City of Auburn 13th Annual Downtown Trick or Treat
October 31, 6:00-8:00pm. Free to the public. Ages 12 years and younger (Parents must accompany children at this event.) Bring your monsters, rock stars, princesses, and clowns to the best party in town. Join us in this excellent alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Downtown “Monster Merchants” will provide treats for the children and delightful sounds from our “special” entertainment will fill the night air. Also, don’t miss out on your chance to win the “Best Costume” contest and bring your favorite four-legged friends and enter them for a chance to win the Best Pet Costume Contest! More information, 501-2930.
City of Opelika Parks and Recreation
Fall Festival & Children’s Carnival- W. James Samford, Jr. Soccer Complex Sportsplex. October 29, 6:00-8:00pm. Children 12 and under invited. Safe alternative to Trick or Treating. Children wear costumes and bring your treat bags. Come for hayrides, prizes, games, rides and entertainment, inflatable slides, mascots, special booths and exciting events.
Fall Treats- October 17. Enjoy making and eating your favorite fall treats. 3:30-4:40pm. Ages: 5-9 yrs. Fee: $15. 705-5560.
Halloween Treat Bags. October 30. Make the perfect bag for your treats. 3:30-4:30pm. Ages: 4-11 yrs. Fee: $15. 705-5560.
The Great Pumpkin Splash- October 25. 6:00-8:00pm. $3. Ages 6-12yrs. Pick your pumpkin from the pool! Kids enjoy harvest relay races, pumpkin roll, prizes and more! Pre-register by Oct 22. Call 705-5560 for more info.
8th Annual Howl-oween Costume Contest and Dog Parade
October 28, 5:30 pm: Photos and Canine Trick or Treat. 6:00pm: Costume Parade. Downtown Opelika. For your pet to participate, register at Canine American, 108 South 8th Street, Opelika. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rescue K911. 745-0466
12th Annual Uptown Spooktacular Halloween Festival- October 26, 5:00-7:00 pm. Downtown on Broadway, Columbus, Ga. Sign up for the costume contest which will take place at 6:15 pm and First and Second place winners will be awarded in each category. Spooktacular provides a safe environment for the children of Columbus to enjoy the holiday. So wear your best costume and come to Spooktacular for a haunting night of ghosts and goblins, spooky activities, candy and lots of fun!!!
25th Annual Great Pumpkin Carve- Auburn University School of Architecture and Design, Dudley Court, Campus. October 25. 9am-10pm. Come out and watch the students carve amazing designs into pumpkins. As night falls, see the pumpkins turn into glowing jack-o-lanterns! Dress the kids up for a costume contest, games, and more! www.facebook.com/AIASAuburn
Auburn Public Library Annual Halloween Party
October 24, 6:00pm. Children ages 3-11 are to wear costumes, make crafts and enjoy fun activities at the Auburn Public Library. For more information, contact Auburn Public Library Youth Services at 501-3196.
Creepy Wonderful Critters ‘Snakes’
The Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn.
www.auburn.edu/preserve; October 19. 10:00am. Come learn about Alabama’s venomous snakes! Snakes, spiders, lizards, and other creepy critters will be on display. $4 non-members, $3 members, 3 yrs and under free.
Halloween Movie Night: Ghostbusters
Town Creek Park, Auburn. 501-2940. Join us on Wednesday, October, 30, 6:15pm, for a spooky night of Halloween fun. As the sun sets, gather around the outdoor movie screen to watch Ghostbusters! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the nighttime movie showing. Free and open to the public.
Cotton Pickin’ Pumpkin Patch
Lazenby Farm, 11546 Lee Rd. 54, Auburn. 321-7946, www.lazenbyfarm.com; Friday and Saturdays, October 1-31; Fridays and Saturdays,10:00am-6:00pm. Open during the week for field trips. Hayrides, pick a pumpkin/cotton, corn maze, corn crib, pony rides, country store and more. Call to schedule your group, schools, daycare, or parties!
Dream Field Farms
6376 Highway 82, Union Springs, Al.
334-534-6976. www.dreamfieldfarms.com; Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, train rides, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, inflatables, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, farm animals and more. September 28-October 31; Monday- Wednesday 9:00am- 2:00pm; Thursday- Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm; Sundays 1:00-6:00pm.
Hero Appreciation Day- September 28. Half price admission to all military and first responders.
