Dust off your costumes and get ready because we’ve got tons of local gatherings where you can put them to good use, even during the Covid pandemic. Just grab your masks and remember to stay socially distanced in order to keep 2020 from getting any scarier. Celebrating Halloween in Huntsville has never been easier with this list of local special events!
To get the full 411 about all that is happening in and around the Tennessee Valley this fall including information on Fall Break Camps, Trick/Trunk or Treating options, Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and more why not mosey on over to the full 2020 Fall Activity Guide. Then be sure to share the scoop with your friends so you’ll see familiar faces when you are out and about this fall season.
Do you know about a Halloween event we missed? We’d love to add it, just send us a note at email@example.com and be sure to include the information listed here (e.g. Date/Time, Cost, URL, Location).
Huntsville Ghost Walk
Tours begin in front of historic Harrison Brothers Hardware store which is also where you purchase your tickets. There are both walking and trolley tours, and while no one jumps out at you, it is after all a ghost walk – so be mindful of how easily your little ones might be scared!
Date/Time: Friday and Saturday nights in October | 6PM (plus an addition Saturday walk at 8:30PM)
Cost: Walking $10 adults/$5 children
Location: Harrison Brothers Hardware (map)
More Info: Website | Facebook
Athens Haunt Walks
The Athens Haunt Walk is hosted annually by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association and features the haunted history of Athens by guided tour as darkness falls. The 1.5-2.0 hour walking tour, winds through the historic districts of Athens – Beaty, Downtown, Houston and Athens College – lead by volunteer guides recounting the tales of woe and phantom featured in the book “The Spirits of Athens”. Tickets for this event are available through pre-sale only – no tickets will be available at the door and are limited to 15 attendees per tour group. Mask are required to attend the event!
Lester Haunted Hospital
Lester Haunted Hospital will be filled with screams and terror throughout October! Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Note: Due to the ever-changing rules & regulations surrounding COVID-19, Lester Haunted Hospital will update/change their 2020 season accordingly.
Zombie Paintball at Grace Hill Farms
The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived and Grace Hill Farms needs your help! Help save the family farm by joining in the zombie hunt. In this interactive thrill ride, you’ll go deep into the zombie-infested woods and test your survival skills. Climb onto one of our Zombie Assault Vehicles (ZAVs) equipped with a customized mounted weapon loaded with glow-in-the dark zombie killing serum. Humanity is counting on you! Shoot fast, shoot true and eliminate the zombies! Masks required.
Stories by Ghost Light
Hallowen ATV Trails
The new Halloween ATV trails in Elkmont are beginner trails that are decorated with Halloween props. We are located just feet from the Elk River and have the yummiest restaurants nearby, so bring your dirt bike and/or four wheeler and make a day out of it!
Halloween Drive-in Movies at MidCity
October 3 at 7:30PM – Ghostbusters
October 17 at 7:30PM – Hocus Pocus
October 24 at 7PM – Young Frankenstein
Cost: Oct. 3 & 17 are FREE; Oct. 24 event requests a $5-$10 donation benefitting Land Trust of North Alabama
Location: Campus No. 805 (map)
More Info: Facebook
Barks and Boos
Don’t miss this year’s Barks and Boo’s brought to you by Petz Pack, 95.1, and the American Cancer Society. There will be multiple costume contests at this dog friendly event, dog centered games and entertainment galore. This event will be haunted by cute dogs and scary costumes, plus thousands of dollars in raffles and giveaways!
Southern Ghost Girls Ghost Walks and Paranormal Investigations
Perfect for the Halloween season, Southern Ghost Girls Tours will lead several fun Ghost Walks and Investigations at locations including The Historic Lowry House, downtown Hartselle, the Princess Theatre in Decatur, downtown Athens, and more. You will get to use all the Paranormal Investigation Equipment just like you see on the Popular Paranormal TV shows! While this is family friendly event and children are welcome, we encourage parents to use discretion when bringing small children and ask that you sign a liability waiver before the tour begins.
Monster Movies at the Mill
Cost: $20 per vehicle
Location: Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment (map)
More Info: Website
Movie Night at Sharon Johnston Park
This event was rescheduled to Oct. 17 due to weather. Bring the family to Sharon Johnston Park for a Halloween theme movie as well as a barrel train, hay ride, food truck, popcorn, and playground! Gate opens at 4:30 pm with movie starting at 6:30 pm.
Amelia and Harriet’s Magical Adventure
Open your imagination and follow along on Amelia and Harriet’s Magical Adventure! As the girls set out for an evening of trick or treating, it starts to rain and they find themselves inside an antique shop. Little do they know the night would be full of surprises and fun encounters with characters that everyone knows and loves. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy this original piece of work created as a puppet show set on Halloween.
Date/Time: October 17 | 2-2:30PM
Location: Virtual Event
More Info: Facebook live
Open House & Howl-O-Ween Party
Outdoor Halloween Storytimes with Madison Public Library
This month features two special outdoor storytimes. We’ll meet on the greenspace behind the patio to share rhymes, songs, and stories, all while socially distancing.
Date/Time: Oct. 19th (Pumpkins) & Oct. 30th (Monsters) | 10AM
Location: Madison Public Library
More Info: Website
Blossomwood Witches Ride
This event has been rescheduled to October 31 due to weather. The Blossomwood Witches Ride is a fun bike ride through the neighborhood of Blossomwood. Women dress up as witches, ride their brooms (bikes) and throw candy to the little monsters (kids) along the posted route. ALL children are welcome to come out and enjoy the free candy. Children are asked to be accompanied by an adult to safely walk on the sidewalks while the witches fly by. To allow for ample social distancing among the witches, this year’s event has been moved downtown. It will start and stop at Progress Bank.
Green Pea Press Halloween Block Party
Print a spooky Halloween keepsake with original, one-of-a-kind Green Pea Press blocks! Pick any block you like from our Halloween selection, and help run the press to print your item on the spot. Inventory items for printing include cards, tote bags, and t-shirts.
Bros, Bows, & Boos Family Fall Festival
Bros, Bows, & Boos is a community fall festival event being held at The Event Center at Roto-Rooter that brings awareness to foster care, kinship care & adoption as well as provides hair care resources for our families. As always, there will be plenty of family fun for all including costume contest, games, free food, and more! While this event is open to the public, MCFAPA will have some special items specifically for children in foster care.
Earlyworks Halloween Bash
Boo at Burritt
Did you know Halloween was celebrated in America in the 1800’s? Let’s continue the tradition with a historical haunting adventure in the Burritt Historic Park and Barnyard. Enjoy crafts, candy and snacks throughout the park. Visit the Fortune Teller for an entertaining historical reading or hear a chilling ghost tale read by the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. After that, stop by and see live slithery reptiles with CM Exotic Reptiles. Grab your camera and have your picture taken with live exotic reptiles and learn some educational fun facts too.
Dia De Los Muertos Halloween
Hocus Pocus Rec Movie Night
Trash Pandas Halloween Movie Night
October 30th will feature a showing of “Hocus Pocus” on the video board! Before the movie, kids in attendance can safely participate in Trunk-or-Treat around the ballpark with the local Rocket City Wranglers organization.
Halloween at the Camp
Wonka and the Candy Factory
Spooky Space Spectacular: Daytime Edition
Sugar Creek Farm & Venue Halloween Costume Party and Festival
Madison’s Insane DRIVE-THRU Nightmare on Skate Street
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