1st Annual T-Town Witches Ride
On Oct. 21, Government Plaza will be taken over by witches flying around on their “broomcycles.” Hosted by The Arc of Tuscaloosa County, the Black Cat Block Party will follow the inaugural T-Town Witches Ride, with entertainment, activities for kids, and costume prizes. Families are encouraged to set up on the sidewalks, where they’ll have a great view of the witches as they complete their ride.
Proceeds raised at this event support the programs of The Arc of Tuscaloosa County who provides support and resources to hundreds of people in Tuscaloosa County with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through education and training, The Arc helps adults with these disabilities live happy, independent lives.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Participants older than 18 can sign up for the one and a half mile witches’ ride for just $25. Bicycle rentals are available. The block party is free and open to the community.
To register, visit thearcoftuscaloosa.org.
Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row
The Women of UA’s Greek community will host their annual Halloween trick-or-treating event on Oct. 30 beginning at 6 p.m. Children can safely roam Colonial, Magnolia, and Judy Bonner Drives, where members of Alabama Panhellenic Association, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the United Greek Council will be passing out treats on the front lawns of sorority houses.
“We really enjoy putting on Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row, because it’s a great chance for the Greek community to interact with the Tuscaloosa community,” said Candace Wilson, director of community development and outreach for the Alabama Panhellenic Association. “Everyone enjoys the event so much, and we look forward to having it every year.”
This event is open and free for children under 12. Participants are encouraged to wear their best costumes, but masks should be avoided for safety purposes.
Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours
A truly unique Tuscaloosa event, Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours has returned this year. Beginning and ending at the historic Drish House, visitors on a 35-seat vintage trolley bus will tour around 16 haunted locations across Tuscaloosa while learning about the locations’ spooky histories. Locations on the tour include the Bama Theatre, The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, The University Club, the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, and Capitol Park.
“The stories are about Tuscaloosa's history, albeit a haunted history,” said Laura Lineberry, a team member with Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group. “Tour participants not only get to hear about the haunted side of some of our city's landmarks, but they receive a summarized history of the structure, land, and even the people who lived or worked in those places. We have a good time sharing the stories and teaching our groups a little bit about ghost hunting.”
Tours are given every Friday night through Oct.26. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Tickets cost $25, and discounts are given to seniors, students, and children ages 8 to 12. Children under age 8 will not be permitted. After the last tour of the night,
“The investigations that follow the 10:00 p.m. tours are always different,” Lineberry said. “You never know what you're going to get. From disembodied voices and giggles from unknown spirits to doors opening and closing on their own, every investigation is likely to come with a surprise or two.”
For tour times and tickets, visit hauntedtuscaloosatours.com.
UA Museum Ghost Walks
Once again, The University of Alabama’s Museums will host its free “A Haunting at the Museum” event on Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The community is welcome to come and explore a spooky side of campus not normally seen.
The Alabama Museum of Natural History and The Gorgas House Museum will be set up with games, crafts, live insect displays, and even some “mad science” experiments. Attendees will learn about the history of Tuscaloosa from character performers and storytellers, and they’ll be able to take guided historic tours of campus and The Gorgas House Museum.
The City of Tuscaloosa’s third annual Tech-or-Treat Night is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center. Open to all members of the community, this event is similar to trunk-or-treating, where children go from trunk to trunk to collect candy, typically in school or church parking lots.
The tech-or-treat event will feature City departments and various community organizations passing out candy to guests in costume. Along with candy, guests can also receive tech-related items, from cell phone accessories to digital storage devices.
Michelle Smart, the community engagement manager for the City of Tuscaloosa, says Tech-or-Treat at Gateway is a great way to spotlight STEM opportunities for area young people.
“The Gateway provides a technology resource that many of our citizens may not be aware of, and we love hosting them at this location for a family-friendly, free event.”