Fan Day- October 5. The first 100 facebook fans receive a free upgrade to a season pass.
Home School Day- October 8. Home school parents admitted for $5.00 and home school children receive a free small pumpkin.
Columbus Day- October 14. In honor of this holiday, the farm is open to the general public all day. State Employees and Teachers receive a 50% discount off general admission.
Jack-O-Lantern Lane at The Oaks L.L.C.
18151 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Lafayette, Al. 334-864-0713. www.jackolanternlane.com; Pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, petting zoo, inflatable park, train rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, face painting, and more. Open September 28-October 31. Friday 1:00-6:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 1:00-6:00pm. Also available by reservation Monday-Friday for school, church, daycare field trips and more.
Paradise Pumpkin Patch
910 County Road 79 South, Eufaula, Al.
334-695-2258. www.paradisepumpkinpatch.com; Corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower and cotton fields, giant inflatable park, petting zoo, playground, cow train, hay rides, pony rides, covered wagon rides pulled by a team of mules, giant corn box and hay bale mazes, concessions, and gift shop. September 21-November 1. Saturdays 9:00am-6:00pm and Sundays 12:00-6:00 pm. Special event dates and field trips available Monday-Friday.
Teacher Day- September 21. All teachers with school ID are free!
Free Paradise for Special Children- September 30. Free field trip for special needs children.
Home School Day- October 14.
The Grand Old Pumpkin Patch
1901 Lay Dam Road , Clanton, Al.
205-755-4553. www.alabamagrandolepumpkinpatch.com; Acres of fresh-off-the-vine pumpkins, covered wagon rides, pony rides, face painting and hay rides, bungee trampoline, sheep shearing presentations, helicopter rides, twacter train, petting zoo, inflatable park, Kiowa presentations, concessions, and more. October 1-31. Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm; Friday and Saturday 8:00am-dark; Sunday 1:00pm-dark. Call for weekday reservations for groups, schools, daycares and more!
The Pumpkin Patch Express Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Calera, Al. www.hodrrm.org; October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. Train boards and departs Saturdays 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm; and Sundays 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Enjoy an autumn train ride aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express that lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, including our time at the Pumpkin Patch. At the Pumpkin Patch, riders will deboard to enjoy a hayride, jumpstation, coloring, and temporary tatoos (all activities are included in the price of your ticket). Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Pick the perfect pumpkin from the patch for an additional fee. Reservations recommended.
6585 Hwy 431 North, Eufaula, AL.
334-370-6490. U-Pick It Farm with fresh fruits, veggies and pumpkins!
Butts Mill Farm
Pine Mountain, Ga. 706-957-7601. www.buttsmillfarm.com; Pick your own pumpkin, take a hay ride, sip some apple cider, and much more.
Corn Dodgers Farm
1555 Knowles Road, Headland, AL.
www.corndodgersfarm.com; September 28-
October 31. Corn field maze, pumpkin barn (pick your own), cow train ride, corn cannon, pony rides, corn box, sunflower path, hay rides, pipe maze, farm-sized tic-tac-toe, and more!
Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch
Lee Country Road 61, Auburn. Located 6 miles west of Toomer’s Corner off of Hwy 14 near Loachapoka School. 334-750-3792. Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides and more. Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-6:30pm.
Pumpkin Patch at The Farmhouse
469 Farmhouse Road, Ellerslie, Georgia.
706-561-3435. Friday/Saturday in October. Hayrides, bonfires, s’mores, crafts, scarecrow contests, music, and more. Jump on the tractor and take a ride to pick out the perfect pumpkin for your family to carve.
The Pumpkin Patch at Barber Berry Farm
2362 Alabama River Parkway, Millbrook, Al. www.barberberryfarm.com; October 4-30. Hayride, pumpkin patch, pick your own pesticide-free fruit and veggies.
Arts and Crafts Festivals
4th Annual Hot Strings! Birmingham’s Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival
Colonial Brookwood Village, Hoover, Al. www.hotstrings.org; October 6, 12:00-6:00pm. Featuring some of the best names in Bluegrass including Matthew Mayfield, Act of Congress, Mandoline Orange, Three On a String and others. Great food, art, kid’s zone, fiddlin’ contest, jam sessions, farm demonstrations, and more!
