Pumpkin carving contests, hayrides, costume parties—Huntsville has everything you need to have a socially-distanced spooktacular Halloween. Several venues will be hosting events that bring together the community to celebrate fun, fall and family traditions. And the fun isn’t just for kids! You’ll be sure to find something frighteningly entertaining, no matter what your age.
Screen The Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell
Join actor, producer, writer and director, Bruce Campbell in a viewing of the 1981 Sam Raimi cult-classic Evil Dead. Campbell will follow up the viewing with a lively conversation about the film, his career, and his future endeavors, as well as a question and answer session with the audience.
VIP Tickets include premium seating and an autographed poster. Guests can add a socially distanced photo opportunity to any ticket!
Tickets will be available at the VBC Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com
Spend a Day at Tate Farms
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. After sipping on fresh tea from Piper & Leaf, available at the farm’s Pumpkin and Vine Café, you can gather with your family to watch the pumpkin cannon or get lost in the hay maze.
Tate Farms is the perfect place to make memories. Tickets are $12 for ages 2 and above, and season passes can be purchased for $25 per person.
Stories by Ghost Light
Join Theatre Huntsville online for spooky Alabama ghost stories this October! Filmed at the Studio Theatre at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, community actors will deliver tales that charm and chill. Each ghost story will be recorded and released on YouTube on Saturdays throughout the month leading up to Halloween.
Trick or Treat Parade at the Mill
Load up your vehicle with costumed kids (or grown folks) and roll on through the ‘Trick or Treat Parade’! You and your family are the float and Lowe Mill supplies the goodies. Just imagine a reverse Mardi Gras parade with spookier spectators slinging sweets at you from a safe distance.
To honor the best holiday of the year, Lowe Mill is showing Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and you are encouraged to purchase beforehand due to limited spots.
Park the car, tune in, sit back, and be terrified. Bring your own garlic to ward off vampires, and Lowe Mill A&E is NOT responsible for any spells the witches may cast upon you. Exorcisms DO cost extra. Limited parking is available, so purchase your tickets for each screening online while they last. We will begin parking cars no earlier than 6 PM. Costumes and candy are ENCOURAGED!
You do not need a physical ticket to this event. After you pay for your spot, you'll just need to give the name of the person who paid to the attendant at the gate.
Boo at Burritt
Have a historically haunting adventure through Burritt Historic Park and Barnyard! Halloween was celebrated in the southern colonies in the 1800s. Continue the tradition with spooky fun on the mountain.
This year, to ensure a safe and socially distant Halloween celebration, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is hosting their annual Halloween party during regular museum hours.
Go dressed as your favorite space explorer, superhero or character on Saturday, October 31, for Halloween-themed activities, science experiments and, of course, candy!
To attend, simply purchase general museum admission online or on-site at the ticket desk. Don't forget to check their extra experiences available throughout the day before they sell out!
Enjoy The Scarecrow Trail at Huntsville Botanical Garden
The Scarecrow Trail at Huntsville Botanical Garden has become a must-see event every Halloween season. As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better place to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of autumn.
EarlyWorks Museum’s Halloween Bash
Looking for a fun night of costumes, trick-or-treating, games and crafts? Then the EarlyWorks Halloween Bash is for you! This is a very popular event that draws in families with children of all ages. All the little ghosts and ghouls can gather for a touchless, 45-minute trick-or-treating experience! Extra precautions will be taken in order to provide you with a fun and safe environment. The costumes and decorations are sure to be incredible! Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Fall Color Special Train Ride
The Mercury & Chase Railroad has 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! These rides are very popular, so be sure you purchase your seats early!
Movie and Trick or Treating at Toyota Field
A host of Halloween activities will take place at the ballpark on Friday, October 30th! Movie Night will feature the 1993 fall film “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under.
In addition, the local Rocket City Wranglers organization will be safely putting on trunk-or-treat – Jeeps will be parked throughout Toyota Field for kids in attendance to receive candy. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and concession stands will be open for traditional ballpark fare and even some spooky specialty items.
Pepsi Gates will open at 5:30 PM for trunk-or-treating, and showtime of “Hocus Pocus” is set for 7. Parking is free.
CDC guidelines and Alabama state mandates will be followed for movie night and trunk-or-treat to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Masks are required, and guests should follow social distancing practices throughout the event.
Stovehouse is asking the adults to dress up to get down with DJ Hug. Dancing encouraged. Dancing in costume applauded. Costumes with face masks ... amazing. Secret Judges will be handing out prizes throughout the night. Go early for eats, drinks & leisuring. They will have heaters on the lawn, under the Pourhouse canopy, in the Shed & fire pits roaring....unless it's super hot. Then, they will kick on the fans & AC.
Take a Boos Cruise
Grab a purple cup of your favorite adult beverage to bring on board as you pedal through dark alleys and empty streets to learn about Huntsville’s historic haunted past with Huntsville Ghost Walk. The pedal trolley makes several stops for ghost stories and cups of courage. Are you tough enough for our “spirited” trip into the past? Ages 21 and up.
Go on a Ghost Walk
Step into the shadows of Huntsville’s ghostly past. Encounter the ghosts who walk silently along the fence of the Pope mansion, the sinister presence at the birthplace of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, and the men who refuse to leave Helion Lodge #1 – the oldest Masonic Lodge in the state.
Your tour guide will explain the historic significance of each location as well as the messages told to them, through mediums, that these ghosts want you to understand. Paranormal residue from the 1819 Constitutional Convention remains, and the ghost of a little girl waits for her parents to take her home. These stories, and many more, are some of what you will hear on the Huntsville Ghost Walk. Perhaps someone from Huntsville’s distant past is watching you!
Enjoy a Halloween themed Drag Queen Bingo in the Speakeasy at Straight To Ale Brewing. Kinsey Malone will be hosting and giving out great prizes! Bingo cards are $1 each.
While they are hoping to provide some fun nights out for our community, they will be doing everything they can to keep their spaces safe and healthy. All CDC and State regulations will be upheld. The Speakeasy will be sitting room only, and masks must be worn unless guests are seated at their tables.
Nightmare on Skate Street Drive Thru
Decorate your car and wear your costume for a drive-thru Trick or Treat event!
Know of another great Halloween activity in Huntsville or Madison County? Share with us in the comments!