Can’t Miss Alabama makes the Halloween weekend safe with great entertainment

Can’t Miss Alabama makes the Halloween weekend safe with great entertainment
Keep Halloween celebrations fun, spooky and safe. (Getty Images)

Start planning for family friendly Halloween fun.

Eat in the Streets

Eat in the Streets will have a Halloween theme this Friday and Saturday as it moves to Avondale and offers a four-block long party known as Peaches and Scream. Eat in the Streets allows patrons to socially distance while enjoying dining outdoors. Forty-First Street South will be closed between First Avenue South and Fifth Avenue South. Hours for Eat in the Streets will be Friday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Participating restaurants include: Avondale Brewing Co. (Saturday only), Avondale Burger Company, Luna, 41st Street Pub, Fancy’s on Fifth, Melt, Spring Street Bar & Grill, Avondale Common House, Cookie Dough Magic, Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Post Office Pies. The Peaches and Screen Halloween Party is a kid-friendly event until dark, with business handing out candy to children on Friday and Saturday and free mini-scoops of Cookie Dough Magic to kids 12 and under on Halloween. For adults, there will be live music and DJs, signature cocktails and beer, and the University of Alabama football game will be shown on the big screens at Avondale Brewing beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday, there will be Halloween costume contests for children and dogs held near the Melt restaurant around 4 p.m. There will be an adult costume contest held near Avondale Brewing during halftime of the Alabama football game.

Warehouse 31 open in Pelham

See some of the spookiest shows of the year at Warehouse 31: Rigamortis, 3-D Experience, Escape Room and Lights Out Lantern Night return. Safety measures have been implemented in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local guidelines. Prior to visiting, review the new safety guidelines. Safety measures are subject to change. These shows are not recommended for people who are pregnant, have heart problems or who suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety. Tickets are online. Warehouse 31 is at 3050 Lee St. in Pelham.

Hoots & Howls at the Birmingham Zoo

A new daytime Halloween event, Hoots & Howls, is underway through Halloween at the Birmingham Zoo. Trick or treating will be in the new Candy Cave in the zoo’s Reptile Building. Take a wild ride around the zoo on the Haunted Express Train and go for a spin on the Cobweb Carousel. Fun for the whole family, this wicked experience will entertain children of all ages. Hoots & Howls is a limited, socially distanced event with timed tickets. Purchase zoo admission, Hoots & Howls wristbands or Candy Cave tickets online before visiting.

Halloween at Orange Beach

Halloween festivities are underway at The Wharf on Main Street in Orange Beach. The Wharf is a 222-acre entertainment district at Foley Beach Expressway and Canal Road. The district has a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere with a 15-screen movie theater, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the Southeast, the Wharf Express Train, an 18-hole miniature golf course and zip lines. Choose from more than 30 retail shops specializing in fashion, home, souvenirs and spas. There are fine dining, casual Southern flair and local seafood favorites at numerous restaurants.

The schedule of events for Hall-O-Week:

  • Chilling Chalk Art + DJ Night: Wear your favorite Halloween costume for a scary good time through Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chilling Chalk Art Competition. Chalk and spooky tunes will be provided to create a boo-tiful masterpiece. Three of the best designs throughout the night will win a prize. Come early to trick or treat with the tenants and grab a bite to eat at a Wharf restaurant to fuel up and get those creative juices flowing.
  • Spooky Sparks After Dark: See the skies come alive for Spooky Sparks After Dark on Halloween night with fireworks and the Spectra Laser Light Experience on Saturday, Oct. 31. With chilling music and screams of fire, this will be an eventful night. Come dressed in your Halloween best to trick or treat with the tenants and finish the night with a bang. Trick or treating starts at 10 a.m. with special door hangers at participating businesses.

Guests are encouraged to adhere to social distancing and face-covering guidelines. Come out, have fun and keep back 6 feet. When you see your friends at the event, give air high-fives. Hand-sanitizer stations are located throughout the property.

The Sidewalk Cinema Halloween Series continues in Birmingham

Rachel Morgan, Sidewalk’s creative director, brings the Sidewalk Cinema Halloween Series presented by Senator Bones. “The Lost Boys” and “The Witch” will be shown Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Click here for a brief summary of each film. Before you leave, read updated health and safety precautions. Purchase tickets at sidewalkfest.com/tickets. Stay updated for upcoming movies and events. The venue is at 1821 Second Ave. N. in Birmingham. Follow this link for directions and parking. Learn how you can support Sidewalk here.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For decades, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) and collaborative partners have raised money for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Donations stay in Alabama to support local research, which in turn makes a national impact. During October, Can’t Miss Alabama is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by featuring information and events from the BCRFA website.