6th Oktoberfest & Arts Festival
Historic Stone Mountain Village, Stone Mountain, Ga. www.stonemountainvillage.com; October 12-13. 12:00-6pm. Authentic German polka dancing, music, and food festival, beer, kid’s activities, hayride, arts and crafts, and more.
18th Annual Arts on the River
1100 Block of Broadway, Columbus, Ga. October 19. 10:00am-5:00pm. The fine art show and sale includes paint, photography, hand-thrown pottery, and sculpture, with some artists performing live demonstrations. Free.
21st Annual Alabama Cotton Festival
October 12. 8:00am-til. Eclectic, Al. Arts and crafts, flea market items, concession- booth spaces are free. 5K Cotton Run, Alabama Rook Tournament, local talent contest, children’s activities, antique cars and tractors, performances by Shenandoah, The Keith Moody Band, Fire Mountain and more.
23rd Annual Christmas Made in the South
Columbus Convention & Trade Center, Ga.
www.madeinthesouthshows.com; November 1-3. Amazing craftspeople, outstanding art, unique gourmet food, and diverse entertainment to whet and satisfy every demanding appetite. Handmade, one-of-a-kind designs populate the booths that fill the festival: silk wearables to fabric bags, glass jewelry to close-up photography of nature’s funniest and fiercest creatures all await and more! Adults $6.00, Children 12 & under-Free; admission good for all 3 days.
33rd Annual Oktoberfest
Charles E. Bailey, Sr. Sportplex, Alexander City, AL. www.alexandercityonline.com; October 12. Day-long celebration features local arts and crafts, great food, entertainment, Kid-Fest children’s activities, sports programs, antique car show and much more. A Native American Artifact show is our newest showcase.
35th Annual Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival Presented by ArtsRevive
3 Church Street, Selma, Al. www.artsrevive.com; October 11-12. 5:30 p.m. The performers this year are Dolores Hydock, Carmen Deedy and The Dill Pickers. Art show, StreetFest, Ballet, Market Day, Pilgrimage and more!
42nd Annual Harvest Day Festival
Headland, Al. www.headlandal.com; October 12. 9am-4pm. Arts and crafts, children’s games and rides, wonderful food and entertainment.
42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores, Al. October 10-13. Over 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace and of course, SHRIMP!!
47th Annual Pike Road Arts & Crafts Fair
Historic Marks House, Pike Road, Al.
www.pikeroadartsandcraftsfair.com; November 2. 9:00am-4:00pm. Shop the arts and crafts and eat BBQ, sweets, and more! Special activities for the children too- face painting, a tour of the Pike Road Fire Department’s Mobile Fire Safety House and free “make and take” crafts will be provided by Home Depot.
50th Annual Bluff Park Art Show
Bluff Park Community Center, 517 Cloudland Dr. Hoover, Al. www.bluffparkartassociation.org; October 5. 9:00am-5:00pm. Sponsored by the Bluff Park Art Association and includes more than 130 local and national artists displaying fine art for sale. Bring the kids to enjoy some hands on art fun. Free admission, parking and shuttles.
57th Annual Central Alabama Fair
Lion’s Fair Park, 2401 W. Dallas Ave. Selma, Al. www.centralalabamafair.com; September 30- October 5. Fun-filled event offering a midway with rides, entertainment, beauty pageant, agricultural exhibits, livestock judging and a competition for local arts, crafts, canning, sewing, and more!
59th Annual Cullman County Fair
www.cullmancountyfair.org; September 12-23. Thrilling rides, amazing exhibits, and the best in local and regional entertainment.
66th Annual Lee County Fair
US 431 near Opelika High. 334-749-3353. October 1-5. Livestock shows, contests, exhibits, pageants, rides and much more.
70th Annual National Peanut Festival
5622 U.S. Hwy. 231 S., Dothan, Al.
www.nationalpeanutfestival.com; November 1-10. Headliner Easton Corbin and Need To Breathe. Livestock exhibits, competitions, demolition derby, crafts, food preservation, recipe contests, entertainment, carnival rides, sea lion show, and much more!
Alabama Gourd Festival
Cullman Civic Center. www.alabamagourdsociety.org; October 19-20. ‘Gourding In a Winter Wonderland’. Annual festival features gourd arts and crafts, such as birdhouses, musical instruments and decorated gourds. Dulcimer band performs.
