Weekend Roundup: Halloween Edition October 28-31
Happy Halloween weekend, Huntsville! Believe me when I say our weekly list below does NOT include all the awesome events going on for kids and families – you’ll have to check out our complete Event Calendar for all the fall fests and farmer’s markets.
But let’s not kid ourselves – you’re here for the tricks & treats. We hope you get a chance to get out and have some fun with your family because there is PLENTY to go around! And if you haven’t yet seen our Fall Activity Guide where all of this is in one place, then what are you waiting for?
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Arts Huntsville Pumpkin Trail
Now – Oct. 31
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
Stroll downtown Huntsville and see over 40 creative jack-o-lanterns in the windows and storefronts of local businesses. You can even vote for your favorite to win prizes!
Take a Fall Walk
Friday at Noon
HudsonAlpha McMillan Park | More info
Strap the baby in the stroller and join HudsonAlpha Co-founder Jim Hudson and Huntsville City Council President Will Culver on a one mile walk around the distinct double helix path at the HudsonAlpha campus. This is part of Healthy Huntsville’s Mayor’s Walking Challenge.
Great Pumpkin Carving Contest
Friday from 4-8 PM
Cost: FREE to attend, $2 to park, $5 to carve or smash
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
A great way to kick off Halloween weekend! Your family can come watch or participate in any category, which include Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative, and by separate age groups. Food trucks, live music, and cool vendors will be set up around the dock. Feel free to dress up!
Earlyworks Halloween Bash – SOLD OUT
Friday from 4:30-7:30 PM
Constitution Village | More Info
Put on your costumes for Halloween games, crafts, and of course safe Trick or Treating for little ones. Be sure to bring your trick or treating bags and enjoy safe halloween fun for all ages. $5.00 ($4.00 for members; $8 at the door) for little ghosts and goblins, Adults are free! Pro-tip: Buy your tickets in advance to save money and avoid the line.
Hartselle Hay Day
Friday from 5-8 PM
Downtown Hartselle | More Info
The city of Hartselle will close historic Main Street for this fantastic evening of free family fun and festivities. Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at downtown businesses whose storefronts will be decorated for a Candy Stroll. Enjoy hay rides, inflatables, entertainment, live music, games, & more!
Trunk or Treat at Point Mallard
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission with 2 canned goods per person
Point Mallard Park | More info
A fall themed family event where children can collect candy in a safe environment and have tons of fun! Featuring a costume contest for ages 0-12, games, great prizes and concessions.
HPD Haunted House
Friday from 6-8
South Precinct | More Info
For the past 5 years or so, South Precinct has put together a live haunted house as one, safe option to celebrate Halloween. Last year, almost 700 people attended this fun event where kids can see officers and civilian staff in a different role than they are used to!
Saturday from 10AM – 1PM
Cost: $5, plus general admission for non-members
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
One of our favorite Halloween events for little ones – this fun filled spooktacular day is appropriate for all ages. Put on costumes and come out to the Garden for a ghoulish good time. The fun includes apple bobbing, face painting and pumpkins for the kids. Steve the DJ will add to the festivities.
Drop In & Create Some Art
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Kids will be using popsicle sticks to craft a superhero scene that soars over a cityscape. Stick around and explore the new superhero exhibition, “My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action”.
Meet Bob & Larry from VeggieTales
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
LifeWay Christan Store | More Info
Bob & Larry from Veggietales will be available to meet, hug, and get your picture taken! Bring your own cameras and hairbrush.
Halloween in Decatur
Saturday from 11AM – 6PM
Downtown Decatur | More Info
The River City knows how to Halloween! First there’s the Halloween Hoot with Tangerine Tambourine from 11AM – 3PM. After that, head to the Downtown Decatur Spooktacular – it’s an action packed spooky Saturday that is family friendly.
Trick or Treating Indoors at Lowe Mill
Saturday from 1PM – 4PM
Cost: FREE, donate bag of candy
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
One of our favorite places in Huntsville is opening up their large, indoor facility to families the Saturday before Halloween as a fun and weather-proof alternative to outdoor trick-or-treating. So bring your little one dressed as their favorite character, monster, superhero, or ghouls and celebrate Halloween with our artists and makers!
Blossomwood Witches Ride
Sunday at 4:30 PM
See the route | More Info
Blossomwood witches will ride on their brooms (bikes) to toss candy at all the little monsters and goblins (kids)! 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. I mean, how cool is that???
- Trick or Treat at the Library – from 9AM – 9PM (Spooky puppet show at 10:30 and 3:30!)
- Trick or Treat at Bridgestreet – from Noon – 7PM
- Oktoberfest – from 4-8 PM
- Madison’s Insane Nightmare on Skate Street – from 5-10 PM
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See a Show!
Thursday – Sunday
One of the best things about Fall are the awesome shows, many of which are kid-friendly and parent approved!
- The Jungle Book – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
- The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet – Thursday & Friday
- Dr. Osborn’s Magical Laboratory – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Comic Science Improv Show – Friday at 7PM
Costume Party & Halloween Sleepover
Friday from 6-9
Cost: starts at $20
Alexander’s Martial Arts | More Info
You can come for part of the night or party ALL night! This Parent’s Night Out is super popular and fills up fast. Glow in the dark crafts, costumes, games, and more are all on the agenda. Ages 5+.
Spooktacular 5K and Monster Mile
Saturday from 8-10 AM
VBC | More Info
The whole family can burn off some of that sugar energy at Huntsville’s Halloween Run, the Spooktacular 5K & Monster Mile in downtown Huntsville. It’s a fast but fun course. Dress up or just be a runner for Halloween!
Fall Colors Train Ride
Saturday at 10AM and 1PM
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info
Not into spooks? This gorgeous Fall train ride might be more up your alley. The Mercury & Chase Railroad has a track that winds in and out of beautiful North Alabama scenery. Make sure your cameras are ready, you don’t want to miss the colors from our large, picture windows!
Spooky Skate Costume Contest
Saturday from 3-5 PM
Cost: $8 plus canned food items
Huntsville Iceplex | More Info
Wear a costume & bring some cans to the Iceplex this Saturday! Bring a canned food item for a free skate rental and wear your best costume for a chance to win the costume contest.
Teens vs Zombies & Masquerade Ball
Saturday from 8PM – Midnight
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Huntsville Library downtown | More Info
Moody, slow to get moving, always hungry… sometimes our teenagers resemble zombies. This year’s Teen Masquerade Ball will kick off with a game of Zombies v. Humans (bring your own Nerf gun for maximum fun). A Zombie Prom will follow, and will feature cosplay contests, lip-sync battles, zombie makeup effect artists, prizes, refreshments and more. Ages 12-18 only.
Spooky Space Spectacular
Monday from 4-8 PM
Cost: $20 for a family of up to five or $5 per person
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Come dressed in your best costume as the Rocket Center holds the third annual Halloween Spooky Space Spectacular. This fun-filled event takes place Monday in the Saturn V Hall and surrounding areas. Activities include a costume contest, hands-on science activities and more. The Space Shot, G-Force, and Kids Cosmos simulators are also part of the fun, weather permitting.
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