13 trunk or treats in Birmingham this October, plus 4 extra Halloween events, including Boo at the Zoo

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The whole family can enjoy Boo at the Zoo at the Birmingham Zoo. Photo via Birmingham Zoo

Spooky costumes, oodles of candy and Halloween fun await you this month in Birmingham. Here are 13 trunk or treats to check out, plus a few extra Halloween events you won’t want to miss!

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Pig Iron BBQ Challenge on Oct. 19 supports Children’s Harbor. Vulcan Materials Company participates for 22nd year. Get the deets here.

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Vulcan Materials Company’s “Haunted Hog Asylum”-themed tent at the 2017 Pig Iron BBQ Challenge. Photo submitted

It’s one of the oldest barbecue competitions in Birmingham, and it is all for a good cause. Children’s Harbor is a local nonprofit that provides essential free services to seriously ill children and their families. Come out to see Vulcan Materials Company throw down with more than 30 corporate teams at the 22nd Annual Pig Iron BBQ Challenge at the Hoover Met on Friday, October 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under get in free.

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Global Human Rights Activist Angela Davis to Receive Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award

This week, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute announced that the honoree for the prestigious 2018 Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award will be Birmingham native, global human rights activist, scholar and author Angela Y. Davis.

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Join Asbury United Methodist Church for fun, excitement and bottomless candy at their annual Trunk or Treat on October 28

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Great costumes and more can be found at Asbury United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Halloween is right around the corner and Asbury United Methodist Church is planning the perfect event for you and your family. On Sunday, October 28, Asbury will be hosting their annual Trunk or Treat from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m.—and it’s sure to be full of fun and excitement!

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5 things that will help you prepare and have an eventful Magic City Classic

The Magic City Classic is on October 27. Get ready for one of the biggest rivalries in Alabama as ASU plays Alabama A&M at Legion Field. Photo via Magic City Classic on Facebook

A few weeks ago it was announced by the city of Birmingham that there is a budget of $800,000 for the Annual 77th Magic City Classic. The event is the largest HBCU football game, between Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and Alabama State University (ASU)  with an estimate of 100,000 people in attendance every year. 

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3 things we learned from the Booker T. Washington Elementary school students who participated in Walk to School Day in Birmingham

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Nicholas, a pre-schooler at JCCEO holds a stop sign to help his older classmates stay safe while walking to school. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Partners from Children’s of Alabama, the United Way of Central Alabama, FedEx, SAFE Kids Alabama, the City of Birmingham, Safe Routes to School, the Alabama Department of Transportation and Alabama Partners for Clean Air hosted its annual Walk to School Day celebration on Oct. 10, at Washington K-8 in Titusville. Here’s how we all learned to stay safe while getting to school on time and ready to learn.

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Nearly 200 Birmingham students submit art and poetry for Earth Science Week at McWane Science Center October 14-20

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Little discoveries lead to big adventures at McWane Science Center. Photo via McWane Science Center

Earth Science Week takes place October 14-20, and McWane Science Center is gearing up for an exciting week of free events! Are you ready to explore and discover?

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Bham Now BOLD Speaker Dr. Sarah Parcak, Birmingham’s modern-day Indiana Jones, to speak Oct. 18 at Cahaba Brewing

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Dr. Sarah Parcak and GlobalXplorer° understand that local citizens who know the culture are a crucial aspect of protecting cultural heritage sites. Photo submitted

Have you heard of Dr. Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist, National Geographic Explorer, 2016 TED Prize winner and Birmingham local? Her Innovation Depot-based nonprofit, GlobalXplorer°, leads the global effort to find and protect our hidden cultural heritage. Learn how she does it at Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series event on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Cahaba Brewing Company. Tickets are $20 (includes a beverage from Cahaba Brewing and tacos from Taco Mama).

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Top 5 reasons we’ll be at Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Masterworks on Oct. 19 and 20, including dueling pianos. Get tickets now.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Alys Stephens Center. Photo submitted

Do you have your tickets yet to hear the Alabama Symphony Orchestra perform Opening Masterworks: Don Juan & Concerto for Orchestra? Bham Now has five reasons why you should. Get those tickets and mark your calendar. Performances happen Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham. Tickets range from $24 to $74.

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Celebrate 10 seasons of fright at Warehouse 31 in Pelham, now until November 3, plus four spooky reasons why it’s great to be scared

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Scares at Warehouse 31 in Pelham. Photo via Warehouse 31

Warehouse 31 is celebrating 10 seasons of fright, now until November 3, and this season will be bigger and scarier than ever before. Are you afraid? The only way to know is to buy a ticket and prepare for the most intense and terrifying night of your life in the Birmingham-metro area!

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Amazon in Bessemer. A ground-breaking and a pay raise all on the same day

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The official groundbreaking at the site of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, Amazon, one of the world’s largest companies, held a ground-breaking in Bessemer, Alabama, to celebrate the construction phase of the new fulfillment center that will bring more than 1500 jobs to Jefferson County.

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Help your child navigate social media and mental health at Children’s of Alabama on Friday, October 5

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There’s a lot to learn about being online. Photo via Bham Now

We need to better understand how to help our kids navigate the digital world while helping them grow into happy, healthy and confident individuals. While that might seem like a tall order, Children’s of Alabama has just the seminar for you on October 5. Register here.

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Come out to Cahaba Brewing Company tonight, Oct. 1, to support injured firefighter Lt. Greg Price

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Lt. Greg Price (right). Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company, Facebook

Birmingham firefighter Lt. Greg Price broke one leg and two ankles while fighting the fire in Lakeview early last Thursday morning. Cahaba Brewing Company is holding a fundraiser tonight, Oct. 1, for Price and his family.

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