There’s finally a chill in the air and that means EVERYONE is getting out of the house and into some Fall fun! Along with the traditional pumpkin patches and hayrides, there are all kinds of unique and interesting ways to enjoy these wonderful weekends. Try taking a guided stroll through the local haunts or just enjoy the myriad Trunk or Treats that are a staple of this spooky season.
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Pumpkin Patches, Cornmazes, Hay Rides and More
- Tate Farms (Meridianville): pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, straw or hay bale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, Honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours.
Cost: $10 (ages 2+)
Location: 8414 A Moores Mill Road
- Lyon Family Farms (Taft, TN): Located just over the Tennessee border, this farm is open Mon-Fri 2-6 PM, Sat 9 AM-6 PM, and Sun 1-5 PM. It offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, and advertises that it has the area’s only 2400 SQ FT Pillow Bounce.
Cost: $9.75 tax included (weekends)$8.75 (Wed-Fri) Ages 24 months and under FREE.
Location: 130 Bellview Road, Taft, TN
Phone: (931) 438-9938
- Sand Mountain Corn Maze (Sardis City): Corn Blasters, Duck Races and Cow Train rides are just some of the family fun to be had at this giant corn maze. There is also a pumpkin patch, hay rides, play barn and pumpkin store.
Cost: $8-$12 (depends on package you choose)
Location: 1/4 mile off Hwy 431 on Cox Gap Road in Sardis City, AL.
- McGee Farm (Florence): Open September 15-October 31, this family farm advertises itself as “Country Atmosphere” and the owners encourage you to “sit under our big oak and listen to the country sounds.” Take a 20-30 minute trip to the real pumpkin patch where you can see and pick small and large pumpkins right off the vine. Children an also feed the chickens, see baby goats, and pick cotton. They also have thousands of Mums to select from. Pumpkin prices start at 3/$1.00, large pumpkins $.30/pound.
Cost: FREE, $3/person for hayride
Location: 8211 County Rd. 7, Florence
- Scarecrow Trail (Huntsville Botanical Gardens): Over 50 Scarecrows are placed throughout the Garden along with awesome hay bale art. Walk through the Garden and see all the great creations, now through October 31st. Weekend hay rides add to the fun and this year there is also a sorghum maze for kids of all ages to explore.
Cost:Free with membership or admission
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
- Huntsville’s Haunted Maze: The Brownsboro Cornfield Maze is the biggest one near Huntsville with over 14 acres and many special activities and events for the whole family. The MaIze is located east of Huntsville on US HWY 72.
Cost: Haunted admission is $15 for adults/$10 for kids and non-haunted admission is $10 for adults/$5 for kids.
Location:165 Brownsoboro Road, Huntsville
- Trail of Fears Haunted Hay Ride: Come enjoy the fun of riding in a trailer filled with hay under the crisp cool night sky, while trying to maintain your courage as you are pulled through the park on a haunted trail! Advance tickets can be purchased at the Front Desk at Dublin Park Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Advance tickets are good for any night of the Haunted Hayride.
Date: Friday and Saturday October 19 and 20th only
Cost:Advanced individual tickets $3 or $5 at the door; Advance group of 10 tickets $25
Location: Dublin Memorial Park, 8324 Madison Pike Madison, AL
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- Madison Street Festival: Oct. 6, 8AM-5PM. The day kicks off with a parade at 8:30 AM. This festival has grown into one of the largest in North Alabama and if last year is any indication, you can expect a pretty large crowd. But there is more than enough to do and thanks to generous support from the local community, almost all of it is entirely FREE including everything at the children’s section (pony rides, games, crafts and more). Don’t forget to stop by the Rocket City Mom tent to say “Hello” and get your face painted in our tent by Gabrielle’s Facepainting! Website: www.madisonstreetfestival.org
- Rogersville Fall Festival: Oct. 20, 9AMto 3PM. This FREE festival in downtown Rogersville is fun for the whole family and boasts an annual antique car & truck show, a swap meet, a chili cook-off, art show, craft booths, a children’s costume parade, a pet’scostume parade, live music, a kiddie tractor pull and more.
- Providence School Fall Carnival: Oct. 26, 4-7PM at the Village of Providence green space (next to Mellow Mushroom). This event will feature carnival games, inflatables, and fun! All proceeds raised will support PTA funded programs like the reading program and technology. Presale tickets can be purchased online. For more information contact Rosemarie Ephraim-Call, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: Cost: $10 or $8 (presale)
- Southeast YMCA Fall Festival: Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30PM This event is FREE and open to the public. Activities will include a Trunk-or-Treat, moon bounce, games, and a cookie walk! More details here.
- Willowbrook Fall Festival: Oct. 27, 10AM-2PM. Admission is FREE and food items are available for $.50 each. Inflatables, games, trunk or treat, petting zoo and more!
- Aldersgate UMC Fall Festival: Oct. 27, 1-4PM. Located on the corner of Bailey Cove and Mountain Gap Roads in South Huntsville, Aldersgate UMC invites the public to their Fall Fest for a fun, family friendly afternoon. There will be games for preschoolers, bounce house, giant slide, face painting, hair painting, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, and more! The best news is it is FREE!
