[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” overlay_color=”” video_preview_image=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=”” type=”flex”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” center_content=”no” last=”true” min_height=”” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_sizes_top=”” border_sizes_bottom=”” border_sizes_left=”” border_sizes_right=”” first=”true”][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hue=”” saturation=”” lightness=”” alpha=”” content_alignment_medium=”” content_alignment_small=”” content_alignment=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” sticky_display=”normal,sticky” class=”” id=”” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=”” fusion_font_family_text_font=”” fusion_font_variant_text_font=”” font_size=”” line_height=”2″ letter_spacing=”” text_transform=”” text_color=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=””]

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to fill our social calendars with all the spooky seasoned-themed events and fun we can pack into the month. From children’s carnivals and trick or treating opportunities to adult dance parties that last into the wee hours of the morning, here are the best Halloween events to attend in Central Alabama this month.

  1. Enchanted Forest at the Kreher Preserve

    (Kreher Preserve/Facebook)

This family-friendly Halloween event takes participants on a magical hike in an enchanted forest with nature-inspired characters who entertain hikers with information on animals and plants in the forest. Costumes are encouraged and hot chocolate and s’mores kits are available for sale. The event will take place October 20, 21, 22 and tickets cost $10.

  1. Boo Halloween Party

Head to B&A Warehouse for the 25th anniversary of the Boo Halloween Party. There will be live music from Fly By Radio and DJ Mark AD, plus a karaoke experience. Catch a scary flick in the horror movie lounge, see a psychic for a reading, snap a few pictures in the photo booth, and when midnight strikes, see who wins the costume contest with a $1,000 prize. The event will take place Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m.

  1. Fall Festival and Children’s Carnival

Bring the whole family for an evening of family fun at the Opelika SportsPlex Soccer Fields on Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event will include carnival games, inflatables, candy, prizes, food vendors, and live entertainment.

  1. Scary Movie Night at Avondale

Enjoy a spooky movie under the stars every Wednesday in October at Avondale Brewing in Birmingham. Every Wednesday will bring a double feature starting at 6 p.m. on the big screen in the backyard. Bring dinner, grab a pint from the bar, and cozy up with blankets and chairs. Movies will include Ghostbusters, Scream, Death Becomes Her, The Ring, The Addams Family, and Child’s Play.

  1. Hoots & Howl Birmingham Zoo

(Birmingham Zoo/Facebook)

Every weekend in October is Hoots & Howl at the Birmingham Zoo. Trick-or-treat through the candy trail, join the monster mash party, and kids are invited to dress up all month long.

  1. Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball

For some, it wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. At the annual Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball, you can see the movie in all its raucous glory with a live cast, plus participate in the cash costume contest for Best Rocky Horror Character Look-a-Like and Best Overall Costume. The event will take place on Saturday, October 22.

  1. Magic City Witches’ Ball

Also on the night of October 22, the Magic City Witches’ Ball is back for another year of drinks, dancing, music, and lots of special Halloween tricks and treats. The fun kicks off at Trim Tab Brewing in Birmingham at 7 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. Tickets are $15.

  1. Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner

Head to Birmingham’s historic Arlington House for the third annual Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner. Masquerade attire and costumes are encouraged for the night of mysterious fun. After you’ve solved the crime, you can join the Southern Ghost Girls for a ghost hunt and paranormal investigation of the mansion. The event will take place on Friday, October 28.

  1. 9th Annual Pumpkin Festival

    (Grace House/Facebook)

Join the Homewood community for a day of family fun in Homewood Park, all benefitting Grace House Ministries. Each child admission includes a pumpkin  to carve or paint. There will also be a spider climb structure for kids, a 45-foot slide, carnival games, exotic pet encounters, candy, prizes, and food from local vendors like Cookie Fix and Uncle G’s Pizza. Children’s tickets are $10 and adult entry is free. The event will take place on Saturday, October 15.

  1. Griffin Farms Pumpkin Patch

(Griffin Farms Pumpkin Patch/Facebook)

For the full pumpkin patch experience, find Griffin Farms near Tuscaloosa. The family-owned farm has nearly every fall activity and attraction that comes to mind when you think of a pumpkin patch—and then some. The $10 admission fee includes a hayride, animal barn, bouncy barn, barrel train, corn maze, tire mountain, zip line, rockwall, swings, slides, corn bed, and so much more. And you’ll also get to take your pick from all the pumpkins in the patch for just $3 extra.