Costumes? Check. Gas in the car? Check. Reflective tape for safety? Check. If your Halloween game is strong, this is the weekend for you! It’s a HUGE weekend for Halloween events in Huntsville and North Alabama. We’ve listed our favorite free, cheap, and events we think are worth the money just for area families below!
Keep our Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Huntsville handy. We keep adding things to to it, and between this list and that guide, you can’t go wrong. Also good to know:
Where Kids Eat Free in Costume on Halloween
How Scary Is Too Scary? Events Around Town
Because of the high chance of rain this weekend, we cannot stress the importance of calling ahead and/or checking for updates on Facebook Pages before you set out to go to an event below. There are few things more disappointing to a kid than getting all costumed up to find a trunk-or-treat has been canceled after you get there. 🙁
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Trunk or Treat Opportunities
Cost: FREE | Various locations
We started to list out all the places kids can trick-or-treat or trunk-or-treat this weekend, but the list is a dadgum mile long and we already have them detailed HERE. But if you need help narrowing it down, here are our favorites, especially for the potential sketchy weather:
Trick or Treat at Lowe Mill – Saturday from 1-4 PM
Mall-O-Ween Extravaganza – Saturday from 1:30 – 4:00 PM
PARENT PRO-TIP: Did you know you can search our calendar for events that are happening INDOORS? Yep – click here to see them.
Community Fall Festivals
Cost: FREE | Various locations
Again, ’tis the season for Fall Festivals and you definitely have your pick this weekend. We’ll be updating our Event Calendar as we receive more events!
- Columbia Elementary School – INDOORS Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
- Blossomwood Fall Fest – Saturday from 10AM – 1PM
- Fall Festival at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – Saturday from 2-5 PM
- Hartselle Hay Day – Saturday from 5-8 PM
- Aldersagate UMC Fall Fest – Sunday at 2:00 PM
- Capshaw Baptist Fall Fest – Sunday from 3-6 PM
- Fall Fest at The Grove – Sunday from 5-7 PM
Parks & Pumpkins Downtown
DHI’s Pop Up Parks are back, and there are ten of them all around the square for your family to discover! After playtime, go on a pumpkin scavenger hunt through the Arts Huntsville Pumpkin Patch and choose your favorite to win the contest – we like #8!
Community Playground Build
Friday from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: Your time & help
2900 Fairbanks Street, Huntsville | More Info
Fans of the show Parks & Rec will definitely want in on this KABOOM opportunity! Huntsville Parks and Recreation and District 1 – Huntsville City Council are looking for a handful of skilled volunteers able to use tools & lift objects to help build a playground behind the old AAA school in the Northwood Housing area. Volunteers will be split in to different groups and work throughout the day. Donuts and Coffee will be served in the morning, as well as lunch! Drinks are available all day and the first 40 volunteers will receive an event t-shirt.
Pumpkin Carving Contest & CotD
Friday from 4-8 PM
Cost: $5 to carve, $5 parking donation
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest features live music, food trucks, pumpkin painting for the kiddos, and more. Bring your own tools and the perfect pumpkin. Choose your category and get to carving. Bluegrass group David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening. Be sure to stop by Pizzelles Confections for the Grand Opening of their expanded dessert cafe!
Halloween Bash at the Depot
Friday from 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Cost: FREE – $8 | get advance tickets here
Huntsville Depot Museum | More Info
Put on your costumes and join us for Halloween games, crafts, and of course safe Trick or Treating! Be sure to bring your treat bags and enjoy Halloween fun for all ages. Games and crafts are included in admission – your friends from Rocket City Mom will be there so stop by and say hi!
Friday from 6-8 PM
The Shops at Merchants Walk | More Info
Enjoy live music from Rocket 5, games, pet costume contest, and beer tasting for mom & dad. Enjoy a fun night out, and bring your four legged friends and kids!
Harvest Farmers Market
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Trinity Baptist Church, Madison | More Info
Pumpkins, apples, mums, and cooler-weather veggies will be plentiful at the Madison Farmer’s Market this weekend. It’s a great time to stock up on seasonal jams & other goodies and even start thinking ahead to Turkey Day!
