City of Auburn 16th 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 27, 5:30-8:30pm. 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 13. Enjoy making and eating your favorite fall treats. 3:30-4:40pm. Ages: 5-9 yrs. Fee: $15. 705-5560.
Halloween Treat Bags- October 27. Make the perfect bag for your treats. 3:30-4:30pm. Ages: 4-12 yrs. Fee: $15. 705-5560.
Spooky Drop-In- October 28. Special occasion for drop-in members! 6:00-8:45pm. Ages 3rd-5th grades. Fee: $5.
The Great Pumpkin Splash- October 21. 6:00-8:00pm. $4. Ages 6-12yrs. Pick your pumpkin from the pool! Kids enjoy harvest relay races, pumpkin roll, prizes and more! Call 705-5560 for more info.
4th Annual Haunted Auburn Walking Tour
Toomer’s Corner, Auburn. 334-444-1422. Sponsored by Alabama Spectral Investigators, Cooper & Cooper Law Firm. Actual descendants of the famous gothic writers Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe are not only great storytellers, their also Auburn’s premiere Paranormal Investigators. Brandon Stoker and John Poe are the founders of Alabama Spectral Investigators. They’ll lead you past some of Auburn’s most famous haunted locations. You’ll learn interesting histories and haunted facts about what has been named the ‘Loveliest Village on the Plains’. Donations are appreciated but not required. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. A great pair of walking shoes will soothe your feet as you dress according to predicted weather. Two tours will occur, the first will begin at 7pm and the second at 9pm. Plan to meet your tour guides between Auburn’s stone eagles located diagonally from Toomer’s Corner.
15th Annual Uptown Spooktacular Halloween Festival
October 29, 2:00-4:00 pm. Woodruff Park, Uptown, Columbus, Ga. Sign up for the costume contest; 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!!!
28th Annual Great Pumpkin Carve
Auburn University School of Architecture and Design, Dudley Court, Campus. October 28. 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.cadc.auburn.edu/explore-cadc/event
Auburn Public Library- Ghoulish Gala: A Halloween Event for the Whole Family
www.auburnalabama.org/library; October 27, 5:30-7:00pm. Dress up in your Halloween costumes and bring the whole family to the Auburn Public Library to enjoy a variety of fun Halloween activities! This year, we’ll open up the terrifying, spine-tingling, shriek-inducing, haunted wing of the library to willing adventurers. We’ll also have carnival games, candy, music, and a spooky photo booth.
October 29, Market Days, Uptown Columbus. 10:00am-12:00pm. www.uptowncolumbusga.com
Come check out the 5th annual Broadway Paw-rade at Market Days! It is a fundraising event with animals (usually dogs) competing in a fun, costume contest for $10 on the 1000 block of Broadway stage (located in the median in front of The Loft Columbus)! Live DJ, prizes and proceeds go to local animal rescue organizations: Columbus Animal Care & Control Center, & Paws Humane. These organizations are in the median every Saturday 9am-12pm during Market Days on Broadway for adoption, services and more. We want to highlight their efforts and contribute to their organizations through a fun, pet friendly event.
Creepy Wonderful Critters ‘Alligators’
Louise Kreher Forest & Nature Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/preserve; October 29. 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn all about the critters you may find a bit unfriendly! We would love the chance to show you how truly amazing these creatures are! This program will include live alligators from an alligator farm. Admission is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Children 3 and under are free.
Ghoulish Gala: A Halloween Event for the Whole Family
October 27, Auburn Public Library. 5:30 -7 p.m. Dress up in your Halloween costumes and bring the whole family to the Auburn Public Library to enjoy a variety of fun Halloween activities! This year, we’ll open up the terrifying, spine-tingling, shriek-inducing, haunted wing of the library to willing adventurers. We’ll also have carnival games, candy, music, haunted house and a spooky photo booth.
Tour De Fright
October 28, 6:00-8:00pm, Opelika SportsPlex. Bicyclers beware! Parents and children 12 years and under are invited to take a ride on the haunted walking trail.
Uptown’s Scream on the Green
Woodruff Park, Columbus, Ga. email@example.com; October 20, 6:00-10:00pm. After 8 years of Uptown Screen on the Green, the Columbus Georgia Young Professionals are bringing this free community event back with a spooky twist. Join us for a Halloween movie under the stars at Uptown SCREAM On The Green. The evening will kick off with six local singers competing for the Uptown Idol Crown at 6pm, taste local eats from food vendors and cap off the night with a Halloween classic on a 70ft screen! Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets & coolers, beer will be for sale on sight as well.
