Get in the spooky spirit in South Alabama with a host of special events and festivals happening all October long. From haunted houses and fall festivals to a boat party and themed food tour, there’s something for everyone. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Halloween in South Alabama this month.

  1. Halloween at OWA

Foley is celebrating Halloween all month long at OWA Parks & Resort. On Saturday and Sundays beginning October 8 and continuing through the end of the month, Downtown OWA will be transformed into Halloweentown with trick-or-treating and kids’ activities available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend fountain shows with Halloween-themed synchronized music and lights will occur at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.


  1. Spooky Artwalk

Downtown Mobile’s monthly Artwalk takes a festive turn this month with Spooky Artwalk on Friday, October 14. You’ll find a nice mix of local vendors and artists, as well as some great music performances. Costumes are encouraged for the free, family friendly event in the Lower Dauphin Arts District.

  1. Night at the Museum

The History Museum of Mobile’s Night at the Museum is back for another year of fun including a historical scavenger hunt, storytelling, crafts, games, live music, and costume contests for all ages. The event takes place Friday, October 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a $5 admission fee.

  1. Sweet Dreams Haunted House

Anyone who loves a good scare will want to check out Sweet Dreams Haunted House in Mobile. The downtown haunted attraction will be open all month long on select days. Tickets cost $30.

  1. Bites and Frights

    (Bienville Bites Food Tour/Facebook)

Mobile’s Bienville Bites Food Tour is celebrating the month with a series of Halloween-themed food tours called Bites and Frights. The tour will include a walking tour of haunted downtown landmarks, plus a lineup of food and drinks from some of Mobile’s best restaurants. You’ll also get to take a peek inside the underground tunnels of Mobile, and hear more about the city’s mysterious past.

  1. Paradise Pumpkin Patch

Head to one of Alabama’s most beloved petting zoos for a day of seasonal fun. Not only will visitors get to meet up with llamas, kangaroos, and zebras, but they’ll have plenty of other activities to choose from, including cotton picking, inflatable slides, playgrounds, rubber duck races, pony rides, a mini zip line, corn maze, and more. A pumpkin souvenir is just the cherry on top of a full day of fun at this Eufala farm.

7. Aplin Farms

A little further south in Dothan is Aplin Farms. The fourth-generation family farm produces almost 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables year-round, but during October it’s all about the pumpkins. A $12 admission fee includes a wagon ride, train ride, inflatables, corn maze, animal barn, corn crib, pumpkin bowling, hay mountain, and more.

  1. Mob-tober Fest

There’s something for everyone at Mobile Parks and Recreation’s Mob-tober Fest on Saturday, October 29. The jampacked day kicks off with the Run For Your Life 5K and Fun Run. Costumes are encouraged for the 5K Zombie Run at 9 p.m., as well as the Fun Run at 12 p.m. Stick around after the races for a family fall festival from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., including live entertainment, bounce houses, inflatables, trick or treating, and several costume contest categories. The day concludes with dancing and music from the Lisa Perkins  & E-Lusion Band.

  1. Halloween Costume Party Cruise Montgomery

Climb aboard the Harriott II Riverboat for a floating adults-only Halloween party. There will be a costume contest with a cash prize, music, dancing, drinks, and lots of revelry. The event takes place on Saturday, October 15 leaving from downtown Montgomery.

  1. Creatures of the Night and Mann Museum Flashlight Tour

Grab a flashlight and head to the Montgomery Zoo for a night of fun for the whole family. The hands-on, educational program includes a live animal presentation of creepy creatures, a flashlight tour of the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, games, crafts, and even a goody bag to take home after.

(Montgomery Zoo/Facebook)