October rightly brings about thoughts of Halloween, but the holiday doesn’t occur until the end of the month.
There’s plenty of time to go out and explore north Alabama well before the chilly air arrives! The events below provide a mix of activities and events that can appeal to different households and schedules. Work weekends? Check out what’s available during the weekdays. Double income no kids? Some events begin well after sundown.
Are we missing anything from our list? If so, leave a comment below or hit us up on social media!
This FREE event takes place every Friday of every week through late November, so if you can’t make it one week, there’s always the following week!
Namaste Cafe also takes place on Saturdays from 8:30am to 9:30am. Alchemy HSV will be open with plenty of coffee and tasty treats to enjoy post yoga.
The event organizers state that “Namaste Cafe yoga is held outdoors, weather permitting. Parents are welcome to bring their well-behaved children. Fur baby parents are welcome to bring their well behaved, leashed pets. All skill levels are welcome. Please bring your own mat and water.”
(Walking Tour Adult Tickets: $10. Kids Tickets: 5. Haunted Trolley Tours: $15 Adults, $12 Kids 12 and under. NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS)
The Huntsville Ghost Walk takes place every Friday and Saturday through October 27. All ghost walks begin at Harrison Brothers Hardware Store, located at 124 South Side Square in downtown Huntsville, promptly at 6 p.m.
According to the Event Organizers, Huntsville Ghost Walk participants choose one of three walking tours: Twickenham, Old Town, and Haunted Downtown. The Haunted Trolley runs every Friday and Saturday in October only. Seats are $15 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. For more information, call (256) 509-3940, or (256) 783-2065 or see huntsvilleghostwalk.com. No credit or debit cards.
Bring your glow sticks to Big Spring Park! The event organizers state on their Facebook page that this EDM event is family friendly and free for all ages.
(All riders-$20 (children 12 and under receive a pumpkin) and all passengers require a ticket, regardless of age. Approximately 45 minutes.)
Event organizers describe this as “an alternative to the traditional pumpkin patch, the North Alabama Railroad Museum is combining the thrill of picking a pumpkin with the excitement of a train ride!!”
“Everyone will board the train at the Mercury & Chase Depot and ride through the woods to Normal, AL. All passengers will then disembark the train to visit our very own pumpkin patch. Every child will be able to choose his or her very own pumpkin to take home!”
This year, the North Alabama Railroad Museum is partnering with Lyon Family Farms in Taft, Tennessee for their pumpkins (see Lyon Farms at Night event below).
Four different departure times: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. Click here to purchase tickets from the event organizers.
TWO NIGHTS ONLY! Both October 20 and October 27, Lyon Farms stays open late through 9pm for bonfires and fireworks. Fireworks start at 8:30 PM.
This event will take place at The Camp, where a giant topographic map of the Tennessee Valley is painted on one side of The Camp’s building. During the Community Mural painting events, YOU can help paint the Tennessee Valley!
Event organizers explain: “Join artists Layne Taylor and Lindsey Pattillo Keane as they guide you through painting a 40-foot, outdoor, paint-by-numbers mural where YOU will be holding the paint brush! The mural design is inspired by the topographic map of North Alabama. See if you can spot the mighty Tennessee River. ”
For reference, here is the mural to be painted:
According to event organizers, the Trunk or Treat will feature the Rocket City Wranglers and the Rocket City Mustang Club as participants go trunk to trunk collecting Halloween treats. Donations are not required but greatly appreciated — they will be used to support the Downtown Rescue Mission(https://www.downtownrescuemission.org) and the Hospice Family Careof Huntsville Hospital Foundation(http://www.hospicefamilycare.org/hfc_wishlist2016.aspx)