35 Ways to Celebrate Halloween 2019 in Alabama
October 29, 2019
Halloween falls on a Thursday this year. That means we've got almost a full week to strut in costumes, tiptoe through haunted houses, light jack o'lanterns and engage in spooky fun. If, like us, you're ready to start the holiday early, here are some creepy-good events planned throughout the state, Oct. 25-31.
1. SLEEPY HOLLOW HAUNTED FARM
When: Oct. 25-27, 30-31. Ticket sales start at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 939 Lee County Road 14, Auburn.
What to expect: Ghouls, ghosts and goblins and more in five attractions: Murder Maze, Haunted Hayride, Clown Cabin, Zombie Paintball, R.I.P. Ride. Petting zoo, concessions.
Admission: $13-$18 for each attraction, $30 combo ticket for three, $50 combo ticket for all.
2. HALLOWEEN SERIES
When: Oct. 25-31.
Where: Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, 1821 Second Ave. North, Birmingham.
What to expect: Screenings of movies such as "Scream," "Demons," "The Slumber Party Massacre" and "Night of the Living Dead."
Admission: Ranges from free to $13, depending on day and movie.
3. BOO AT THE ZOO
When: Oct. 25-31, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham.
What to expect: Games, rides, trick-or-treating, music, dancing, storytelling, spider habitat and more. Costumes encouraged.
Admission: $10, $18 with unlimited rides, $10 VIP parking.
4. SLOSS FRIGHT FURNACE
When: Oct. 25-31, Nov. 1-2. Box office opens at sundown and typically closes at 13:30 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Attraction closes after last group goes through.
Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St. North, Birmingham.
What to expect: Furnace tour and Outbreak 2 (includes zombie-infested forest). Marathon of Horror outdoor movie theater, Stages of Death (extreme circus-style performers), Roadkill Cafe (concessions).
Admission: $20-$25 combo ticket, $35 VIP (go to front of line), $35 Extreme Scream ticket (ups the intensity level and interaction with characters), $40 VIP/Extreme Scream, $18-$21 for groups of 13 or more, $5 parking.
5. “HOCUS POCUS”
When: Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wright Center, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham.
What to expect: Screening of 1993 movie starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker.
6. HALLOWEEN MOVIETHON
When: Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Birmingham Public Library, Smithfield Branch Library, 1 Eighth Ave. West, Birmingham.
What to expect: Halloween movie screenings all day long, except for 1 p.m.-2 p.m. lunch hour, when library is closed.
7. TRICK OR TREAT
When: Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Homewood Public Library, children's department, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham.
What to expect: Wear costumes and get candy.
8. CAMP FEAR
When: Oct. 31, starting at 6 p.m.
Where: Lake Lurleen State Park, 13226 Lake Lurleen Road, Coker.
What to expect: Trick-or-treating in campground.
Admission: $1-$3, free for kids younger than age 3.
9. COLUMBIA MANOR
When: Oct. 25-26, 30-31. Ticket office opens at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 306 S. Main St., Columbia.
What to expect: "Travel back in time as former residents return from the afterlife accompanied by some familiar friends as you tour through their past abode known now as Columbia Manor," according to Facebook page.
Admission: $13 general admission, $30 fast pass. Part of proceeds benefits Columbia Volunteer Fire & Rescue Emergency Squad.
10. PHOBIA FACTORY
When: Oct. 25-27, Oct. 29–Nov. 2. Hours 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays.
Where: 455 Alabama 70, Columbiana.
What to expect: Organizers describe the overall vibe as "somewhere between the pumpkin patch and a typical haunted house." Jump scares are part of the action (except for specific daytime hours) and folks will find plenty of horrifying things: creepy dolls, menacing clowns, icky rats, spooky spiders and more. Three attractions on self-guided tour: Phobia Factory, Vertigo Vortex and House of Illusions, plus laser maze, concessions, merchandise, movies.
