Pumpkin carving contests, hayrides, costume parties—Huntsville has everything you need to have a spooktacular Halloween. Here's our list of some not too spooky events for the kiddos.
FALL AND HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR THE KIDS
Spend a Day at Tate Farms
Location: 8414-A, Moores Mill Rd
Meridianville, AL 35759
Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 2 and above
Pumpkin Destruction Day - October 29 - $25 per person for ages 2 and above
There’s something special about picking a pumpkin straight off the vine. Tate Farms has been inviting the community to come celebrate fall since 1996. Today, it’s been expanded to 72 acres of pumpkins (all shapes and sizes), delicious food, a hay maze, pumpkin cannon, jumping pillows, corn crib and more. Many Huntsville natives grew up with Tate Farms, and the tradition continues every year as they add more attractions.
It’s located in Meridianville, Alabama—just a short drive from Huntsville city limits. Expect a day of making memories as you wait in line to hop a hayride and pick out the perfect pumpkin. But, that’s not the only reason to go. There’s the Country Store, located in the middle of the farm with tons of fall décor, toys, t-shirts, pie and fudge.
Kids will have fun too on one of the giant jumping pillows or racing each other on the new pedal cart track. There’s also a playground filled with tunnel slides, swings and even a tire tower to climb.
STROLL THE HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN SCARECROW TRAIL
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Cost: Scarecrow Trail is included with Garden membership or general admission ($12-$17, under 2 are FREE)
Every fall, the Huntsville Botanical Garden hosts the delightful Scarecrow Trail, an event designed to inspire imagination in families, schools and organizations by building the funniest, cutest or creepiest scarecrows they can create.
Visitors can stroll the Scarecrow Trail and vote for their favorite scarecrow designs and builds.
PICK A PUMPKIN AT PANTHER BRANCH PUMPKIN PATCH
Location: 24874 Copeland Road, Athens AL
Date/Time(s): Open Saturdays in October from 9AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE admission, bring $ for pumpkins
Panther Branch Pumpkin Patch is a non-profit small 20-acre farm helping local families planning domestic or international adoptions. 100% of the pumpkin proceeds are given to selected families during their adoption journey. Enjoy picking from a variety of pumpkins, gourds & flowers, feeding fish at the pond, taking a relaxing hayride, playing at the new playground and 250′ zip line across the pumpkin patch!
Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll
Location: Maple Hill Cemetery
Time: October 16 @ 1:30 PM
The Huntsville Pilgrimage Association is so excited to announce that this year they will be having the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll, on Sunday, October 16th. The Characters of Maple Hill Cemetery and the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association Board will be looking forward to seeing you! Enjoy over 60 characters from Huntsville's history come alive along with exhibits, live music and a scavenger hunt.
Trick or Treat Parade at the Mill
Location: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Time: October 29 - 1:00p.m. - 3p.m.
Load up your vehicle with costumed kids (or grown folks) and roll on through our ‘Trick-or-Treat Parade’! You and your family are the float and we will supply the goodies. Just imagine a reverse Mardi Gras parade with spookier spectators slinging sweets at you!
Whether you choose to decorate your vehicle for the occasion (please do!) or just join the route, be sure to keep your windows rolled down so you can catch all the treats being tossed your way while you show off this year’s disguise!
All those who wish to join the parade must be in a motor vehicle. There will be NO Trick-or-Treating inside the building, though we DO welcome you and your little monsters to enjoy yourselves throughout the halls and grounds.
Halloween Bash at Earlyworks
Location: EarlyWorks Family of Museums
Date/Time: October 27-29 | 4:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Join for The EarlyWorks annual Halloween Bash where all the little ghosts and ghouls can gather for trick-or-treating! Your ticket grants you access to an individualized trick-or-treat experience for you and your family. There will be a specified path to trick-or-treat at stations that are strategically placed within the museum.
Get Spooky at the US Space & Rocket Center
Location: U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Time: Saturday, October 29 | 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Single ticket - $10
Family of five - $40
Ages 1 and under - Free
Join the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for its 9th Annual Halloween party! In celebration of NASA’s Artemis program, this year’s event is all about the Moon! The event will include hands-on activities, tunes by DJ Teddy, indoor trick-or-treating, and LOTS of candy!
Movie and Trunk or Treating at Toyota Field
Location: Toyota Field
Time: Gates open at 5 pm
Trick or treating 5 pm – 7 pm
Movie begins at 7:15 pm
Movie: Nightmare before Christmas
Trunk or Treat Halloween Movie Night returns to Toyota Field for the third time. Trick-or-treating on the Bill Penney Concourse and Toyota Outfield Experience at Toyota Field will be from 5-7 p.m. followed by a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7:15.
If purchased in advance of the event, tickets are $10. On October 29, tickets will be available for $15. Parking at Toyota Field is free and will be available on the gravel parking lot. The Rocket City Wranglers and other local businesses will be on hand to provide over 60 trunks for the event from 5-7. Each family will receive a voucher for popcorn to enjoy while watching the movie.