There was a time when Halloween was treated as a “kids’ holiday.” That’s not the case any more. Adults can have just as much fun. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this weekend or the night of, we have a few suggestions. (Note: this is a working list so we may add a couple of events. Also, some of these events are also open to children.)
Thriller Nights: This is the first of two parties at Straight to Ale on Halloween weekend. This is a 21+ party in Straight to Ale’s speakeasy (behind a set of orange lockers) with a DJ, photo booth and special cocktails! It’s from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, October 26. The DJ gets going at 8 p.m. The event is free.
Straight to Ale Halloween Party: This is a little more family-friendly. Enjoy live music from Discoasis in the gym, costume contests for kids and adults, special movie screenings and cocktails. It’s from 7-10pm. Admission is free. Straight to Ale is at Campus 805 on Clinton Avenue. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a former middle school that was converted into an entertainment complex. You’ll find lots of cool options there any time of year.
Halloween Drive-in on the Dock: This event is for Mel Brooks fans! Lowe Mill is hosting a “drive-in” presentation of the classic film, Young Frankenstein. It costs $10 to park. This is Saturday, October 27 starting at 7pm. Lowe Mill is at 2211 Seminole Drive SW, Huntsville.
Mad Malts Halloween Party: Admittedly I don’t have a lot of information about this one, but it runs from 7-10pm at the Mad Malts brewery. It does look like there’s a band called The Shags playing 90’s covers. Mad Malts is located at 109 Maple Ave. NW in Huntsville, just west of Meridian Street.
“Hopping Halloween” Crawl: This is in connection to the “Rabbits Invade Huntsville” event from Arts Huntsville. It’s a pub crawl that starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. Stop by the patio at Keegan’s Public House on the Huntsville square. After you grab a drink there, the group will meet downstairs in Big Spring Park East to take pictures with the 23 foot tall inflated rabbits. According to the event page, costumes are encouraged, bunnywear is encouraged, but bunny costumes are really encouraged.
Huntsville Ghost Walk: If you want to experience some of Huntsville’s haunted history, this is the tour for you. This is the final weekend of the Ghost Walk. There are tours Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The tours start from Harrison Brothers Hardware on the square, which is also one of the places you can buy. The tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The tours leave promptly at the stated time. You may also want to buy your tickets as early as possible. The Halloween weekend tours are packed. The Ghost Walk Facebook page recommends you buy your tickets at least 20 minutes in advance. You can choose from one of three walking tours: Twickenham, Old Town, and Haunted Downtown.
Nightmare on Church Street: This one is a 21+ only event. Hosted by the Huntsville Young Professionals, this event goes Saturday, October 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Big Spring Park. There will be a live band, cash bar and “600 of your closest friends.” Tickets are available for $45.
Hocus Pocus Trivia Night: Grab a brew (a witch’s brew, if you will) and show your knowledge about this Halloween movie favorite. The event’s at the Casual Pint in the Village of Providence. It’s Tuesday, October 30 from 7-9pm. Costumes are encouraged.