Admission: $7.50-$43, $5 for laser maze, 10 percent discount for groups of four or more.
11. HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR
When: Oct. 25-31. Opens at 7 p.m.
Where: 1205 Tennessee St., Courtland.
What to expect: Organizers promise a "40,000-square-foot haunt world experience" in old Courtland High School building. Paintball, concessions.
Admission: $20, $40 VIP, $17.50 groups of 15 or more, $30-$50 with paintball.
12. TRICK OR TREAT
When: Oct. 31, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Daphne Public Library, 2607 U.S. 98, Daphne.
What to expect: Kids, candy and costumes.
13. HOTEL MITCHELL
When: Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 3. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays
Where: OWA, 1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley.
What to expect: Haunted house that aims for chills and thrills. Haunted corn maze.
Admission: $19.99, $34.99 combo ticket with amusement park day pass and two corn mazes.
14. PUMPKINS ON THE SQUARE
When: Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Courthouse square, 230 Court Ave, Elba.
What to expect: Trick-or-treating, bounce houses, movie screening, hayrides and more.
15. NIGHTMARE AT 3008
When: Oct. 25-31. Opens at 7 p.m. and closes 10 p.m.-midnight, depending on the day.
Where: 2015 Decatur Highway, Fultondale.
What to expect: Seasonal haunted house at family-friendly amusement center. Three attractions: House of Voodoo, the Underground and Camp Mary Lee.
Admission: $13-$18, $40 for combo pass.
16. GREENVILLE HAUNTED FIREHOUSE
When: Oct. 25-26, 31. Hours are 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 1198 Norman Road, Greenville.
What to expect: Characters including ghouls, demons, serial killers and evil clowns, portrayed by volunteers who aim to give you chills and thrills.
Admission: $8 Fridays, $10 Saturdays, $10 teaser ball that ups the ante for interaction with characters.
17. GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
When: Oct. 25-31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Where: 288 Blount County 45, Hayden.
What to expect: Pumpkins, wagon rides, inflatables, petting zoo, train rides, extreme bungee jumping and more.
Admission: Free to get in, pay $1-$10 for activities.
18. HOLLIS HAUNTED CHICKEN HOUSE
When: Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Hours 7 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 7522 U.S. 431, Heflin.
What to expect: Haunted chicken house, haunted walking trail, haunted hayride. Storyline focuses on Chicken Dan, the mutant chickens he raised and the gruesome war that ensued.
Admission: $15 one attraction, $25 two attractions, $40 three attractions, $25 VIP tickets advance visitors to front of line.
19. SCARECROW TRAIL
When: Oct. 25-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Huntsville Botanical Gardens, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville.
What to expect: Decorated scarecrows and hay bales, corn maze, hayrides on weekend.
Admission: $9-14 admission to gardens.
20. HALLOWEEN SPOOKY SPACE SPECTACULAR
When: Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville.
What to expect: Hands-on science activities, magic and science show, and more. Costumes encouraged.
Admission: $5, $20 for families of five people.
When: Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.
Where: Irondale Public Library, 105 20th Street South, Irondale.
What to expect: Screening of 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi.
22. HALLOWEEN AT THE LIBRARY
When: Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Irondale Public Library, 105 20th Street South, Irondale.
What to expect: Games, community trunk-or-treat outside library.
23. ARX MORTIS: UPRISING
When: Oct. 25-27, Oct. 30-31. Box office opens at 7 p.m., first group enters at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1681 U.S. 72, Killen.
What to expect: Walk-through tour focuses on "50,000 square feet of indoor horror," according to Arx Mortis Facebook page. Includes actors in makeup, sets and animatronics. Background story focuses on a deranged doctor with deadly skills. Horror movie, escape room, laser tag, gift shop, concessions, photos.
Admission: $25-$45, $22 for people in groups, $5 for 5-minute escape room.
24. ATROX FACTORY
When: Oct. 25-27, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 8404 Parkway Drive, Leeds.