Here are this week’s highlights:

  • CrossFit Chelsea’s Fight Like a Girl: Head out to CrossFit Chelsea to Fight Like a Girl, a two-person, mixed-gender CrossFit team event on Saturday, Oct. 31 to help raise money and awareness for the BCRFA.
  • Cahaba Brewing Goes Pink for BCRFA: Cahaba Brewing has a tart cherry and hibiscus Berliner Weisse specially brewed for the month, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting BCRFA.
  • The Four-Course Sessions: Thrivent, Brick & Tin and BCRFA will have a “Four-Course Sessions” Thursday, Oct. 29. Participants will enjoy good food and company while virtually learning about wise giving strategies.
  • Pink Up The Pace 2020: The third annual Pink Up The Pace, presented by Vulcan Materials, is going virtual. Join the BCRFA to raise money and awareness for local, lifesaving breast cancer research by running through Saturday, Oct. 31. Runners can compete for the fastest 5K time or participate in the collaborative distance challenge, connecting runners across Alabama to reach a total of 4,120 miles together, representing the 4,120 women who are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Alabama this year. The event also features a youth 1-mile run, scooter and bike race.
  • Standard Heating & Air $5 for $5 Campaign: Standard Heating & Air will donate $5 to the BCRFA for every service call completed during October. During the campaign, Alabamians are encouraged to match the $5 pledge to transform each service call into $10 in donations.
  • Pink Ribbon Project: Fire stations across the state “Go Pink” to support breast cancer research in Alabama through Saturday, Oct 31. More than 20 stations across Alabama are selling specially designed Pink Ribbon Project T-shirts for $15 and $20. Proceeds will help the BCRFA provide seed dollars required to secure national grants for breast cancer research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • ARC Realty Blue Goes Pink: ARC Realty will donate $25 to the BCRFA for each new property listing through Saturday, Oct. 31.
  • Stokes Automotive Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign: Stokes Automotive in Clanton will donate $100 to the BCRFA for every new car sold through Saturday, Oct. 31. More than $8,000 was raised in support of research in 2019.

Cullman’s Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ 

More than 100 arts and crafts booths are expected to set up on the beautiful grounds of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School Oct. 31-Nov. 1 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Everything from pottery and ceramics to clothing for the family can be found, in addition to birdhouses, handmade brooms, wood turnings, yard art, cypress furniture, quilts, jewelry, purses, soaps, honey and more. Freddie Day Catering will offer its barbecue pulled pork, ribs and chicken. All Steak Restaurant and Dyron’s Low Country are joining the festivities, providing their famous orange rolls and delicious seafood gumbo. Parents and volunteers will grill hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausages and make strawberry waffles and funnel cakes. On Saturday, children are encouraged to visit the festival in costume at 2 p.m. for a costume contest. Following the contest, children may trick or treat the booths until the close of the festival at 5 p.m. There will be cash prizes and live music. Ave Maria Grotto is offering reduced admission of $4 the entire weekend. Tickets for the sweepstakes and T-shirts are available online. An admission donation of $5 is requested at the gates. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 256-739-6682.

Spooky in the City in Enterprise

Enterprise Parks and Recreation’s annual Spooky in the Park event will be replaced this year by a social-distance-friendly Halloween event, Spooky in the City. The public will be able to play a free virtual game around the city from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles. Everyone can get in the spooky spirit, put on their favorite costumes and gather family for a Halloween-themed game on the go and collect free goodies from each “Spooky Stop.” The event will be Friday, Oct. 30. The game, designed by Escape Enterprise, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. There will be 10 Spooky Stops around the city. Those who stop at all 10 and complete the virtual game riddles will be provided a link to enter their team to win the Spooky in the City Grand Prize. This prize is worth more than $1,200 and is made up entirely of items donated by local businesses. Teams will be entered to win the Spooky in the City Runner-Up Prize worth more than $500. Admission is free. Follow along on Facebook. To find out how to play and register a team, visit the website.

Backyard Orchards near Eufaula

Enjoy a fall day at Backyard Orchards. In addition to picking the perfect pumpkin, enjoy the obstacle course, corn bin, inflatable, ducky race, cow train, tire swing, corn maze, cotton seed wagon, pumpkin patch, cotton, sunflower fields and food. Grab your mask and your crew and head to Backyard Orchards through Halloween from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for safe family fun. The event’s pandemic health restrictions are here. For questions and ticket information, email backyardorchards@hotmail.com or call 334-695-5875. The venue is at 6585 U.S. Highway 431 N. near Eufaula.

Be safe and Happy Halloween! (Getty Images)

Halloween Hocus Pocus Trivia Live-Stream

Kara Oliver of Fairytale Journeys is hosting the Hocus Pocus trivia virtual livestream series. Oliver will light the black-flame candle on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The video will populate in the discussion’s tab if you click “going” on Facebook. Unlike the highly competitive in-person events, the Facebook livestream will be purely for fun and entertainment. Admission is free. You may thank the host via the virtual tip jar at Venmo @kto23. Learn more about Oliver and the event here.

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