried rice in a to-go box next to a menu

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice from Basil Thai

Stopping in for a bite to eat at the most beloved Purdue restaurants will get you in the Boilermaker spirit.

One of the most known joints is Triple XXX, a diner known for its burgers and milkshakes. It opens at 5:30 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 p.m on Sunday. A crowd favorite is the Duane Purvis All American Burger, a classic cheeseburger with a sweet twist – peanut butter. The Drew Brees First Choice breakfast special is also an early-morning hit among the locals. 

Another classic restaurant is Bruno’s, a family-run pizza joint. First-timers can’t go wrong with the famous Bruno Dough and the Boilermaker Pizza. Bruno’s opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, so be sure to save this location for dinner.

Another hidden gem is Basil Thai, which is located in Chauncey Mall. The small Thai shop offers many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. The red curry and rice dish is one of the best items on the menu.

4. Ride on the Boilermaker Special

Photo of Purdue's Boilermaker Special, a black and gold locomotive, driving by a statue of John Purdue on Memorial Mall

The Boilermaker Special driving by John Purdue statue on Memorial Mall. Photo courtesy of @BoilermakerSpecial

Catching a ride on the Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s notable mascot, is an experience every Purdue fan should have. You can spot the locomotive driving around campus on game weekends. The Reamer Club offers free rides in front of Stewart Center from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before home football games. This is a great activity for kids!

5. Tailgate

Tailgating near the stadium on game day is a great way to catch up with old friends and get excited about the game. For details about purchasing tailgate spaces, check out the official Purdue Tailgating Page.

6. Go to Harry’s

Photo of rum and Coke drink and a purple suede purse with fringe sitting on the bar at Harry's

Grabbing a drink at Harry’s after the game is a must

With great drinks and free popcorn, Harry’s Chocolate Shop is the place to be on game weekends. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 a.m. daily. It tends to stay fairly packed all weekend, so expect a crowd. The Green Dragon is a go-to drink for frequent Harry’s customers. Filled with students and alumni, it’s hard to find a place with more school spirit in one location than this iconic bar.

7. Go to the Game

Photo of Ross-Ade stadium filled with fans during a game timeout at sunset

A packed Ross-Ade Stadium, full of fans ready to cheer on the Boilermakers to victory.

The most important thing to do on a game weekend is (obviously) go to the game. For more information about ticket prices and purchasing details, visit the Purdue Sports football ticket information page. While at the game, be sure to cheer on the Boilers and watch the “All American” Marching Band perform during halftime with the World’s Largest Drum!

Make sure to check out the Home of Purdue’s website for more information about upcoming Purdue athletic activities.

Alexis Murrell, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Teays River Servin’ Rockin’ Good Burgers

It’s Burger Month in Lafayette-West Lafayette. We are heading to the best burger joints in town and sharing why we LOVE burgers.  Check out our latest review of Teays River Brewing and Public House. This restaurant opened this year and is rockin’ the burger scene!

BURGERS!! YUM!

Ultimate Beer Burger reviews:

Emily said, ‘I’m usually not a person who orders burgers when going out to eat, but this one sounded too good to pass up. The best part of this burger is the thick and creamy beer cheese. It’s a great addition to the already wonderful burger and toppings. The beer burger tasted like the cooks put real time and effort into its creation. I will for sure order this again! I would recommend to anyone, burger fan or not, they’re sure to love it!

“The Ultimate Beer Burger from Teays River is a mouthwatering 8oz. burger patty. The hop mayo, beer cheese, and onion jam add a distinct flavor to the already beer marinated patty. Once you take your first bite out of this burger, I promise you won’t be leaving anything on the plate,” adds Corey.

Beer Burger

Korean BBQ Burger review:

Ashley’s thoughts, “Wonderful burger! With the first bite, I noticed an explosion of flavor. The meat was juicy yet had lots of flavor. Black pepper and the vinegary slaw flavor stood out. It was very good. Get it with the chips and a side of beer cheese! YUM!