Taste of the Holidays Market
Saturday from 9AM – 3PM
Asbury Methodist Church | More Info
Not into Halloween? Get a jump on the holidays! You’ll be inspired as you taste lots of holiday recipes throughout the day and, new this year, shop from 50+ local makers, artists and small business owners who are supporting orphans around the world. Free recipe samples and photos with Santa are both on the agenda.
Bootanica at The Garden
Saturday from 10AM – 1PM
Cost: starts at $5
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
We love Bootanica! This fun filled spooktacular day is appropriate for all ages. Put on frightening costumes and come on out to the Garden for a goulish good time. Visit the Boo-terfly House for Trick or Treating. Crafts for the kids and a Parade of Costumes is at 11 AM. Enjoy Hay Rides through the Scarecrow Trail to visit the Sorghum Maze. The festivities include face painting and pumpkins for the kids. Steve the DJ will add to the festivities!
Halloween Magic Show & Costume Contest
Saturday from 3-4 PM
Angel’s Island Coffee | More Info
Allen the Extraordinary is performing – show up dressed for the Costume Contest! Prizes & coffee specials for parents will be happening.
International Observe the Moon Night
Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 PM
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Planetary Missions Program Office is hosting the 8th Annual International Observe the Moon Night Event. There will be hands-on activities, airbrush tattoos, special speakers, large movie screen, science magician, photo booth, DJ Shell, interactive robot, Janet from Janet’s Planets (PBS) and lots of telescopes. After enjoying all of the fun activities, find a spot to watch “Scooby-Doo Moon Monster Madness” on the large inflatable movie screen.
Trucks & Treats at Campus 805
Sunday from 1-4 PM
Campus 805 | More Info
Grab the family for a day of fun and treats for the kids! There will be Live Music from Paul McDonald from American Idol and Food Trucks.
Blossomwood Witches Ride
Sunday from 5-8 PM
Blossomwood Elementary | More Info
A new Huntsville tradition is enjoying its 2nd year! 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.
Build a Bat House
Saturday at 1:00 PM
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment | More Info
Huntsville Bat House Project’s 3rd Annual ‘Build A Bat House Day’ is a fun project you can do with your family. Bat houses provided to the first 100 people – all you need to bring is a powered screw driver or nail gun, unless you don’t mind using regular screws and hammers. This is a great thing to do after you trick-or-treat at Lowe Mill!
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11th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival
Friday & Saturday
Athens Courthouse Square | More Info
Imagine a crisp fall weekend spent listening to stories of adventure and excitement…a place where memories and magic are captured and spun into tales that make you laugh and cry. Learn more about your parents, your children, yourself. Discover all this and more at the annual Athens Storytelling Festival.
Costume Party Parents Night Out & Halloween Sleepover
Friday from 6-9 PM
Alexander’s Martial Arts | More Info
This pair of annual events includes a Costume Parent’s Night Out Party is 6PM-9PM, and features karate, games, and Halloween costumes. The Halloween Sleepover is includes 12 hours of fun from 9PM-9AM, including karate, games, Nunchaku weapon training, and a Glow-in-the-Dark Nunchaku (yours to keep). Register online ASAP if you know you plan to attend!
A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Friday at 7:00 PM
Huntsville High Auditorium | More Info
Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale! Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Haunted Hill Graveyard & Campground
Friday & Saturday
Camp Pop-a-Squat | More Info
Haunted Hill is a Haunt for Charity put on by volunteers from PAS Angels Squad. This year Henry’s lab will take over and there will be a hay ride, small graveyard, big haunted graveyard, morticians lab, and haunted campground. They cater to ALL ages. No matter what type of scare you are looking for, bring the family.
Fall Color Train Ride
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info
The annual Fall Color Special is sure to bring a smile to young and old alike. Large windows create the perfect picture frame for the colors of autumn. Travel along five miles of track in search of colorful trees and falling leaves. Purchase tickets in advance or by calling 256-851-NARM.
Saturday from 10Am – 4PM
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
The annual Folklife festival will showcase craftspeople, artists and presenters who will share their knowledge about the traditions, skills, handicrafts and arts of our region during the 1800s and early 1900s. Come hear traditional music, see Appalachian dance, and watch demonstrators as they show you how our ancestors worked, lived and created art!
As you go on your weekend adventures, remember to use the hashtag #RCMEpicWeekend on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. You just might win something cool from the Huntsville MadCo Visitor Center! We love to see families spending time together and making memories – why not win something while you’re at it?
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