15 Halloween-inspired events to get you in the spooky spirit

It’s time to pumpkin! (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Spooky season is here and Birmingham has tons of Halloween-inspired events to get you in the mood. From a trunk-or-treat to a witches’ ball, this guide has something for all gals and ghouls.

1. Hocus Pocus Trivia

What: Hocus Pocus fan? Prove it during this Dave & Buster’s trivia event. While testing your Sanderson Sister knowledge, enjoy games, drinks + prizes. Psst! Questions from Hocus Pocus 2 will also be included during the trivia portion of the event. More info.
When: Thursday, October 6 | 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Dave & Buster’s, 2700 Galleria Cir, Ste 110, Birmingham, AL 35244
Cost: Free admission + free to play

2. Overnight Adventure with The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter
It’s time to wizard! (McWane Science Center)

What: An all-night family adventure awaits you during this Harry Potter-inspired event at McWane Science Center. Attend to: spend the night in Bham’s beloved science museum, explore the magic of science at McWane’s must-see exhibits, watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in IMAX, nosh on pizza + snacks and enjoy a special Science of Magic program with the McWane team. More info.
When: Friday, October 14 | 5PM-8AM
Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: $60 per person (includes admission to McWane, pizza, breakfast + IMAX tickets to Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)
Reserve your spot here by October 10

3. Harry Potter Day

What: Head to McWane Science Center for a day devoted to all things Harry Potter. There will be wizardly activities + the chance to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in IMAX. More info.
When: Saturday, October 15 | 10AM-5PM
Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: General admission to McWane | IMAX Tickets – $10 per person

4. Hoots and Howls

Birmingham Zoo
Hoots & Howls. (The Birmingham Zoo / Facebook)

What: Each Saturday and Sunday in October, visit The Birmingham Zoo for their annual Halloween event, Hoots & Howls. Wear your costume, trick-or-treat through the candy trail, join the Monster Mash dance party, meet amazing animals and much more.
Where: The Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
When: Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 | 10AM-4PM Cost: Varies

5. Trick or Trot 5K

Trick or Trot
Trick or Trot 5K. (Kid One Transport / Facebook)

What: Run through the streets of the Lakeview District during this Halloween-spirited run benefiting Kid One Transport. The event includes a 5K, costume contest + awards ceremony. More info.
When: Sunday, October 16-22 | In-Person 5K, 8-10AM
Where: Back Forty Beer Company, 3201 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $30

6. The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball

What: Don’t dream it… be it… during The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball on October 22. One of Birmingham’s most extravagant Halloween parties, take part in an eerie-sistable costume contests (you know you’ll want to dress up!), watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie + more. More info.
Saturday, October 22 | 6PM
Where: Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: $30

7. Magic City Witches’ Ball

Magic City Witches' Ball
(Secret Playground / Magic City Witches’ Ball / Facebook)

What: Get ready witches… the annual Magic City Witches Ball is back again for another amazing night on October 22. Expect drinks, dancing, music + tons of Halloween-themed fun. No brooms required for entry. More info.
When: Saturday, October 22 | 7PM-2AM
Where: TrimTab Brewing Co, 2721 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: $15 at door

8. Asbury Trunk or Treat

Asbury UMC, Trunk or Treat
Dress up + trunk or treat. (Asbury UMC)

What: Get ready for a spook-tacular time during this annual trunk or treat that features food trucks, rides and games, plus free popcorn + candy. More info.
Sunday, October 23 | 4-6PM
Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242
Free admission

9. Naughty Halloween Puttanesca Party

What: You won’t want to miss this naughty, live cooking show! Tickets include a cooking class, full meal, pasta sample, alcoholic beverage + recipes. Happy hour prices on wine, beer + mimosas will also be available. *Dressing up is highly encouraged. More info.
When: Thursday, October 27
Where: Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato, 610 Preserve Pkwy Suite 100, Hoover, AL 35226
Cost: $47.99

10. Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner, Ghost Hunter

What: This popular event is back for its third year and you won’t want to miss out on the fun. Take part in an interactive Halloween-themed murder mystery dinner with an optional ghost hunt + paranormal investigation in the mansion.
More info.
When: Saturday, October 28 | 6:30-10PM
Where: Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens, 331 Cotton Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211

11. Scare Your Face Off XII

What: Check out Halloween festivities with cover sets of your old favorites performed by Birmingham’s finest musicians. Dress in the creepiest costume and win prizes + a trophy. More info.
When: Friday, October 28 | 9PM
Where: Saturn Bham, 200 41st Street South Birmingham AL 35222, Birmingham
Cost: $10 in costume | $15 in street clothes

12. Haunted House Party

What: Explore one of the hottest haunts in Highland Park during this event at Rojo. There will be performances from Cierra Symone Campbell , Sam Star + Imberli, plus Halloween giveaways, swag + costume contest. More info.
When: Saturday, October 29 | 11AM-2PM
Where: Rojo, 2921 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
Cost: Free admission

13. Halloween Havoc Half Marathon

Zombie Trail Races
Halloween Havoc Half Marathon. (Zombie Trail Races / Facebook)

What: Havoc returns this October with a fun Halloween-themed night race on the trails of Oak Mountain State Park. Expect challenging hills, a smooth single track and Jeep road. There will also be pizza and post-race refreshments. More info.
When: Saturday, October 29 | 5:30-11PM
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
Cost: 6 Mile – $60 | 13 Mile – $80

14. The 5th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl

What: Here for the boos? You won’t want to miss this night of drinks and fun during this popular Halloween Bar Crawl. Venues include TrimTab Brewing Company, Mojo Pub, The Quest Club + more. More info.
When: October 29 | 4PM-Midnight
Where: Moe’s Original BBQ – Lakeview, 731 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: $10-$20

15. Don’t Beer the Reaper – Crafty Halloween Costume Party

What: Attend this adult-only Halloween costume party for live music + DJ, ghoulish treats, party favors + prizes, cornhole tournament + food trucks. More info.
When: Saturday, October 29 | 6-11PM
Brock’s Gap Brewing Company, 500 Mineral Trace, Ste 100, Hoover, AL 35244
Cost: $40

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