Korean Burger

Angus Steak Burger review:

Samm shares, “I had the Angus steak burger with the barbecue sauce.  The burger itself was thick, juicy and full of flavor.  The bun was lightly toasted, and the muenster cheese melted on top was the perfect pairing to the sweet and savory barbecue sauce.  I would definitely order this burger again!  I recommend the house chips as a side. They were a great complement to the meal.”

Angus Steak Burger

Black, Blue and Green Burger Review:

I had the Black, Blue and Green Burger. ” I love blue cheese and this burger definitely delivered on the blue cheese with the dressing and crumbles. The green olives and green onions were simple yet really made the burger shine adding a salty, fresh taste.  And the burger itself was so juicy and delicious on a dense, fluffy bun.”

Black, Blue and Green Burger

We were curious because they didn’t ask us how we wanted out burgers cooked and each one of us has our own way we like them cooked from medium rare to well done. But each one came out mouth-watering perfect! The owner shared they have a special meat ratio they have blended for them. The blend in our opinion is fabulous!!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Teays River or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a fun gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues in Lafayette-West Lafayette

  1. The Rat Pak Venue
  2. Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc.
  3. The Lahr Atrium
  4. Ross-Ade Pavilion
  5. The Trails Banquet Facility

Looking for an indoor wedding venue for your upcoming wedding reception or ceremony? Try starting with these great venue options.

The Rat Pak Venue is located in Downtown Lafayette, on third street just across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. It features a beautiful second floor ballroom with wonderful exposed brick walls and large windows that overlook the courthouse. They also offer wedding planning services, lighting and sound services, making it a one stop shop for your wedding needs. For parties up to 200 people.

Built in the 1920’s as a community meeting space, the Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc. is a great choice for weddings up to 310 guests when utilizing the entire building. It also works for smaller weddings as small rooms are available as well as the large ballroom. The ballroom offers a curtained stage with a grand piano, hardwood floors and elegant windows. Other features of the hall include fireplaces, chandeliers, antique furniture and antique paintings. Rooms with varying styles ensure everyone can find a room they like. There is even a small secret garden for the smallest of small weddings, seats 2 to 4 people. Varying service packages are available, some include kitchens, dishes and serving dishes.

Looking for a grand entrance to your reception? Try the Lahr Atrium. It was built in 1833 as part of the Lahr Hotel, now apartments, in the heart of Downtown Lafayette on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets. This venue features a grand staircase made of white marble and natural light from the atrium style ceiling. Host your reception where people of history have walked. When this was a hotel people such as Mark Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and John Purdue stayed and/or dined here.

Lahr Atrium wedding

Purdue Sports Fan? Check out the Ross-Ade Pavilion, that overlooks the football field at Ross-Ade Stadium. It can host your wedding reception up to 500 people. Some people even decide to split the venue and have their ceremony on one side and the reception on the other. The pavilion has beautiful views of Purdue’s campus and sunsets that really help to set the mood. Varying packages are available and wedding consulting is offered.

Voted Best Wedding Reception Venue and Best Buffet by the Journal and Courier’s Readers Choice Awards, several years, the Trails Banquet Facility is a great choice when looking for an easy one stop shop for your reception. They offer 4 banquet rooms with a maximum capacity of 325 guests. An outside ceremony venue is also available. The staff will walk you through every step and make the planning process very easy.

Trails wedding

Whatever your choice, we are sure you will have a beautiful wedding at any of these venues. For a complete listing of venues in the area, check out: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Spooky Halloween & Fall Activities 2018 Part 1

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween and fall activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Exploration Acres
    1. When: October 11-28, Thurs. 6-10pm, Fri. 6pm -11pm, Sat. 10am – 11pm, Sun. Noon – 7pm
    2. Where: Exploration Acres, 6042 Newcastle Road, Lafayette
    3. Details: Once you arrive you can 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 (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!)! 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, hay rides, and picnic area with fire pits.  Enjoy a gem mine, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating/race.
  2. The Great Pumpkin Patch
    1. Today-October 31, 11-7pm
    2. Where: Congress Street Church, North Parking Lot, 2012 Congress St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more.

