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Spooky season is upon us, and that means it’s time for fall events galore. From family friendly pumpkin patches to screenings of our favorite adults-only Halloween flicks, there’s plenty of tricks and treats to be had across North Alabama this October. Here are some of our top picks.
Have a full day of family fun at this Meridianville farm that’s known for its huge variety of fall activities. Peruse 72 acres to find your perfect carving pumpkin, then stick around to check out the hay maze, pumpkin cannon, corn crib, jumping pillows, slides, swings, gaint playground, barn annimals, and more. Grab fall-themed treats in the country kitchen and outdoor concessions, and you’ll be set.
Spend a Friday or Saturday night getting sufficiently spooked on the Huntsville Ghost Walk. Choose one of three hour-and-a-half-long tours that take you through the Twickenham Distirct, Old Town Distritc, or Downtown. You’ll hear all about the city’s haunted history as the streets begin to darken. And at only $10 for adults or $5 for kids it a budget-friendly activity for a date night, family fun night, or hangout with friends.
If you prefer to get your thrills without the added cardio, sign up for one of Super C Carriage’s Haunted Carriage Tours. Hear all the city’s best ghost stories as you ride through downtown in a New Orleans-style limousine carriage. The carriage will be dressed to the nines in lights and Halloween décor to make the experience that much better.
Celebrate the season in the great outdoors—that glorious fall weather won’t last long! Head to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens to walk along the Scarecrow Trail, featuring 40 unique scarecrows decorated by local businesses, schools, and organizations. Stick around to see the whimsical pumpkin displays where the season’s signature gourds are used to create fall scenes, topiaries, and more.
Double down on trick-or-treating at this reverse Mardi Gras parade where volunteers throw treats intoyour car as you roll on by. Be sure to dress up the little ones and maybe even give your car a little Halloween makeover so it will fit right into the festive procession. The event will take place at Lowe Mill on Saturday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
6. Zombie Prom
For an adults-only celebration, dance the night away at Zombie Prom hosted at Stovehouse’s Electric Belle. General admission is only $15 and includes a night of music from the Quantaphonics and DJ Jerm, as well as a prom king and queen costume contest. Cocktails, shots, and a prom photobooth will all be in attendance. The event will take place on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m.
Kick off Halloween weekend with a night of family-friendly fun at Toyota Field, home to the Huntsville Trash Pandas baseball team. The Bill Penney Concourse will host trick-or-treating for the little ones starting at 5 p.m., then a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas will follow at 7:15. Concessions will be available from Dumpster Dive and Gravity Grille. Tickets are just $10 and include free popcorn during the movie. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29.
Join Huntsville’s Only Drag Brunch for a very special Halloween edition on Sunday , October 23 inside the speakeasy at Straight to Ale brewery. The 18+ show will include a special brunch buffet, spooky drinks, and a truly one-of-a-kind show. Tickets are just $9.50.
Beginning on October 13 and concluding with Halloween, Monster Mash hosted by The Camp and Huntsville’s Mid City District promises week of nonstop Halloween-themed fun. In addition to a month-long pumpkin patch, you can partipicate in Oktoberfest on October 8, the Monster Mash Kick Off with an 80s costume karaoke night on October 13, and Halloween horror movie night on October 18. October 26 brings a classic Halloween movie night, and you can hear live music at The Camp all month long.
On Saturday, October 22 the Huntsville Police Department will host their annual Halloween party and haunted house at Orion Amphitheater. The free event is open to children of all ages and costumes are encouraged. The even goes from 2 to 9 p.m. with the haunted house opening at 5 p.m. Food trucks, vendors, live music, and plenty of candy will also be on hand.
If your idea of a great spooky season means actual fright, you’ve got to visit the Arx Mortis haunted attraction in Killen, Alabama. Walk through 50,000-square-feet of horror inside a recreated 1940s clinic, sanitarium, and prison that features animatronic props and live actors who carry out the legend of Covington Clinic.
If you’re in the Shoals or anywhere nearby, McGee Farm in Florence is your place for seasonal outings. Take a traditional wagon ride to pick your own pumpkins and mums at this family-owned farm. Stop for a bite to eat inside The Kitchen, where you can get everything from chicken and dressing to homemade mac and cheese and even homemade pumpkin pie.