9 spooky Halloween events in Birmingham this October

Birmingham, Halloween, trick or treat
The Halloween spirit is in the air. Photo by Julia Raasch vis Unsplash

The countdown to Halloween 2020 is on, and Birmingham is full of spooky events for all ages. Here are the top nine ghoulish events to check out this year.

1. The Pizitz After Dark – Spooky Edition

Birmingham, The Pizitz, candy apple
Nothing says Halloween like a candy apple. Photo via @sweetsassysoutherner

Get in the Halloween spirit with dinner, drinks and beats during The Pizitz After Dark—Spooky Edition event October 16.

Enjoy eats and drinks from local favorites like:

Masks and six foot social distancing is required.

Where: The Pizitz, 1821 2nd Ave N #3112, Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 7-11PM
Price: FREE

2. Hoots & Howls 

Birmingham, The Birmingham Zoo
Even animals love Halloween. Photo via The Birmingham Zoo’s Facebook page

The Birmingham Zoo is hosting an all-new event throughout the month of October—and it’s packed with happy haunts. Say hello to Hoots & Howls

During your visit:

  • Take a spin on the Cobweb Carousel
  • Venture through the Candy Cave
  • Ride on the Haunted Express Train

Where: The Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Date: Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18, 24-25, 30-31
Price: General Admission + Wristbands ($10) and Candy Cave Single Tickets ($3.50)

3. The Rocky Horror Mask-erade Ball

Birmingham, The Rocky Horror Mask-erade Ball, Halloween
Don’t dream it…be it! Photo via The Rocky Horror Mask-erade Ball’s Facebook event page

Halloween without some Rocky Horror? Never! On Friday, October 24, Avondale Brewing Company hosts The Rocky Horror Mask-erade Ball—and you won’t want to miss out.

Here’s what will be going down at this must-attend event:

  • Food trucks
  • Music from DJ Stevo
  • Costume Contest with cash prizes
  • Showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Act fast! Limited ticket supply.

Where: Avondale Brewing Co., 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: Friday, October 23
Time: 6-11PM
Price: Individual – $30 | Table of 8 – $300
Tickets: DM Avondale Brewing Co. via Facebook for info.

4. Halloween Parade

Birmingham, Asbury, Asbury United Methodist Church, Halloween Parade, Trunk or Treat, Halloween
Nice trunk-or-treat set up. Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC

The typical trunk-or-treat gets a COVID–style update this year at Asbury United Methodist Church. On Sunday, October 25, buckle up for a drive-through Halloween Parade.

Cars/trunks will sit along the parade route decorated to the nines in true trunk-or-treat fashion. Just stop at each trunk and have candy delivered right to your window. Talk about first-class candy service.

Free hot dog meals will also be passed out while supplies last, so be sure to get there early to score some grub.

Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242
Date: Sunday, October 25
Time: 4-6PM
Price: FREE

5. Ferus Halloween Bash

Birmingham, Ferus Artisan Ales, Halloween
Ferus has great beer and is family-friendly. Photo via Ferus Artisan Ales’ Facebook page

Seeking a frightful night with family-friendly activities? Check out the Halloween Bash at Ferus Artisan Ales in Trussville. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Where: Ferus Artisan Ales, 101 Beech St, Trussville, AL 35173
Friday, October 30
Time: 5-11PM
Price: FREE

6. Spooky Science Halloween Hunt

Birmingham, McWane Science Center, Halloween
Hello Mr. Bones. Photo via McWane Science Center’s Facebook page

Halloween events aren’t all scares. If you’re seeking something kid-friendly to do this October, check out the Spooky Science Halloween Hunt at McWane Science Center. No worries—it’s not really spooky, just fun.

On October 30 and 31, visit McWane and participate in a science scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Those who complete the hunt will receive a prize, along with an extra chance to win even more prizes like free membership to McWane for a whole year!

Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Friday-Saturday, October 30-31
Time: Friday from 9AM-5PM | Saturday from 10AM-5PM
General Admission – $8-$20

7. Halloween Booze & Boos

Birmingham, The Red Shamrock Pub, Halloween
Spooky. Photo by Szabó János via Unsplash

Things get ghoulish on All Hallows Eve during The Red Shamrock Pub’s Halloween Booze & Boos event.

During this spook-tastic event, expect:

  • Decorations
  • Candy
  • Mad Scientist Syringe Jello-Shots
  • Witches Brew + Drink Specials
  • Live music from Paul Sisson

Be sure to wear a costume for a chance to win prizes.

Where: The Red Shamrock Pub, 42 Manning Pl, Birmingham, AL 35254
Date: Saturday, October 31
Time: 6PM-1AM
Price: FREE

8. Halloween Party–Dead Celebrities

Birmingham, Redmond Hotel
Which celebrity will you be? Photo via Redmont Hotel’s Facebook page

This Halloween, The Roof at The Redmond is bringing celebrities back to life for one night of spooks.

Enjoy lots of entertainment including:

  • Celebrity-inspired cocktails
  • Live DJ
  • Costume contest—winner receives a free night stay at The Redmond Hotel

From Prince and Van Halen to Lucille Ball and Aretha Franklin, which celebrity costume will you don?

Masks and social distancing required.

Want to attend? Be quick! Limited tickets available.

Where: Redmont Hotel, 2101 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Saturday, October 31
Time: 9PM-2AM
Price: $10

9. A Nightmare on 22nd Street

Birmingham, Halloween
Photo by Daniel Lincoln via Unsplash

It wouldn’t be Halloween in Birmingham without a party at Iron City. So get that costume ready and prepare for a scary good time during A Nightmare on 22nd Street.

At this ghoulish event, expect:

  • Lots of drinks
  • A costume contest
  • Music from DJ Mark AD
  • Adult Trick-or-Treating
  • And more!

Memorialize the night with a visit to the $5 photo booth. All proceeds benefit the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. 

Masks and social distancing are required. Temperatures will be taken at the door, so no flaming foreheads, please. You will be sent home.

Where: Iron City, 513 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Saturday, October 31
Time: 8PM-2AM
Age: 18+
Price: Over 21 – $10 | Under 21 – $15

Are there more Halloween-inspired events taking place around Birmingham? Let us know on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

Patience Itson
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