      Great Pumpkin Patch

      Great Pumpkin Patch

  3. 9th Annual Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park
    1. When: Today– November 4
    2. Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area, and find our Trail of Scarecrows. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more. Support their creative efforts and “penny vote” for best scarecrow in the Visitor Center. These penny votes will add up, and all proceeds benefit the interpretive programs at Prophetstown State Park.
  4. Evil on Erie (Haunted Warehouse)

    Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park

    1. When: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
    2. Where: Haunted Warehouse, 1910 Wilson Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Haunted Warehouse – be prepared to be scared!
  5. Fall Funfest: A Harvest Celebration at Prophetstown State Park
    1. When: October 20-21
    2. Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, 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.
  6. Fall Fest Weekend at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Stop by The Farm and celebrate Fall Fest Weekend. They will have fall themed crafts and activities. The Farm will have FREE popcorn and cider available.  Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each. FREE with park admission.
  7. Barn Dance & Harvest Celebration at The Farm at Prophetstown 
    1. When: Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m..
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come to The Farm for their annual Barn Dance and help celebrate the harvest of crops! Scott Greeson shares his musical talents all over the Midwest, but will be performing in the barn from 6:30-8:30pm.  There will be a silent auction to support The Farm and activities for children.  Come hungry, as there will be homemade farm chili for sale.  Bring your camper chair for extra seating.  Enjoy this annual evening of family fun!  $5 per car, plus park admission.  Trolley rides will be available for $3 per person, children 5 and under ride FREE.
  8. Haunted Adams Mill
    1. When: October 20, 27 & 31, 6-10 p.m.
    2. Where: Adams Mill, County Road S. 75 E., Cutler, IN – See website for directions
    3. Details: Each year around Halloween, the Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Guided tours through the ghostly three floors of the Mill 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.
  9. 1920 ’s Halloween Decor at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come to the farm to make Halloween décor. Hoosier families in the 1920s incorporated homemade and commercial decorations in their harvest and Halloween gatherings. Halloween parties were especially popular with all ages and commercial party supply companies promoted the use of its tissue and crepe paper, gummed seals (today’s stickers) and mat-stock silhouettes. FREE with park admission.
  10. Boo Bash & Family Movie Night
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    2. Where: Wea Creek Orchard, 5618 S 200 East, Lafayette
    3. Details: The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County hosts its 11th annual Boo Bash & Family Movie Night on October 21, 2018. This family fun evening offers hayrides and several activities including pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin bowling, tic tac toe, spider fishing, and donut on a string. Prize basket and “Guess How Many” winners will be drawn at 6:30, and the evening will conclude with a showing of Toy Story of Terror, a short, 22 minute film.  Concessions from the Emergency Munchie Truck will be available for purchase and the Wea Creek Market will be open. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5.00 per person.  Children 2 and under are free. For groups of more than four, admission is $3.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event. In case of rain, activities will be moved inside the barn.

      Boo at the Zoo

  11. Boo at the Zoo
    1. When: October 24, 25, & 26 (Wed, Thurs, & Fri), 6:30-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Columbian Park Zoo, 1915 Scott St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Boo at the Zoo will be back and better than ever this Halloween! 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 their Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. The night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides.
  12. Imagination Station’s Annual Haunted Lab
    1. When: Friday, October 26 6-8 p.m. & Saturday, October 27, 10-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Imagination Station, 600 N. 4th Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Kid-friendly lab activities, costumes encouraged, and treat for the little scientists.
  13. Howler at the Fowler
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6pm-10pm
    2. Where: Fowler House Mansion, 909 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: We’re excited to announce that, together with the 1852 Foundation, the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting our first annual Halloween bash at The Fowler House Mansion on October 26, 2018 called the ‘Howler at the Fowler.’ It’s going to be a ‘howl’ of a good time – costume contest, silent auction fundraiser with great prizes and awesome sponsors, cash bar, free appetizers, music and more! This is a 21+ over event. Please drink responsibly!
  14. Halloweentown 2018- Year of the Werewolf