Alabama National Fair
Garret Coliseum, Montgomery, Al.
www.alnationalfair.org; October 4-13. Midway rides, main stage entertainment including Thompson Square, Keith Sweat and Lee Greenwood, food, information and commercial booths, kids area, livestock and other competition, family faith day, and more!
Alexander City Fall Festival
Russell Crossroads, Alexander City, Al.
www.russelllandsonlakemartin.com; October 26. Join friends and neighbors for pumpkin painting, a costume contest, wagon rides and more, courtesy of Russell Lands on Lake Martin.
Boll Weevil Festival
Enterprise, Al. www.enterprisedowntown.org; October 19. Arts and crafts vendors, variety of music, food, children’s costume contest and activities, farmers market, car show, family entertainment.
Christmas Village Festival
Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham. www.christmasvillagefestival.com; November 6-10. The largest indoor arts, crafts, and gifts show in the south, this show draws exhibitors from over 30 states with products like clothing, jewelry, food, decorations and much, much more.
Cotton Pickin’ County Fair
Gay, Ga. www.cpfair.org; October 5-6. Return to 1910 where the Farmhouse, the Cotton Gin, and the Cotton Warehouse form a unique backdrop for a great day of 21st century fun. Amidst skilled artisans and antique specialists, the Fair shares remnants of farm life in days gone by. New talent keeps the festival fresh and interesting while returning artists welcome loyal customers seeking to add to individual collections.
Country Living Fair
Stone Mountain, Ga. www.stonemountianpark.com; October 25-27. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine, Seminars & How-to’s, Artisan Demonstrations, Harvest & Gourmet Market, Children’s’ Activities & Fall Festivities.
Opelika, Al. www.ourbighouse.org; November 23. Come support the BigHouse Foundation and local crafters/vendors, all the while checking off that Christmas list early! Admission is $5, kids 12 and under free.
Family Fall Festival
Columbus Museum, Ga. www.columbusmuseum.com; October 12. 11:00am-3:00pm. Free! Create a rad rhino, a terrifying tiger, and more! Stop by our Art Cart and pick up a passport to help you find animals in the museum! Play animal games, watch a creature feature film, and don’t forget to dress up for the Crazy Creatures Costume Contest!
Harvest Hoe Down
Warm Springs, Ga. www.warmspringsga.us;
October 12-13. Enjoy this fall celebration with arts, crafts, good food, entertainment and more!
Hogansville, Ga. www.hummingbirdfestival.com; October 19-20. Main Street will be bustling with food, crafts, antiques, music, local artists, open storefronts, rides, and activities for the whole family.
Indian Festival & Pow-Wow
Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard inside Stone Mountain Park, Ga. www.stonemountainpark.com; October 31-November 3. Experience Native American culture through dance & drum competitions, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking samples and storytelling activities. Learn about primitive skills such as flint-napping, bow making, fire starting, open fire cooking and pottery. Find that one-of-a-kind holiday gift in our artists’ marketplace, where world-renowned Native artists and crafters demonstrate their skills and offer items for purchase.
Indian Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
Historic District- Eufaula, Al. www.eufaulachamber.com; October 12-13. Fine arts and handmade crafts, children’s activities, live entertainment and more.
Callaway Conference Center, Campus of West Georgia Technical College, LaGrange, Ga.
www.merrymarketlagrange.com; October 24-26. Thursday: Preview Party and Silent Auction: Enjoy this kick-off event and first chance to buy a variety of items. Your ticket $25 includes food, beverages, music and admission to the market for the entire time the market is open! Friday-Saturday: General Admission tickets $5.
Ole Chipley Town Fair
Pine Mountain, Ga. www.pinemountain.org; September 28. Join the crowd of Pine Mountain and enjoy local crafts, quilting, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, food and entertainment.Spend the day strolling down Pine Mountain’s picturesque streets or shopping in downtown Pine Mountain’s and Chipley Village’s shopping centers, each filled with unique shops and boutiques. You’ll find it all—from antiques to fine art to handcrafted birdhouses and other momentos.
Peanut Butter Festival
Brundidge, Al. www.piddle.org; October 26. 9:00am. A harvest and heritage celebration honoring the town’s proud heritage in the peanut butter industry. The free for all festival features a 5-K Peanut Butter Run, non-stop entertainment, contests, games, exhibits, recipe contest, Peanut Butter Kids Contest and the Nutter Butter Parade and food galore including everything peanut butter.
Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy, Al.
www.pioneer-museum.org; October 11-12, 9:00am-5:00pm. Horse and wagon rides, trips on the Pioneer Express, Native American camps with demonstrations of candlemaking, spinning, weaving, quiltmaking, blacksmithing, drum, dance, etc. Friday is School Day.
Riverfront Market Day
Water Ave, Selma, Al. www.riverfrontmarketday.com; October 12. Various artisans and craftsmen market their wares, food vendors, entertainment, kids activities and more.
Seasonal Artist Showcase
Rumbling Water Studios & Gallery, Wetumpka, Al. www.facebook.com/RumblingWater; October 19-20. 9:00am-5:00pm. A showcase featuring the work of a guest artist, with woodcarving demonstrations held during the day.
Spinners 32nd Annual “Pumpkin Patch” Arts & Crafts Show
Spinners Park, Prattville, Al. www.spinnersprattville.com; October 26-27. Exhibitors of original art and crafts from throughout the southeast will display their wares. Food vendors, live entertainment, games, a coloring contest and many other activities for children and youth. Door prizes will be given at intervals during the show. Other events include The Great Pumpkin Race, a 5K/8K Race and a one mile Run/Walk, a motorcycle show, jack-o-lantern contest and more. Free admission and free parking.
Syrup Sopping and Historical Fair
Loachapoka, Al. www.syrupsopping.org; October 19. 6:00am-4:00pm. Weaving and cloth-making demonstrations, musical entertainment featuring hammered and mountain dulcimers, banjos and guitars, a doctor’s beautiful herb garden and crops garden, bread making, soap making, period pottery, fireplace and outdoor cooking, and other old time crafts. Food includes famous sweet potato biscuits made on site, camp stew, beans, collards, BBQ, and home-made ice cream Tour the two-story 140 year old Trade Center museum, watch the blacksmiths at work, visit the Log Cabin, and the Taylor Whatley agricultural implement collection.
The Greater Columbus Fair
Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Ga. www.columbusciviccenter.org; Oct 15-20. Celebrate the beginning of autumn in the Chattahoochee Valley. Food, rides, games, pageant and more!
Westville’s Fall Festival
9294 Singer Pond Rd., Lumpkin, Ga. October 31-November 2. 10:00am-5:00pm. Come visit us at Westville as we take care of Autumn chores and have fun while we’re doing it!
Wiregrass Heritage Festival
Landmark Park, Dothan. www.landmarkpark.com; October 26. Learn how peanuts were harvested in the Wiregrass a half-century ago. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of cane grinding, syrup making, butter churning, basket weaving, soap making and other traditional farm activities. Plus, food, music and antique tractors and farm equipment.
All Saints Fair
Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn. 1600 East Glenn Avenue. www.lakeviewbaptist.org; October 31; 5:00-7:00 pm. Safe, family fun alternative to trick-or-treating; everyone welcome. Games include train, gladiator joust, gyro, horse and wagon, go fish, soccer kick, ring toss, bowling, inflatables and more! Lots of games, prizes and candy! Tickets children 0-12 years old- $3.00 fee includes hot dog supper, games and prizes. Or, $10.00 max per family. Individual Teen- Adult-$1.00 hot dog supper fee. Come dressed up, but please avoid goulish costumes.
Cornerstone Church Truck-or-Treat
Lee-Scott Academy, 1601 Academy Drive, Auburn. www.cornerstonebuzz.org; October 27, 4:00-6:00pm.
Fall On the Farm Festival
Providence Baptist Church, 2807 Lee Road 166, Opelika. October 19, 10am-12noon. Activities include Games, Face Painting, Fish Pond, Cake Walk and much more. www.providencealive.com
Parkway Baptist Church Fall Festival
766 E. University Drive, Auburn. 887-3782. October 30. 6:00pm. Free to the community. Come dressed in costume to play carnival games and win prizes, visit the petting zoo, and much more!
Trunk or Treat & Chili Cook-Off
Grace United Methodist Church, Auburn.
October 28. 5:00pm. Children and adults are invited to come in costume, and children are invited to visit the decorated car trunks to “trick or trunk.” Adults are invited to prepare and bring your best chili dish to be judged and shared with others, with prizes for the best chili recipes and best costumes to be awarded at the conclusion of supper. 844-7003.