Cotton Pickin’ Pumpkin Patch
Lazenby Farm, 11546 Lee Rd. 54, Auburn.
334-321-7946, www.lazenbyfarm.com; Saturdays, October 15, 22, and 29; 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!
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, pony rides, inflatable park, train rides, gem mining, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, face painting, and more. Open September 24 October 31. Friday 12:00-5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 12:00-6:00pm. 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. October 1-November 4. Special event dates and field trips available Monday-Friday.
Teacher Day- October 1. All teachers with school ID are free!
Free Paradise for Special Children- October 3, 8am-4pm. Free field trip for special needs children.
Home School Day- October 10, 8am-3pm.
6585 Hwy 431 North, Eufaula, AL.
334-370-6490. U-Pick It Farm with fresh fruits,
veggies and pumpkins!
Corn Dodgers Farm
1555 Knowles Road, Headland, AL. www.corndodgersfarm.com; 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!
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. October.
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.
Pumpkin Patch at The Farmhouse
469 Farmhouse Road, Ellerslie, Georgia.
706-561-3435. 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.
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Farm
929 County Road 14, Auburn; www.sleepyhollowauburn.com; October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 30; 7:30-11:00pm. The farm features a haunted house, NEW haunted hayride and NEW haunted maze. A free petting zoo is available nightly for family enjoyment. Tickets and additional information are available online.
The Pumpkin Patch at Barber Berry Farm
2362 Alabama River Parkway, Millbrook, Al.
www.barberberryfarm.com; Weekends in October 7-31. Hayride, pumpkin patch, pick your own pesticide-free fruit and veggies.
The Pumpkin Patch Express Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Calera, Al. www.hodrrm.org; October Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Arts & Crafts Festivals
7th Annual Riverwalk Wine Festival
Riverwalk Park, Montgomery. www.funinmontgomery.com; October 15, 3:00-6:00pm. Includes wine tasting from 10 different distributors representing over 100 wineries. Admission is $25 per person and will include: Etched commemorative wine glass,discounted wine purchases from participating local wine shoppes, food vendors, live music, picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, and more!
19th Annual Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama Festival and Pow Wow
Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center. www.echotacherokeetribe.homestead.com; September 24-25. Featuring Native American storytelling, dancing, drum/flute playing, crafts, demonstrations, and food!
21st Annual Arts on the River
1100 Block of Broadway, Columbus, Ga. October 15. 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.
24th Annual Alabama Cotton Festival
October 29. 8:00am-2:00pm. Eclectic, Al. firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 Josh Brannon Band and Nashville duo The Springs and more.
26th Annual Christmas Made in the South
Columbus Convention & Trade Center, Ga.
www.madeinthesouthshows.com; October 28-30. 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!
36th Annual Oktoberfest Arts & Craft Show
Charles E. Bailey, Sr. Sportplex, Alexander City, AL. www.alexandercityonline.com; October 8. 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.
38th Annual Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival
Presented by ArtsRevive
3 Church Street, Selma, Al. www.artsrevive.com; October 14-15. The performers this year are Suzi “Mama” Whaples, Lyn Ford, Michael Reno Harrell and The Dill Pickers. Art show, StreetFest, Ballet, Market Day, Pilgrimage and more!
44th Annual Harvest Day Festival
Headland, Al. www.headlandal.com; October 8. 9am-4pm. Arts and crafts, children’s games and rides, wonderful food and entertainment.
45th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores, Al. October 13-16. Over 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace and of course, SHRIMP!!
50th Annual Pike Road Arts & Crafts Fair
Historic Marks House, Pike Road, Al.
www.pikeroadartsandcraftsfair.com; November 5, 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.
53rd Annual Bluff Park Art Show
Bluff Park Community Center, 517 Cloudland Dr. Hoover, Al. www.bluffparkartassociation.org; October 1. 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.
60th Annual Central Alabama Fair
Lion’s Fair Park, 2401 W. Dallas Ave. Selma, Al.;
October 3-8. 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!
62nd Annual Cullman County Fair
www.cullmanfair.org; September 22-October 1. Thrilling rides, amazing exhibits, and the best in local and regional entertainment.
69th Annual Lee County Fair
US 431 near Opelika High. 334-749-3353. October. Livestock shows, contests, exhibits, pageants, rides and much more.