    Halloweentown

    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6 p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza | Downtown Lafayette
    3. Details: All 2 and 4 legged community members are invited for an afternoon of Halloween fun. 4th Annual Halloweentown and Operation Trick or Treat in DT Lafayette. Year of the Werewolf. We are honoring our 4 legged community members. Pet parade and costume contest. All animals must be on a leash.
      Starts at 2 on Main Street with local businesses handing out candy then down to Riehle Plaza for Costume contest, DJ, refreshments and lots of treats!! Grand finale is THRILLER on the plaza. You’ll be home in time for the moon rises. Bring your friends. All costumes welcome.
  15. Frankenhuffin Halloween Bash 2018
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 9-1 a.m.
    2. Where: Sgt. Preston’s, 6 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come on out to the third annual FrankenMuffin Halloween Bash at Sgt. Preston’s! Don’t miss out on the costume contest with special prizes TBD distributed at 11:00 pm. Ask about Sgt. Preston’s “Spooky Specials”. In costume or not, enjoy an awesome night of music and fun! Show starts at 9:00 pm, rocks on until around 1:00 am. 21+ venue. Best part: NO COVER!
  16. Wolf Park Pumpkin PartyPortrait of Timber
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1-5 p.m.
    2. Where: Wolf Park, 4004 E. 800 N., Battle Ground
    3. Details: Celebrate Halloween with the wolves! Help stuff jack-o-lanterns for the animals to enjoy, and then watch as each animal find their own special way to tear open the pumpkin to find the treats inside. This is a great time of year to come out and see the wolves in their thick winter coats and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Other activities include a costume contest! Come dressed in your finest and compete to win prizes. What other activities will there be? Come and find out!

Check back on October 19 for a listing of Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treat events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

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DT Kirbys -The Unusual Burger Creations

Lafayette-West Lafayette is celebrating Burgers this month! We are exploring the fun and unique flavors of all the burgers around town and this week we are featuring DT Kirby’s!

Do you ever have an unusual burger craving? Do your taste buds crave a burger with diverse flavors and toppings?  Look no further than DT Kirby’s burgers. They are sure to satisfy any crazy craving with burger creations one cannot find anywhere else! From burgers topped with appetizers galore to comfort burgers loaded with mac n cheese, there is something fabulous about each burger. Check out our reviews from our recent visit!

Burger Mania!

The Kirbside Burger, burger with friggin’ fries, onion rings, fried pickles, crispy chips, signature mushrooms and pepper jack cheese! All on a toasted pretzel bun…then add house sauce, lettuce and diced tomatoes. Samm shared, “I had the Kirbside Burger.  This was a flavor powerhouse! It was perfectly stacked and loaded with generous portions of home fries, onion rings, house chips, lettuce and fried pickles!  All this deliciousness was packed inside a fresh pretzel bun with just the right amount of salt crystals glazed over the top!  You can also include the house sauce and diced tomatoes, but mine was enough just the way I ordered it!”

Kirbside Burger- it’s massive!

The Grilled Cheese/ Cheese Burger, burger covered in awesome sauce, cucumber and with…2 grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. “This is an impressive sandwich. It’s really enough for two or maybe three people to share! Two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. I’m not sure what the awesome sauce is but it was good. Had a nice flavor almost like a light hint of taco seasoning? The cucumber was an interesting addition. I like cucumber so was good with it. Think I would prefer pickles though. I had the signature mushrooms on the side. They were very good! Sliced mushrooms that were lightly battered and fried. Served with the awesome sauce. I couldn’t eat everything. I’d definitely recommend sharing unless you are super hungry. You will need some napkins no matter what!” Ashley shared.

Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger

The Bacon Egg Burger, seasoned bacon on the burger, melted American cheese and topped with an over easy egg, Samantha’s review, “The Bacon Egg Burger from DT Kirby’s was everything I wanted it to be! It was deliciously cheesy, and the egg was such a perfect topping! If you want a unique twist on breakfast for dinner, you’ve gotta try this one!”

The Mac n’ Nap, pretzel bun…a 4-cheese mac, pepper jack, seasoned bacon on top of a ½ LB burger and pickle. “The mac n’ cheese is rich and creamy on top of a big burger and peppery bacon. The sandwich is huge and I could have just eaten the mac n’ cheese and bacon as a meal!” shares Sara.