Check It Out!
239 North Gay Street, Auburn. 826-0803.
Kids Clothes Connection
3700 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika (next to Goodwill). Gently used children’s costumes available.
Tiger Town, Opelika. Specializing in all things party! Costumes for all ages, accessories, decorations, and more.
Out of Town - State Fun
The Columbus Museum- Fall Festival
1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, Ga.
www.columbusmuseum.com; October 12. 11:00am-3:00pm. Free! Create five awesome animal projects, animal scavenger hunt, games and prizes, movies and more! Dress up for the Crazy Creature Costume Contest: Ages 0-4-11 am; Ages 5-7- 12 pm. Ages 8-10- 1 pm.
Zoo Boo: Montgomery Zoo
www.montgomeryzoo.com; October 17-20, 24-31. 6:00-9:00pm. A safe alternative to Halloween, ZooBoo provides a fun-filled evening of games, treats, and costumed characters, Enjoy education presentations, and the traditional haunted ride.
3rd Annual Atlanta’s Day of the Dead
(Dia de los Muertos)-Atlantic Station in Midtown, Atlanta. www.atlantadayofthedead.com; November 4. 12:00-5:00pm. A traditional Mexican celebration that remembers the life of family members and friends who have passed away. Altars are built in their honor, that include photos of the loved one, food they enjoyed, activities they participated in, and other special items. Free.
3rd Annual Track-or-Treat: Chris Patterson Memorial 5K
11th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Stone Mountain Park, Ga. www.stonemountainpark.com; September 27-October 27 (Fridays-Sundays). Throughout weekends enjoy attractions, entertainment, activities and fall decorations that are fun for all ages. Event highlights include Kids Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, Family Scavenger Hunt, The Great Pumpkin Puppet Parade, Children’s Costume Contest, Storytelling, Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Palooza, & Pumpkin Party Patch. Entrance to the Pumpkin Festival is included in the Adventure Pass.
22nd Annual Halloween Fairyland
Tannehill State Park. www.tannehill.org; October 26. The Tannehill Halloween Festival, a non-scary fun-filled holiday event focused on the campgrounds, annually attracts over 6,000 visitors, most of them children. Begun in 1992, the event features park-sponsored programs during the afternoon and traditional Halloween candy “trick or treat” stops at more than 200 campsites during the evening. Park events include a moon walk, clowns, face painting, pony rides and sand art. A special tradition is the festival’s annual Halloween Festival tee shirt. Campground site decorations and lights are extensive, creative and surreal.
28th Annual Tour of Southern Ghosts
Antebellum Plantation, Stone Mountain, Ga. www.stonemountainpark.com; October 11-13, 17-20, 24-27 (Thurdays-Sundays). Meet professional storytellers spinning their tales of famous (and not-so-famous) Southern Ghosts along the lantern-lit paths of the Antebellum Plantation grounds- never too frightening and always appropriate for young children. Each night offers a different cast of six storytellers.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents ‘Dracula’
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery. www.asf.net; October 27-28. www.alabamadancetheatre.com
BOO 18 Halloween Party ‘Monsters Inc’ Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Alabama
B & A Warehouse, Birmingham, Al. www.boohalloweenparty.com; October 25. 8:00pm. Live music, ‘Scary’-oke singing, costume contest and more. Open to adults 21 yrs and older.
Fall Family Fun Days- The Rock Ranch
The Rock, Ga. www.therockranch.com; September 28-November 16. Open 10:00am-8:00pm each Saturday, guests will enjoy themed entertainment plus Train Rides, Hay Rides, a Petting Zoo, Zip Lines, Pony Rides, the Pumpkin Cannon, Tiny Town and much more!
Lumberjack Day-October 5. Featuring collegiate Timbersports competition.
Day of the Cowboy- October 12.
Hot Air Balloon Rally- October 19.
The ‘Not-So-Spooky’ Halloween Festival- October 26.
Pumpkin Destruction Day- November 2.
Fields of Fear Haunted Hayride
Freeman Rd, off Highway 49N, Dadeville, Al. www.eaglecreekhayride.com; October 19, 25, and 26. 7:30-11:30pm.What really lurks in the deep hollows of the woods in Central Alabama? On your tour, bring someone you can hold tight because when you dare to venture down the Fields of Fear Hayride, the last thing you want is to be alone.