- Madison United Methodist Fall Festival & Chili Potluck: Oct. 28, 4-7:30PM. Everyone is invited to come out for an evening of Fall Fun, Food and Fellowship. Children will be Trick or Treating for UNICEF from 4:00-6:00 pm. We will have dinner at 6:00 pm and then the games begin! Bring a dish to share and/or bring a Crock-Pot of Chili.A panel of judges will determine several categories 1) Spiciest 2) Most Unique 3) Best Beef Chili 4) Best Chicken Chili. Activities for children will include Fishing, Bean Bag Toss, Ring Toss and Pumpkin Decorating.Everyone is invited to wear costumes (optional) that are church appropriate. This year’s suggested theme is “Your Favorite Super Hero”.
- Hilltop Arts Festival: Nov. 3, 9AM-6PM. This festival has a large variety of art forms for viewing and for sale. All items will be locally handmade/ hand painted arts and crafts by members of the Tennessee Valley. Local musical acts will perform during the day to entertain the crowd. The Art Stroll is free to the public.
Halloween Parties and General Spooky Fun
- Huntsville Ghost Walks: Every Saturday in October. Tours start at 6PM in front of historic Harrison Brothers Hardware store (124 Southside Square) which is also where you purchase your tickets. There are three different walking tours (2 hours each) and a trolley ride (1 hour). While no one jumps out at you, it is a GHOST WALK, so be mindful of how easily your little ones might be scared. Walking tickets are $10(adults),$5 (12 and under); Trolley tickets are $12(adults), $10 (10 and under).
- Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll: October 14 from 2-4:30PM. A wonderful Huntsville Tradition, this stroll through historic Maple Hill Cemetery includes more than 65 costumed characters will “come alive” to represent notables from the past. This event is FREE to the public. Donations welcome.
- Family Fright Nights @ Lowry House: Friday & Saturday, October 19-20th and 26-27th. These spooky (but family-friendly) tours run every 30 minutes from 5:30-8:30PM. Special guest appearances include paranormal investigator Shawn Sellers and acclaimed storyteller Verna Gates. Call (256)489-9200 to reserve your space or purchase tickets online. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
- Bootanica (Huntsville Botanical Garden): October 20th from 10AM-2PM. This family friendly day will be spook-tacularly fun for the whole family. Steve the DJ will be here along with David Ballard from Animal Trax in Madison. He will be bringing some creepy creatures including reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids for display. There will be hay rides, hula hoop contests, and a lot of fun! Event is free with membership or admission.
- City of Decatur Trunk or Treat: October 26, 6-8PM. This annual event provdes kids a great trick or treating opportunity along with serving the community! Admission is 2 cans of food for the CCC and tickets are just 4 / $1! Costume Contests, Games, Prizes and much more! FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK: Monster House will be shown on the Wilson Morgan Park Softball Field at 8PM. Call 256-341-4950 for more information.
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- Rogersville Trunk or Treat: Oct. 25, 6PM to 8PM. Annual halloween event at Cadence Bank in Rogersville. Decorate your trunk and don a costume and participate in the fun. Anywhere from 300 to 600 kids come thru. To enter a trunk call Cadence Bank and ask for Jennifer at 256-247-7004.
- Spooktacular Science Halloween Party (Sci-Quest): Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 PM and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 6 PM. Join us for our annual Spooktacular Science Halloween Party for all ages and meet some amazing special guests and see our thrilling demonstrations. Visit the different Halloween activity stations and catch the popular Mystery Science Show. Make sure you dress up in your favorite Halloween outfit and enter the kids or adult (family friendly) costume contests with cool prizes. Spooktacular Science is fun for the whole family. Cost per day is $9 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 2 and under are free. Rocket City Mom is also giving away tickets to this event! Click here to enter until Oct. 22nd.
- Publix (Various Locations): Each year Publix opens its doors to children dressed in costumes Halloween night to explore each department. They can decorate cookies in the bakery, play a game of golf in the produce section or get an ice cream cone in the frozen foods section. It’s fun. It’s cute and it’s free. The store also provides a treat bag at the front. This year’s activities will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call your local store for details.
- Trick or Treat at the Main Library (915 Monroe Street): Join the Library on October 31st (10am – 12pm and 3pm-5pm) All the public services desks will be decorated for Halloween and children will be invited to go from desk to desk to “Trick or Treat”. In the morning the Youth Services department will also host some not-to-spooky Halloween stories, fun and games. In the afternoon the Youth Services department will host crafts and a movie, Halloweentown. Make sure your little Trick or Treaters wear their costumes!
- Mall-O-Ween (Parkway Place Mall & Madison Square Mall): Looking for a safe, warm and/or dry place to do a little trick-or-treating? Visit the Parkway Place Mall or the Madison Square Mall from 5-7 PM on Halloween night as retailers throughout the mall will offer special treats to little ghouls & goblins in a fun environment.
- Halloween on Main (downtown Madison): Parents can bring their children to downtown Madison on Wednesday night from5-8PM for Halloween festivities that will include a costume parade, games and trick-or-treating on Main Street. Madison will also have a free trick-or-treating downtown Wednesday night. The inaugural event is sponsored by the City of Madison, the Madison Chamber of Commerce and some Madison businesses. Parking is available on the lot behind Bandito Burrito.
- Good Shepherd Catholic Church Truck or Treat: Oct. 31, 5-8PM. Located on the corner of Chaney Thompson & Hobbs (13550 Chaney Thompson Road) Good Shepherd invites all to attend their Trunk-Or-Treat.