Where You Should Be With Your Family :: Birmingham and Beyond Fall Festivities

Halloween 1990: Baby Jessica goes to a Fall Festival

Growing up in a small, southern community, Halloween usually consisted of the Fall Festival at church and maybe some trick-or-treating when we got a little older. Now that we live in the “big city,” we usually catch a parade, go trick-or-treating, and then head to a friend’s house for chili. We’ve loved starting new traditions as a family, and Birmingham sure has a lot to offer when it comes to Halloween festivities — for both adults and for families.

Even though I’ve lived in Birmingham over a decade, I’m always surprised and excited to see that this city offers so many unique events. Whether it’s Christmas movies at the Alabama Theatre or Pepper Place on Saturday mornings, I love discovering new things to do downtown. I love living just minutes away from all of the events these revitalized neighborhoods have to offer, and I can’t wait to participate in a few of these Halloween festivities.

This year, many of the downtown events take place over the weekend, so make sure to mark your calendars if you see something that catches your eye! There are great events taking place in other parts of the city as well!

Friday, October 27th

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
The Avon Theater
2829 7th Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
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From the website:

Join us at 7:30 pm for Spooked: True Scary Stories
There will be coffee, water, and snacks available from Church Street Coffee.
VIP Tickets will be benefitting Alabama Possible.

8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
B&A Warehouse
1531 1st Ave. S. 
Birmingham, AL 35233
Birmingham’s Biggest, Baddest and Oldest Halloween Party — BOO 22 — will be Friday, October 27, 2017. 
Doors will open from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and entertainment will feature live music from Gentleman Zero in the Brick Room, Disco Skeleton Cellar with DJ Mark AD, Scaryoke Karaoke with Mike Shell, and more.  There will be costume contests and a photo booth as well. See the website for additional details!

BOO 22 will be open to adults 21 years of age and older. Admission fee is $25.00 cash at the door.A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Alabama! 

Saturday, October 28th

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
12632 Confederate Pkwy.
McCalla, AL 35111
Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. There will be inflatables, face painting, bungee jumping, a rock wall, frog hopper, mechanical bull, mindwinder, petting zoo, balloon animals, and more! There will be a miniature train running as well. Gate admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 6-11. Arm bands can be purchased for $5 for inflatables, rock wall, frog hopper, bull, petting zoo, and mindwinder. Trick-or-treating begins at 5:00 p.m.!
Roots & Revelry
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
1623 2nd Ave. N., Suite B
Birmingham, AL 35203
This is an event for adults. From the website:

“Roots & Revelry and the Thomas Jefferson Tower are pleased to bring you a Halloween experience like none other. Peaches & Scream, a Halloween Spectacular that once graced Birmingham every year, is BACK with a vengeance! We are thrilled to team up with some of the biggest acts in town, along with sponsors New Amsterdam Vodka, C4 Productions, Birmingham Mountain Radio, Avondale Brewing, Event Rentals Unlimited, and more to bring you this sophisticatedly spooky event…

Multiple rooms boasting different themes will provide different vibes to continue elevating your evening. Several djs and live acts to tickle everyone’s fancy will entertain all party-goers.” 

7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
Old Car Heaven
3501 1st Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35222
Another fun option for adults, this event is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society! From the website:

“Dance with the dead and hundreds of your spooky friends to music provided by Birmingham’s favorite DJs – – NEON ELECTRIC! Mingle with mummies as they make your favorite mixers. Munch with monsters as they provide mouthwatering bites from Birmingham’s most popular food trucks. Party games, terrifying live actors, amazing special effects, and incredible monsters make this a fright night you won’t want to miss! Ages 21 and up.”

Sunday, October 29th

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fultondale Bark Park
2398 Stouts Rd 
Fultondale, AL 35068
Free event for families and dogs! The Second Annual Barking at the Moon Festival is presented by Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park and Mercy Animal Hospital in Gardendale at the Fultondale Children’s and Bark Park! Don’t miss the dog activities, pageant, and costume contest! Costume contest for kids as well! Also, you’ll get to see the Flying Frizbee Houndz Trick Dog Show from Kentucky as seen on NBC’s Today Show, ABC News and CBS News!

Proceeds will be used to upgrade the dog park.

2:00 p.m, -7:00 p.m.
528 Decatur Hwy
Gardendale, AL 35071
This will be the first-ever Gardendale Harvest Market by Gardendale Music! Take the whole family and trick or treat with “the eclectic variety of local artists, artisans, farmers, and much more!”
3:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
2308 2nd Avenue North 
Birmingham, AL 35203
From the website: Rhythm and Boos is Birmingham’s French Quarter’s style Halloween bar hop. Rogue Tavern, Pale Eddie’s, & our outdoor sound stage have teamed with The United Way on hurricane relief efforts. 
See the site for more entertainers!

My husband and I are looking forward to making the most of our daughter’s first real Halloween (last year she was five weeks old) by attending as many of these events as possible! She loves tutus, so if you see us around town, she’ll be the cutie in the Belle costume with the big, gold tutu.

What events are you looking forward to most? Do you enjoy events that are family-friendly, or would you rather get a sitter and hit the “grown-up” entertainment? 
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Jessica was born and raised along the white sands and teal waters of Destin, FL right in the heart of the Emerald Coast. Even though she's from "paradise," she wouldn't trade her life in Birmingham for anything. She and her husband, Jason, daughter, Brighten (1), six pound morkie, Swanson live in the Crestwood North neighborhood of Birmingham. Coincidentally, Jessica and Jason are both Floridians and were brought to Birmingham by Samford University. Once they met, began dating, and got married, they decided to make this wonderful city their home. Jessica graduated from Samford with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's always loved to write and has spent the last several years working for several local nonprofits doing fundraising and marketing. When her daughter was a few months old, Jessica decided to leave the nonprofit she was working for and start a business of her own consulting with nonprofits and small businesses in the community. She is now the proud owner of The Storie Co. and co-owner of A Morales Production, she and Jason’s videography company. Jessica loves that she gets to continue doing things she's passionate about while also spending time at home with her baby girl. Jessica is an adoptive mom and loves writing and talking about her family's journey through their almost four year adoption process over at her personal blog, mrsblogbacktome.com. She is a serve team leader at her church, Immanuel, which serves the downtown area. Jessica is the epitome of an oldest child, which is appropriate since she has two younger sisters who are also both Samford grads and have both settled in Birmingham. Jessica loves coffee more than almost anything, takes frequent trips home to Destin, and relaxes by watching videos of adorable puppies.