Birmingham Area Fall Festivals and Happenings – Fall 2013

Fall in Birmingham one of our most favorite times of the year. With Fall comes the fun of Pumpkin Patches, Trick or Treating and Fall Festivals. Here is a rundown of what you can do to keep your family busy over the next month or so!

Pumpkin Patches

Old Baker Farm – Harpersville – September 28th – October 31st. Just off Hwy 280.
Open weekdays 3pm – dark
Saturdays 9am – dark
Sundays 1pm – dark
$10 per person (children under 2 free)
Admission includes pumpkin and all events except food, arts and crafts, and horseback rides.
Visit Site for more information.

  • Western Cowboy Day – Saturday October 12, 2012, 9am until Dark and Sunday, October 14, 2012, 1pm until Dark
    Shootouts, Western Music, Hay Wagon Rides, Hay Mountain, Pumpkin Patch, & More!
    Kids, come dressed in your western attire!
  • Cotton Pickin’ Celebration – Saturday October 26th 9am – 5pm and Sunday October 27th 9am – 5pm. Exhibitors from all over the South including handmade Indian arts & crafts, blacksmiths, basket makers, broom maker, goats milk soap, and many more!

Great Pumpkin Patch – Hayden – 65 North to the Hayden Corner Exit. September 24th – October 31st
Open Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm,
Friday and Saturday 8am – 6pm,
Sunday 1pm – 6pm.
Admission to the Pumpkin Patch is free, pay for each activity.

Grand Ole Patch – Clanton – 65 South to the Clanton/Lay Dam exit 212. October 1st – October 31st
Open Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm.
Friday and Saturday 8am – Dark.
Sunday 1pm to dark.
Pay Per Activity

Bennett Farms – Heflin –   I-20 toward Atlanta, exit 199. Opening day, Saturday September 29th. In October – Open Thursday and Friday, 2pm – 5pm,  Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 5pm.

Pumpkin Patch Express – Heart of Dixie Railroad Musuem – Open Every Saturday and Sunday in October, beginning October 5th. Hayrides, jump stations, coloring and more! It is recommended you purchase tickets in advance. See site for schedule and hours.

**Tuscaloosa Barnyard
“Petting and Fun Farm” is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 10am to 1pm.  Bring your lunch & friends! 248-0773 (Pony ride, boat ride, animal feeding, hands on petting area, pumpkin patch, hayride, playground, etc ONLY $15 per person)

Local Libraries

Emmet O’Neal Public Library

A Night Dark and Grimm: October 18th, 6pm
Fairytale Forest Maze, Crafts, Costume Parade, Games, Fairytale Foods and More! Movie on the Lawn will be Princess and the Frog.

Trick or Treat Around the Library – October 31st, 9am -9pm

Homewood Library

Camp Fire Ghost Stories: October 24th 6:15pm – 7:15pm
For our older, braver patrons.  Hear a chilling tale and enjoy some Halloween treats.  Suggested age range: 7 to 12 AND a parent.

Halloween Tricks and Treats: October 31st, 1pm – 7:00pm
Stop by in your costume and perform a trick for a treat!

Hoover Public Library –

Annual Pumpkin Painting Workshop
It’s time to get out those pumpkins and bring them to the library to decorate and enter our Pumpkin Painting Contest.
Wednesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:30pm Entries accepted until October 30. FREE

Bippity Boppity Boo: October 18th, 7:00pm
A haunted mansion, a princess’ castle and a slew of Caribbean pirates:
put them together and what have you got? The best Halloween party in town! Join us as the library transforms into a truly magical kingdom. Don’t forget to wear your costume! FREE

Trick or Treat
Trick or treat throughout the library on Halloween!
Thursday, October 31, 2012
9am-6 p.m.

Pelham Library

Halloween Carnival: Saturday October 26th 1pm- 2:30pm
Come in your favorite costume to play some carnival games and leave with plenty of treats.