Ghosts on the Mountain Spookapalooza
DeSoto State Park. www.DesotoCarvernsPark.com; October 25-26. Weekend of FREE spooky storytelling & fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Friday & Saturday night both will be spooky nights of storytelling, costumes, treats, & more with storyteller Renee Morrison & her story-tellin’ aunt Jenny Whitman. Storytelling, Spooky Movie Under the Stars- October 25.
Great Pumpkin Roll
Alexander City, Al. 256-329-9227. October 26. 3:00-5:00pm. Free. Bring your own pumpkin or get one at the Farmer’s Market. Rolling begins at the top of Alabama Street at Strand Park.
Growing Up Wild for Preschoolers
October 26. Mask Making, Creepy Critters Show and then Saturday night join us in DeSoto’s Campground before the party for ghoulish games & trick or treating through-out the campground.
Harvest Time at Old Alabama Town
Montgomery. www.oldalabamatown.com; October 1-31. Come down to Old Alabama Town as we feature Harvest Time in the 1800’s. Join us for tours of the cotton gin and grist mill, and get a firsthand look at farming in the 19th century. Individual self-guided tours offered Monday through Saturday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Guided tours available by reservation only, for groups of 10 or more.
Haunted History Tours
Old Cahawba, Sturdivant Hall, Old Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Al. www.preserveala.org; October 18-19. On Friday night, 7:00-10:30pm, join Central Alabama Paranormal Investigation on an investigation of Old Cahawba. The past will come back to haunt you as we tour magnificent antebellum Sturdivant Hall and some “spirited” characters of Old Live Oak Cemetery. On Saturday, take a walking tour, 10:00-11:00pm.
Haunted Museum Tours
Port Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga. www.portcolumbus.org; October 24-26. 6:30-9:00pm. Your “Ghost Host” will guide you through the museum as you encounter spirits of the Civil War Navies. Enjoy family friendly entertainment aboard the Water Witch including music, games and tales. During your tour you might recognize our more famous ghosts as well as hear the little known stories of Nurses, Citizens and Sailors.
Hogansville House of Horror
Royal Theatre, Hogansville, Ga. www.hauntedhogansville.com; October 20, 26-27, 31. 7:00-9:00pm. The Old Royal Theater of Hogansville is stirring in its mouldering grave. Entities are rising from the dust and debris of the decades--and you may have to meet them face to face! It’s creepy--it’s old--it’s HAUNTED!
Monster Mash Party & Performance
Presented by The Montgomery Ballet. Davis Theatre Courtyard, Montgomery. www.montgomeryballet.org; October 25. 6:30pm.
Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham. 205-663-7930, Ext. 4. October 26. Features children’s activities, wildlife presentations and educational programs. Free after paid admission to park.
DeSoto State Park, Every Saturday in October. 10:15am and 12:15pm. Follow Dorothy and her friends as she makes her way home in this one hour roaming production. The journey begins at the Yellow Brick Road in the park and concludes in the cave which has been transformed into the Magical Emerald City. Tickets $19.99 or $9.99 with Fun Pac. Wear your favorite Oz costume and receive $2.00 off your ticket.
Pope’s Haunted Farm
450 Lee Rd 724,Salem, Al. 706-566-7766.
www.popeshayride.com; October 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-27, November 1-2. 7:30pm. Pope’s Haunted Farm has three different events to experience and scare you. The Haunted Barn made as a mock of the Saw movies, the Haunted Hayride that many have claimed to see the infamous evil specter Jasper, and lastly you can experience the Haunted Forest that’s an unguided tour that includes a graveyard deep in the woods.
Scott’s Halloween Bash
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, Montgomery. www.fitzgeraldmuseum.net; October 31. Featuring a night of music and mayhem.
The Montgomery Ballet presents
“The Phantom of the Opera”
Davis Theatre, Montgomery. October 11-13.
Whispers From the Past: A Native American Experience
Aldridge Botanical Gardens, Hoover.
www.aldridgegardens.com; October 6. 1:00-8:00pm. Explore Native American life through demonstrations featuring flint knapping, cooking, hunting and weapons and activities like leaf pounding, grinding corn and more.