The Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun Oct 27th – Oct 29th

Less than a week until Halloween and this weekend brings you so many events to choose from! Here are our top picks for weekend fun in the ‘Ham! For even MORE fun, make sure to visit our Events Calendar!

  • Tomb of the Risen Dead Desoto Caverns

The Haunted Halloween Park will feature two incredible haunt attractions: “The Labyrinth of Lost Souls” and “The Tomb of the Risen Dead.” The Labyrinth of Lost Souls will be located within our 3/4 acre maze. In “The Labyrinth of Lost Souls” Attraction each guest will be deciding their own fate and ultimate reward, but not without encountering the assembly of the Shadows who may long to persuade each and every guest to stray. The cave will be transformed into “The Tomb of the Risen Dead” Attraction and the not-so-faint of heart guests will experience a thrilling awakening because the deep is ready to speak. When thrill seekers exit these attractions they can join in the festival fun and entertainment located in the center of the park.

Friday and Saturday night in October
6:30pm – 10:30pm

  • City of Alabaster Fall Fest at Buck Creek Trail

Arts and Crafts Vendors, Carnival Style Swings for children, Food Vendors, Inflatables, Hay Rides, Trick-or-Treat Trail for children, Live Music performed by 2BLU and the Lucky Stiffs and more!
12:00 PM – Costume Parade (meet at the triangle in front of the Trick-or-Treat Trail)

Admission: Free (money needed for vendor and food purchases)
Saturday, 9:30am – 3:00pm

  • Tannehill Fall Festival

The Tannehill Halloween Festival, a non-scary fun-filled holiday event focused on the campgrounds, annually attracts over 6,000 visitors, most of them children. Begun in 1992, the event features park-sponsored programs during the afternoon and traditional Halloween candy “trick or treat” stops at more than 200 campsites during the evening. Park events include a moon walk, clowns, face painting, pony rides and sand art. A special tradition is the festival’s annual Halloween Festival T-shirt. Campground site decorations and lights are extensive, creative and surreal.

Saturday 10am – 5pm

  • Tricks Treats and Trails at Red Mountain Park

Trick or treating down the trails, food trucks, music and more! Family friendly—all ages welcome! Children 6 and under get in free! Costumes encouraged! Doggie costume contest with prizes at 12 PM!

Tickets $10 in advance or $15 day of.

For tickets and more information visit

Saturday, 10am – 2pm

  • Pumpkin Patch Express at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Board their vintage train for a beautiful autumn ride through the scenic forests of Shelby County to the Pumpkin Patch to pick your perfect pumpkin!

Pumpkins can be purchased when you pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot ticket window prior to the event or on location at the Pumpkin Patch for cash only.

While at the Pumpkin Patch, you’ll also get to take a hay ride, bounce in the inflatable bounce house, and participate in a variety of other family-friendly activities! The Pumpkin Patch Express train ride lasts approximately 1½ hours including the train ride and time at the Pumpkin patch.

Saturday and Sunday

Our Sponsor:

The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama! Located just south of Birmingham in Calera, Alabama. The museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment. Our exhibits, operating railroads, and educational programs function as both a unique means of tourism and recreation, and also a way to preserve the rich history of Alabama and our nation.

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