2016 Fall festivals, haunted houses, hayrides and happenings in Central Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — We’re less than a week away from Halloween, and WIAT CBS42 has your guide to all the festive fun in Central Alabama.

Whether you’re looking for a heart-pounding trip through Sloss Furnace or to take the kiddos somewhere a little more low key for trick or treating, we’ve got a full list of ideas for some ghoulish fun:

Trunk-or-Treats & Fall Festivities

    • Carnival 2016
      • Wednesday, October 26 at Shades Mountain Baptist Church from 5 – 8 p.m.
      • “Step back in time to a traditional County Fair. Rain or shine, this free event will be a night of fun, games, costumes, music, food, and excitement.” Click here for more information.
    • One Big Party
      • Wednesday October 26 at Christian Life Church on Valleydale Road in Hoover from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
      • One Big Party is an annual fall festival full of inflatables, rides, free food, games and giveaways.
      • Family friendly event for all ages to dress up in costumes and have some fun. Click here for more information and to register to attend.
    • Hoover Hayride and Family Night
      • Thursday October 27 at Veterans Park in Hoover.
      • The event is free and will include costumes, candy and hayrides around the park. Click here for more information.
    • Pell City High School’s student club’s ‘Trunk or Treat’
      • Thursday, October 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of Pell City High School on Cogswell Avenue.
      • Kids in 8th grade and under are invited.
    • Halloween Movie Night 
      • Begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 28 at Larry Simmons Stadium in Alabaster.
      • This a free event hosted by the Teen Council. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item to donate at the gate. All Canned food will be donate to I Care Enough 2016 Foundation. Click here for more information.
    • Owl-o-ween at the Alabama Wildlife Center
      • Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • A family friendly day at AWC in Oak Mountain State Park where you can play games, make crafts, meet Alabama’s owls up close (including the world’s largest owl species), thrill to the release of a rehabilitated bird back into the wild and much more. Click here for a detailed activities schedule and more information.
    • Bark in the Park 2016
      • Saturday, October 29 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Goose Park Pond in Clanton.
      • There will be several different vendors, arts and crafts, different foods to try and live performers throughout the day. It also includes a ‘Bark in the Park 5k Run.’ Click here for more information.
    • Trunk or Treat
      • Saturday, October 29 at First United Methodist Church of Alabaster in the church’s Restore Parking Lot beginning at 3 p.m.
    • Saturday Spooktacular at Target
      • Drop by a Target Store near you on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free goodie bags and other giveaways. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
    • Ghost Walk
      • Saturday, October 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
      • A family-friendly walking ghost tour that will provide patrons the opportunity to experience firsthand the rich history of the hauntings at the University of Montevallo.
      • Montevallo Art Walk is happening earlier in the day. Come for Art Walk and stay for Ghost Walk! Both are FREE family friendly events.
    • Historical Cemetery Walking Tour at Columbiana City Cemetery
      • Saturday, October 29 from 6 – 9 p.m.
      • Enjoy a guided lantern lit tour through the historical cemetery. Free for children 12 and under with a paying adult. Tickets are $10. Click here for more information.
    • Howl-O-Weenie Pawty
      • Saturday, October 29. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Judging Parade begins at 10 a.m.
      • This event benefits the Humane Society of Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.
    • Trunk-or-Treat at Riverchase United Methodist Church
      • Sunday, October 30 from 4 – 6 p.m.
      • A Fall festival and trunk or treat for all ages with inflatables, face painting, games, crafts and food.
      • Admission is one can of food per person for missions.
    • Gadsden Family Halloween Concert
      • Sunday, October 30 beginning at 2 p.m.
      • Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center at Gadsden State Community College.
    • Witches Ride
      • Sunday, October 30. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. and the ride begins at 5:45 p.m. at Homewood Central Park.
    • Trunk or Treat at Ashbury United Methodist Church
      • Sunday, October 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Cahaba Valley Road.
    • Bessemer Police Department Fall Festival
      • Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Debardeleben Park.
      • There will be hot dogs, popcorn, inflatables, face painting, candy bags, hay rides, horses and a live DJ. Everything at the event is free. For more information contact: Sgt. Alexia Bruister or Edith Perez at 205-426-4456.
    • Family Flix Halloween Movie Marathon
      • Monday, October 31 from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m at Homewood Public Library.
      • Wear your costume and trick or treat at the library while you watch a family-friendly Halloween movie. Click here for more information.
    • Mystics of Mountain Brook
      • Monday, October 31 beginning at 4 p.m.
      • Cahaba Trail in Cahaba Village.
      • Families and friends atop participating floats will toss out Mystics of Mountain Brook t-shirts, beads, candy, stuffed animals and footballs. Click here for more information. 
    • Lakeview Spooktacular Halloween Carnival
      • Monday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
      • This event benefits Custom Made Kids and includes a family fun activities zone, featuring a costume contest, carnival games, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, a haunted hayride and more.
    • Birmingham YMCA Youth Center Harvest Festival
      • Monday, October 31 at the Birmingham YMCA Youth Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • The event is free and presented by the Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services.
    • Trick or Treating at Jemison Fire Station
      • Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Gardendale Police Department handing out candy
      • Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until there is no more candy.

Haunted attractions

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