Halloween and October family activities

Alabama (WHNT) — If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate fall, then you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve compiled a list that has something for everyone, no matter your age or price range:

Cook Museum Craft and Coloring Series

Kids can head to the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur for crafts and lots of coloring activities on select dates throughout October. Although this event is free for members only, children can attend for free with general admission.

  • Thursday, October 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday October 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monday, October 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Cook Museum of Natural Science
  • You can learn more here

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Harvest Festival of Boaz

The 58th Annual Boaz Harvest Festival is scheduled for October 7-8. This free two-day celebration will include multiple food trucks, arts and crafts, vendors, a cornhole contest, pumpkin decorating contest, car show, entertainment and more. Again.

  • Friday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday October 8 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Downtown Boaz
  • Find more details here

Lake City Fallfest in Guntersville

Lake City Fallfest is set to kick off Friday, October 7 and run through Saturday, October 8 in Guntersville. Participation is free and will include train rides, pumpkin bowling, live music, games, hay rides, food trucks and more.

Night Hikes on the Scarecrow Trail

You’re invited to brave the shadows of the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Scarecrow Trail as they host nighttime hikes! This opportunity to explore nighttime activities through guided walks after sunsets. Flashlights are encouraged. Tickets range from $15 per person to $80 for families of five.

  • October 7
  • October 14
  • 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Huntsville Botanical Gardens
  • More details here

Downtown open 2022

The 2022 “Downtown Open” presented by local realtors returns to downtown Huntsville October 13-23. Putters of all ages are encouraged to participate in the completely free event, featuring 30 holes. Click on the link below to find out where putters and balls will be provided.

Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravagance

The North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville is once again hosting the Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza, and they expect tickets to go out early! Attendees will be able to take a train to Normal, Alabama (near Alabama A&M), where they can get off and choose a pumpkin from the patch.

Chalktoberfest at Bridgestreet

The third annual “Chalktoberfest” is coming to Bridgestreet, set up around Belk Courtyard and across Bridgestreet at participating retailers and restaurants. Organizers say they expect live music, a balloon artist, face painting and more!

Halloween craft corner at Joe Wheeler

Kids can enjoy a “Craft Corner” at Joe Wheeler State Park for fun Halloween arts and crafts activities. Organizers say they’ll have candy bags, spooky masks, Halloween bracelets and more for the kids!

  • Saturday October 15
  • 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge
  • Learn more here

Maple Hill Cemetery Walk

A classic Huntsville fall favorite returns for another year. The Maple Hill Cemetery Walk, presented by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association, is a transportation through time that brings more than 60 characters from the cemetery and the city’s history to life.

Athens Storytelling Festival

The Athens Storytelling Festival is ready for another year of fun – with legends, life and lies, spooky ghost stories, tears and knees, there’s something for everyone! Food vendors will also hand out old-fashioned treats. Ticket prices range from $15 to $70.

River Clay Festival of Fine Arts

The River Clay Fine Arts Festival is expected to be another very fun year in Decatur, celebrating visual art in all its forms. There will be an artist market, children’s activities and more, all on the Decatur City Hall campus. Tickets are $5 per person.

  • Saturday October 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Decatur Town Hall Lawn
  • Find all the details here

Cook Museum Chalk-A-Thon

Artists of all ages are invited to show off their skills at Decatur’s Cook Museum of Natural Science and help color the sidewalks outside the facility. The weather-dependent outdoor event does not include admission to the museum.

German Food Festival in Madison

The Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison is hosting its German Food Festival, filled with food, desserts, kids’ activities, a bubble garden, bouncy houses, crafts and more! It is free for anyone to attend.

Family Fun Day at Cummings Research Park

Cummings Research Park (CRP) celebrates 60 years with a unique new event. This day of family fun will be split between Point at Lake 4 CRP West and the MidCity District. The day’s activities will include remote control boat races, balloon animals, live music and food trucks. At night, the event becomes more “adult” with a costume contest, pumpkin patch and live music.

Huntsville Police Halloween Party

The Huntsville Police Department invites everyone to join them for their annual Halloween party at the Orion Amphitheater. The free event will feature a bouncy house, vault, entertainment, haunted house, food trucks and more. HPD says the event is family-friendly and while costumes are encouraged, they are not required.

Bros, Bows & Boos Fall Festival

A celebration of foster, adoption and kinship families will be held on Sunday, October 23 at the Roto-Rooter Event Center. Free food, games, a costume contest and more are to be expected at this free event.

Madison Public Library Halloween Party

The Madison County Public Library hosts a free family event, including a “not-so-scary” monster story hour at 6:15 p.m., which will be followed by candy or treat stations throughout the library. Organizers say costumes are, of course, encouraged.

Halloween Party at EarlyWorks

This annual kid-focused event is sure to be a fun time for little ones! Each ticket will give you access to a special treat experience for the whole family, with different stations placed throughout the museum. Tickets are $10 for ages 4 and up (ages 3 and under are free), but must be purchased in advance!

Spooky Halloween Party for Kids

Newborns to 12 years old are invited to this spooky event, held at Studio 53 in Huntsville. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes, but organizers say it’s definitely not a requirement.

The party will include a trunk or treat, a bouncy house and entertainment for the whole family.

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