Best Things About Fall at WNMU

Nothing is quite like the season of autumn at Western New Mexico University. Students are revived from their studying for midterms with the joy of pumpkin spice, apple cider and gorgeous fall weather. There are many things to look forward to this season that we want to make sure students are aware of. A lot of excitement is happening on campus and in our community this fall that students would love to take part in!

  1. Halloween is just around the corner and haunted houses are a spooky way to spend your evening with friends! This October several locations in the community will be hosting haunted houses and we will be having our third annual haunted house on campus! The theme this year presented by the WNMU music department is Mozart’s House of Horrors (Doll House). The haunted house will be held in the Parotti Music Hall on campus on October 27, 28, and 31. The doors will open at 8pm and the horrific excitement will continue until 1am. The haunted house will cost five dollars per person and all of the proceeds will benefit WNMU music!
  2. A great fall night out can be spent at the Chicano Street fest! The Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) organization, the WNMU Music Program, External Affairs, Student Life, and Cultural Affairs will be hosting the event in Old James Stadium. The event will be this Friday starting at 5pm and this Saturday starting at noon. Admission is free and there will be live music, games, crafts, food vendors, a Chicano art show, a car show and more! There will also be a performance from the number one Selena tribute band in the nation on Saturday night! More information on the event can be found at https://wnmu.edu/events/chicano-street-fest-2/
  3. Looking for fun ghost stories to tell around the campfire with your friends? Luckily for you there are several certified haunted places to explore in Silver City! Remember that safety comes first if you decide to explore, so be sure to bring a flashlight, some trusted friends, and obey local law enforcement rules while searching for ghosts! Plan your classic Halloween night with the help of https://www.hauntedplaces.org/silver-city-nm/
  4. Game Night every Friday at 7pm at The Christian Challenge is great if your looking for something a little less spooky and a little more cozy! Make new friends and play fun games during these fun fall nights.
  5. Don’t let your thoughts get too haunted with the help of Student Life’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Student Life’s events for this important month include ‘Don’t Get Burned By Your Issues’ October 23rd at 6pm at the volleyball game and ‘You’re Not Alone- Sun Project’ October 31st at 1pm at The Circle.
  6. If all you’re craving is a beloved pumpkin spiced latte or more seasonal beverages, then our local Silver City coffee shops can help you out! Javalina, the Jumping Cactus, and Tranquil Buzz all offer wonderful seasonal beverages and great study spots.
  7. Explore the outdoors and the changing autumn leaves with The Outdoor Program on their next monthly Saturday hike, November 3rd from 8am to 11am. More information on the hiking plans can be found at https://outdoor.wnmu.edu/
  8. Spend the weekend experiencing the height of fall that New Mexico has to offer with a corn maze, a pumpkin patch or apple picking! La Union Maze U-Pick Farm offers a haunted corn maze every Friday and Saturday from dark until closing with an eight dollar general admission fee. They also have a pumpkin patch open from daylight until 5pm every Saturday and Sunday. They are located in Anthony, NM. U-Pick Mesilla Valley Apples Burke Orchard offers apple picking! Get cute photos with your friends and fresh fruit all at once! They are located in Las Cruces, NM. McCall’s Pumpkin Patch is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm until October 28th. They offer a hayride, pumpkin picking, apple picking, and a corn maze. They are located in Moriarty, NM.
  9. Don’t forget to support our Mustang Athletics this fall by attending the upcoming home games! Our football team has a game this Saturday at 12pm and our volleyball team has a game Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm. Our golf and cross country team’s games can be watched online at https://wnmumustangs.com
  10. This may not be the most fun part of fall, but it absolutely is the most necessary! The WNMU flu shot clinic will be open at the Juan Chacon Building October 30th from 8am to 12pm. Get some extra help fighting off the dreaded fall flu season with a flu shot!

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Eve Thomas is the editor of The Mustang. She loves to write and is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Political Science.