It's Almost That Time: Great Local Halloween Events for Everyone

23 Oct 2018
It's Almost That Time: Great Local Halloween Events for Everyone City of Tuscaloosa

It’s that time of year again - time for ghosts, goblins, witches, and plenty of treats. Halloween in Tuscaloosa is always a busy time, and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for some spooky fun, here’s a round-up of some of the best our area has to offer.

Tannehill Ironworks Halloween

This year marks the 27th for the Tannehill Ironworks Halloween celebration. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Huge crowds are expected to enjoy the special Fairyland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the camper sponsored trick-or-treat at 5 p.m.

Expect plenty of park-sponsored programs throughout the afternoon – with events including face painting, balloon animals, moonwalks, train rides, and more. Campground site decorations and lights are extensive, creative, and surreal.

Park admission:
$5.00 Adults (12 years and older)
$4.00 Seniors (Ages 62 and older)
$3.00 Children (Ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free

ArBOOretum

For the second year, the University of Alabama Arboretum will host “ArBOOretum.” The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. The Halloween-themed educational celebration offers multiple activities for youngsters – including the chance to learn more about the biological diversity of Alabama. Events include a walk with experts on “spooky trails,” microscopes with water samples, and the chance to hear nocturnal animal sounds.

This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to park at the running park/former golf course parking lot where they can walk the trail or ride a shuttle van to the Arboretum pavilion. 

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.  Is the University of Alabama campus haunted? Decide for yourself!

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.

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 led by the “Boo Crew.” Last year’s crew included (front row, L to R) Heather Lynn Boothe and Laura Lineberry, and (back row, L to R) David Higdon, Scott McCloud, and Casey Lineberry.

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.

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.

 

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