What to expect: Atrox Factory bills itself as "the largest indoor haunted attraction in the Southeast," with "50,000 square feet of mind-numbing terror and over 1/4 mile of twisted hallways and shocking surprises. Celebrity appearances by Rob Mello of "Happy Death Day" (Oct. 25-26), Alyssa-Brooke Levine of "Pet Sematary 2019" (Nov. 1-2).
Admission: $20-$25 general admission, $40 VIP (no waiting in line), $100 Ultimate VIP package for two, $5 extra at gate for celebrity appearances.
25. LESTER HAUNTED HOSPITAL
When: Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Hours are 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 30338 Lester Road, Lester.
What to expect: Scare 4 Charity says it's taken over an old hospital that's reputed to be a center for paranormal activity.
26. THRILLER NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
When: Oct. 25-31, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. Mobile.
What to expect: Halloween experience features thousands of lights synchronized to music that plays through your car radio.
Admission: $7, free for ages 3 and younger.
27. OAKLEIGH IN MOURNING
When: Oct. 30-31 at 7 p.m.
Where: Oakleigh Historic Complex, 300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile.
What to expect: Living history tours with character guides. With exhibit on Victorian mourning and spiritualism.
28. ZOO BOO
When: Oct. 25-31, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery.
What to expect: Games, rides, hayrides and other family-friendly activities.
29. TRUNK R TREAT
When: Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Wharf, 4830 Main St., Orange Beach.
What to expect: Costume contest, children's activities, pumpkin painting, camel rides and more, sponsored by Christian Life Church.
Admission: Free, $5-$10 for some activities.
30. WAREHOUSE 31
When: Oct. 25-31, Nov. 1-2. Box office hours are 6:30 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sundays and weekdays.
Where: 3150 Lee St., Pelham.
What to expect: Two scream-inducing attractions, Rigamortis and 3D Experience. Both are indoors and cover nearly 30,000 square feet of twists and turns, according to organizers. Escape room, Monsters Midway with concessions, Lights Out Lantern Night on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $19.95-$49.95, $10 for escape room.
When: Oct. 25-27, 30-31, 7 p.m. midnight Fridays-Saturdays, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sundays and Oct. 30-31.
Where: 5320 Miles Spring Road, Pinson.
What to expect: Scary scenes, costumed actors, sets and props.
Admission: $15, $30 "R.I.P." to skip the line.
32. PARADE OF PUMPKINS
When: Oct. 25-Nov. 2.
Where: Downtown Prattville, near Main and Chestnut streets.
What to expect: "Pumpkin wonderland" featuring carved and decorated pumpkins, festive storefronts and seasonal displays. Annual candy walk Oct. 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
33. SPOOK TRAIL
When: Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2. Hours are 7:30 p.m.-midnight, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on Halloween night.
Where: 17327 Alabama 269, Quinton
What to expect: Haunted maze with jump scares.
Admission: $15 adults, $10 with canned food item for Three Hots and a Cot; $10 kids ages 6-12, $5 with canned food item; free for kids age 5 and younger.
34. POPE'S HAUNTED FARM
When: Oct. 25-27, 31, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. otherwise.
Where: Lee Road 724, Salem.
What to expect: Four creepy attractions, from rides to walking trails. Themes are "Haunted Hayride: Stranger Things," "Haunted Buggy Ride: Primal Fear," "Haunted Barn: Scary Tales" and "Haunted Forest: Creatures of the Dark." Concessions (hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, candy, etc.) for sale on site.
35. WALES WEST LIGHT RAILWAY PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS
When: Oct. 25-31, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: 13670 Smiley St., Silverhill.
What to expect: Kid-friendly train ride by day, haunted thrill ride by night. Wales West is an RV park and campground with a railroad theme park. Haunted barn, haunted maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, bounce house, concessions and more.
Source : "76 ways to celebrate Halloween 2019 in Alabama" AL.com (October 2019) Mary Colurso