Watching a movie in a museum and singing praises on a farm are just a couple of Halloween and seasonal events this weekend in Christian County.
Pennyroyal Area Museum
Even the most avid movie fan may not realize that a 1978 musical-comedy-horror film directly references Hopkinsville.
“Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday during a Movies at the Museum presentation at the Pennyroyal Area Museum.
“In the opening scene of ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’ they make a reference to Hopkinsville and to the blackbird invasion that happened here in the 70s,” said Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Christian County Executive Director Alissa Keller. “It’s such a weird, bizarre, strangely terrible and hilarious movie that we thought it might be fun to show it.”
Keller said showing the movie is appropriate for the Halloween season, but families should be aware that the dialogue of the B-movie spoof is a reflection of the era in which the film was made. The film is rated PG.
“It is a product of the 70s so there’s definitely some jokes that are probably not politically correct for today, but overwhelmingly it’s really funny,” she said.
Keller said the plot of the film is loosely applicable to current events.
“Strangely, it’s a good commentary about things that are happening today,” she said. “Especially with the pandemic and something taking over and being very menacing and people being encouraged to stay in their houses to avoid it.”
Keller noted that chairs will be socially distanced in the building for the event.
Friday’s Movies at the Museum presentation may be the first of a series, Keller said.
“We’re going to see how this goes,” she said. “There are more Hoptown in Hollywood connections than we might realize, so could definitely explore showing other things.”
Christian Way Farm
For a lighter experience, the entire family may enjoy Harvest Praise from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday at Christian Way Farm, 19590 Linville Road.
The day will feature a menu of food available for purchase all day combined with the sound of praise music filling the farm.
Celebrating the farm’s 20th anniversary, Janie Corley, co-owner of Christian Way Farm, said some of the musicians are returning to the stage, having performed there in the past. Music will start at 12:30 p.m. and continue until 4.
“It’s a day to give God the glory for the harvest season and what he does,” she said. “Every year we have had artists, musicians to come on the stage to just bring worship music to fill the farm with that sound of giving God thank you.”
Corley will tell the pumpkin story at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Guests also may select pumpkins from the patch, play in the castle, shell corn and feed the animals.
“We will have fires going so people can cook a s’more,” she said. “Saturday’s temperatures are a little cool, so we plan to have plenty of hot chocolate and hot apple cider.”
Harvest Praise is included with farm or mini golf admission.
“This year is the perfect environment to socially distance,” she said. “It’s just a great place to get outside.”
Corley noted for those who are inhibited by crowds, the farm is open Monday through Friday, as well. For more information, call 270-269-2434 or visit the social media page.