Unusual items from local shops for lovers of the spooky, whimsical + fantastic

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Birmingham Oddities is your one-stop-shop for head-turning items. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

For many of us, Halloween isn’t just a holiday, it’s a state of mind. If you’re the kind of person who wears black year-round or really appreciates an item that can’t be replicated in the art aisle of Target, browse an unusual selection of objects at these local Birmingham businesses.

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Making the most of Halloween in Birmingham, including costumes, events and safety tips

It’s finally SPOOKY SZN! Photo via Bekir Donmez on Unsplash

The countdown to Halloween 2020 begins now. Instead of the big parties and common source candy, a lot of us will be keeping things a bit more lowkey. Consider this your guide to making the most of Halloween in Birmingham—COVID edition.

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Halloween Boos Bash & Superhero Costume Party

Want to save the world? Start with BOOS on Halloween. Crash the party suped up as your favorite superhero [or villain or sidekick or whatever] and dance the night away. Dishing out tunes and cocktails so good it’s spooky and staying up late to party. October 31st, 8pm-midnight.

Howls & Growls

Are you ready for a HOWLING good time?  You don’t want to miss Howls & Growls October, 26th at Haven in the Lakeview district of Birmingham, AL! Howls & Growls will be a T H R I L L I N G good time including local food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest where the winner takes home a CASH prize totaling $1,500.00 for all three categories, and best of all….beer and wine are included in your ticket purchase! Don’t ghost on us, get your tickets NOW! The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Young Professionals Board is hosting the Fifth Annual Howls & Growls Halloween celebration benefiting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Howls & Growls is a Halloween-themed event that raises money and awareness for the thousands of animals the Greater Birmingham Humane Society serves each year. The event features live music from 17th floor, games and activities, live streaming of the Alabama and Auburn football games, and local food and craft beer from Avondale Brewing and Good People Brewing. Proceeds from the event benefit the continued efforts of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Taste testing 5 of Waitr’s weirdest eats delivered from local restaurants in Birmingham. Use code “BHAMNOW” for free delivery!

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That’s an awfully-big fork of seaweed salad. And yes, this is foreshadowing. 

We take ~spooky season~ seriously over here at Bham Now. But is it really Halloween if you’re not trying ~spooky foods~?! The answer is no, okay.

We’ve also got a thing for Waitr (if you couldn’t tell by now), and with their help, we convinced our team to try foods they’ve never tried—and honestly were a little scared of—from local Birmingham restaurants. Bone appétit. ☠️

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What to do with your baby or toddler for Halloween in Birmingham

This mummy is ready for Halloween. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

Halloween is almost here! It’s time to get out the costumes and candy, Birmingham. Wondering what to do if you have a little one that’s not quite ready to trick or treat just yet? Check out the options below.

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6 Birmingham Inspired Halloween Costumes, including James Spann

Birmingham inspired pumpkin carved by @imlainewhite. Photo via @InstagramBham

It’s officially SPOOKY season Birmingham! Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to find a costume.

The Magic City is a great place to get some inspiration. Here are 6 Birmingham inspired costumes that will have people asking for a photo-op all night long!

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3 vintage inspired costume ideas from Birmingham shops.

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Co-owner of Manitou Supply, David Brown, embodies the spirit of Halloween while paying tribute to the Tide with this spooky ensemble. Photo via Manitou Supply on Instagram.

Shopping local for this year’s Halloween costume is a great way to support Birmingham businesses and do the planet a favor at the same time. 

It reduces the environmental waste caused by fast fashion and leaves you with re-wearable pieces. Check out these authentic ideas put together from local vintage stores.

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3 Birmingham ghost walks bring a haunted past to life

St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Birmingham is where Father Coyle was murdered in 1921. Photo provided by Wolfgang Poe

Despite the fact that we still have boiling temperatures here in Birmingham, it’s getting to be that time of year again where we all want to carve pumpkins, light a cozy-scented candle and watch a few spooky movies. 

But what if you could not only watch the spooks from afar but take part in them too, and have them be Birmingham’s own home-brew of ghastly tales?

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Phobia Factory Opening Night

Opening night of the Phobia Factory in Columbiana will be Friday, September 27th. Phobia Factory’s 46,000 square feet of fear offers something refreshing this Halloween season. Instead of relying on typical blood-and-guts or demonic visuals, it focuses instead on our most inherent fears. This multifaceted scare experience is based on more than a dozen different phobias. Visitors will follow an enclosed path from one phobia-themed room to the next. Find more details at phobiafactory.com and get ready to face your fears.