Festivals and Miscellaneous Happenings

Boo at the Zoo –
Wear your favorite costume for the 22nd annual Boo at the Zoo. Make your way through safe candy villages and game zones, organized by local non-profits and child-centered businesses.  The Zoo will close at 4pm on each day of Boo at the Zoo.
Admission: $8 (tax included)

Some attractions require ride tickets. Ride tickets are $3.50, or you can purchase an unlimited attraction wristband for only $12. Wristbands do not include Children’s Pony Rides. Children’s Pony Rides are $5.50. Riders must weigh less than 80 lbs.

October 4-6, 11-13, 20, 23-24, 27 & 31  (5-9pm)
October 18,19, 25 & 26  (5-10pm)

OzTober at Desoto Caverns
Every Saturday in October for an interactive, roaming production of the Wizard of Oz. Show times are 10:15 and 12:15.
Tickets – $19.99. Only $9.99 when you purchase a Fun Pac. Wear your favorite Oz costume and receive $2.00 off your ticket.

Oak Mountain State Park
Come out and enjoy the festivities at the 2nd Annual Fall Festival at the Dogwood Pavilion. We will have a dunking booth, face painting, cake walk, hayrides, and more. Park admission is $3 adults, $1 children (6 to 11), 5 & under free, $1 seniors (62+). Activities require 1 ticket each, and they can be purchased under the Dogwood Pavilion for $1 each.
Saturday October 13th, 1oam – 2pm

Tannehill –
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 October 31 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.
October 26th

Dawson Baptist Church
Bring your family to Dawson’s Family Fall Festival! Games, rides, carnival foods, and candy!
October 25th, 6pm – 9pm

Homewood Church of Christ
Trunk or Treat
Sunday October 27th
4pm – 7pm

Town of Mt Laurel
Harvest Festival –Farmers Market & Craft Fair, complete with Hayrides, MoonWalks, Cotton Candy, Music and much, much more!
Saturday, October 12th. 10am – 3pm

Ruffner Mountain
Pumpkin Carving Party. Join us for a pumpkin carving party at the Backporch. Let your creativity run wild as you create your very own Jack-O-Lantern. You may either bring your own and carve it for free, or purchase one from Ruffner (price depends on size). You are free to take your pumpkin home with you, or leave it at Ruffner to display for Faces in the Forest.
October 27th, 3pm – 5pm

Face in the Forest Hike – Visit Ruffner for a truly spooktacular evening. Walk along the forest trail with only the guidance from glowing Jack-O-Lanterns to lead the way.Reserve your spot at
October 31st / November 1st. 6:30 – 8:30pm

Homewood Parks and Recreation – West Homewood Park – Upper Multi Purpose Field (6 Acres Field)
Fall Festival – A variety of games, goodies, a concession stand, inflatable and a costume contest.
Thursday, October 31st. 6pm – 8pm
Unlimited Attraction Wristband $5.00 per individual

Whole Foods Halloween Party
Face painting, Pumpkin Craft and Trick or Treating.
Friday, October 25th 6pm – 8pm

Trick or Treat Downtown Homewood
More than 20 shops and businesses participating.
Saturday, October 26th 9am – 10am

McWane Science Center and Alabama Theatre Present:
Magic City Zombie Fest

What happens when you combine George A. Romero’s Halloween classic “Night of the Living Dead” with a spooktacular party on McWane Science Center’s plaza – the first annual Magic City Zombie Fest. Get into your best zombie costume and creep to downtown Birmingham for a night of food, fun and flesh-eaters. The festivities begin at 7 pm with a screening of “Night of the Living Dead” at the Alabama Theatre, followed immediately by a party on McWane’s plaza with music, food, drinks, costume contest and other undead actvities.

– Zombie costume contest
– Zombie Walk from theater
– Finger foods and bar
– D.J.
– Zombie photo booth
– Zombie makeup station

Cost: $20 (Ticket includes admission to Night of the Living Dead, McWane’s Zombie Block Party and one drink ticket)

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Advance reservations required.

Must be 18 and over to purchase tickets.
Movie Screening: 7 P.M, with doors opening at 6 P.M
Block Party: 8:30 pm (immediately following movie)

If you’re a scary movie buff and can get a sitter, the Alabama Theatre will be hosting Halloween Movie Week starting Friday, October 18th. Visit their site for a full schedule.

If you have a festival or fall event you would like added to our list, email us at: subject line, Fall Festival

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