Updated October 16, 2013

With Halloween fast approaching, we did a little “digging” around (but not in a cemetery!) to find this year’s best Halloween attractions and events in the Huntsville area. Fun is just around the corner!

Before you go, we recommend that you always call and confirm events.


Scarecrow Trail

Located at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, this annual exhibit of scarecrows is  kid-friendly and fun! Be sure to check out the hay bale art displays, too. The Garden has hay rides on the weekends on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. BOOtanica is a SPOOKtacular Saturday at the Garden on Oct. 26th from 10am to 2pm, with crafts, games, face painting, a costume parade and more.

Halloween on Main

Main Street in Madison, Alabama hosts its 2nd annual Halloween event on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 5pm to 10pm. There will be trick-or-treating, games, a costume parade and an outdoor movie.

Tate Farms

Tate Farms Cotton Pickin’ Pumpkins is a fun place for the entire family with animals to pet, pumpkins to pick and plenty of things to keep the kids entertained.  Their pumpkin patch is the best in the state. The Barn Cafe offers a soup of the day, other southern favorites and (of course!) homemade pumpkin pie and pumpkin slushies. One bit of advice: Don’t forget your camera.

Sci Quest Spooktacular Science

This annual Family Halloween Party takes place on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9pm and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 6pm. They have some thrilling demonstrations and shows and activities for everyone, including a kid’s costume contest. Children two and under are free.

Monster Dash

The 2nd Annual Monster Dash 5K and Little Monster’s Mile are Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10am at Highland Elementary. Presented by Fleet Feet Sports, proceeds from the event will benefit student-athletes who can not afford shoes/spikes or other track and field equipment.

Family Fright Nights

Looking for something new to do this Halloween? Check out the Historic Lowry House for a creepy night of thrills as The Brothers Grimm take you back in time! If you’re into haunted houses, you need to stop by and hear the true “strange occurrences” that happened at the Lowry House and visit the actual room where its resident ghost, Anne, is known to visit.

Zombie Walk

World Conspiracy’s 7th Annual Zombie Walk will be on Sunday, Oct. 27th. This unique event invites you and your friends to dress up like zombies and walk downtown looking for…what else…brains! This year, they’re asking each participant to bring one item of dog or cat food to donate to local animal shelters. (This is a family and kid friendly event.)

Masquerade Ball

This is an epic night for teens in middle and high school, held at the Main Library on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8pm to midnight. The fifth annual Masquerade Ball will be a celebration of Cosplay and attendees are encouraged to dress up as one of their favorite fictional characters. (Costumes must be appropriate for a public gathering.)

The Haunt at Three Caves

Huntsville has a new Halloween experience this year, courtesy of The Land Trust and Huntsville Young Professionals. Three Caves, a historic former limestone mine is just minutes from downtown and on Friday, Oct. 25th from 7pm to 11pm, it will host live music, food trucks and costume contests.

The Pizza Party Massacre!!!

Lowe Mill’s official Halloween Party takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26th from 8pm to midnight. It’s themed as a “Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese” style family fun night out gone wrong. Costumes are welcome and the “massacre” will include games, “prizes” and a LIVE stage show every half hour featuring a state-of-the-art “Human-A-Matronic” rock band. (We’re not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds fun!) Entry fee includes five free tokens and one slice of pizza…while they last.

Enjoy these events and activities and have a safe, Happy Halloween!