By Laura Testino October arrives in Tuscaloosa, and most residents revel in a town doused in brisk temperatures instead of sticky and mosquito-ridden humidity. The crunch of bright and brittle leaves sprinkled on the sidewalks, coupled with the crispness in the air, whistles a fresh feeling into the city. But the chilly fall air may not be the only thing whistling down the road and between the buildings.
Each year, Tuscaloosa Academy celebrates Punkin Knight on a Monday the week before Halloween. This year, Punkin Knight was held on October 20. This year’s haunted house had a carnival theme, and a great time was had by everyone in attendance.
TA student Rachel Sansing explains the origins of Punkin Knight:
The Women’s Auxillary founded Punkin Knight, though it wasn’t officially named until the late 1980s. Originally, it was a fall festival, but over the years it has become more commercialized, with other organizations outside of the school being involved. Up until recently, Punkin Knight was held inside Tuscaloosa Academy. This year, as it has been the past few years, the event was celebrated on TA’s football field, with carnival rides, bouncy houses, a dance floor, a photo booth and a cake walk.
Don’t forget that your furry “kids” should also get out and have fun this Halloween! Billy’s Sports Grill in historic downtown Northport is hosting a “Howl-O-Ween” celebration this Friday, October 31.
By Laurie Mundy Perrigin It seems that when many Tuscaloosa and Northport residents open their front doors on Halloween night, they’ll be greeted by Elsa, Anna and Olaf the snowman from the Disney movie Frozen, and more than a few members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Frozen and TMNT are among this year’s hottest Halloween costumes for kids, according to local costume retailers.
By Allison Adams Some days on the lake are better than others, but I have to say I have yet to have a bad one.
This month’s message is one that is clearly visual, a record of our most “momentous" day on the lake. These photos were taken on that same day. I hope it reminds you that some things cannot be planned, that little surprises are always lurking around us - if only we will notice them.
If you’re looking to take the little ones out for a little Halloween trick or treating this week, you’ve got a lot of options, including two great ones on the University of Alabama’s campus. The Alabama Athletics Department’s 12th annual Halloween Extravaganza and the annual Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row will both be held on Monday, October 27.
In the spirit of the Halloween season, how about a couple of adorable photos of some talented Tuscaloosa kids playing soccer in their costumes?
These photos were taken during a celebratory Halloween soccer practice at Munny Sokol Park on October 21. Captain America, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Iron Man, Super Mario and at least one vampire were all on hand to join in the fun.
Happy Halloween, everyone, from Druid City Living!
Photos: Philip Beverly
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? No? Why not? If time (or a lack of time) is the issue, Tuscaloosa County Health Department official want to help you out. This Thursday, October 23, The Department is offering a special drive-thru flu clinic.
Tuscaloosa Academy defeated Eastwood Academy (Montgomery) on Monday, October 20, in the AISA Class AA elite 8. The team will travel to Faulkner University (Montgomery) on Thursday, October 23 to play in the AISA State Final Four at 1 p.m. against Kingwood Christian. Go Knights!
By Stan J. Griffin For nearly two decades, WVUA sports director Gary Harris has been the main face of local sports for the Tuscaloosa and West Alabama community, a role in which the 50-year-old Miami, Florida, native takes a special sense of pride in.