Take a bite of this Mac’ N Nap

These are our reviews, but we want to hear yours! Have you been to DT Kirby’s? What did you think?  Or is there another burger place in Lafayette-West Lafayette you love?  Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Best Pumpkin Patches Near Purdue

The temperature is dropping, leaves are changing, and combines are in the field. It’s fall in Indiana, and with that comes a plethora of fun outdoor activities.

The season brings something for everyone — from football and tailgating to haunted houses and hay rides. For a lot of people, however, it wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin on the doorstep.

If you’re one of these people (or you just enjoy fun fall activities), the pumpkin patches in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area have your back. Before going to the grocery store to buy your pumpkins this fall, check out this list of a few pumpkin patches in the area.

Wea Creek Orchard

Located just off of U.S. 231, Wea Creek is a family-owned orchard, market, and event venue in Lafayette, Indiana. The main pumpkin patch is about 6 acres and grows 70,000 pounds of pumpkins each year. There is also a smaller patch (1.5 acres) dedicated to growing pumpkins for children on school field trips. If you want to pick your pumpkin straight from the field, this is a good option. Prices are determined by pumpkin weight.

In addition to picking out your own pumpkins, you can find a variety of items, such as honey, apple cider, jelly, and candles, in the Orchard's market.

The Orchard’s market also has a variety of goods for sale.

Tractor rides to and from the patch are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tractor rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kent’s Cucurbits

With a 17-acre pumpkin field, Kent’s Cucurbits has one of the largest selections in the area. In addition to traditional pumpkins, the patch also sell gourds, decorative squash, and white pumpkins. They are all pre-picked and cleaned for visitors. Prices range from $1-$8. If a nontraditional pumpkin is more your style, there is a great selection here in Brookston, Indiana.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

While these may not be the best carving pumpkins, they make great decorations or centerpieces.

These pumpkins make great decorations or centerpieces.

In addition to the pumpkins, there is also a 4 acre corn maze.

There is also a 4-acre corn maze here.

Exploration Acres

Like Wea Creek, Exploration Acres visitors go into the patch to pick their pumpkins. Be aware that there is a fee to enter the patch, and pumpkin prices are determined by weight. Located between U.S. 52 and I-65, this was the busiest of the patches — but there was still plenty of room to search for the perfect pumpkin.

Wagons are available to bring back the pumpkins

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are different games and food options.

There is a section of the 11 acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

There is a section of the 11-acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church

Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! The Patch is handicap-accessible, pets are welcome, and picture-taking is encouraged. There is a fabulous area filled with hay bales, pumpkins and fall decorations that is great for selfies and family photos. Do not miss the bake sale, as they have the best pumpkin bread around!

Each patch offers something for everyone. Be sure to visit your favorite before the season ends.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

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This blog was written by Cheyenne Dunn, Purdue University Student.

Recapture 18th Century Life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Oct. 6-7, 2018

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

The “Boom” of the cannons, shake the ground. Herbed pork chops sizzle as they roast. Scents of delectable foods like rabbit and buffalo stew, slow cooked for hours over an open fire fill the air. Sweet, savory apple dumplings, are prepared before your eyes with the freshest ingredients. Drums keep a steady beat in the distance. Festival goers experience this and more  as they recapture 18th century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, along the banks of the Wabash River, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The festival is a reenactment of the annual fall gathering during the mid 1700’s at Fort Ouiatenon,  a fur trading post between the French and Wea Tribe of Native Americans. Control of the Fort shifted between the French, Native Americans and British during its almost 100 years of use.

Welcoming the Voyagers

Welcoming the Voyagers

On October 6-7 2018 the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, invites visitors to experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance for their 51st annual festival!  Enjoy acres of many hands-on activities and engage in lively trading as you take in what life was like around every corner you turn. It’s spirited, brimming with family fun and rich with history and cultural experiences.

Pork Chop

Pork Chop

For more information about this event and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.