73rd Annual National Peanut Festival
5622 U.S. Hwy. 231 S., Dothan, Al.
www.nationalpeanutfestival.com; November 4-13. Headliners Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae, Rush of Fools, and Marshall Tucker Band. 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 15-16. ‘Alabama the Gourdgeous’. 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 28-November 6. Midway rides, main stage entertainment including Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, Collective Soul, food, information and commercial booths, kids area, livestock and other competition, family faith day, and more!
Alexander City Fall Festival
Russell CrossroadsWind Creek State Park-Alabama, 4325 Al Highway 128, Alexander CityWind Creek State Park-Alabama, 4325 Al Highway 128,
Wind Creek, Alexander City, Al. www.russelllandsonlakemartin.com; October 29. Join friends and neighbors for pumpkin painting, a costume contest, wagon rides and more, courtesy of Russell Lands on Lake Martin.
Wind Creek State Park-Alabama, 4325 Al Highway 128, Alexander City
Boll Weevil Festival
Enterprise, Al. www.enterprisedowntown.org; October 29. 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 2-6. 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 1-2. 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.
Fall Farm Day & Festival
Landmark Park, Dothan. www.landmarkpark.com; October 15. 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
Fall Festival at Wind Creek State Park
October 14-15, www.outdooralabama.com; Part of the 76th Anniversary of the State Park System, celebrates the season with pumpkin carving, a carnival, a projected 5K Monster Run through the park and so much more!
Harvest Hoe Down
Warm Springs, Ga. www.warmspringsga.us; October 8-9. Enjoy this fall celebration with arts, crafts, good food, entertainment and more!
Hogansville, Ga. www.hummingbirdfestival.com; October 15-16. Main Street will be bustling with food, crafts, antiques, music, local artists, open storefronts, rides, and activities for the whole family.
Indian Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
Historic District- Eufaula, Al. www.eufaulachamber.com; October 8-9. 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 20-22. 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.
Montgomery Jr. League’s Holiday Market
Renaissance Hotel, Montgomery. www.jlmontgomery.com; October 12-15. Start the Winter Holiday Season off right with shopping the Jr. League’s Market. Each year, holiday themed booths set up for a great, one-stop-shop for all your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years items.
Ole Chipley Town Fair
Pine Mountain, Ga. www.pinemountain.org; September 24. 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 29. 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 Day at Loachapoka (formerly Syrup Sopping)
Loachapoka, Al. www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org; October 29. 7:00am-4:00pm. The same great sausage, biscuits, syrup, music, mules, arts, crafts, etc. that has been offered for the last 40 years will continue to be the same. The Plantation Heirs will sing at noon. Creek Indians-demonstrations in heritage crafts and good food.Many vendors are returning along with new vendors.
Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy, Al. www.pioneer-museum.org; October 7-8, 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. Also, October 31 is Nightmare at the Museum.
Spinners 35th Annual “Pumpkin Patch” Arts & Crafts Show
Spinners Park, Prattville, Al. www.spinnersprattville.com; October 22-23. 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.
Stone Mountain Park, Ga.
13th Annual Pumpkin Festival- September 30-October 30. Take in all of the splendor that autumn provides with attractions, fun-filled games, shows and more. Follow the life sized telling of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as you wind your way through Spookley’s A-MAZE-ING Adventure. Join Spookley the Square Pumpkin and lift his friends into the air for a Dance-A-Long Party Parade that dances through Crossroads, and then meet him at Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch Meet & Greet.
Country Living Fair- October 21-23. A fun, folksy and fabulous show and sale of folk art, antiques, “Made in America” crafts, art, furniture, home decor and more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine, attend seminars and how-to’s, artisan demonstrations, Harvest & Gourmet Market, and fall festivities.
Highland Games- October 15-16. This year thousands of Scots (even those that wish to be ‘Scot for the Day’) from around the world will don their family tartans and gather to greet old friends and make new ones too. Come and enjoy the Highland Athletic events, Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming, Scottish Harping. Participate in the Scottish Country Dancing demonstrations, Kirking of the Tartans, Clan Challenge Athletic events, and the Parade of Tartans. See Clan and Tartan information tents as well as the many colorful Scottish shops.
Indian Festival and Pow-Wow- November 3-6. Held at Stone Mountain Park’s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more.
The Greater Columbus Fair
Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Ga.
www.columbusciviccenter.org; October 26-November 2. 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!