Just like that, it’s Monday once again. The weekend was full of so many things to do for Homecoming, it feels like it could have lasted forever! The game was close, but the Illini pulled through with a win. It’s a good feeling going into the week as winners! 

This week, there are plenty of spooky things to do in preparation for Halloween next Thursday, as well as some free events around campus. See what’s going on this week in town!

All Week:

Today begins Graduate Student Appreciation Week! Grad students have a heavy workload, as many know from personal experience, so The Graduate College at Illinois is celebrating all the hard work that they do. If you are a grad student, check out this schedule to see all the activities and free events you can partake in this week! From free coffee and snacks to ice skating and bowling, it will be a fun week to give you some relief from studying! 

The News-Gazette is putting on a classic monster film series this week at The Virginia Theatre. Each night this week at 7 pm, see one of these classic films from the 1930's for only $6! ($24 if you plan to see all of them)

Here’s the line up:

October 21, 7pm: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931)

October 22, 7pm: The Mummy (1932)

October 23, 7pm: Frankenstein (1931)

October 24, 7pm: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

October 25, 7pm: Dracula (1931)

Click here to learn more! 

Wednesday, October 29th

Make your own Kombucha! This trendy drink is tasty and good for digestion. It can be kind of expensive to buy a bottle at the store, so Delight Flower Farm will show anyone who wants to learn how to make their own! Using simple ingredients including farm fresh flowers, you get the step-by-step walkthrough of how to brew your own kombucha. With the cost of the ticket, you’ll also be able to try some homemade kombucha! For how to make reservations and some more info about the event, follow this link.

Thursday, October 24th

This Thursday, Jarling’s Custard Cup will be on the Quad from 2:30 to 4:30 pm giving free samples, coupons, and merch! Be sure to stop by for a sweet treat and an excuse to go to Jarling’s later. Hey, coupons have to be used, right? To learn more, click here

Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th

Get ready to be scared! ACME Elfworks ArtSpace is putting on a delightfully terrifying event: Haunted. If art and Halloween sounds like a good combination to you, this is where you need to be!

“Prepare to be scared! Or at least intrigued, and maybe even delighted and amused, by the creepy, ghostly, ghoulish, dark, mysterious, bone-chilling array of art featured in the "Haunted" exhibition Oct. 18-Nov. 2 at ACME Elfworks ArtSpace (518 Lincoln Building, 44 E. Main St., downtown Champaign, Ill.). Work by 14 artists from Central Illinois — and far beyond — will be featured. Haunted art will include paintings, sculpture, photography, batik and mixed media.”

See for yourself this Friday from noon to 8 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Click here for the full list of artists that will be featured and more chances to be haunted!

Saturday, October 26th 

Get your Halloween costumes ready because this Friday is the Punch Line Productions and Pizza FM Halloween house party and concert! Cover is $7 for those without a costume, but only $5 for those decked out in their Halloween finest. Live music will be performed by Zørila, The Data Waves, The Telephone Junkies, and Vitamin B+. Doors open at 8 pm! Click here for more info!