Our current neighborhood is perfect for trick-or-treating. There are sidewalks on both sides of the well-lit streets, lots of young families with children, and most importantly, plenty of older families without children who want to stay at home and pass out candy. But not everyone is in that situation. Maybe you live out in the country and your nearest neighbor is a mile down the road. Maybe you’re one of those people who lives by the adage, “Good fences make good neighbors” and you’re not in a big hurry to meet all your neighbors.
Whatever the reason, if you are looking for alternatives to the traditional door-to-door trick or treating, the Tennessee Valley has plenty of options. Below we’ve listed those that have been sent to us or that we’ve researched. As always, please call ahead to verify before heading out as sometimes events are rescheduled or cancelled.
- 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 4-7PM. Call your local store for details.
- Trick or Treat at the Main Library (915 Monroe Street): Join the Library from 10AM – Noon and 3-5PM. 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 from 5-8PM 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 from 5-8PM. Located on the corner of Chaney Thompson & Hobbs (13550 Chaney Thompson Road) Good Shepherd invites all to attend their Trunk-Or-Treat.
- Hillwood Baptist Fall Festival (300 Kohler Rd, Huntsville, AL) from 6-8PM. On the Front Lawn of Hillwood Baptist come and enjoy face painting, inflatables, hayrides, clowns, puppet shows, cake walk, and horse rides. And of course, LOTS OF CANDY!!
- Huntsville Police Precincts from 5-7PM. Officers and volunteers with Huntsville Community Watch will hand out treats at all three (3) Precincts, North, South and West. The West and South Precincts will hand out candy from 5=7PM. The North Precinct will participate starting at 5PM and going until 8PM. The North Precinct is located at 2105-B Mastin Lake Rd. The South Precinct is located at 7900 Bailey Cove Rd, and the West Precinct is located at 2110 Clinton Avenue.
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".