Tuscaloosa Barnyard (11453 Turner Bridge Road; 205-248-0773)
At the Tuscaloosa Barnyard, $15 gets you full access. Here, you can find pumpkins of all sizes and shapes, from tiny to ginormous, and from bumpy to funky. Owner Kami Combs says the Barnyard is a fun place for kids of all ages.
“Not only can you pick a pumpkin but you can literally get up close and personal with farm animals,” said Combs.
Combs adds that a favorite activity for visitors is bottle feeding a pig – but the Barnyard offers much more. Horse and pony rides are available, along with boat rides and hayrides. Visitors can feed the animals, hold the chicks, pet the bunnies, play with the baby goats, play in the corn crib, and more.
Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours
Last year’s Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours event was so popular, organizers extended the run this year. Haunted Tuscaloosa began in September, and runs through early November – with tours offered on Friday evenings. This spooky night begins when you depart from The Drish House on a 35-seat vintage trolley bus to visit 16 haunted locations, including The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, The Old Tavern, The Battle Friedman House, and several locations on the University of Alabama campus.
This year, a child-friendly “Hardly Haunted” special event is planned for Oct. 29.
For tour dates, times, and tickets, visit hauntedtuscaloosatours.com.
University of Alabama Sorority Row Trick or Treat (Magnolia Drive, U of A campus)
Each year, the young women from the University of Alabama’s Greek houses dress up in Halloween costumes and give candy to local children. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. until all the houses are out of candy.
Emma Farrow, the director of community development and outreach for the Alabama Panhellenic Association, says the annual trick-or-treating event is a great way to reach out to the community at large.
“Trick or Treat on Sorority Row is open to all Tuscaloosa residents, UA Staff, and their families. We encourage the entire community to bring their children and attend because we feel it is a great way to create a stronger sense of unity among both the local community and students,” Farrow said. “Overall, the purpose of the event is to give community members a time to visit campus and celebrate Halloween in an environment that is fun and safe for everyone involved.”